The Seattle Seahawks and Atlanta Falcons faced off on Sunday, and this contest was a tale of two halves.
Atlanta got off to a hot start, thanks to a strong rushing attack and a gorgeous touchdown grab by Tony Gonzalez in the first quarter. By halftime, the Falcons led 20-0.
Then, the Seahawks woke up in the second half, scoring 28 points.
In the end, Matt Bryant kicked a field goal in the waning moments to give the Falcons a thrilling 30-28 victory at home.
Here are the biggest highlights from Sunday's NFC Divisional Game.
Gonzo Shows He's The Best
There has never been a more dangerous tight end in NFL history than Tony Gonzalez.
He showed off all his skills on this play, leaping up and behind his body to snag the high pass while displaying flawless body control to get his feet in bounds before his momentum carried him out.
Gonzalez's touchdown put the Falcons up by a score of 10-0.
Jacquizz Rodgers Goes "Beast Mode" on Earl Thomas
On the final play of the first quarter, Rodgers demoralized Seattle's defense on a 45-yard run up the gut.
He finished off the play by absolutely trucking safety Earl Thomas, showing Marshawn Lynch he isn't the only NFL running back capable of going "beast mode" on Sundays.
Roddy White Abuses Richard Sherman
After Sherman had been taunting White and his fellow receivers for most of the first half, White finally got his revenge.
White got behind Sherman deep in the middle of the field, and Matt Ryan hit him in perfect stride for a 47-yard touchdown to put the Seahawks up by a score of 20-0.
White didn't hesitate to use this opportunity to talk a bit of trash to one of the NFL's most notorious trash-talkers, and I don't blame him one bit.
Golden Tate and the Seahawks Finally Respond
After getting shut out the entire first half, the Seahawks finally put together a scoring drive in the third quarter.
Tate got open on the left sideline, and Russell Wilson found him with a strong throw that gave him enough time and space to finish the play with his legs.
This touchdown pulled the Seahawks to within two scores, but the Falcons weren't finished.
Matt Ryan Continues Abusing the Seahawks Defense
In response to the Seahawks first score, Ryan led the Falcons on a 14-play, 80-yard drive that took almost eight minutes off the clock.
The drive culminated with Ryan's third touchdown pass of the game—a five-yard dump-off to running back Jason Snelling to put the Falcons up by a score of 27-7.
Russell Wilson Wills His Team To Another Score
Wilson is nothing if not resilient.
On the Seahawks' next drive following the Falcons' touchdown, Wilson led his team on an eight-play, 80-yard drive that he finished on his own with a 1-yard touchdown scramble.
With most of the fourth quarter left, Wilson's touchdown put the Seahawks back in position, and the score was 27-14.
Earl Thomas Makes a Huge Interception
On the next Atlanta possession, the Falcons were rolling along, relying on the running game that had gotten them so much leverage throughout the game.
Then Ryan made a terrible decision, throwing into double coverage on the right sideline, and Thomas was there to make the easy interception. His play set the Seahawks up for an opportunity to make it a one-score game.
Zach Miller Gets WIDE Open in the End Zone
Only two minutes of game time later, the Seahawks turned this game into a one-score contest.
Miller ran a crossing route over the middle of the field from the 2-yard line and got wide open on the left side. Wilson had no trouble getting him the ball, and suddenly the score was 27-21 in favor of Atlanta, with its momentum fading fast.
Seattle Goes Up with 32 Seconds Left To Play
Wilson and the Seahawks received the ball at their own 39-yard line with three minutes remaining in the game.
Wilson made play after play, using his arm and his legs to get Seattle in scoring range.
Then, with 32 seconds left in the game, Marshawn Lynch got into the end zone to tie the game at 27 points apiece. The extra point thereafter gave the Seahawks a one-point lead with just 31 ticks left on the clock.
Matt Bryant Wins the Game for Atlanta
Ryan connected with Harry Douglas and Gonzalez on two consecutive plays to get the Falcons within range for Bryant to kick the game-winner.
Pete Carroll then iced Bryant with a timeout, which was fortunate for the Falcons, as he missed his practice attempt.
Then, with 13 seconds remaining in the game, Bryant nailed the 49-yard kick right through the middle of the uprights, putting the Falcons up by two points.
That's how the game ended, and the Falcons finally won a playoff game, winning by a score of 30-28.
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