Monday, October 3, 2011
Silver linings: Seahawks vs. Falcons
By Mike Sando
The facts: The Seattle Seahawks fell to 1-3 with a 30-28 home defeat against the Atlanta Falcons.
The upside: Even the worst defeats tend to feature a bright spot or two.
Looking ahead: The Seahawks visit the New York Giants in Week 5.
- Quarterback Tarvaris Jackson produced a career-best performance with 319 yards passing and three touchdowns. He led the Seahawks back from 27-7 to within two points.
- Rookie receiver Doug Baldwin continued to demonstrate his value as the team's slot receiver. Baldwin fought through two hard hits, including one to the helmet, and kept producing. Baldwin led the team in receptions (five) and yardage (84).
- Sidney Rice scored on a 52-yard reception. Rice, Ben Obomanu and Mike Williams caught touchdown passes as the Seahawks spread around the ball in the second half.
- The Seahawks' young offensive line gained confidence after Jackson went an entire game without getting sacked, something that would have seemed unfathomable a week or two earlier.
- Coach Pete Carroll and staff again appeared to win the battle of halftime adjustments. The Seahawks have allowed 13 points in the second halves of their past three games. They have outscored their past two opponents, Arizona and Seattle, 28-6 after halftime. Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan credited Seattle for figuring out how to stop the run in the second half.
- Seattle scored touchdowns on three of four possessions in the red zone.
- Free safety Earl Thomas had nine tackles, including two for losses.