Seattle Seahawks vs. Atlanta Falcons: Live Scores, Analysis and Results
Seattle Seahawks 28, Atlanta Falcons 30 — FINAL
In a heartbreaker for Seattle and an ecstatic win for Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta won a nailbiter.
Atlanta jumped out to a great lead early. However, they blew it late and lucked out that they were able to get the ball back with 31 seconds left. Matt Ryan was 24-for-35 (68.5 percent) for 250 yards and three touchdowns. Unfortunately, he also threw two interceptions.
On the other side, Russell Wilson had a great game. He went 24-for-36 for 385 yards and two touchdowns. However, the game ended on his only interception which was thrown right to Julio Jones on a Hail Mary play.
Atlanta takes on the San Francisco 49ers at 3:00 p.m. on January 20. The winner will represent the NFC in the Super Bowl.
Scott Carasik is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. He covers the Atlanta Falcons, NFL and NFL Draft. He is also the Falcons analyst at Drafttek, runs the NFL Draft Website ScarDraft.com and hosts Kvetching Draftniks Radio.
The squib at the end of the game was poorly kicked to give Seattle the ball at their own 46. On the next play, Wilson got a six yard pass to Doug Baldwin. On the hail mary, Julio Jones sealed it with an interception.
Seattle Seahawks 28, Atlanta Falcons 30 — FINAL
Jacquizz Rodgers gives the Falcons the ball at their own 28-yard line. Matt Ryan hit Harry Douglas at the 50. Then Ryan hits Tony Gonzalez to bring it to the Seahawks 31.
Matt Bryant hit the 49-yard attempt with eight seconds left in the game to put the Falcons up.
Seattle Seahawks 28, Atlanta Falcons 30 — 0:08 4th Quarter
Russell Wilson hit Golden Tate with the strike to bring it to the Falcons 32 yard line. After a five-yard run, Wilson overthrew everyone and forced a third down. On 3rd-and-5 from the Falcons 27, Wilson hit Marshawn Lynch to bring it to the 4-yard line.
A penalty makes it goal-to-go from the Falcons 2. Seattle looked to have scored on a run, but Marshawn Lynch fumbled and it was recovered by Max Unger. The play is under review and it was confirmed.
Seattle Seahawks 28, Atlanta Falcons 27 — 0:31 4th Quarter
Marshawn Lynch got three yards on the first down. A 7-yard pass to Marshawn Lynch gives Seattle the ball at their own 49 yard line with two minutes to go.
Seattle Seahawks 21, Atlanta Falcons 27 — 2:00 4th Quarter
On 1st-and-10 from the 20, Michael Turner gained 12-yards. Atlanta followed it with a Jacquizz Rodgers 2-yard run. Rodgers was stuffed at the line to force another third down. On 3rd-and-8 from the Atlanta 34, Roddy White dropped the possible first down catch.
Leon Washington brought it back to the Seahawks 39-yard line to give Russell Wilson the ball with 3:00 on the clock.
Russell Wilson gained 9 yards on a broken play to bring it to the Falcons 49. Marshawn Lynch gained the first down on a one-yard run the next play. Thomas DeCoud knocked the ball away on the first down throw deep.
On second down, Atlanta busted the screen pass that was intended for Robert Turbin. On 3rd-and-10 from the 50, the Falcons crowd was raucous and a chop block was called, but Sidney Rice dropped it so Atlanta declined.
The punt was a touchback so Atlanta takes over with 5:32 left in the game up 27-21.
Jacquizz Rodgers opened the Falcons next drive with a return that brought it to the 24-yard line. Matt Ryan missed Roddy White on the opening throw of the drive on a cross over the middle. Then on a screen attempt to Julio Jones, the Falcons lost four yards.
On 3rd-and-14 from their own 20-yard line, Ryan hit Drew Davis but it wasn't enough for the first down. Atlanta's defense will have to hold the Seahawks here for them to hold on to a victory.
Seattle taking over at their own 38 started with a deep pass to Sidney Rice at the Falcons 38. Atlanta can't keep playing the intermediate routes that poorly if they want to hold on.
A 5-yard Marshawn Lynch run was followed by a Robert Turbin screen that brought it to the Falcons 3-yard line. Then Russell Wilson threw a touchdown to Zach Miller to bring it within 6.
