RENTON, Wash. (AP) — 4 years in the past, the Seattle Seahawks walked out of Atlanta after a defining second that formed what has taken place since.
A 30-28 loss to the Falcons within the divisional spherical of the NFC playoffs stung and lingered.
To this present day it’s nonetheless a sensitive topic after Seattle was unable to carry on to the lead within the remaining 30 seconds.
However that loss additionally turned the inspiration for 2 NFC championships, a Tremendous Bowl title and two extra playoff appearances.
And whereas the individuals concerned have modified considerably since that recreation, the circumstances are simply as significant for Seattle when it travels to Atlanta for a divisional spherical playoff recreation on Saturday.
Besides as an alternative of making an attempt to create the inspiration of being among the many elite, Seattle is making an attempt to show it nonetheless is among the many elite within the NFC.
“It’s a type of video games,” Seattle coach Pete Carroll stated Tuesday of the loss in January 2013. “It’s a type of video games you retailer away, however it doesn’t have something to do with what’s happening now.”
Seattle was an upstart in the course of the 2012 season. Led by then-rookie quarterback Russell Wilson, the Seahawks earned a wild-card spot within the NFC and knocked off Washington within the opening spherical.
Towards Atlanta, the No. 1 seed within the NFC that season, Seattle appeared outclassed, falling behind 20-zero at halftime and 27-7 getting into the fourth quarter.
That’s when Wilson pulled off certainly one of his biggest rallies so far, main Seattle on three fourth-quarter landing drives to take a 28-27 lead with 31 seconds left after a 2-yard TD run by Marshawn Lynch.
Wilson completed that day throwing for 385 yards, nonetheless a profession greatest, however Atlanta hit two lengthy move performs within the ultimate 30 seconds and Matt Bryant’s forty nine-yard subject objective with eight seconds left gained the sport for the Falcons.
“We felt like we have been far, however we nonetheless had an extended strategy to go,” Seattle linebacker Bobby Wagner stated. “Sort of like woke us up, nevertheless it undoubtedly made us hungry too as a result of whenever you really feel like you could have a fantastic workforce that ought to win all of it and also you lose … and also you sit there within the offseason and watch the opposite groups win, it provides you that starvation to return into the subsequent season ready and I feel that’s what occurred.”
Okay.J. Wright echoed Wagner’s feeling concerning the recreation. Wright is amongst a handful of key gamers that stay on Seattle’s roster regardless of the Seahawks fixed churn. He believes Seattle doesn’t get to a Tremendous Bowl with out that…