NFC Divisional Playoffs – Fantastic Finish In Atlanta
The Atlanta Falcons pulled one out of the fire on Sunday in part thanks to Seattle Coach Pete Carroll who managed to call time out just in time to watch Falcons place kicker Matt Bryant miss his last second 49 yard field goal, wide right.
The ref called Carroll’s timeout and Bryant had another shot at the field goal, which, of course, he nailed and the Falcons won the game.
The game defiantly falls into one of the most fantastic finishes of the year category.
Atlanta had their way with the Seahawks in the first half with Matt Ryan tossing two touchdown passes and two field goals by kicker Matt Bryant while the Falcons defense shut out Russell Wilson and the Seahawks.
The Falcons were leading 20-0 at halftime but the second half featured the surprising Seattle Seahawks staging an amazing comeback capped off by a 2 yard touchdown run by Marshawn Lynch to give the Seahawks a one point lead with only a little over 2 minutes remaining in the game. Wilson showed us again why he is the starting quarterback for the Seahawks and one of the brightest young players in the NFL today. He passed for 385 yards and 2 touchdowns while also rushing for 60 yards.
But Matt Ryan was not done yet. After the Seahawks kicked off with an onsides kick, Ryan completed two long passes down field allowing kicker Matt Bryant the chance to win the game for the Falcons with a 49 yard field goal…….on the second try. Ryan finished the day with 250 yards passing with 3 touchdown passes.
Las Vegas oddsmakers had Atlanta favored by just 2.5 points and an over & under of 46. Atlanta won but did not cover and the game went way over with 58 points.
It is going to be a long time before Pete Carroll and the Seahawk players and fans forget that untimely timeout that he called at the end of the game. The Seahawks will be back next year to challenge the NFL again. They are a talented, well coached young team and we will hear from them in again in September 2013.
The NFC Championship game will be played on Sunday January 20 in Atlanta when the Falcons will host Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers.
The long awaited Super Bowl XLVII will be played on February 3 in New Orleans