Week 11: Seahawks Fall Short to Falcons
A failed fake field goal attempt before halftime seemingly doomed them as the Falcons escaped with a narrow victory
Falcons 34 Seahawks 31
The Seattle Seahawks entered this game nearly undefeated on Monday Night Football games. That all changed as the Falcons took it to them on their own turf. It was a rare consecutive loss at home for the Seahawks.
Down 20–24 with two seconds left before half time, the Seahawks faked a field goal; they pitched it to tight end Luke Willson but he was blown up at the LOS by Falcons defensive tackle Grady Jackson. While it’s alarming the Seahawks felt the need to risk it, the play itself was absolutely horrible. Considering that the Seahawks lost 31–34, those lost points before halftime were costly.
The Falcons took an early lead as Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson uncharacteristically turned the ball over twice, leading to 14 points. After the Falcons scored on their opening drive, Wilson gave it back to them on the following possession as Falcons’ Desmond Trufant picked him off and ran it back 40 yards.
Wilson continues to get no help. The run game remains abysmal; Mike Davis got the start and looked good early on but left with an injury. As for the pass protection, well, it remains a ongoing issue.
Despite their shortcomings, Wilson kept them in the game through the waning moments as they had a chance to send the game into overtime. Seahawks kicker Blair Walsh – who missed three field goals in their loss to the Redskins – missed a 51-yard field goal attempt, falling just short of the field goal post.
This just isn’t Seahawks football anymore as turnovers and missed opportunities doomed the Seahawks. The Falcons weren’t perfect by any means with their own share of errors but for the Seahawks to drop another home game is concerning. Between an injured secondary, lackluster run game, and leaky pass protection, the Seahawks need to refocus.
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