12th Man: Divisional Round vs. Atlanta Recap
The Seahawks brought their season to a close in Atlanta on Saturday, falling to the Falcons 36-20 in a game that quickly turned into a disappointment in every facet for Seahawks fans. Overall, this was a pretty frustrating season. While I would love nothing more than to see my favorite team win another Super Bowl, I’m not upset that it’s over at all. Moments of brilliance sandwiched between youthful incoherence and just plain bad play have been commonplace. Unfortunately, in this game, Seattle could not summon enough of the former to rally past the latter two:
THE GOOD: The opening drive that took about nine minutes off of the clock and put a touchdown on the board. That’s it. Next.
· Russell Wilson couldn’t find a rhythm
· The offensive line gave up eighteen pressures and multiple run stops to a defensive line that largely struggled to make its way into the offensive backfield all season
· The run game disappeared
· Steven Terrell
· Deshawn Shead AND Jeremy Lane left with injuries (Shead tore his ACL)
· Germain Ifedi left briefly with a high ankle sprain and in his place, Rees Odhiambo tripped Russell Wilson, causing him to fall backwards into the end zone and give up a safety
· The pass rush struggled to get pressure
· Kevin Pierre-Louis committed one of the dumbest special teams penalties I’ve ever seen when he held a player, in no position to make an impact on the play, for no reason. This would negate an 80-yard punt return, bouncing Seattle from the red zone to their own 7-yard line
THE…HELL WAS THAT?
· Devin Hester returned a second-quarter kickoff 50 yards
· Devin Hester returned a fourth-quarter kickoff 78 yards
· Devin Hester also had an 80-yard punt return that would be called back (see: the bad)
· The Falcons kept kicking to Devin Hester
· Right tackle Garry Gilliam managed to shut down Vic Beasley, Jr. again
· The weirdest interception I’ve seen in quite some time when Luke Willson didn’t maintain control of the ball while going down, only for a couple of Falcons defenders to bat it around for a bit before it would be secured
· The previously mentioned safety was recorded by Falcons’ backup offensive lineman Ben Garland, which would make him the second-best offensive lineman on the field while the Seahawks’ offense played (the best would be center Justin Britt)
1-1. On to the couch.