WAITING TO EXHALE: Atlanta's Mike Peterson signals that Seahawks kicker Steven Hauschka's 61-yard field goal attempt was no good in the final minute as the Falcons beat the Seahawks 30-28. AP
SEATTLE — The Falcons could not exhale until Seattle kicker Steven Hauschka’s 61-yard field goal attempt fluttered to the ground – short and wide left – on Sunday at CenturyLink Field.
After building a 20-point lead, the Falcons escaped with a 30-28 victory thanks to two diametrically different halves against the Seahawks.
In the first half, the Falcons, the defending NFC South champs, looked like Super Bowl contenders. The run game working. Matt Ryan was on target with his passes as he had fine protection. Even, the pass defense was on point for much of the first half.
In the second half, the run game was shut down and the defense started leaking pass yardage and touchdowns with had several botched coverages and not much of a pass rush.
With the victory, the Falcons improved to