The images of the Seahawks’ All-Pro defensive backs at the Georgia Dome on Sunday are those kinds of mental pictures that were worth far more than even a thousand words. The fact that neither wanted to discuss what had just transpired was even more telling.
The Seahawks’ rally-from-way-behind to fall-from-momentary-lead 30-28 loss to the Atlanta Falcons in the divisional round of the NFC playoffs placed a crumpled bow on a season that mirrored Sunday’s game.
The Seahawks spotted the Falcons a 20-0 halftime lead, and then seemingly won the game when
The Seahawks took that brief lead on Sunday by scoring four second-half touchdowns, two on
While the future for this team is so bright all the players should be fitted for shades, that wasn’t the sense in the locker room. This team wanted this game, and the one that would have followed – the NFC Championship game, against a San Francisco 49ers team that they defeated 42-13 on Christmas Eve eve.
“We felt like this was our year,” is the way veteran fullback
It wasn’t, as it turned out, because the Falcons’ Matt Ryan completed two quick passes for 41 yards in 23 seconds, setting up a 49-yard field goal by Matt Bryant that sent Atlanta to the conference title game.
If that scenario sounds familiar, it’s because it is. The Seahawks also took fourth-quarter leads against the Lions in Detroit and Dolphins in Miami before allowing those teams to score even later and steal the wins.
With those victories, the Seahawks would have won the NFC West and never would have been playing in Atlanta over the weekend.
And each time, they were done in by a Matt. Or a Ryan. Or some combination of the two names.
In Detroit, after the Seahawks took a 24-21 lead on Wilson’s 16-yard TD pass to tight end
In Miami, after the Seahawks had taken 21-14 lead on
Then came Sunday’s division playoff game, when Matt Ryan hit Harry Douglas for 22 yards and Tony Gonzalez for 19 yards to get Bryant close enough for his game winner.
And it came in a game where Sherman and
So it wasn’t the expected suspects who did in the Seahawks, which only made the way the game ended that much more maddening, especially for a defense that had ranked No. 4 in the league – and No. 6 against the pass – during the regular season.
As Miller put it in the locker room, “Russell is a guy that wins games for you. We saw that today. He should be credited with a comeback win today.”
Instead, Wilson and his teammates are going through Exit Monday – disappointed, but also motivated, by the way things ended on Sunday.
“It’s probably a good thing this happened,” right tackle
“It’s a huge, huge learning experience for all of us. We’ll get better. We’ll learn from this. We’ll just grow and keep getting better, just like we did all season.”
In a season that ended with a loss that was way too similar to the way the entire season played out.