Atlanta Falcons place kicker Matt Bryant (3) reacts on the bench against the Seattle Seahawks during the second half at the Georgia Dome. The Seahawks defeated the Falcons 33-10. (USA TODAY Sports: Dale Zanine)
The last time the Seattle Seahawks visited the Georgia, the Atlanta Falcons pulled out a last-second playoff win.
The Seahawks made sure there was almost zero palpable drama Sunday.
Quarterback Russell Wilson threw two touchdown passes, and the Seahawks’ defense smothered struggling quarterback Matt Ryan and the Falcons in a dominating 33-10 win.
The Seahawks (9-1) have won five in a row and are the NFC’s only one-loss team.
Last season’s meeting in the divisional round of the playoffs looked like it was over at halftime, with the Falcons leading 20-0. The Seahawks would rally behind Wilson to take the lead late in the fourth quarter, before Matt Bryant made a 49-yard field goal as time expired in the Falcons’ 30-28 win.
On Sunday, it was the Seahawks who jumped out to a big lead — and never let up.
There was no threat of a rally from Atlanta. The Falcons (2-7), who have lost three straight by a combined score of 94-33, produced few positives. The Georgia Dome was half empty and very quiet by the fourth quarter, except for a chant of “Sea-Hawks.”
“It’s definitely not the type of football we’re accustomed to playing around here … a lot of disappointed people,” said Atlanta coach Mike Smith. “This was a very tough game for us today in all three phases: offense, defense and special teams. We couldn’t get into a rhythm offensively. We couldn’t stop their offense defensively, and we really didn’t anything to help us on special teams.”
Seattle outgained the Falcons 316-99 in the first half and led 23-3 at intermission, after wide receiver Golden Tate’s one-handed a touchdown pass from Wilson with one second left in the second quarter.
Wilson threw a 43-yard touchdown to rookie receiver Jermaine Kearse on a flea-flicker in the first half. On the trick play, Marshawn Lynch took the handoff and ran to his right, before flipping back to his Wilson who hit a leaping Kearse in the end zone. The play came directly after a 37-yard run from Lynch, who finished with 145 yards rushing and a touchdown.
Atlanta wide receiver Roddy White returned to the lineup after missing the last three games with an ankle injury, but was unable to jumpstart the offense against cornerback Richard Sherman and the Seattle defense. Ryan, who had thrown seven interceptions in his last two games, wasn’t picked off, but had only 96 passing yards entering the fourth quarter. Ryan’s lone touchdown pass went to rookie Darius Johnson late in the third quarter.
“It wasn’t very good, I’ll tell you that,” said Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez, who held to three catches and 29 yards. “They got us. They got us in every phase of the game. It just wasn’t a very good day for us as a Falcon.
NFL Team Report - Atlanta Falcons - NOTES, QUOTES
—WR Roddy White’s 20-yard reception in the first quarter was his longest of the season.
QUOTE TO NOTE: “We need to start out faster in the games. We need to make plays at the onset to put us in better position to win. We knew we were facing an excellent team in Seattle. We just didn’t get it done.” — Safety William Moore.