Seahawks kicker Blair Walsh missed a 52-yard FG to take the game into overtime, giving the Falcons a 34-31 victory.
On Monday night, the rematch of last season's Divisional Round playoff game went down in Seattle as the Seahawks hosted Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons in a battle of NFC titans. Atlanta got an ideal start to the game going up 14-0 right away, but Russell Wilson would battle back throughout the game and give his chance to tie the game with just seconds left, but Seahawks kicker Blair Walsh missed a 52-yard FG to extend the game.
The Falcons had a chance to the cut the lead 24-21 before the half with a FG, but instead coach Pete Carroll opted for a fake FG and it was snubbed out, which would ultimately come back to haunt them in the end. However, Carroll isn’t back down from his decision to go for it.
“It would have been a really good call if we would have made it,” Carroll said. “It was a terrific opportunity, right where we wanted it. The defensive tackle made a better play. He wasn’t supposed to be there.”
With the Seahawks defense depleted due to injuries, the Falcons would go onto put up the most points they’ve had all year long for their offense. Matt Ryan completed 19 of 27 passes for 195 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions while leading the Falcons to five scores on eight possessions (excluding kneel downs). Falcons RB Tevin Coleman would get 20 carries for 43 yards and 1 touchdown.
As for the Seahawks, Russell Wilson put the entire offense on his back and threw for 252 yards and 2 touchdowns, while throwing for 1 interception. However, Russ also had to comeback with his feet as the Seahawks were struggling to find any run game. Wilson rushed for 86 yards and 1 touchdown in total, making him have quiet the fantasy score for those who have him. TE Jimmy Graham brought in 7 catches for 58 yards and 1 touchdown, while Doug Baldwin also had 40 yards and a late 4th quarter touchdownwn to make it a close game.
Unfortunately, the Seahawks fell short on the leg of kicker Blair Walsh who missed a game tying FG with :07 seconds left in the game. The victory now pushes Atlanta into the No. 6 spot in the playoff picture, knocking Seattle into the "in the hunt" category in the process.
Next week, the Falcons host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, while the Seahawks head to San Francisco to take on the 49ers.
If you happened to miss any of the highlights from Monday night, we went ahead and rounded those up for you (below) along with some reactions from people & analysts on twitter.
I can't blame Pete Carroll for trying to break a fake field goal for a touchdown with 7 seconds left in the half. Obviously he feared Matt Ryan would hang 40 on his decimated D. He needed go-for-broke touchdowns not FGs.— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) November 21, 2017
I believe Russell Wilson would have kicked the 52-yard field goal that Blair Witch Project missed short. Russell is that incredible in 4th quarters.— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) November 21, 2017
Seahawks fans right now pic.twitter.com/1bJlI0FY3R— Josiah Johnson (@KingJosiah54) November 21, 2017
How big is that DUMB A** fake fg b4 the half Carroll called?— shannon sharpe (@ShannonSharpe) November 21, 2017
My mind is blown by that fake field goal. Someone explain that.— Jason Whitlock (@WhitlockJason) November 21, 2017
I feel bad for Blair Walsh and he hasn't even missed this kick yet— Big Cat (@BarstoolBigCat) November 21, 2017
Russell Wilson evading trouble like... pic.twitter.com/pps9YILXO6— Josina Anderson (@JosinaAnderson) November 21, 2017
Russell Wilson is just ridiculously good— Ed Werder (@EdwerderRFA) November 21, 2017
Can’t believe Seattle picked up Blair Walsh. They went to a super bowl because Walsh missed a field goal as a Viking. pic.twitter.com/uWWaipVCnA— Apeshot (@Apesh0t) November 21, 2017
Pete Carroll's face 😂 why pick up Blair Walsh, I guess the Seahawks don't remember what happened in Minnesota... pic.twitter.com/rcWccV4nk7— Daniel de Monteiro (@danieldood76) November 21, 2017
Found some Old Family Footage Of Blair Walsh pic.twitter.com/qGsdHgsy47— 🦃MutWieners🦃 (@Mutwieners) November 21, 2017
"Is Blair Walsh clutch?" pic.twitter.com/bFs0rZ22u4— Cromartie Jr. (@SpyroKush) November 21, 2017
Blair Walsh missed it by *that* much pic.twitter.com/U0MsmNiurS— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) November 21, 2017