Quarter notes: Fourth
In a nutshell: Falcons 30, Seahawks 28. The Seahawks made it 27-14 on the fifth play of the quarter as Russell Wilson faked a handoff to Marshawn Lynch on second-and-goal, rolled to his left and ran into the end zone. The 1-yard run capped an eight-play, 80-yard drive that began in the third quarter and featured Wilson’s 24-yard pass to Golden Tate and a 26-yarder to Zach Miller. The Seahawks got the ball back when All-Pro free safety Earl Thomas intercepted Matt Ryan’s pass that was intended for Roddy White at the Seahawks’ 38. And, wait for it … Wilson then led the Seahawks on a four-play, 62-yard drive that took less than two minutes and ended with his 3-yard TD pass to Miller to make it 27-21. Wilson was 3 of 3 for 57 yards on the drive. The Seahawks then tied the score on a 2-yard TD run with 31 second left, and took the lead on Ryan Longwell’s PAT. But the Falcons’ Matt Bryant kicked a 49-yard field goal with eight seconds left.
Player of the quarter: Wilson. Sure, the Seahawks lost. But the rookie QB was just short of perfect in leading the second-half comeback.
Play of the quarter: Bryant’s game winner, which followed 22- and 19-yard completions.
Number of the quarter: Two. The difference between the Seahawks going to the NFC Championship game and the Falcons hosting it.
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