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Atlanta Falcons Hats
12-28-2018, 06:56 AM,
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Atlanta Falcons Hats
The Seattle Seahawks had their backs against the wall and playoff hopes on the line Thursday night. Then in the fourth quarter , they put together a 75-yard touchdown drive to steal a 27-24 win against the Green Bay Packers.Aaron Rodgers finished the night with 332 passing yards and two touchdowns. But when he had a chance to drive the field for a game-tying field or go-ahead touchdown, the Seahawks defense held to preserve the win.Now, the Seahawks are 5-5 and in the thick of the NFC Wild Card race. Green Bay fell to 4-5-1 on the year with all five losses coming in road games. It’ll be an uphill climb for the Packers to get back in the competitive NFC North race with the Vikings and Bears battling for the top spot.Here are four winners and three losers from Thursday:Winner: The Seahawks running backsThe Seahawks’ rookie first-round pick, Rashaad Penny, had a breakout game last week against the Rams, and he looked the part again in Week 11. Early in the game, he dazzled with a 30-yard run that left many Packers defenders looking sillyTongueenny was banged up on the run, though. He finished with only eight carries for 46 yards, but that cleared the way for Chris Carson to shine with 83 yards on 17 carries and a touchdown.Mike Davis added another 26 rushing yards on only four carries, making it a collective effort of 155 yards on 29 carries from the trio. That’ll do the trick.Winner: Packers outside linebacker Kyler FackrellWhat’s most wild about Kyler Fackrell’s game is that he only finished with three sacks. It felt like he took down Russell Wilson about once a drive.Fackrell was an unstoppable force all night, although it helped that — even after two sacks earlier in the game — the Seahawks still decided not to block him:Fackrell had three sacks against the Bills earlier in the season, making him and T.J. Watt the only two pass rushers in the NFL with multiple three-sack performances so far in 2018. If he can put together the hat trick before the end of the year, Fackrell will set a franchise record.Loser: Packers coach Mike McCarthyEarly in the game, running back Aaron Jones finally looked like he was a part of the offense the way Aaron Rodgers has been begging for him to be.It was working too. Jones scored an 8-yard rushing touchdown in the first quarter and caught a 24-yard touchdown in the second. Then he disappeared and finished the game with 11 carries.But misuse of an offensive weapon aside, McCarthy really bumbled the fourth quarter.Despite replay showing a deep pass to Tyler Lockett hit the ground , McCarthy opted not to risk losing a timeout by challenging. The Seahawks scored a go-ahead touchdown shortly thereafter.When the Packers were stuck with a short fourth down in the final minutes, McCarthy trusted his defense to get a stop and get the ball back. They didn’t.McCarthy has been accused of holding back Rodgers, and that wasn’t quite the case Thursday. Rodgers had a chance to win the game and blew it on his final drive. But it was far from a great night for McCarthy either.Winner: Packers tight end Robert TonyanReally the hero of this play is Rodgers, who threw a ball nearly 60 yards on the money while rolling right and off balance. But let’s give a nod to Tonyan, the Packers’ FOURTH-STRING tight end, who made his first career catch in style:Tonyan is a second-year undrafted player who hadn’t caught a pass since his days with the Indiana State Sycamores. After spending his rookie year on the practice squads of the Lions and Packers, he worked his way on to the active roster. Now he’s making plays. Or at least one really great play.Loser: Snap countsThere were false starts aplenty Thursday. That’s not atypical in a loud place like CenturyLink Field, but it’s odd when it’s the home game that keeps jumping.The problem may have had less to do with noise and more to do with some nefarious tactics by the Packers:No penalty was ever assessed to the Packers for simulating the snap, but the Seahawks didn’t have as much trouble in the second half after four false start penalties before halftime.Winner: Packers wide receiver Davante AdamsGreen Bay raised eyebrows when it gave Adams a four-year, $58 million extension just before the end of the 2017 season, but all he’s done since is prove he’s worth it. Adams didn’t get into the end zone against the Seahawks, but he did set a career high with 166 yards on 10 receptions. It was the fourth time in six games that Adams finished with more than 130 receiving yards, putting