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Atlanta defenders James Sanders, left, and Atlanta punter Matt Bosher, right, tackle Seattle's Leon Washington (33) as Washington makes a 33-yard punt return. AP
SEATTLE — In a battle of defending division champions, the Falcons escaped with a 30-28 victory over the Seahawks.
What we learned
1. The pass rush needs work: After lighting up Chicago’s Jay Cutler for five sacks and 11 quarterback hits in the season-opener, the Falcons pass rush has gone sackless and registered just 12 quarterback hits in three games against Philadelphia, Tampa Bay and Seattle. Coach Mike Smith likes to say that the pass defense is a combination of pass rush and coverage. The pass rush has not helped the coverage and the coverage guys botched several assignments against Seattle. They dared Seattle’s Tarvaris Jackson to pick apart their zone coverages. The enigmatic Jackson had a career-day as he completed 17 of 24 passes in the second half and finished with a career-high 319 yards. Defensive end Ray
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It’s always good to get a win. It’s not so good when your team has a chance to lose the game in the final seconds. And fortunately the Falcons didn’t let the lowly Seahawks pull off a comeback, when other teams in the league did pull off comebacks.
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A bit of a heartbreaking loss today. Had the Seahawks completed the comeback to win I think I’d feel a lot better about the team right now, but as it is I feel like things are about to go from bad to worse. Obviously, I need to watch the film before … [visit site to read more]
Matt Ryan threw for 291 yards, and rookie Julio Jones caught 11 passes for 127 yards as the Atlanta Falcons held off a second-half rally for a 30-28 victory over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.
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Players of the game
Seahawks QB Tarvaris Jackson passed for a career-high 319 yards and three touchdowns, his most in any single game since December 2008. He completed 17 of the 24 passes he attempted in the second half.
Atlanta's Matt Ryan passed for 291 yards, but the most important stat was that he was 7-for-12 passing on third down for six first downs. That third-down productivity...
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