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Seahawks survive Falcons, Ryan’s touchdown flurry

SEATTLE, WA - OCTOBER 16:  Wide receiver Tanner McEvoy #19 of the Seattle Seahawks beats the defense of safety Keanu Neal #22 of the Atlanta Falcons at CenturyLink Field on October 16, 2016 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images) Getty Images

Thanks to Matt Ryan’s big third quarter, Seahawks-Falcons went from pretty slow and forgettable to one of the weekend’s best games.

There was a wild finish, too.

After Ryan and the Falcons scored 21 unanswered in the third quarter to take a 24-17 lead, the Seahawks then scored in the final five minutes, got the tying extra point blocked, then got a stop and what became the winning field goal, a 54-yarder from Steven Hauschka, with 1:57 left.

After forcing the Falcons to turn it over on downs, the Seahawks took knees and celebrated a 26-24 win.

That winning kick came after Hauschka missed a field goal earlier in the fourth quarter and had the tying extra point blocked by Ra’Shede Hageman with 4:43 left.

After trailing 17-3 at halftime, Ryan went 13-of-17 for 220 yards and three touchdowns in the third quarter. The Falcons had scoring drives of 75, 79 and 97 yards in the quarter, all ending in Ryan touchdown passes.

Ryan finished with 335 yards passing. Julio Jones caught seven passes for 139 yards and a touchdown.

Christine Michael had two rushing touchdowns for the Seahawks, the second in the fourth quarter to bring his team within a point. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was 25-of-37 for 270 yards; Jimmy Graham had six catches for 89 yards.

Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett left the game in the third quarter with a knee injury and did not return.

The Falcons fall to 4-2. The Seahawks move to 4-1.

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77 Responses to “Seahawks survive Falcons, Ryan’s touchdown flurry”
  1. vancouversportsbro says: Oct 16, 2016 7:58 PM

    Uh….seahawks fan here…we got lucky there

  2. vancouversportsbro says: Oct 16, 2016 7:58 PM

    We got away with one there

  3. ReligionIsForIdiots says: Oct 16, 2016 7:58 PM

    Easy W. SEATTLE again proving they are the team to beat in the NFC.

    #HiHaters #ProudDemocrat #RoadTo#3

  4. raiderlyfe510 says: Oct 16, 2016 7:59 PM

    That game ended shady. If that were the Las Vegas Seahawks I would have a lot of conspiracy questions that would need answers.

  5. Hitdog18 says: Oct 16, 2016 7:59 PM

    seriously Falcon fans, i know you didn’t win this one, but you still showed you are a tough team to play

  6. bucrightoff says: Oct 16, 2016 8:00 PM

    If the NFL is wondering why it’s ratings are cratering, it’s not because of anthem protests, it’s because obvious Dominique Rodgers-Cromarties got called for a PI he clearly didn’t commit, and Richard Sherman got away with one of the most blatant PI penalties you’ll ever see. It’s the new NBA like it was under Stern, suspect officiating everywhere mixed with very boring games.

  7. bucsorbust says: Oct 16, 2016 8:00 PM

    You can’t help but notice the Falcons, with that prolific offense, can really hose it up on the clutch drive–when they just have to do it, they cant. Think about it. Last trip to the NFC title game, a couple games last year, and again tonight. Losers find a way to lose–and that is the main problem with the NFC South in general.

  8. thegenghiskahn88 says: Oct 16, 2016 8:01 PM

    Sherman got away with a PI… idk how they missed that

  9. seahawkfanfrom1970s says: Oct 16, 2016 8:02 PM

    Kelcie McCray’s inexperience, Nolan Frese’s low snaps, and missing Bennett and Kam almost cost us this game, but the veterans pulled it together at the end. Kudos to the Falcons, though, they are a very good team that makes excellent halftime adjustments.

  10. pastabelly says: Oct 16, 2016 8:03 PM

    The officials gave Seattle the game by ignoring very obvious pass interference on Sherman. They HAVE to call that. Not sure if it was a home town call or just plain terrible officiating. You can’t give a game away like that.

  11. jason9696 says: Oct 16, 2016 8:05 PM

    That was clearly pass interference on Richard Sherman on 4th and 10. What a gutless coward the referee is. Maybe the Falcons get into field goal position after that maybe they don’t. We will never know now.

  12. skawh says: Oct 16, 2016 8:05 PM

    Yeah, Sherman held down Julio’s arm on the Hawks final pass. And how many holds did Atlanta defenders get away with during the game. It always balanced out. And as Bill Belachek says, we’re on to Cincinnati!

