Explaining Atlanta's onside kick

January, 14, 2013
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There was one oddity that might have gotten lost in the shuffle of the final minutes of the Atlanta Falcons' 30-28 victory against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.

After Matt Bryant made a 49-yard field goal to put the Falcons ahead for good with eight seconds remaining, Atlanta attempted what looked like an onside kick. Matt Bosher kicked short and Seattle’s Heath Farwell quickly covered the ball at Seattle’s 46-yard line.

What were the Falcons doing by attempting an onside kick when they already had the lead? Well, it wasn’t supposed to be an onside kick.

“We did not execute exactly how we wanted to,’’ coach Mike Smith said. “These things happen in a ballgame. We were able to go out there those last two plays and get the win.’’

Seattle completed one quick pass. Then, wide receiver Julio Jones, who was inserted at safety for the final play of the game, intercepted Russell Wilson’s desperation pass into the end zone.

Smith wouldn’t go into much more detail about how the Falcons ended up handing the Seahawks decent field position. He implied that the play was supposed to be a squib kick. But he wouldn’t say if Bosher didn’t get the message or if the play just wasn’t executed properly.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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