Seattle Seahawks 21, Atlanta Falcons 27 — 9:13 4th Quarter
Atlanta took over at their own 20-yard line to open their first drive of the fourth quarter. Atlanta has been very good in the fourth quarter this season. They need to continue that magic now.
Michael Turner opened the drive with a 9-yard run to the outside. Then he got the first down on the very next play with a three-yard run. A terrible play-call on a Julio Jones end around luckily only lost one yard.
Matt Ryan lobbed up an interception on the very next play though to give the Seahawks the ball at their own 39-yard line. That looked like pass interference on Seattle's No. 23 though. You can't stop like he did on the play.
The Seahawks opened the 4th quarter with a spread formation and passed it underneath to Robert Turbin who brought it to the Falcons 6. Turbin then ran it to the Falcons 1.
On 1st-and-goal from the Falcons 1, the Falcons defense stuffed Marshawn Lynch for a short gain. The 2nd-and-goal play worked for the Seahawks as Russell Wilson scored on a scramble to the left.
Seattle Seahawks 14, Atlanta Falcons 27 — 13:01 4th Quarter
Taking over at their own 20-yard line, Seattle gains five yards on a Marshawn Lynch run on the first play of the drive. After having all day, Golden Tate caught a Russell Wilson play near midfield. Another pass to Sidney Rice followed by a Zach Miller deep shot gives the Seahawks the ball at the Falcons 13 to end the quarter.
Seattle Seahawks 7, Atlanta Falcons 27 — End 3rd Quarter
After a short Jacquizz Rodgers run and an incomplete pass to Julio Jones, the Falcons have a third down at the Seahawks 23. On 3rd-and-9, Matt Ryan hit Tony Gonzalez for the 11-yard first down catch at the 11.
A 6-yard catch by Jacquizz Rodgers underneath gives Ryan his first 200 yard passing playoff game. Then on a shovel pass to Jason Snelling, Atlanta answers the call with another touchdown.
Richard Sherman blocked the extra point, and it was retried because he was offsides. Matt Bryant knocked the second try right through.
Seattle Seahawks 7, Atlanta Falcons 27 — 2:11 3rd Quarter
Jacquizz Rodgers brought the ball back to the Falcons 20-yard line on the return.
Michael Turner gains five yards on the first play of the drive. Then Jacquizz Rodgers got stuffed for no gain on the next play. On 3rd-and-5 from the Falcons 24, Matt Ryan hit Tony Gonzalez for the first down.
A Rodgers screen went for a gain of two yards as a supplemental run play. Ryan hit Julio Jones over the middle on the very next play for 13 more yards. Then Turner brought it right to the 49-yard line. Atlanta is just trying to grind clock and move the sticks.
Ryan hit Harry Douglas for his first catch of the game. The next play, Ryan went deep to Douglas, but he dropped it. Another quick slant to Jones brought the Falcons to the 23-yard line. Not a play seen a lot this season by the Falcons.
Seattle's Leon Washington downed the ball to give the offense the ball at their own 20. On the first play of the half, Russell Wilson hit Sidney Rice for a quick first down catch. A Marshawn Lynch two-yard run was followed by a Russell Wilson run to the Seattle 49.
Robert Turbin followed up with a 7-yard run. Another two yards by Lynch set up a 3rd-and-1. Wilson then got the easy two yards for the first down.
That play was followed by a Vance Walker coverage sack for an 8-yard loss. The 2nd-and-18 play was a Zach Miller catch for another 20 yards. It was followed by a 29-yard touchdown to Golden Tate on a blown assignment by the Falcons in coverage.
On another note, I've never seen a right tackle literally tackle a defensive lineman and it not be called for holding like it has three or four times so far today.
Seattle Seahawks 7, Atlanta Falcons 20 — 9:47 3rd Quarter
Oh my!!!! That was a huge play in this game. Great stand by the D-block! No points in the first half??? Bravo!— Chipper Jones (@RealCJ10) January 13, 2013
That was the worst offensive performance I've seen since the 2nd half of the Peach Bowl by LSU— Jordan Grove (@LaSportsDude) January 13, 2013
How many people did Jonathan Babineaux abuse there? #Falcons— Knox Bardeen (@knoxbardeen) January 13, 2013
After the two minute break, Marshawn Lynch was stopped at the line by Peria Jerry and Jonathan Babineaux. Zach Miller caught the next pass at the Falcons 32. Sidney Rice then caught his first ball of the day at the 19-yard line.