  13. delta7x1 says: Oct 16, 2016 8:07 PM

    Was going for Seahawks, only cause I’m a bucs fan😦 , but Atlanta got robbed. These refs make the game a lot more unwatchable.

  14. linemanguy74 says: Oct 16, 2016 8:08 PM

    After that no call,still wondering why less people are watching ???

  15. usdcoyotesfan says: Oct 16, 2016 8:08 PM

    Enjoy it, Seahawk fans. It looks like this will be your last win this year.

  16. RegisHawk says: Oct 16, 2016 8:09 PM

    We got away with one there

    They got away with one earlier where Kearse would have had a catch, but the defender was hanging on to his jersey, literally being dragged along and slowing Kearse down. Tit-for-tat as far as I’m concerned.

  17. NFLisnotreality says: Oct 16, 2016 8:09 PM

    Playoff seeding implications with this one…

  18. jshawaii22 says: Oct 16, 2016 8:09 PM

    The PI, I don’t think the downfield ref could see Richard’s inside arm pull on Julio, as Earl Thomas was double teaming Julio and was between Richard and the ref… either way, you have a 4th down, game on the line, and 3 All pros and probably 3 HOF’s going for the same ball.

    It’s just hard to call that penalty at that point in the game.

    Great 3 qtrs by the Seahawks D. Note to the team: There are 4 qtrs in a football game, including the third.

  19. seabrawk12 says: Oct 16, 2016 8:10 PM

    The non-call was obvious. However Ryan blew it by not running for the easy 1st down on the previous play. Losing Bennett and not having Chancellor or Clark didn’t help Seattle, but they pulled through. Go HAWKS

  20. cakesw says: Oct 16, 2016 8:10 PM

    Home Cooking on that PI…

    That same play happens in Atlanta, there are 57 flags on the field

  21. unbridledsexy says: Oct 16, 2016 8:10 PM

    Yep, they missed a PI on the Falcons last play. But to say that the Hawks didn’t deserve the win is ludicrous. If I remember correctly there was 59 minutes of football before hand and the Hawks were in the lead not only at the time of the call but for the majority of the game. The Falcons should have done something in the other 3 quarters of football if they wanted to secure a win and not blame it on a no call at the end of the game.

  22. bengalsfan2079 says: Oct 16, 2016 8:10 PM

    I remember I got downvoted for saying the officials screwed the Bengals twice on replays this year that had an impact in the Steelers and Broncos game. Its not just that the officiating is horrible and continues to get worse every week. There’s no accountability all you hear is Blandumbo every week give some half hearted explanation.

  23. usdcoyotesfan says: Oct 16, 2016 8:11 PM

    So sick of hearing about what a class act Russell Wilson is. I punked that dude when he was in college at Wisconsin. In 2011, my buddies and I traveled there to watch our South Dakota Coyotes play his Badgers. After the game, we were at a bar when this clown showed up and started acting like he owned the place. We ignored him until he came over to the table, talking about how he was going to “whoop on everyone” for not giving him “respect.” Him being 5’11 200 lbs. and me 6’6 250 lbs. I put him in his place very quickly. I’m just glad the guy who took a video immediately deleted it.

  24. tjacks7 says: Oct 16, 2016 8:13 PM

    These refs are pathetic. Yet another good game ruined and ultimately determined by the refs not doing their jobs. I wonder if it’s rigged or if the refs are scared to throw flags at the end of games but Stevie Wonder could see that PI from the nose bleeds.

  25. tybalt1211 says: Oct 16, 2016 8:14 PM

    @usdcoyotesfan. After beating the #1 offense and going 4-1. Keep dreaming.

  26. seatownballers says: Oct 16, 2016 8:16 PM

    Pure luck hawk fans. Thank ya
    Vanett needs to start asap to play next to Sowell for help. I’ve seen enough from spiller, cut him once Prosise is good. Earl played lights out.
    Cut the long snapper frese, bring other guy back for more dough. His snaps almost cost us the game Schneider

  27. scottdavid329 says: Oct 16, 2016 8:16 PM

    Hmmm. To the Seahawks fan say that the no calls evened out. How many games do see a team end up with only three penalties for 30? Your OL was holding all game. Nice home cooking win.

