I have to confess.... I was running an errand/(my job) during most of the first half of the Atlanta game... so I missed it. I like most here believed the myth of the last 30 secs being our demise in that game.
I just love You Tube... It doesn't lie or make up lame excuses about how we lost the game in the last 30 seconds do to a poor pass rush.
Now that I actually saw the parts of the game I missed this evening I'm gonna go with the Marshawn Lynch fumble in the first qtr while we were driving with momentum on Atlanta's 40 as the real reason we lost the game. We were 1st down 15 yards from a certain field goal at the very least. Also the GREAT Russell Wilson's air game sucked in the first qtr. His passing choices and delivery of catchable balls was very "UnWilsonLike". There was one great run.
Nope ...it was lynch. His first qtr running and the fumble blew chunks. See for yourselves...as I provided the link.. you can mouse to the timeline ball and go over and over all the TRUTH!
Lynch was careless with the ball...AKA BeastMode choked when he should have been focused.
First off, it's incredibly rare that you can point to a single play - especially in the first half - and say, "That's why that game was lost." So don't go putting the blame all on Lynch. That's short-sighted and frankly, wrong.
The Atlanta game was lost for multiple reasons, and one of those reasons was our poor pass rush. That's no myth. Matt Ryan had all day to throw for damn near the whole game, and the results of that showed as Atlanta did just about whatever it wanted to for the entire first half. You don't get out to a 20-0 lead just because the opponent's RB fumbled the ball once.
Also, our run defense in the first half was AWFUL. Michael Turner with a 33-yard run? Jacquizz Rogers with a 45-yarder? Come on.
Add to that the failed 3rd and 1 and 4th and 1 conversions in the red zone. If we convert either of those downs, there's a good chance we get a TD instead of walking away with nothing. We could have even picked up a FG there. Getting into the red zone TWICE in the first half and leaving with ZERO points was a lot more of an issue than a ball fumbled on the 50.
But even with all of that, the Seahawks came back to take the lead with 31 seconds remaining. You can dismiss what happened after that, but recall that we gave the ball back to Tom Brady and the Patriots with over a minute remaining when we had a 1-point lead on them back in October. The difference is that we forced incompletions in that game, and Jason Jones sacked Brady on 2nd down. We were unable to do the same against Ryan and the Falcons, and therein lies the difference between a win and a loss.