Seattle Seahawks: Falcons Defeat Hawks in Monday Night Showdown
On Monday night, the Atlanta Falcons arrived in the Northwest to take on the Seahawks in primetime. Without two of our best players on defense (Richard Sherman and Kam Chancellor), the Hawks were expected to face some struggle against the high-powered passing attack from Matt Ryan and his favorite receiver, Julio Jones. Although the Hawks made a few big plays late in the game that kept the game close, they were never able to get over the hurdle and ended up losing by a score of 31-34.
There are a few areas of the game that many fans could single out for blame in relation to Monday’s loss. Blair Walsh’s missed the field goal at the end of the game, Russell Wilson’s turnovers….But at the end of the day, the biggest concern with the Hawks seems to be poor coaching choices in critical moments of the game. The Hawks lost by three points, but right before halftime, Pete Carroll made the decision to run a poorly executed fake attempt with 7 seconds remaining, no timeouts, and thirty yards until the end zone instead of taking the security of three points. In these critical moments of the game, the coaching staff needs to let the team deliver without depending on longshot trick plays. As they always say, “You never want to leave points on the field.” The Hawks have so much talent and are capable of making amazing plays week after week, but they need to be put in the best possible position for success if they want a shot at the playoffs.
At a record of 6-4, the Hawks are still sitting at second place in the NFC West, but next week’s game against the division rival San Francisco 49ers is definitely theirs for the taking. Tune in on Sunday at 1:05p PST on Fox and don’t forget to wear that blue all week. Go Hawks!