A slow start for the Seahawks in their Wild Card game against the Redskins meant they had to come back from a 14-0 deficit to move onto Sunday’s date with the Falcons.
They’re digging themselves another hole. They trail the Falcons 10-0 near the end of the first quarter after Matt Ryan found tight end Tony Gonzalez in the back of the end zone for a one-yard touchdown. Gonzalez did a terrific job of getting his feet down in bounds for the score, which came after the Seahawks lost a scoring chance when Marshawn Lynch fumbled in Atlanta territory.
It’s the second straight week with a fumble for Lynch in the opponent’s part of the field and it came after Ryan was intercepted by Bobby Wagner to kill a scoring chance for Atlanta. A poor Jon Ryan punt after an initial three-and-out for the Seattle offense set the Falcons up at midfield with a 3-0 lead. Ryan was under pressure from Marcus Trufant and appeared to think Gonzalez would cut in more decisively than he did on the play. Thanks to Lynch’s fumble, it didn’t come back to haunt the Falcons.