One of the best playoff games ever. Seattle showed their mettle coming from 20 points down on the road and with :31 left in the game held a 28-27 lead. Then Matt “Matty-Ice” Ryan showed his maturity driving the Falcons to the winning field goal. This was the culmination of the Falcons building plan and maturation of both Coach Smith and his quarterback. We wrote back in August that it was time for Atlanta to ascend to a Super Bowl by winning their first playoff game under the new regime. Now they have that first win under their belt, they will be relaxed going into the NFC Championship.
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The Hail Mary didn’t work out this time.
Julio Jones picked off Russell Wilson’s last-ditch effort as time expired in Atlanta and the Falcons advanced to the NFC Championship Game with a 30-28 win that extended our string of outstanding football games this weekend to three. The Falcons grabbed the lead with eight seconds to play on a 49-yard field goal by Matt Bryant, but had to survive the Hail Mary attempt because the ensuing kickoff caromed off the front line of the Seahawks kick return team and the visitors recovered near midfield. Wilson had plenty of magic on Sunday, but it ran out on the final play.
Wilson led the Seahawks back from 27-7 down entering the fourth quarter and was excellent in the second half after the Seahawks were shut out in the first 30 minutes. Wilson helped put the Seahawks in front by spinning away from Sean Weatherspoon and hitting Marshawn Lynch for 23 yards on third down with 44 seconds remaining to set up a Lynch touchdown that gave Seattle its first lead of the day. Wilson finished with 385 passing yards, 60 rushing yards, two passing touchdowns and a rushing touchdown. The ride ends here, but we’ve got a lot of Wilson to come in the future.