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Earl Thomas and the Seahawks Eager to Take on Atlanta for First Time Since Playoff Loss

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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.

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Written by Maura

I grew up in a military family, so we moved around a lot. It makes it hard to really say where I’m from. But there was never any question as to what sports teams I would be a fan of. My father was born and raised in Boston and is a sports fanatic. I remember growing up watching the Celtics, Bruins, Patriots, and Red Sox with him all the time. I really developed a love for sports, especially football! Now, I live in Seattle, where I am finishing up a communications degree. I am pursuing a career in sports broadcasting. I have been lucky enough to do a couple of amazing internships in Colorado where I got to interview the Air Force Football team, attend Bronco games and press conferences, and co-host a weekly Monday Night Football pre-game radio show. I have really grown to love the football fan culture here. They know their stuff, and support the Seahawks no matter what! While, I will always be a Patriots fan, I am rooting for the Seahawks. I think they have a very talented young team and I am excited and eager to follow them.

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