Falcons hold on for 34-31 victory over Seahawks

AP

They — whoever they is — say that football is a game of inches. “They” on Monday could be Seahawks kicker Blair Walsh.

Walsh’s game-tying field-goal attempt with seven seconds left fell just short of the crossbar. Instead of celebrating a 52-yard field goal to send the game into overtime, the Seahawks were left to ponder “what if.”

Walsh’s miss allowed Atlanta to hang on for a 34-31 victory in one of the most entertaining games of the season.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll will have to answer postgame questions about two curious decisions.

With seven seconds left in the first half and facing a fourth-and-one at the Atlanta 17, Seattle inexplicably tried a fake field goal. Tight end Luke Willson was tackled for a 4-yard loss by Grady Jarrett. Then, early in the fourth quarter, Carroll challenged an obvious incompletion to Doug Baldwin, losing a timeout that the Seahawks needed in their comeback attempt.

Russell Wilson gave them a chance anyway.

The Seahawks quarterback had seven rushes for 86 yards and completed 26 of 42 passes for 258 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. The Seahawks trailed 34-23 with 3:49 remaining, but scored a touchdown and a 2-point conversion in only 49 seconds. Wilson scrambled for 16 yards, threw to Jimmy Graham for 11 yards, threw to J.D. McKissic for 4 yards and got 15 yards on a late hit out of bounds by Keanu Neal before an incompletion and a 29-yard touchdown pass to Baldwin. Graham caught the two-point conversion.

The Seahawks got the ball back with 1:46 remaining after forcing a three-and-out and Wilson, who has 19 career game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime, drove them from their own 25 to the Atlanta 34. With no timeouts and seven seconds remaining, Carroll initially left his offense on the field. Then, he thought better of it and sent out Walsh.

Walsh, who had a career long of 56 yards and a season long of 49 yards, came up just short . . . to the relief of the Falcons.

The Falcons of 2017 finally look something like the Falcons of 2016. After back-to-back victories over the Cowboys and Seahawks, Atlanta has sent a message not to count it out just yet.

The Falcons (6-4) are two games behind the Saints and one game behind the Panthers in the NFC South.

Matt Ryan completed 19 of 27 passes for 195 yards and two touchdowns, and Julio Jones caught five passes for 71 yards. Adrian Clayborn, who had six sacks of Dak Prescott last week, scored a touchdown on a 10-yard fumble return in the first half.

54 responses to “Falcons hold on for 34-31 victory over Seahawks

  1. tecmoho says:
    November 19, 2017 at 5:50 pm
    Nice to see Seattle’s farm league team beat our division rivals. Seahawks beat Viking in post season on a Blair Walsh field goal. Book it!

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    You’re welcome Seattle. Enjoy looking at the Rams’ tail lights.

  2. Is that two games that Blair Walsh has lost for Seattle already this year? Enjoy, there’s more where that came from!

  3. Of course Walsh will take all the blame but the Seahawks would have won that game if Wilson didn’t spot the falcons 14pts off his two turnovers, something the media will conveniently gloss over.

  4. The seahawks are finished. Their defense is a joke. No playoffs this year. What happened to the one year dynasty? The bandwagon will soon be empty.

  5. This game is about two things: Wilson’s early interception and fumble, both quickly turned into touchdowns.

    The stuff in this article happened, but those two things were the difference in the game, period. Atlanta played well but Seattle handed them this one with a pile of unnecessary mistakes.

  6. So far, Walsh has a pretty big imprint on two losses. Its not karma because of the playoff loss he handed to the Vikes… its karma because Carroll wanted to be a rub it in.

    Hey Carroll; nice fake fg and nice goal line pass in their last Superbowl

  7. Carroll and Wilson blew it. Stupid call by Carroll at the end of the half, and moronic decision by Wilson to throw a four-yard pass in bounds with the clock running and no timeouts on the final drive. He wasted about 15 seconds on that play.

  8. I don’t think Walsh will ever live down the missed field goal he had in the playoffs for the vikes… especially now that he is playing for the team he missed it against. I hope it won’t haunt him the rest of his career.

  9. Atlanta has a game with the Saints next. They can close the gap to one game.

    If Wilson the game manager has to throw 30+ passes per game, the Seahawks are not going to win many games. It means their defense and running game are not working.

  10. Blair Walsh. I’m asking any NFL team to hire me at half his salary. I’ll consistently miss kicks, and you can save half the salary you would be paying Blair Walsh.

  11. After watching tonight game I have to wonder if the Seattle “12th” man realize how stupid they look on the camera shots of the crowd and also their Coach Tricky Pete the Cheat dumba$$ decision to not kick the field goal right before the half. Between this guy Andy Reid and Mike Micarthy I can’t figure out who is the one who makes the most poor decisions but mostly gets overlooked or hidden by the play of either their QB or Team in general. As a Vikings Fan of 40+ years I know bad Coaches lol It brought me great joy to see Blair Walsh come up short on a 51 yard Field Goal, got to see plenty of that act as well. It’s also funny how they talk about R Sherman like his an all world CB, once they finally starting calling the Seachickens for holding receivers he/they are not nearly as effective. Take away R. Wilson an very average Team at best, the window has closed on that “Dynasty” pretty quickly.

