ATLANTA For the Seahawks, spinning it forward seemed simpler than looking back. As Pete Carroll and his players were quick to point out, over and over again: "The future is bright."
And it is.
But for a wall-to-wall affair that will ultimately be remembered for Falcons kicker Matt Bryant's 49-yard game-winning field goal, the Seahawks' 30-28 loss in the NFC Divisional round will forever invoke memories of a stunning comeback followed by the squandering of one of the greatest rookie performances in NFL Playoff history. Seattle's impromptu signal-caller, Russell Wilson, the one so many have likened to Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton in recent weeks, for good reason, brought his team back from a 20-point first-half deficit only to answer questions of "What If" in the postgame media session.
What if the Seahawks did not walk away from two redzone opportunities with zero points on questionable play-calling?
What if the team had not traveled all the way from Washington, D.C., to Seattle...