Wilson’s lightning-quick development into a superstar was probably the biggest surprise in the entire NFL this season, and the Seattle defense’s failure against Atlanta in the playoffs had to be a close second.
After playing a complete dud of a game in the first half, the Hawks rallied behind Russell Wilson to take the lead — and then gave it up in a loss that was both heartbreaking and encouraging.
The Atlanta Falcons’ game-winning field goal in the final 13 seconds of regulation overshadowed the Seahawks’ second half comeback.
Seattle needs to pressure Matt Ryan, stop his star receiving duo of Julio Jones and Roddy White, run the ball like they have all season and score touchdowns in the red zone.
Seattle’s defensive coordinator seemingly hates to blitz on the road — the Hawks rarely do it. But if they are going to get some pressure on Ryan, he is going to have to pull the trigger.
Matt Ryan is still looking for his first playoff win, and he will have to continue his great play if he is going to get it against a streaking Seattle team.
The Seattle Seahawks overcame a 14-0 deficit and a poor performance in the red zone to knock off the Washington Redskins and move on to play the Atlanta Falcons next Sunday.
Marshawn Lynch ran for 131 yards, and rookie quarterback Russell Wilson completed 15 of 26 passes for 187 yards and ran eight times for 67 yards for the Seahawks — but the underlining story of the game was Seattle’s top-notch defense from the second quarter on.
Washington is a lot like the San Francisco team that was blown out by Seattle two weeks ago, but the Hawks will have to stop the running game and beat Jim Haslett’s exotic blitzes.
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