  12. remember when, on the road to super bowl xlix they ran the fake field goal and Pete was a freaking genius…. then, in sb xlix they ran a play with 6 seconds left in the 1st half and got a touchdown instead of settling for a field goal? Pure genius, right?.. well, the geenie lies in the execution, I suppose. If that pick play panned out he’d have been the G.O.A.T. rather than the goat.

  13. Jimmy Graham was not the same player after taking the goal line hit and why the cheap shot S saints were willing to say goodbye, I don’t care if he does have 8 TDS you can keep him as he lack heart.

  14. Pete Carroll blew that game; the fake FG before the half was one of the dumbest calls I’ve seen in a long time. Due to the time it was a TD or nothing, take the points.

  15. Legion of Boom: RIP
    One year “Dynasty” RIP

    All that’s left is for Cheatin Pete, to skulk out of town under cover of darkness.

  16. Caroll is a fool for trying a fake filed goal before the half. Is there that much lack of confidence in Walsh? With seven seconds, they almost ran another pass play. I can only expect that he didn’t trust Walsh in that situation either. I guess maybe for good reason. Walsh is probably done after this year.

  17. The Seahawks very first MNF game ever, coincidentally at Atlanta in 1979, involved a successful fake FG so I’m okay with them getting all traditional — but not that play. Throw it to the end zone. Even if Luke Willson got the first down, he very likely would have been run down before scoring and time would expire anyway.
    The challenge on the Baldwin non-catch was inexplicable. Amazing comeback effort by Russell Wilson, only to have it fall inches short.
    One of the most painful regular season losses that I can remember in years.

  18. Deninition of insanity – trotting Blair Walsh out for a makeable FG and expecting that he won’t destroy your soul.

    Hey Seahawks fans… you didn’t want to listen, and only wanted to bash Vikings fans who said from the start that you were making a mistake signing this guy.

    I’ve gotta say, I’m loving watching this blow up in your faces. How long till the 12’s are out with the pitchforks and torches?

  19. Seattle Snowflakes. Maybe if they were 100% all in football and not race baiting the outcome would be differently. The team worked hard one year, started fights in the Super Bowl spotlight, then feels the game owes them now. Typical snowflaking. Snowflakes melt, its what they do in USA.

  20. Probably should have signed Hauschka instead of the Blair Walsh Project. He just broke the NFL record for consecutive field goals over 50 yards and probably won the Bills a game or two this season. Would have won Seattle this game. Very underrated position. Definitely worth a couple mil of your cap space.

  21. Walsh had a record of over 50 yard field goal’s with the Vikings and he can’t even get the distance on a 52 yard? It was short by at least a yard, maybe two.

  22. termite6060 says:
    November 21, 2017 at 7:42 am
    As a Falcons fan, my heart can’t take much more of these nailbiters game after game, year after year.

    Yes…… I don’t understand it. Why do they do this all of the time…..and I mean all of the time. I am tired of being up for “game of the week” every week.

  23. SeahawksBMX says:
    November 21, 2017 at 6:57 am
    The Seahawks very first MNF game ever, coincidentally at Atlanta in 1979, involved a successful fake FG so I’m okay with them getting all traditional — but not that play. Throw it to the end zone. Even if Luke Willson got the first down, he very likely would have been run down before scoring and time would expire anyway.
    The challenge on the Baldwin non-catch was inexplicable. Amazing comeback effort by Russell Wilson, only to have it fall inches short.
    One of the most painful regular season losses that I can remember in years.

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    Hey, I thought the fake field goal was dumb at the time but after watching it again, if Jarrett didn’t instatackle Wilson, he probably would have scored. There was a huge lane going that way with blockers.

  24. Nothing better than seeing that stupid look that Petey gets on his face when they lose and he can’t figure out why

  25. All of the taunting that Blair did to the Viking players this summer, was for naught. I wonder who made the final point?

  26. So happy to see the Hawks lose. They always get soo lucky in these Monday Night games. Kind of like the Lions game a few years ago with the no call on kicking the ball out of the back of the end zone. Wilson is a great player, but it’s ridiculous how lucky he gets.

  27. That fake FG was a disaster on all levels. How did nobody notice that the Falcons had left their regular defense in the game? That fake was born from watching tendencies of the normal FG unit so the moment they weren’t out there somebody–coaches or players–should have immediately called the play off. And with only 7 seconds left it was all or nothing dependent on a TE lumbering 17 yards for the TD–even though it was 4th and 1 it was effectively 4th and goal.

  28. People lovvve to hate on Seattle. It’s ok, jealousy is natural. My post about Seahawks beating Vikings on a Walsh field goal was a joke. I know we got a crappy kicker. More fuel for you haters to say the same crap. Tough game for us Seattle fans. Great game though. Mike Davis looked great. Hope he and Griffin are ok.

  29. atldirtybird1 says:
    November 21, 2017 at 9:35 am
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    Hey, I thought the fake field goal was dumb at the time but after watching it again, if Jarrett didn’t instatackle Wilson, he probably would have scored. There was a huge lane going that way with blockers.
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    I might be the only one who agrees with you, but after seeing a breakdown of the play, you’re absolutely right. If it wasn’t for the whiff on Jarrett (great play by him), I am now convinced that Luke would have scored. As you said, he had the clear lane with blockers (and 4.4 speed). Thanks & good luck the rest of the season!

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