The Atlanta Falcons improved to 12-2 and maintained their hold on the NFC’s No. 1 spot, burying the Seattle Seahawks 34-18. Seattle scored first, on a Falconesque 12-play drive, but the Falcons wound up running 17 more offensive plays than Seattle, dominating time of possession by ten minutes.
Matt Ryan overcame early jitters to go 20-of-35 for 174 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception, but Michael Turner defined the Falcons offense today. With 25 carries for 82 yards, Turner went over 20 carries for the fifth game in a row. If the Falcons can clinch home field next week against the New Orleans Saints, it would be nice to give Turner two weeks off before that first playoff game. But first things first.
Brent Grimes, Jamaal Anderson, and William Moore forced turnovers, with Grimes nearly picking off a second pass. Curtis Lofton led the team in tackles, as is custom.
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