A throw away followed by a Miller 9-yard catch brings it to the Falcons 10-yard line for a 3rd-and-1. The quick slant caught by Golden Tate gives the Seahawks their first goal-to-go situation of the game. The Seahawks used their final timeout with 25 seconds left.
On 1st-and-goal from the Falcons 6, Asante Samuel knocked the ball away. Atlanta called their first time out of the half to make sure their guys were set. For the 2nd-and-goal play, Seattle's left tackle was called for a false start.
On 2nd-and-goal from the Falcons 11, Wilson overthrew his receiver in the endzone. The 3rd-and-goal play was a sack by Jonathan Babineaux that ended the half.
Seattle Seahawks 0, Atlanta Falcons 20 — Halftime
Marshawn Lynch opened the drive with six yards. Then, a Golden Tate screen brought it to the 38-yard line. Lynch was stuffed for just a yard again. Russell Wilson's scramble for a first down on the next play brought the game right to the first two minute warning of the game.
John Abraham just limped off the field.Looks like leg injury.— John Clayton (@ClaytonESPN) January 13, 2013
William Moore was amazing on that fourth down play. He's been missed by the Falcons defense.
Atlanta led off the next drive with a pair of Michael Turner runs to bring it to the 50-yard line. Turner is hitting the holes perfectly today and has been looking like the Michael Turner of old.
An attempt to Tony Gonzalez went incomplete but Kam Chancellor had a holding call against him to give Atlanta the ball at the Seahawks 47.
On 1st-and-10, Matt Ryan heaved it up there to Roddy White for a 47-yard touchdown. It was reviewed but then it was confirmed.
Seattle Seahawks 0, Atlanta Falcons 20 — 4:16 2nd Quarter
Leon Washington brought it out to the 30-yard line after a deep kick. A huge pass to Zach Miller shows something that they need to adjust at half time. Another throw—this time to Golden Tate—brings it into the redzone for the Seahawks.
A Marshawn Lynch 3-yard gain was followed by a 6-yard screen. On 3rd-and-1 from the Falcons 11, Atlanta stuffed Robert Turbin to force the fourth down. On 4th-and-inches, Pete Carroll chose to go for it, and William Moore stuffed the run in the backfield.
After the timeout, Matt Ryan hit Julio Jones for a 9-yard crossing route that burned Earl Thomas for a first down. Michael Turner gained four yards on the 1st down carry, and it was followed by a five yard catch by Tony Gonzalez to give Atlanta a 3rd-and-1 at the 21.
On that third down play, Turner got that two yards when it was needed. The Falcons alternating Turner and Jacquizz Rodgers all year has kept him fresh. Even Matt Ryan got in on the rushing attack bringing it to the 11 yard line on a scramble.
After a false start made it a 3rd-and-7 on the Seattle 16, Ryan tried to get it to Roddy White on a screen but the play lose two yards. Matt Bryant hit the 37-yard field goal attempt.
Seattle Seahawks 0, Atlanta Falcons 13 — 9:13 2nd Quarter
Julio Jones was covered deep by Richard Sherman on a play that looked like it could have been a pass interference call. A short pass to Roddy White set up a long third down. On 3rd-and-7 from the Seattle 39, Seattle took their first time out of the game.
Atlanta took over at their own 13-yard line after the 30-yard punt. A huge run by Jacquizz Rodgers completely flipped the field after knocking Earl Thomas down on his run to end the half.
Atlanta will take over at the Seattle 42 at the beginning of the second quarter.
Seattle Seahawks 0, Atlanta Falcons 10 — End 1st Quarter
Taking over at his own 20-yard line, Russell Wilson hit Zach Miller on a deep corner route for 23 yards. Then Wilson hit Miller on a quick-hitter for another 8 yards. A Marshawn Lynch gave the Seahawks the ball at the Falcons 44.
Another 3-yard gain by Lynch was followed by a great throw away by Russell Wilson when he was being pressured by Jonathan Babineaux and Kroy Biermann. On 3rd-and-8 from the Falcons 42, Wilson missed Golden Tate and another defensive stop by the Falcons.
Tony Gonzalez. That was insane. Two great catches by TEs set up that score.— Steve Wyche (@wyche89) January 13, 2013
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