him behind only Julio Jones this season.His biggest play of the game was a 57-yard catch down the right sideline, despite having one of his hands pulled down.He doesn’t often come to mind when people name the best receivers in the league, but Adams continues to show he may deserve a spot in that conversation.Loser: Seahawks quarterback Russell WilsonWilson’s statistics weren’t so bad by the end of the night Atlanta Falcons T-Shirt , and, yes, he ultimately did enough to win. He had 225 yards and two touchdowns, but it could’ve been an easy win for the Seahawks if Wilson had a better night. His worst mistakes didn’t show up in the box score.He missed a wide open Doug Baldwin early in the game for what should’ve been an easy touchdown. He killed the Seahawks’ chance at scoring before halftime when he did an inexplicable illegal forward lateral.Wilson also caught a deflected pass for an 11-yard loss instead of letting it fall to the ground. When there was a mistake to be made, it seemed Wilson found a way to make it.He didn’t wind up the goat of the night, though. That distinction belonged to McCarthy. Wilson’s game-winning touchdown drive saved the day for the Seahawks, even if it wasn’t enough to land him in the winner’s column. But who really cares about that?What We Learned: Falcons vs. Panthers A key victory by the Falcons in a must-win situation evened the Falcons’ record at 1-1. Here is what we learned from the Falcons’ 31-24 win over division rival Carolina. There were several chips stacked against the Atlanta Falcons entering their Week 2 showdown against NFC South foe Carolina Panthers. The starting middle linebacker was on the shelf with a foot injury, while the exceptional strong safety was done for the year with a torn ACL. In the meantime, the team’s No. 1 running back is dinged up with a knee issue and will be out for the next two to three weeks. There was no debate that this was a must-win contest for the Falcons. After coming excruciatingly close to knocking off the defending Super Bowl champions, Atlanta falling to 0-2 with the number of injuries before them would have been mortifying. Falcons offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian was the biggest scapegoat of the Week 1 loss to Philadelphia and, well, rightfully so. However, this week Sarkisian answered the call, and what resulted was possibly his best game as a play caller for the Falcons. The zone blocking for the run game was effective. Quarterback Matt Ryan connected on 23-of-28 passes with four total touchdowns. Rookie receiver Calvin Ridley was involved, and probably most important Atlanta Falcons Hats , the unit posted four red zone touchdowns. Dale Zanine-USA TODAY SportsThe Panthers have a very respectable defense thanks to a solid defensive line and the best middle linebacker in the NFL in Luke Kuechly. To see the offense roll up 442 total yards on a defense that was seventh overall in the NFL last season was a definite welcome sight. Seeing it being executed without the talents of Devonta Freeman available was equally encouraging. It opened the door for youngsters such as Ito Smith (54 total scrimmage yards on 10 touches) and Ridley (64 receiving yards, TD) to be added weapons to the Falcons arsenal. When speaking of the Falcons defense, there was a mixture of good and bad from the shorthanded unit. For almost two quarters worth of game time, the Falcons held the Panthers scoreless, which allowed the offense to score 21 unanswered points. An interception midway through the fourth quarter by safety Ricardo Allen thwarted what appeared to be a scoring drive for the Panthers. That was the good. The bad, however, was a defensive line that struggled to get a push at times against an offensive line that was missing three starters. In addition, the presence of Deion Jones and Keanu Neal was sorely missed, especially in the middle of the field, where Panthers quarterback Cam Newton did most of his work in the passing game. To be fair, the growing pains by the defense should be expected with Jones and Neal sidelined. There is still plenty of time for the unit to develop and progress. The 31-24 win over Carolina was a complete team victory. It took plays from all three aspects to wrap this one up in a pretty bow. This was also a win that the team can pick apart and build on as they endure their early season gauntlet of a schedule. What we learned was that even on a day that was not ideal, the Falcons ARE capable of beating some of the best in the league. We all probably thought that anyway, but on this day, the team provided much-needed proof.

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