Game in review: Falcons 30, Seahawks 28
Posted by Danny O'Neil
Players of the game
Seahawks QB Tarvaris Jackson passed for a career-high 319 yards and three touchdowns, his most in any single game since December 2008. He completed 17 of the 24 passes he attempted in the second half.
Atlanta's Matt Ryan passed for 291 yards, but the most important stat was that he was 7-for-12 passing on third down for six first downs. That third-down productivity was the single biggest factor in the Falcons' victory.
Falcons rookie receiver Julio Jones caught 11 passes for 127 yards. Only seven players have ever caught more passes against Seattle in a single game.
Play of the game
Seahawks kicker Steven Hauschka's attempt at a game-winning field goal was admittedly a long shot. In fact, it was the longest field goal any Seahawk has ever attempted and 7 yards longer than any kick Hauschka has ever made. His kick was a line drive, that never got enough altitude to have a chance. It landed short and to the left.
Seattle switched to a no-huddle offense in the third quarter, which served to jumpstart Seahawks offense. Seattle's first four possessions of the second half produced 21 points and the only time the Seahawks didn't score was when tight end Zach Miller had the ball dislodged from him in the end zone, resulting in an interception. The Seahawks scored more points in the second half Sunday than they totaled in any one of their first three games.
The Seahawks, who had allowed 14 sacks in the first 10 quarters of the season, have not given up a sack in the past six quarters.
The Seahawks didn't have a single sack against Atlanta, which had allowed 13 sacks in the first three games.
Falcons quarterback Ryan had 17 yards rushing in the first half. Seattle's entire team combined for 5.
By the numbers
145 - minutes Seattle went without a passing touchdown, a drought that lasted from Doug Baldwin's 55-yard TD reception in the season-opener at San Francisco to Sidney 52-yard TD catch in the second quarter Sunday.
67 - points Seattle has allowed in the first half this season.
30 - points the Seahawks have given up in the second half.
1 - second-half touchdown Seattle's defense has allowed all season.
Seahawks: Linebacker Matt McCoy suffered a knee injury in the first quarter that is considered serious. Wide receiver Mike Williams suffered a concussion in the third quarter and did not return. DL Anthony Hargrove and LB Malcolm Smith suffered hamstring injuries.
Coach Pete Carroll: "Last week was terrific to get the win, we gained more today. I think we grew more today, and we understand what we can do better."
Dec 24 - 6:10 AM Looking back: Revisiting Sunday's scouting report
Dec 24 - 1:09 AM Seahawks' scoring binge
Dec 24 - 1:01 AM Video: Summing Seattle's victory
Dec 24 - 12:58 AM Video: Russell Wilson post-game comments
Dec 24 - 12:21 AM Rookie passing roll call