The Falcons defense spent most of the fourth quarter getting torched by Russell Wilson and the rest of the Seahawks offense, but the Falcons scored last and that means members of their defense were free to crow after the game.
Alex Marvez of FOXSports.com reports that Falcons cornerback Asante Samuel was moving through the locker room “yelling that Richard Sherman and Pete Carroll could both eat some humble pie” after the 30-28 Falcons victory. It’s the second straight week that Sherman has left an impression on his playoff opponent, although being told to eat some humble pie is a far cry from the swipe Redskins tackle Trent Williams took at Sherman after last weekend’s game.
Sherman had a decent day on Sunday with a couple of key early pass defenses, but he was part of the coverage responsible for Roddy White on White’s 47-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter. Carroll’s day was marred by clock management issues at the end of the first half and some questionable play calling on a 4th and 1 that resulted in fullback Michael Robinson getting stuffed behind the line. Sherman and Carroll aren’t likely to be any less brash in the future because of Sunday’s result, but a loss like that might be a temporary blow.
Giving up more than 400 combined passing and rushing yards to Wilson and nearly blowing a 20-point lead should be humbling stuff for Samuel and company as well, especially with Colin Kaepernick rolling into Atlanta next Sunday. They’ll need to be better to assure themselves a chance to hold onto any lead next week.