Originally written on Sports-Glory  |  Last updated 10/29/14
The Seattle Seahawks rallied late in the forth quarter of their NFC divisional round playoff game to take a 28-27 lead over the Atlanta Falcons.  But it was not to be as the Falcons came back to win 30-28 after Matt Bryant kicked a 49-yard field goal. The players reacted to the loss after the game: QB Russell Wilson: “When the game was over, I was very disappointed.  But right before I got back to the tunnel, I got so excited for the next opportunity next year. I’m looking forward to what we have in the future. We have a great football team.” “There are going to be so many people that are going to ask, ‘What defined the game in terms of plays?’ ” Wilson said. “I think what defined the game was our attitude. The way we played. Our resilience. Our focus to play the game at a high level for the rest of the game.“Anybody watching this game who knows football knows that was an unbelievable comeback.” TE Zach Miller: “It was real exciting for the whole comeback, and then really a letdown.  It was fun for a while and then really disappointing.” Center Max Unger: “It’s a pretty tough one to get over.  It’s going to be a long offseason thinking about this one.  We put ourselves in that hole on offense, definitely. That was kind of our downfall. This is totally on the offense.” Coach Pete Carroll: "(Wilson) put us in position to be in another game next week, but we couldn't finish it." "The officials told us before the game that nobody's going to get a chance to do that.  I asked them pregame what if somebody does, and they didn't know what the answer was, obviously. I had never heard that before, so I was just challenging it." "He's an amazing football player (Russell Wilson). I think he proved it again... It's so unheard of for rookies to do something like that. He ain't a rookie. ... I can't even imagine how he can get better." DE Bruce Irvin: "Nobody gave up. Nobody panicked." "We knew we were going to make a run. We just kind of waited too late. We dug deep. (Atlanta) was executing a lot in the first three quarters. In the fourth, we stood up and played for each other and dug deep and got off the field." Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez: "After 16 games, never winning a playoff game, I've never cried after a win," Gonzalez told Fox after the game. "I was thinking, 'Here it goes it again. I guess it wasn't meant to be.' I'm just so proud of our guys." Falcons coach Mike Smith: "Wow. We talk all the time about playing a 60-minute game and finishing those games, and that’s exactly what we did today. I like the way we started the game. I like the way we played the first half. Obviously, the second half of the ballgame we did not play our best. To give up a 20-point lead is something that you have to concern yourself with. Seattle is an excellent football team. They never quit and we had one hell of a game. My hat’s off to them. Our quarterback, guys and ladies, is a special player. He did a great job there on that last drive. I know his nickname is Matty Ice. I feel like we have two Matty Ices. We got Matty Ice Ryan and Matty Ice Bryant.  Matt Bryant has done some really big things for us." Falcons QB Matt Ryan: "I think the one thing that I’ve learned in my five years, and specifically in the postseason, is that it’s hard. I mean it is difficult to do. We knew coming into it this week that it was going to take 60 minutes of our best football to come out with a win and that’s kind of the way the game shook out today. I thought that collectively as a team, and as a coaching staff, nobody flinched. We just kept battling, kept doing what we do, and that’s just kind of been the makeup of our team this season."
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