Monday's NFL: Falcons hold off Seahawks' rally


Monday's NFL: Falcons hold off Seahawks' rally

Jimmy Graham caught 7-of-11 targets for 58 yards and one touchdown in the Seahawks' Week 11 loss to the Falcons.

Atlanta won their second straight to stay on the heels of New Orleans and Carolina in the NFC South, and handed Seattle a second consecutive home loss. He scooped up a loose ball after Russell Wilson was crunched by Takk McKinley and Courtney Upshaw.

"It would have been a really good call if we would have made it", Carroll said after the game. "Everybody keeps coming in and out and we can't get a good feel for it".

"The more we can stack those back-to-back weeks, that's what we need to do moving forward", Ryan said.

Seattle attempted a late rally down by 11 points.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll also made some questionable decisions. He kicked the ball and the ball was just shy of the goal post.

Carroll sure wasn't fooling around last week when he said tailback Mike Davis would get a chance to show what he can do.

Atlanta's kickoff coverage allowed almost 40 yards per attempt on five returns.

After the Falcons (6-4) grabbed a 34-23 lead with three minutes, 49 seconds remaining, Wilson quickly drove the Seahawks downfield to pull within three on a ideal 29-yard pass to Doug Baldwin, who ran right by Falcons cornerback Robert Alford.

Seattle's special teams blunders will be debated after Carroll's decision late in the first half to fake a field goal rather than having Walsh attempt a 35-yard kick that could have pulled the Seahawks within 24-20 at halftime.

Sarkisian had said in a press conference days before the game that he was "so excited to see (Carroll) in person". "Terrific opportunity right where we wanted it and the defensive tackle made a better play".

Instead of talk about Seattle's resiliency playing without Richard Sherman and Kam Chancellor, or pulling out a home victory to move atop the NFC West, the Seahawks were left to answer questions about odd special teams decisions and whether they must play differently going forward to have success. His streak of 99 consecutive starts in the regular season was snapped because of a torn Achilles tendon suffered against Arizona.

Ryan was more than happy to pick on a defense without those anchors.

Ryan threw TDs to Mohamed Sanu and Levine Toilolo, while Tevin Coleman added a one-yard TD run on Atlanta's opening possession. The Falcons were 9 of 14 on third-down conversions - 64 percent - after entering the week converting nearly 42 percent of its third downs. Wilson was 26-of-42 for 258 yards with two touchdown passes and one interception.

Seattle's injury woes continued. Sherman's replacement, rookie Shaquill Griffin, then left early in the first quarter with a concussion. Wilson finished with 86 yards rushing, while the remaining three Seattle running backs combined for 50 yards on 16 carries. Davis started the game in the backfield and took the first carry. He challenged an obvious incomplete pass to Baldwin early in the fourth quarter, and lost the challenge.

Jones said his fiancée was taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries. As a veteran with more than 10 years of experience Freeney had to be given the highest possible veteran minimum - a pro-rated share of $1 million for the season, or in Freeney's case $588,235.

The Patriots drafted Glenn seventh overall in 1996 when Bill Parcells was coach, and Glenn set an National Football League rookie record with 90 catches for a team that reached the Super Bowl, losing to the Packers.

Glenn was suspended from the 2001 team for the playoffs for multiple unexcused absences from practices and meetings. Foreman sustained what the team called a left ankle injury on Sunday.