Matt Ryan dissected the best defense in the NFL for 15 memorable minutes. Richard Sherman unloaded on his teammates with an intense sideline tirade rarely seen in public. And Russell Wilson led another fourth-quarter comeback.
Eventful would be one way to describe Seattle’s 26-24 win over Atlanta on Sunday.
But it was also validating. At this point of the season, the Falcons and Seahawks are clearly among the handful of contenders in the NFC.
Yes, both have flaws that were displayed at times in Seattle’s win. Both also showed they have the ability to overcome them.
“I like where our team identity is now, so badly that I want the identity to happen right away,” Atlanta coach Dan Quinn said. “It’s growing stronger, that toughness, that resolve where we can attack in all three phases. That identity, I am pleased we are starting to become.”
That sounds like something Seattle coach Pete Carroll might say . But the Seahawks’ identity has been proven over time and was shown once again against the Falcons. Wilson led Seattle on a 70-yard touchdown drive midway through the fourth quarter to pull within 24-23. Then it was Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas teaming up to intercept a pass that slipped through Julio Jones’ fingers and set up Steven Hauschka’s 44-yard field goal that proved the game-winne
Seattle’s 26-24 win over Atlanta impressive for both teams