  28. osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says: Oct 16, 2016 8:18 PM

    bucrightoff says:

    If the NFL is wondering why it’s ratings are cratering, it’s not because of anthem protests, it’s because obvious Dominique Rodgers-Cromarties got called for a PI he clearly didn’t commit, and Richard Sherman got away with one of the most blatant PI penalties you’ll ever see.
    ——————————————————————–
    What a joke. Watch it in real time. Great pass defense and clean play.

  29. scmems07 says: Oct 16, 2016 8:19 PM

    Falcons couldn’t put them away. They should have known that if they let the Seahawks sick around, eventually the refs will get them back in the game.

  30. rw3sluxuriouscurls says: Oct 16, 2016 8:19 PM

    They just made up for those phantom offensive PI calls that were made when we played the Rams. It all worked out the way it should. Go Hawks!

  31. Rhode Island Patriots Fan says: Oct 16, 2016 8:21 PM

    In my opinion, the end of this game conclusively demonstrates why every play—including those involving “judgment calls”—should be subject to review within the existing number of challenges by coaches. Sometimes, it’s “only” the outcome of a game that’s potentially impacted by these calls—or non-calls, as the case may be.

  32. osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says: Oct 16, 2016 8:23 PM

    LOL amusing. The Seahawks “worst OL in the NFL” dominated the Falcons. The “PI” was called legal pass defense.

    4-1, 2 games up on the division. The NFC West will be the Seahawks by Thanksgiving at this rate.

  33. RegisHawk says: Oct 16, 2016 8:24 PM

    How many games do see a team end up with only three penalties for 30?

    With logic like that we can definitively say that the Patriots are obviously cheating because nobody has their home W/L record.

  34. Hitdog18 says: Oct 16, 2016 8:25 PM

    Calls, or non-calls, like that at the end of the game really make you wonder

  35. ace8842 says: Oct 16, 2016 8:27 PM

    They won due to a bad call, period. Clear interference on Sherman. Sick of Seattle getting lucky at home.

  36. 8oneanddones says: Oct 16, 2016 8:27 PM

    There’s your tiebreaker for the #1 or 2 seed.

  37. rw3sluxuriouscurls says: Oct 16, 2016 8:28 PM

    Also Atlanta should have played more than one quarter if they want to win. The quarter our defense had nap time. One good quarter does not win football games. He should have been lighting it up with no Bennett in his face. Not even a field goal. Fail!

  38. fmaluf says: Oct 16, 2016 8:28 PM

    No mention to the obvius pass interference on the atlanta final play? Richard sherman almost walked down the aisle with julio jones.

  39. cakesw says: Oct 16, 2016 8:29 PM

    Law of the Internet….

    If you claim you are 6’5 250…

    You are 5’5 150

  40. scottdavid329 says: Oct 16, 2016 8:32 PM

    Hmm. Seahawks barely cover. Wonder if the refs have gotten their money from Vegas yet. And to the smug “12s”: y’all were pretty quiet during the 3rd quarter and you barely beat a garbage Falcons defense with a defensive TD included.

  41. kamthechancellor says: Oct 16, 2016 8:33 PM

    Great game Falcons. Obviously Sherman got away with one…not going to candy coat that. Great half time adjustments by Shannon. Hope to see you again in the playoffs.

  42. kamthechancellor says: Oct 16, 2016 8:33 PM

    *Shanahan

  43. rw3sluxuriouscurls says: Oct 16, 2016 8:34 PM

    We made soo many mistakes and were without 3 of our best defensive players. Yes we deserved this win. PI or no PI. Which there was no guarantee they would have scored,since they laid a poop egg all 4th quarter. People will always find ways to discredit us. We will keep proving you wrong. Go Hawks.

  44. unbridledsexy says: Oct 16, 2016 8:37 PM

    The reason it’s bogus to say the falcons should have won but didn’t because of the call isthe score. They don’t just need the call, they would have had to score. Anything could have happened and the Falcons weren’t guaranteed a field goal or touchdown if the call was made. Is it a good possibility? Yes. Is it a sure thing? Hell no. That being said this is a great example of why a coach should be able to use their two challenges on any play.

  45. norcalcard says: Oct 16, 2016 8:39 PM

    There’s no way the refs miss that hold on Julio Jones arm going for that catch.

    The refs simply can’t just elect to choose when to call PI or holding or any other penalty like the NBA does.

    That should’ve been a great game but now it is just sad and very suspicious refereeing. You have to make a call as you catch them, not to choose or be selective to keep games close or because of home field. It just turns a great game into a joke.

