The Atlanta Falcons are known for conducting epic, time-devouring drives, but the Seattle Seahawks just showed they’re capable of killin’ a little clock of their own. A 12-play, 90-yard journey that killed more than seven minutes, the drive featured seven runs for 46 yards and a five-for-five passing effort by QB Matt Hasselbeck.
RB Marshawn Lynch did the honors from one yard out, giving him 30 yards already today. If the Falcons can respond with a couple of drives like this throughout today’s game, this thing could be over before sunset.
Bad sign: safety Thomas DeCoud led the Birds in tackling on the drive. If defensive backs are bringing down running backs play after play, something is in need of an adjustment. (Good news: the Saints lost to the Baltimore Ravens. We’ll have a look at the NFC playoff implications of that in a couple minutes.)
Falcons KR Eric Weems got the Falcons first drive off to a good start, returning the ball to near midfield.