The Seahawks saw momentum shift in their direction after scoring two touchdowns on back to back drives to start the quarter, one a 1-yard run by Russell Wilson and the other a 3-yard pass to Zach Miller.
But the Falcons came back in the end as Matt Ryan led his team down the field with mere seconds left on the clock, putting his team in field goal range. Kicker Matt Bryant delivered, good from 49 yards out for the game's final score.
The Seahawks scored their first points of the game when quarterback Russell Wilson found Golden Tate for a 29-yard touchdown pass in the second half's opening drive.
The Falcons responded with a touchdown dive of their own after Ryan threw a shovel pass to Jason Snelling for a five-yard score.
A second Matt Bryant field goal gave the Falcons a 13-point lead before the Matt Ryan found Roddy White for a 47-yard touchdown pass on their next offensive possession.
The Falcons took the game's opening possession down into Seattle territory on a methodical drive, coming away with a 39-yard field goal after Matt Ryan's 21-yard pass to Roddy White in the end zone is batted down by cornerback Richard Sherman.
Atlanta then added to that lead late in the quarter, capping off a 61-yard drive with a one-yard touchdown pass from Ryan to Tony Gonzalez.