Devin Hester, who spent the 2014 and 2015 seasons with the Falcons, set up Seattle’s field goal with a 50-yard kickoff return. He nearly put the Seahawks in position to score again after Matt Bosher’s punt, but his 80-yard return was nullified by a holding call. Instead of having the ball at the Falcons 7-yard line, the Seahawks were backed up at their own 7. Two plays later, Wilson stumbled into his own end zone after getting stepped on by backup guard Rees Odhiambo. Atlanta guard Ben Garland, who was in as an extra defensive lineman, fell on Wilson for a game-shifting safety.
Atlanta closed the half with a field goal and touchdown pass to a wide-open Tevin Coleman to take a 19-10 halftime lead.
Coleman had 57 rushing yards to go with three catches for 22 yards, but Atlanta’s other running back Devonta Freeman had a huge game with 45 rushing yards and a touchdown and four receptions for 80 yards, including a back-breaking 53-yard reception late in the third quarter.
The Falcons poured it on in the second half, especially after the Seahawks lost cornerback DeShawn Shead to a non-contact knee injury early in the third quarter.
We executed really well across the board, Ryan told Fox Sports following the game. We weren’t perfect by any means, but consistency throughout the day, I’m really proud of the way we played.
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