The facts: The Seattle Seahawks finished their season with a 12-6 record, including 1-1 in postseason, thanks to a 30-28 defeat at Atlanta in the divisional round.
The upside: Even the worst defeats tend to feature a bright spot or two.
Quarterback Russell Wilson completed 24 of 36 passes for 385 yards and two touchdowns. He also had seven rushing attempts for 60 yards and a touchdown. Wilson set an NFL rookie record for passing yardage in a playoff game. He became the first player in NFL history with at least 385 yards passing and 60 yards rushing in a postseason game. Wilson's performance established him even more firmly as a franchise quarterback and one of the best young players in the NFL.
Seattle finished the game with 491 yards.
The Seahawks overcame 20-0 and 27-7 deficits to take a 28-27 lead with 31 seconds remaining.
Seattle limited the Falcons to two punts, one interception and a field goal in the fourth quarter.
Looking ahead: The Seahawks move toward the 2013 NFL draft holding the 25th overall choice and nine other selections, plus whatever compensatory choices they might gain.