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On the other side of the field, the Falcons will return home for a three-game homestand that includes next week's matchup with the San Diego Chargers. Atlanta was unable to come away with the win, but they showed well in coming back in a tough environment.
The Seahawks found a way to win in a game when not much went right for them at times. Atlanta's offense torched the Hawks in the third quarter, and a few missed kicks and defensive errors threatened to derail Seattle, but the team won. They'll move on to play away to the Arizona Cardinals.
Seattle will move to 4-1 on the season, while Atlanta falls to 4-2. The win could be extremely important for the Seahawks going forward in terms of playoff implications.
4th Quarter (0:00): The game ends.
4th Quarter (1:30): Matt Ryan can't connect with Julio Jones on fourth down as Seattle takes over.
4th Quarter (1:57): Steven Hauschka comes through with a field goal to put the Seahawks up 26-24 with the game winding down.
4th Quarter (2:07): Atlanta takes a timeout just before the two-minute warning.
4th Quarter (3:27): Wilson avoids the pressure long enough to complete a short pass to Alex Collins for a first down.
4th Quarter (3:48): Earl Thomas comes away with an interception after Julio Jones can't come down with a catch. Seattle with the ball.
4th Quarter (4:43): The Falcons take over following the kickoff.
4th Quarter (4:43): Atlanta blocks the PAT to keep it at 24-23.
4th Quarter (4:43): Christine Michael runs it in for Seattle. A PAT would tie it now. Seattle tight end Luke Willson is down on the field with an injury.
4th Quarter (5:23): A pass interference penalty gives Seattle the ball at the three yard line in the red zone.
4th Quarter (6:55): Tyler Lockett converts on a pass play on third down to move the chains.
4th Quarter (8:21): Russell Wilson connects with Jermaine Kearse for seven yards to start Seattle's drive.
4th Quarter (9:16): Cassius Marsh gets to Matt Ryan for a sack on third down as Seattle forces a turnover on downs.
4th Quarter (11:27): Wilson just misses connecting with Jermaine Kearse on third and goal as Seattle settles for a field goal try. The kick goes wide.
4th Quarter (14:22): Wilson, Michael and Tanner McEvoy execute a perfect flea-flicker to pick up the first down.
4th Quarter (14:51): Christine Michael opens the fourth quarter with a pair of quality plays to pick up yards through the air and on the ground.
3rd Quarter (0:00): The third quarter ends.
3rd Quarter (0:17): Levine Toilolo comes up with a touchdown to put the Falcons up 24-17 with the third quarter winding down.
3rd Quarter (2:31): Devonta Freeman picks up the first down as Atlanta continues to drive the ball.
3rd Quarter (2:31): Justin Hardy makes a bit catch for the Falcons, as Atlanta moves to their own 17-yard line after being pinned close to their own endzone.
3rd Quarter (4:01): The Seahawks punt after just missing picking up the first down on third and short.
3rd Quarter (5:22): After Seattle takes over, Wilson connects with Doug Baldwin. A face-mask penalty helps the Hawks after the completion.
3rd Quarter (6:11): The PAT is good.
3rd Quarter (6:11): Mohamed Sanu finds the endzone as Atlanta looks to tie the game on the PAT.
3rd Quarter (7:37): Ryan is starting to put things together offensively, connecting with Jones for a couple of big plays. Atlanta's offense is playing much better so far in the second half.
3rd Quarter (9:44): After Seattle takes over, Wilson can't connect with Tyler Lockett on a short pass that goes over the receiver's head. The Seahawks punt.
3rd Quarter (11:02): Ryan connects with Jones for a long touchdown to put cut the lead to 17-9. The PAT is good to make it 17-10.
3rd Quarter (11:43): The Falcons go back to the air as Julio Jones picks up the first down.
3rd Quarter (12:49): Atlanta has come out running the ball so far here in the third quarter. Not too much to show for it so far.
3rd Quarter (15:00): The second half begins.
For the Hawks, they need to start moving the ball. Their defense hasn't looked bad against Russell Wilson and company, but Atlanta simply hasn't put points on the board.
In the second half, Seattle simply needs to do more of the same. The Hawks have dominated Atlanta's dynamic offense in check, while showing extremly well on offense.
2nd Quarter (0:00): The first half ends.
2nd Quarter (0:46): Kick is good. 17-3 is the lead now for the home team.
2nd Quarter (0:46): The Seahawks can't convert on third down, will go for a field goal to close out the half.
2nd Quarter (2:00): Seattle takes over again as the Falcons punt again. We've reached the two-minute warning.
2nd Quarter (3:22): Freeman is contained again on a short pass. Third and 21 now for Atlanta as they struggle to do much on offense.
2nd Quarter (4:32): Rookie Alex Collins runs it in from the two to make it a 13-3 game. The PAT is good, 14-3 Seahawks.
2nd Quarter (5:10): Russell Wilson scrambles and connects with C.J. Spiller, who picks up 24 yards to put Seattle on the two-yard line.
2nd Quarter (6:32): Graham makes another catch to move the chains again. Seattle into Atlanta territory now.
2nd Quarter (8:16): Jimmy Graham picks up a first down on a catch over the middle. Seattle takes over after Atlanta converts on a field goal.
2nd Quarter (9:22): Two straight catches by Julio Jones have Atlanta in the red zone.
2nd Quarter (10:19): After the Falcons pick up the first down on a quarterback sneak, Freeman is once again stopped for minimal yardage.
2nd Quarter (11:29): Atlanta is stopped on third and short as the team tries to pick up the first down on a short run by Tevin Coleman. The Falcons are going for it.
