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SEATTLE  —

Here are the grades for the Falcons from their 34-31 victory over the Seahawks before a crowd of 69,026 at CenturyLink Field on Monday.

The Falcons improved to 6-4 and the Seahawks dropped to 6-4.

 
 

The Falcons trail the Saints (8-2) by two games with six to play in the NFC South race. The Panthers (7-3), also ahead of the Falcons, had a bye this week.

The Falcons were not in the clear until Seattle’s 52-yard field goal attempt by Blair Walsh came up short. 

Matt Ryan’s streak of 65 games of passing for at least 200 yards was snapped.

Run offense: Running backs Tevin Coleman and Terron Ward were stuffed for most of the game, but came up with some tough yards in the fourth quarter. Ward had a dazzling 17-yard run and Coleman nearly scored from three yards out to ice the game. He was ruled stopped at the half-yard line and Matt Bryant followed with a 19-yard field goal to make it a two-score game with under four minutes to play. Early, the Falcons kept running toss sweeps, but Seattle’s defense slipped the cut blocks and pummeled the ball carries. Coleman, who was making his fourth NFL start, was held to nine yards on 10 carries in the first half. Ward had two carries for one yard.  It was only the 10th time in 35 NFL games that Coleman carried the ball 10 or more times in a game. In the end, Coleman rushed 20 times for 43 yards. Ward rushed six times for 31 yards. Grade: B-minus

Pass offense: The Seahawks were determined to defend Falcons All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones and that left things open for Mohamed Sanu and Justin Hardy to do some damage early. Sanu drew a pass interference call on cornerback Jeremy Lane to set up a 1-yard touchdown run by Coleman on the opening drive. It was just the third time this season the Falcons scored on their opening drive and first time since the third game of the season against the Lions. After a cornerback Desmond Trufant intercepted Russell Wilson, Ryan tossed a 2-yard touchdown pass to Sanu. It became the first time this season the Falcons scored touchdowns on their first two drives of the game. Tight end Levine Toilolo made a nice  catch for a 25-yard touchdown in the third quarter. Ryan completed 19 of 27 passes for 195 yards and two touchdowns. Jones had five catches for 71 yards. Grade: B-minus  

Run defense: The run defense was stout, but received a scare when safety Keanu Neal temporarily left the game in the first quarter. He returned on the following series. The Seahawks used Mike Davis, Eddie Lacy and J.D. McKissic to run the ball. Davis, the former Stephenson High and South Carolina standout, had a 13-yard gain before leaving with a groin injury. Russell Wilson did some damage on his scrambles. Grade: B 

Pass defense: The Falcons had two big turnovers in the first half from their pass defense. Trufant intercepted a wild pass from Wilson on the Seahawks’ first possession. Early in the second quarter, rookie defensive end Takkarist McKinley sacked Wilson, defensive tackle Courtney Upshaw popped him to force a fumble and Adrian Clayborn scooped it up and raced in for a 10-yard touchdown. While playing a dime defense, defensive back C.J. Goodwin was called for tripping on third down to keep Seattle’s first touchdown drive alive. Robert Alford was called for a pass interference call in the third quarter.  The Falcons gave up a five-play, 75 yards and two-point conversion. Doug Baldwin was wide open on a 29-yard touchdown pass. Baldwin caught the touchdown between Alford and Neal.  Grade: B 

Special teams: Bosher, who was on the injury report with a left ankle injury last week, first punt was a 39-yarder with 5.16 seconds of hang time. It wasn’t returnable. With the score 21-10, Andre Roberts muffed the kickoff and it was recovered by Seattle’s Tedric Thompson at Atlanta’s 11-yard line. The Seahawks turned the miscue into a touchdown to make it 21-17. Bryant added a 44-yard field. Grady Jarrett sniffed out a fake field goal with :07 seconds left. The kickoff coverage unit had a hard time with Tyler Lockett. He had kickoff returns of 57, 37, 39, 39 and 25 yardsGrade: D

Coaching: For a key game, the Falcons came out on fire. The offense scored on its first two drives for the first time this season. The scored on their first drive of the third quarter for the second week in a row. The defense created two turnovers and scored on one. The Falcons didn’t adjust quickly enough in the run game and kept running toss sweeps that they were not able to execute the blocking. Also, the specials teams knew Lockett was perhaps the most dangerous returner in the league, but they kept kicking the ball to him. Grade: B-minus 

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B-minus for the Run Offense is quite generous but Terron Ward ran well so he should not be lumped into the statement that  Running backs Tevin Coleman and Terron Ward were stuffed for most of the game¨

Älso, the offensive line was horrid at best with both tackles and Shweitzer completely whiffing at times during the game.  Need much better effort from the Offensive Line.

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In any event, I find these grades to be somewhat to entirely generous.  A win is a win but Matty failed to throw for 200 yards for the first time since the Clinton administration and our line showed less fight than Monica showed in the oval office.  A gutty win Slick Willie style.  Hit it.  Git it and on to the next opponent!

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3 minutes ago, lostnmexico said:

In any event, I find these grades to be somewhat to entirely generous.  A win is a win but Matty failed to throw for 200 yards for the first time since the Clinton administration and our line showed less fight than Monica showed in the oval office.  A gutty win Slick Willie style.  Hit it.  Git it and on to the next opponent!

Thanks Jay Leno. 1996 called and wants their jokes back.

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3 minutes ago, Falcons_own_nfc_south said:

Did anyone notice that we scored in the 3rd quarter again...

 

Seattle's 4th Quarter TD was the first second half TD allowed by the Falcons in five games. 

I've noticed recently, and maybe I'm off, but teams seem to be getting more successful on 2pt conversions. Why aren't they trying them more?

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24 minutes ago, caponine said:

i was impressed with running game, may have not been the best but those two were running hard all night. It made seattle respect the running game, there were alot of PA passes that were successful so yeahh i agree with this grade

The only problem I had with the running game was the toss to the right or left and kept doing it consistently without a gain whatsoever.

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Run Offense - B- but up against a stout DL

Pass Offense - B+ Don’t care Ryan didn’t get 200. We looked good and had fewer possessions and shorter fields with TOs.

Run Defense - B - Wilson killed us, but rest of the runs were pretty well covered. 

Pass Defense - B Good until the 4th unraveling.

Special Teams - F, expelled, summer school. Worst ST I’ve ever seen in a game (Bryant has been moved to the gifted class)

Coaching - A- I believe Quinn sniffed out the fake, took the smart FG at the inch line, and actually played proper clock management. One of Quinn’s better games. (Armstrong would drop this grade to a C- but he has been suspended from class until further notice). 

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