  46. donnymacjack says: Oct 16, 2016 8:46 PM

    The one thing you have to agree with is the consistency of the officiating in this game. They missed a PI against Sherman at the end and they also missed one much earlier that should have gone against the Falcons. So it comes down to one of two things… Should they let teams play physical or should they flag every bit of contact between receiver and defender? Personally I prefer the “let them play” mantra.

  47. jackedupboonie says: Oct 16, 2016 8:46 PM

    Try running a real play on 4th down…not one specifically designed to draw a penalty. A heave into double coverage wasn’t rewarded with the desired call. That’s too bad.

  48. jerjaxon says: Oct 16, 2016 8:55 PM

    If Matty perfect doesn’t throw a pick, none of this matters. But he did. Seeing our old bald headed DC jump up and down was kinda funny. Ha ha. We win:)

  49. skawh says: Oct 16, 2016 8:56 PM

    Hey Hawk haters…would you like some cheese with that PI whine?

    Kearse was held at the goal line, and not a peep from any one of you. And you want to whine about a PI call at the end of the game? Double standard haters are the worst kind!

    4-1! Deal with it!

  50. bullogne says: Oct 16, 2016 8:57 PM

    No team benefits more from breaks and poor officiating than Seattle. We know the recent history (missed Min FG, Fail Mary, NFC Championship vs GB etc etc) but today an easy catch dropped by Julio turns into an int and the missed PI call…..SMH

  51. ampatsisahypocrite says: Oct 16, 2016 8:58 PM

    When DOESN’T Sherman get away with pass interference? Seriously, the dude wouldn’t be in the NFL without it.

  52. seanhawk80 says: Oct 16, 2016 8:58 PM

    Weird, the channel I was watching the game on had the Falcons calling passing plays instead of running out the clock and Richard Sherman breaking up a pass to Julio Jones that lead to a game winning interception.

  53. scottdavid329 says: Oct 16, 2016 9:00 PM

    God Seahawks fans have an inferiority complex. It’s obvious from the fact that apparently your team apparently never holds or gets called for late hits that you get home cooking and the NFL favors you. You won a Super Bowl. Act like you’ve been there before.

  54. jvseahawk says: Oct 16, 2016 9:05 PM

    Bullogne ignores missed FG and extra point by Hawks, not to mention bad no call on Kearse, not to mention injuries to the defense that Atlanta mostly couldn’t take advantage of.

    When your opponent is missing three important defensive players at the end of the game, and you’re supposed to be a great offense, don’t cry when a call on a 4th and 10 doesn’t go your way.

  55. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Oct 16, 2016 9:05 PM

    Something is going on with Russell Wilson. He was missing wide open receivers.

  56. jerjaxon says: Oct 16, 2016 9:05 PM

    Sherman was clearly holding V. Testaverde’s helmet.

  57. MostlyRight says: Oct 16, 2016 9:07 PM

    Seattle proving once again that the refs are the team to beat this year.

  58. bartpkelly says: Oct 16, 2016 9:07 PM

    If the call is made the Falcons still need to get a good field goal in.

    If the call was made when Kearse was in the end zone then the Falcons would have needed a TD…

    If the refs would have called PI throughout the game…who knows? No one knows…not even Bo…

    Ok, Bo knows…but he is the only one.

  59. imodan says: Oct 16, 2016 9:13 PM

    skawh says:
    Oct 16, 2016 8:05 PM
    Yeah, Sherman held down Julio’s arm on the Hawks final pass. And how many holds did Atlanta defenders get away with during the game. It always balanced out. And as Bill Belachek says, we’re on to Cincinnati!
    ————————————————————–
    Who the hell is Bill Belachek?

  60. jerjaxon says: Oct 16, 2016 9:15 PM

    God Seahawks fans have an inferiority complex. It’s obvious from the fact that apparently your team apparently never holds or gets called for late hits that you get home cooking and the NFL favors you. You won a Super Bowl. Act like you’ve been there before.

    You’re boys aren’t sure now to act. They’ve never been their before

  61. nords14 says: Oct 16, 2016 9:19 PM

    For all those Falcs fans saying they were robbed how about Julio hanging onto the pass that tipped off his hand and was picked off at the end. That changed the game.

    Finish and missed PI calls don’t come into play.

  62. Pete Carroll is a 9/11 truther says: Oct 16, 2016 9:20 PM

    The Falcons gave that game away. First, their RB runs out of bounds with 3:58 left with the lead. Then, they thrown a pick when they should be running clock.

    Then, big surprise, Sherman holds their best WR on final play. News flash: Sherman holds on about half to 2/3rods of the plays. That’s not a knock, he is smart for doing so, as the refs won’t call it on every play. Many great CBs do this.

  63. scottdavid329 says: Oct 16, 2016 9:20 PM

    @bart. And if the refs had given Ryan the same type of late hit calls that Brady gets weekly and the Seahawks got away with the whole first half or actually called holding on your OL who knows how the game would have gone.

  64. PhD says: Oct 16, 2016 9:21 PM

    You spelled Cheathawks wrong. Richard Sherman cheats on almost every play he defends on and seldom gets called. So why not? If you only get called 20% of the time, you get away with it 80%.

  65. scottdavid329 says: Oct 16, 2016 9:23 PM

    Enjoy your hollow victory. You and the other annoying 12s were crapping your pants in the 3rd quarter.

  66. jerjaxon says: Oct 16, 2016 9:36 PM

    Enjoy your hollow victory. You and the other annoying 12s were crapping your pants in the 3rd quarter.

    I can’t lie man, but you were doing the same for the other 3 quarters. Now you’ll be doing it until next Sunday. I’d call that a victory. How bout you?

  67. jaxon51 says: Oct 16, 2016 9:41 PM

    I can’t take too many more of those type of games by Hawks.
    But 4-1 is 4-1 and we are very lucky to not be 2-3.
    Hawks MO is to mug receivers and sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. Today it did at the right time.
    Atlanta has a good thing going with Dan Quinn at the helm, good luck to you guys rest of the way.

  68. jvseahawk says: Oct 16, 2016 9:43 PM

    Even a hollow victory taste sweeter than that bitter stuff you’re chewing on…

  69. scottdavid329 says: Oct 16, 2016 9:44 PM

    Nahh. The NBA season is starting soon and most of us prefer college football.🙂. The birds are fun but we still lead our division and don’t have an inferiority complex.🙂

  70. sweetnlow44 says: Oct 16, 2016 10:01 PM

    The trolls’ tears are delicious. 4-1. Was a makeup call for the non call on Kearse earlier in the game. And if you think the refs favor the seahawks, go back and watch the rams game. Until then, keep crying.

  71. polksaladandy says: Oct 16, 2016 10:18 PM

    “Malcolm Butler with the interception at the goal line…”. Oops, my bad, wrong post.

  72. ratsfoiledagain says: Oct 16, 2016 10:25 PM

    scottdavid329 says:
    Oct 16, 2016 9:44 PM
    Nahh. The NBA season is starting soon and most of us prefer college football.🙂. The birds are fun but we still lead our division and don’t have an inferiority complex.🙂
    ****
    Sure. But come playoff time, if they make it, Atlanta will get bounced, like they normally do.

  73. jerjaxon says: Oct 16, 2016 11:23 PM

    scottdavid329 says:
    Oct 16, 2016 9:44 PM
    Nahh. The NBA season is starting soon and most of us prefer college football.🙂. The birds are fun but we still lead our division and don’t have an inferiority complex.🙂

    That about sums up your fan base.

  74. jerjaxon says: Oct 16, 2016 11:25 PM

    scottdavid329 says:
    Oct 16, 2016 9:44 PM
    Nahh. The NBA season is starting soon and most of us prefer college football.🙂. The birds are fun but we still lead our division and don’t have an inferiority complex.🙂

    It’s fun when your little birds are doing well, but if not you’re really just college and NBA fans.

  75. mutantman87 says: Oct 17, 2016 3:17 AM

    I still wonder exactly what the Browns were thinking in 2011. Julio Jones is so good that the Legion of Boom can’t even cover him (which is why they grabbed him all game).

  76. therussellwilsonshow says: Oct 17, 2016 2:08 PM

    And, if the refs had also called PI earlier in the game when Kearse got mugged in the endzone, the Seahawks may have scored more points, and the last play of the game may not have mattered. The last play wasn’t the only bad call in the game. The refs didn’t steal the game from the Falcons…Earl Thomas did.

    Go Hawks!

  77. ragtopdodge says: Oct 18, 2016 8:39 PM

    Why is it when it’s a hail mary type throw, you guys look for PIs?

    How hands to the face that Julio put on Sherman on that route?

    How about Kearse getting held in the end zone w/no PI called?

    Who’s to say that Julio would have caught that ball w/one hand?

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