They did it again! The Seahawks pulled off yet another miraculous last minute victory. After letting the Buccaneers jump out to a 21-0 lead, they rallied for the largest comeback in team history. This is only the most recent in a long line of close calls this season. It’s enough stress to give you high blood pressure! You can’t complain about the end result however, because the Seahawks are now the best team in the NFC at 8-1. They are winning the same type of close, hard fought games that they struggled with last year and they are overcoming key injuries.
The Seahawks get a re-match of one of those close, hard fought games from last year, as they head to Atlanta to take on the Falcons this Sunday. It will be the first match up between the two teams since last year’s NFC divisional playoffs, where the Seahawks can’t help feeling that they let a win slip away. They lost by 2 points after overcoming a 20 point 4th quarter deficit to take the lead with 31 seconds left. That has got to hurt, and you can bet the Seahawks players haven’t forgotten about it. In fact safety Earl Thomas says he uses it as daily motivation. “Anytime this season, personally, when I felt like I needed a recharge, or I wasn’t feeling like I need to get up, I think about the feeling after that game leaving. We were so close. We fought back so hard, and you never want to feel like that again”. Thomas and the Seahawks will be looking to put those feelings behind them as they head back to the Georgia Dome to take on the struggling Falcons.
The Falcons began the season as an NFC favorite, after having made it all the way to the NFC championship game in 2012. They had high hopes of taking that momentum all the way to the Super Bowl. Veteran tight end Tony Gonzalez even reconsidered his retirement and returned in hopes of one last chance at a ring. However, things did not go at all as planned for the Falcons. Injuries have decimated their offense. WR Julio Jones is out for the rest of the season, and Roddy White has missed significant playing time. Top free agent acquisition RB Steven Jackson has only started 4 games due to injury and has yet to top 100 yards. The injuries on offense and disappointing play on defense have been too much to overcome leaving the Falcons far from their goal. They sit at 2-6 with a revenge hungry 8-1 Seahawks team coming to town. All signs point to an easy win for the Seahawks, but this season we’ve all come to expect something a little more dramatic.