2nd Quarter (13:33): Seattle nearly picks up a first down on their first drive of the quarter, but Jimmy Graham drops a pass. The Hawks punt.
1st Quarter (0:00): The first quarter ends as Seattle stops the Falcons on third down.
1st Quarter (1:11): Cliff Avril brings down Ryan again. Second and 17 now for Atlanta.
1st Quarter (2:02): Game is now 7-0 Seahawks after the PAT.
1st Quarter (2:02): Christine Michael runs it in from nine yards to give the Seahawks the lead.
1st Quarter (2:07): Cliff Avirl forces a fumble and Tony McDaniel recovers. Seattle takes over in the red zone.
1st Quarter (3:12): The Seahawks punt.
1st Quarter (4:28): Wilson is hit by Desmond Trufant and fumbles the ball. However, Seattle recovers to bring up third and long.
1st Quarter (5:51): Christine Michael explodes through the line to pick up 21 yards.
1st Quarter (6:16): Russell Wilson picks up a first down on the ground, his first of the season.
1st Quarter (7:43): Atlanta punts after a near incompletion.
1st Quarter (8:47): After Atlanta picks up a couple of first downs through the air, Freeman is stopped on consecutive run plays. Third and 11 now for the Falcons.
1st Quarter (11:02): Devonta Freeman is bottled up on his first run of the day. Gains just one yard.
1st Quarter (12:20): Christine Michael takes three straight carries for the Hawks after the team picks up a first down. The running back picks up eight on his first two carries before being tackled for a loss. Jon Ryan punts.
1st Quarter (14:15): Russell Wilson starts the game with a quick completion to Jimmy Graham. Seattle picks up eight to start the game. Wilson goes right back to the air, connecting with Tyler Lockett to pick up the first down.
1st Quarter (15:00): Atlanta kicks off as the game begins.
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Julio Jones has long been one of the league’s elite receivers. Over the past two weeks, he’s turned in a pair of noteworthy performances. While playing against the Panthers just a few weeks ago, the wideout made 12 catches on 15 targets for 300 yards. Jones also found the end zone. However, when facing Denver’s defense, the receiver was held to just two catches for 29 yards as Tevin Coleman led Atlanta in receiving yards. With Richard Sherman likely to cover him for stretches on Sunday, it will be interesting to see if Jones can bounce back.
The last two times these two teams met in the regular season, Seattle coasted to a 33-10 win in the Georgia Dome to push their record to 9-1. That was back in early November of 2013. While there are obviously a number of differences between the two teams then and now, the Seahawks still employ a number of the players who made an impact for them during the contest. Russell Wilson is obviously still around, as are Christine Michael, Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse and Luke Willson. Seattle’s signal caller completed 19 of 27 passes for 287 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the 2013 win. Michael chipped in with eight carries for 33 yards, while Baldwin hauled in five catches for 76 yards. While Willson only made one catch, Kearse found the end zone on one of his three receptions. The University of Washington product finished with 75 yards through the air.
To find the last time Atlanta and Seattle matched up in the Pacific Northwest, you have to go all the way back to 2011. The Falcons prevailed 30-28, however, this was before Pete Carroll and company drafted Russell Wilson. During the game, Seattle’s offense featured the likes of Tarvaris Jackson, Ben Obomanu, Mike Williams, Justin Forsett and Leon Washington. While Atlanta had both Matt Ryan and Julio Jones on the team’s roster at the time, the rest of their offense included Michael Turner, Jacquizz Rodgers, Tony Gonzalez, Roddy White and Ovie Mughelli.
Despite having coached in Seattle for multiple seasons, there is just one former Seahawk on Atlanta head coach Dan Quinn’s team. That would be offensive lineman Mike Person, who played for the Hawks from 2012 to 2013. The Montana State product played in just one game while with the Seahawks.
Despite employing just one former Seahawk, there are a few players with local connections in the Falcons secondary. Safety Dashon Goldson played at the University of Washington, as did cornerback Desmond Trufant. Trufant is from nearby Tacoma, Washington. His brother Marcus Trufant was an All-Pro cornerback for the Seahawks for nine years from 2003 to 2012.
Normally, these kinds of matchups provide teams a chance to see players who formerly suited up for them. However, there aren’t any former Falcons currently on Seattle’s roster.
Should both Seattle and Atlanta maintain their successful starts throughout the rest of the season, the two teams could very well meet again down the road in the playoffs. Based on that, Sunday’s game could be crucial in terms of deciding tiebreakers and home-field advantage. Suffice to say it is an extremely important game for both teams.
For the Seahawks, the team will be without regular starting running back Thomas Rawls (fibula). Christine Michael figures to continue to see the lion’s share of touches in the backfield, although C.J. Spiller and Alex Collins could both see time as well. Joining Rawls on the sidelines is defensive tackle Quinton Jefferson (thumb), who has been ruled out. Rounding out the injury report for the Hawks are four players listed as questionable. Defensive end Frank Clark (hamstring), running back C.J. Prosise (wrist), defensive lineman Garrison Smith (oblique) and safety Kam Chancellor (groin) are all questionable to play Sunday.
On the other side of the ball, there aren’t nearly as many injuries for the Atlanta Falcons. In fact, there’s only one. Linebacker Paul Worrilow (groin) has been ruled out of Sunday’s matchup against the Seahawks.
Kickoff is scheduled for 4:25 PM Eastern Time.
Hello all and welcome to this week’s VAVEL USA LIVE coverage of the NFL regular season matchup between the Seattle Seahawks and the Atlanta Falcons. My name is Ben Rosener, and I’ll be providing minute-to-minute updates, commentary, and results of the game. Kickoff is scheduled for Sunday afternoon, 4:25 PM Eastern Time at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington.