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Falcons escape Seattle with narrow victory

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Good teams shouldn’t almost blow a 27-7 second half lead to Seattle.  Good teams shouldn’t let the Seahawks attempt a game-winning field goal.

After four games, we’re just not sure the 2011 Falcons are a good team.

The Falcons escaped 30-28 Sunday when Steven Hauschka missed a 62-yard field goal to win the game with time running down. That attempt was a long shot, but it was remarkable the Seahawks even had the chance.

Atlanta possessed the ball for more than 40 minutes, but gave up too many big plays to Tarvaris Jackson in the second half. Jackson threw for a career-high 319 yards and three touchdowns, but also threw two picks.

Julio Jones had his second straight big week with 11 catches for 127 yards, and Matt Ryan played his cleanest game of the year. Still, this game should have been easier for Atlanta.

After going 13-3 last year, this Falcons team is going to have to scratch and claw to make the playoffs this year.

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20 Responses to “Falcons escape Seattle with narrow victory”
  1. cakemixa says: Oct 2, 2011 8:59 PM

    Theres no need to second guess. The 2011 Falcons are NOT a good team. Will be lucky to do better than 8-8. TAVARIS JACKSON just carved up their secondary – what do you think Aaron Rodgers is going to do next week?

  2. shawon0meter says: Oct 2, 2011 9:17 PM

    T-Jack played well…one of those picks was actually in the receivers hands in the end zone for a split second before he took a hard hit.

    Obviously I’m not claiming he’s the future but he’s more than capable when he doesn’t play scared.

  3. pacificnw7722 says: Oct 2, 2011 9:18 PM

    “Atlanta possessed the ball for more than 40 minutes, but gave up too many big plays to Tarvaris Jackson in the second half.”

    Did he grow a brain recently?

  4. stampnhawk says: Oct 2, 2011 9:44 PM

    Good adjustments from Seattle at half.

    Jackson looked real well in the second half, and the INT’s were both tips.
    Seattle wins the game if they had another 30 seconds on that last drive. That would’ve occured if:
    The defense would’ve stopped a 3rd down on the last drive and saves some time.
    They didn’t burn two timeouts in the second half, not to have them at the final drive.
    Rice doesn’t get an false start, pushing the Seahawks back 5 yards, two plays before the 61 yard attempt.

    Tough loss, esepcially with the SF win and ARI loss…will be a tough game next week too. But a breakout game for the Seattle offense, certianly a positive going forward.

  5. thepowerofgreen says: Oct 2, 2011 10:07 PM

    The dirty birds are garbage and the defense is beyond suspect…

  6. shecklesmckenzie says: Oct 2, 2011 10:24 PM

    Atlanta in the first half looked like a very dangerous team that could play with anyone in the league. In the second half they looked like one of the worst teams in the league.

    Simply put, Atlanta is not a good team. They have the talent to be great, but their offense needs to be more consistent, and their pass rush needs to play better.

  7. detruthhurts says: Oct 2, 2011 10:50 PM

    Its no secret how to beat the falcons, just throw the damn ball! No need to even try to run the ball, its not neccessary. Their defense is, in a word, PITIFULLLLLLL!!!! 6-10 or 7-9 at MOST! Idiots knew this last year after Green Bay tore their azz up but refused to acknowledge it so they get what they deserve!

  8. steviaquinn says: Oct 2, 2011 11:34 PM

    The officials kept that game close. Its part of Roger Godelle’s ” all games must be exciting after the lockout ” policy.

    atlantas’ Offense dint turn the ball over and Matt Ryan finally had some time to throw the ball today. It was a good win on the road against a team that destroyed the Saints not too long ago.

    The falcons need to peak at the end of the season like green bay last year. I love that they are under the radar and that the toughest part of their season ends next week.

  9. steviaquinn says: Oct 2, 2011 11:37 PM

    I love the negative comments about the falcons now. It was the same way with green bay early in the year

  10. savannahrose44 says: Oct 2, 2011 11:39 PM

    Sad to see them come so close to victory only to step on their own toes and lose it. Not that I expected a win mind you, but it hurts to see a loss like that that could have easily been a win for the Sehawks (That penalty killed it). Grats to Atlanta though GG.

  11. steviaquinn says: Oct 2, 2011 11:46 PM

    Detruth

    Did you know Atlanta beat GB last year? LOL

  12. cwinmill says: Oct 3, 2011 12:13 AM

    saints passing game will destroy them in that division they don’t stand a chance

  13. scudbot says: Oct 3, 2011 12:41 AM

    Couldn’t they have saved one draft pick for a pass defender?

  14. hawkman84 says: Oct 3, 2011 1:13 AM

    I like how the PFT blogolists deleted my last comment on how East coast biased they are!

    I’ll say it again:

    ROSENTHAL, GET OFF YOUR EAST COAST BIAS!

    The Giants aren’t as good as you and the media prays for them to be (see ARI game and referee Jerome Boger for verification).

    AND

    Your beloved Lame-Green Jets looked terrible against my hometown Ravens!!!

  15. akasaintsbaby says: Oct 3, 2011 1:56 AM

    Saints will rule the nfc south…..

  16. 504in860 says: Oct 3, 2011 2:31 AM

    steviaquinn says:
    Oct 2, 2011 11:34 PM

    atlantas’ Offense dint turn the ball over and Matt Ryan finally had some time to throw the ball today. It was a good win on the road against a team that destroyed the Saints not too long ago.
    ————————————————–

    Destroyed? They beat the Saints by 5.

  17. saints25 says: Oct 3, 2011 7:14 AM

    @steviaquinn …. Its not last year,An you can quit lying the only reason you beat the Saints last yr,is because of a missed FG…Falcons one of the worst teams in the NFL.it showing every weekendFalcons need a QB,..By the way here come’s the Packers!!! 2-3 here yall come.

  18. bucx01 says: Oct 3, 2011 8:47 AM

    ATL wasn’t good last year, they were lucky… Should have lost to Green Bay(Rodgers fumble at 1), Saints(missed 2o yard FG), 49ners(fumble after Ryan’s INT), Ravens(Missed PI), Both Buccaneers game(bad spot, and late kickoff)

    The only teams they beat last year by more than 7 was Carolina and Cleveland. They were losing that Cleveland game until Wallace got hurt and Delhomme came in and tossed two INTs.

    Good thing they got Jones, and left the 5th worst D from last year alone.

  19. chitownmike says: Oct 3, 2011 8:48 AM

    Its the curse of the Sports Illustrated cover…picked to win it all……instant kiss of death….

  20. detruthhurts says: Oct 3, 2011 10:20 AM

    Steviaquinn,
    You know Green Bay put them out of the playoffs, right? Homer.

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