An ugly half ended in ugly fashion for the Seahawks.
The Seahawks drove the ball inside the Falcons’ 10-yard line as time ran down in the second quarter, but a false start and a sack by Jonathan Babineaux pushed them back with no timeouts left to stop the clock. They didn’t try to rush the field goal unit onto the field, leaving Russell Wilson to line up the offense and try to snap the ball before time ran out. He failed and the Seahawks trail 20-0 at the half.
It was the third trip into Falcons territory to end without points for the Seahawks. The Falcons, meanwhile, have scored on four of their five possessions to build their big lead. We’ve covered some of the highlights, but the moment that lingered above the others was 5-6 Falcons running back Jacquizz Rodgers running over Seahawks safety Earl Thomas on the way to a 43-yard run. He looked like Marshawn Lynch in full Beast Mode, a level that no one on the Seahawks has been able to reach through 30 minutes of play.
Rodgers has 61 yards and Michael Turner has 66 as the Falcons offensive line has overwhelmed the Seahawks defense in the running game thus far. It’s been a physical, impressive effort from the Falcons.
The news isn’t all good for Atlanta, though. Falcons defensive end John Abraham is questionable to return with the ankle injury he suffered at the end of the regular season. He was questionable to play Sunday after being limited in practice all week.