Sunday, December 19, 2010
Wrap-up: Falcons 34, Seahawks 18
By Mike Sando
Thoughts on the Seattle Seahawks' 34-18 loss to the Atlanta Falcons at Qwest Field in Week 15:
What it means: The Seahawks lost no ground in the NFC West race while falling to 6-8, but questions persist at quarterback after coach Pete Carroll benched Matt Hasselbeck. Hasselbeck completed 10 of 17 passes for 71 yards, two interceptions and a critical lost fumble. Hasselbeck's interceptions on consecutive third-quarter possessions precipitated the change. Charlie Whitehurst completed 8 of 16 passes for 83 yards in relief.
What I liked: The Seahawks started quickly. They scored a touchdown on their first possession and tied the score 10-10 after Atlanta took the lead. Seattle's shaky run defense held firm against the Falcons' Michael Turner, even when the Seahawks fell behind.
What I didn't like: The three third-quarter turnovers helped turn a 17-10 deficit into a 34-10 blowout before the fourth quarter. The Falcons' Jamaal Anderson sacked Hasselbeck in the end zone. The ball came out and Jonathan Babineaux recovered for Atlanta. The Falcons led, 24-10, and Hasselbeck followed with two picks. Interceptions have become a problem for Hasselbeck when Seattle falls too far behind. Seattle also got little from its usually productive return game.
Tomorrow's Talker: Is Hasselbeck finished in Seattle? Even if Hasselbeck remains the starter heading into Week 17, is there any way the team will re-sign him after such a rough late-season stretch? Hasselbeck has four touchdowns and 16 interceptions in his previous five December games dating to last season.
Williams' returns: Top receiver Mike Williams returned for Seattle. He caught eight passes for 66 yards.
What's next: The Seahawks head to Tampa Bay for a Week 16 game against the Bucs.