In a rematch of one of the most exciting games of last year’s playoffs the Seattle Seahawks defeated the Altanta Falcons 33-10 in one of their best performances of 2013. Behind an excellent showing from a patchwork offensive line, Marshawn Lynch put up 145 yards on the ground and a touchdown while Russell Wilson threw for 287 yards and two scores.
Seattle never trailed in this game but struggled to finish drives early. Although they were able to move the ball on their first three drives they would only come away with two field goals. As the game continued, the Seahawks ramped up the pressure until they were completely in the driver’s seat. Their first touchdown came on a two play 80 yard drive midway through the second that ended in a 43 yard flea flicker bomb to Jermaine Kearse.
The Seahawks would follow up that drive with another culminating in an unbelievable one-handed grab by Golden Tate for yet another touchdown. All in all, the Seahawks scored 20 points in the quarter.
Coming out of the half with a 23-3 lead and the ball the Seahawks gave the Falcons defense a heavy dose of the running game down the stretch. The Falcons would come as close as 26-10 in the 3rd on a drive that was fueled by a set of Seahawks defensive penalties, but Seattle did an excellent job of keeping the ball away from Atlanta’s offense in the second half.
At the end of the day it was a dominant performance from the Seahawks. They out gained the Falcons 490 to 226 and out possessed them 35:30 to 24:30. Concerns about Seattle’s run defense ended up being unfounded as they held the Falcons to 64 yards on the ground. The Seahawks improved to 9-1 and maintained their stranglehold on the first seed in the NFC playoff race.