The Seattle Seahawks emphatically denounced those who doubt their Super Bowl contending ability by destroying the Atlanta Falcons 33-10 in the Georgia Dome on Sunday.
The convincing win was made even more important given the Seahawks’ disappointing play against struggling teams the past couple of weeks. Seattle hadn’t been able to put away teams in resounding fashion as a contending team ought to. Although Atlanta has struggled this year and is not the same elite team that the Seahawks faced last winter in the playoffs, the team still oozes talent. Seattle’s win on the road against them, then, is a clear indication of their Super Bowl pedigree.
Seattle’s defense shut down the Falcons on offense, giving up only 211 yards. The defense also sacked Matt Ryan a couple times, forced a fumble late in the fourth quarter, allowed only four third-down conversions, and gave up a maximum play of only 20 yards. The key statistic for the Seahawks’ defense is in rushing yards allowed. After being torched by the Rams and Bucs on the ground the past few weeks, Seattle limited the Falcons’ rushing attack to just 64 yards.
On offense, Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch dominated. Wilson spread the ball around to Golden Tate, Doug Baldwin, and Jermaine Kearse, who was especially impressive. Lynch pounded the Falcons on the ground, easily accumulating over 100 yards yet again. The underlying factor in the offense’s huge success was the play of the offensive line. Russell Okung, Breno Giacomini, and Max Unger were all out, but the play of Alvin Bailey, Paul McQuistan, and Lemuel Jeanpierre was simply exquisite. They opened up plenty of holes for Lynch to punch through, and they protected Wilson admirably.
Steven Hauschka was dynamite on special teams, hitting four field goals. Golden Tate also continues to be a threat on special teams, as his 13.7 yards per punt return is fifth in the NFL.
All in all, this game highlighted just how complete this Seattle team is. It was a huge relief to see all these aspects of the game coalesce into such a hearty win against a struggling but still talented team.
This kind of win ought to be a huge momentum boost as the race for home field advantage heats up in the NFC. Seattle gets Minnesota at home this week, and then they’ll have a bye week to prepare for the crucial back-to-back matchups against the Saints (a Monday night home game) and the 49ers (in Candlestick Park).
With those crucial games that could very well decide the seedings for the playoffs right around the corner, this convincing and complete win against the Falcons is coming at a great time. The Seattle Seahawks can use this momentum to continue stringing great performances together to seal up the NFC in the coming weeks.
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