Seahawks slow down Falcons offense in controversial win
Oct 18 2016 by Marjorie Miles
Covered the Philadelphia Eagles for Philadelphia Magazine and Philly.com from 2008 to 2015.
The New York Giants evened their record to 3-3 with a 27-23 win over the Baltimore Ravens. Then Bennett hyperextended his right knee on the play when Sanu caught his touchdown pass to tie the game at 17. She won't be buying a Richard Sherman jersey anytime soon. Teammates Michael Bennett, Kam Chancellor and Bobby Wagner tried to calm him down, but they had little success. Julio Jones scored a 36-yard touchdown and Sherman erupted on the sidelines.
"He just dove at my knee", Bennett said of Matthews, who went to Texas A&M five years after Bennett played collectively for the Aggies. However, its last-ditch effort did not lead to points, perhaps because of a missed call by the referees. "He just got banged on his knee". Sherman slammed his helmet on the ground and got in Richard's face, and the confrontation was so heated that Carroll had to intervene.
Miscommunication happens on a weekly basis in the National Football League, even with really good defenses. After falling behind two scores in the first half the Falcon's offense came alive and took advantage of the Hawk's secondary driving the ball down the field easily to take an eventual 24-17 lead. What set Sherman off in this particular instance?
The second target came on Atlanta's last offensive play of the game, which fell incomplete. "That's mostly what it was". I'll let them comment on the play. Incensed over a blown coverage, the All-Pro cornerback screamed at anyone who'd listen, including Carroll.
But just when what was one of the oddest third quarters of this or any season appeared ready to break them, the Seahawks somehow pulled it all back together. A pass interference call would have been crucial, as it would have moved Atlanta even closer to field goal range with the Falcons trailing by only two points.
It's been said that character is defined when faced with adversity, and the fourth quarter was all about that and then some...including redemption.
"I do", he said. He told reporters after the game that it was not his job to get upset. That [expletive] is just stupid to me.
"It was frustrating to give up two bogus touchdowns".
The truth is winning solves a lot of problems and masks a lot of issues.
The Falcons (4-2) failed to follow up their signature win at Denver with another in Seattle that would have stamped them as an early Super Bowl favorite, along with the Seahawks and unbeaten Minnesota Vikings.
While Sherman stewed, the rest of the defense seemed to fall into a slumber for a while, allowing drives of 79 and 97 yards as Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan threw for 220 yards in the third quarter alone.
Jones had seven catches for 139 yards and was shadowed for much of the game by Sherman.
-Both teams had to put up with the injury bug, which started hitting the Seahawks a few days earlier. "We'll see on Wednesday, " Carroll said. "We'll know more in the next couple of days". I'm not anxious about it one bit.
"We're very familiar with this", Thomas said.
"We've got to control it better, so we don't get in the way of what's coming up, but that's what these guys are like". We have great leadership.