Jan 13, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) escapes the tackle by Atlanta Falcons outside linebacker Sean Weatherspoon (56) in the fourth quarter of the NFC divisional playoff game at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Seattle Seahawk's Comeback vs Falcons Falls Short 28-30


And so the 2012 Seattle Seahawk’s season ends. This was heartbreaking. To come back from down 20 to take the lead with 34 seconds left just to lose anyways was painful. It was an amazing comeback and a great game, but that is a very tough way to lose a game, especially a playoff game.

There’s a lot to criticize in this game, for the Seahawks, but I’ll try and keep that to a minimum for now. The only one’s who deserve to get criticized are the coaches. This loss falls on them. The is was probably the worst coached game the Seahawks have had since Jim Mora, maybe since Dennis Erikson.

Not much to say in this state of mind. I’ll keep my game notes brief.

Offense

  • Wilson was 24 of 36 for 385 yards, 2 TD. Added 60 yards on the ground and a rushing TD as well. The Rookie came to play today.
  • Lynch did not have his best game. The fumble didn’t help things, and 16 carries for only 46 yards were a big reason Seattle had 0 first half points.
  • Zach Miller was huge in this game. 8 catches for 142 yards. His $11 mil cap number for next season is still hanging out there. Big decision coming this offseason for him and the Seahawks.

Defense

  • What a poor effort by the Seahawks defense. The first half was embarrassing. Really, the first 3 quarters were embarrassing.
  • Chris Clemons was definitely missed. No doubt about it.
  • Bruce Irvin was a complete non-factor. He needs to get bigger in the offseason, or the Seahawks need to find someone else to play the Leo until Clemons comes off the PUP midseason. Irvin doesn’t look like the answer.
  • The Seahawks need at least 2 new D-linemen this offseason. I’d say 3 is more likely with the Clemons injury situation.

Overall Observations

  • For the 2nd week in a row, the Seahawks were unprepared to play. That falls on the coaches.
  • If I ever see the Seahawks try and “ice the kicker” again I’m going to have to buy a new laptop. That is the single dumbest thing in football. NEVER give any kicker a practice kick.
  • The defensive game plan was horrible. Blitzing vs the run. no pressure on Ryan. No answer to covering Tony Gonzalez. The coaches failed to do their jobs this past week.

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  • Hawk_Eye

    I agree we couldn’t provide no pressure on Matt Ryan, however Atlanta had 2 weeks to rest and prepare for the Seahawks. You could see the players didn’t have that same spring in their step. I don’t think you could blame that on coaching. I still can’t figure how we lose the game with 33 seconds left after the 2nd largest comeback in NFL playoff history? We are a better team this year than anyone predicted and yes, I’m still Heartbroken…

  • Scott Collier

    Yep. I had the same observations. I would also add another O lineman or two to up the competition level. Something wrong when we can’t stop a team from going 60 yards in 31 seconds.

  • Neal

    You make it sound like they did something to you personally. Did you even think about what you were going to say before you said it? There are so many reactive comments instead of well thought out words that it comes across as noise. Just as an example, you say the coaches had a bad game plan because they didn’t place pressure on Ryan and then say they need to add 2 D-lineman. Well, which is it? But the answer isn’t as important as the arrogant attitude of the writer and the meaningless emotions that are completely disrespectful to the team and the coaches. Anyone can be a coach when they already know the results. Anyone.

    • 12thMan_Rising

      You’re clearly new to the site. Welcome. In this space I offer praise as often an I offer criticism. Had the game plan worked, I would have said so. In this case, it didn’t.

      Yes the team needs to upgrade the D-line, but that doesn’t change the fact that defensive game plan didn’t put the players that the team had available for this game in position to make plays. too much nickel vs the run, too much having our “big” line in against the pass. These are game planning mistakes.

      The mistakes that ultimately cost the Seahawks this game were made last Monday and Tuesday. Not liking it doesn’t make it untrue. It also isn’t anything that Pete Carroll and Gus Bradley wouldn’t agree with. Both are stand up guys who are willing own their mistakes when they make them. MY pointing them out isn’t going to change that. I have full confidence that they will learn from this game, just like they teach their players to do.