In a day full of big comebacks, Seattle couldn’t finish theirs against the Falcons Sunday. Coming off their first win of the season last weekend, the Seahawks were looking to get back to .500, but struggled early and couldn’t catch up in the end. Matt Ryan was unstoppable for Atlanta in the first half, completing 13 of 15 and early in the 3rd quarter Atlanta enjoyed a 27-7 lead.
Highly criticized Tavaris Jackson caught heat in the second half and ended up with a career high 319 yards to go along with 3 TD passes. He wasn’t without struggles though as he did add 2 picks. The running game continued to be abysmal for the Hawks as Marshawn Lynch could only manage a meager 24 yards on just 8 carries as the running game was abandoned early.
The defense was solid against the run as they allowed just 2.7 yards per carry to Turner, but they had no answer for first round rookie Julio Jones. Jones finished the day with 11 catches for 127 yards on a team high 17 targets.
Sidney Rice had a solid second game, but was held catchless in the 2nd half. He finished the day with 79 yards and a score. It was Doug Baldwin who stepped up and finished as Jackson’s favorite target with 5 catches and 84 yards.
A lack of pressure on Ryan is what allowed him to throw all over the Seattle secondary. They did not record a single sack and only managed 4 hits on Ryan all day. This allowed Atlanta to hold onto the ball for 2/3 of the entire game. This nearly hurt Atlanta in the end as Seattle proved that they could move quickly down the field and score in the second half. Seattle had a chance to win the game in the final seconds as Steven Hauschka had a 61 yard attempt fall off to the left that would have given the Seahawks a win.
A tough loss for Seattle, but a lot of positives in the second half against a good football team. Unfortunately things do not get easier next week as Seattle heads to New York to face the 3-1 Giants.