Good morning. I’m making my way back to Tacoma. The Seahawks are scheduled to have locker room clean out this afternoon. I won’t make it back in time, but we’ll have a reporter there to provide an update.
I’ll also host our regular Monday Morning QB live chat at 2:30 p.m. today. So stop by if you have time.
With that, we take a spin around the internet to get reaction of Seattle’s 30-28 loss to Atlanta, ending their 2012 season.
Here’s my game story. While still upset after the game, Red Bryant believes this year’s playoff experience will help the team next season. “This is going to make us tough,” Bryant said. “It’s going to make us hungry. We’ll be looking forward to next year, and we’ll come out of the gate swinging. We know what type of team we are, and we know what it takes to win.“So we’ve got to swallow this one, and hopefully we’ll be back next year. And be able to go farther.”
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Dave Boling of The News Tribune writes that Russell Wilson furthered his legendary rookie year with an impressive performance in a gut-wrenching loss to Atlanta.
More Boling: Tight end Zach Miller suffers a torn plantar fascia early in the game, goes in for treatment and returns to play perhaps the best game offensively in his career.
A couple risky decisions by Pete Carroll in the first half worked against him, mainly going for it on fourth-and-1 and failing to convert when Michael Robinson was dropped for a yard loss.
John McGrath of The News Tribune writes that the Falcons, including veteran kicker Matt Bryant, remained cool under pressure after the Seahawks stormed back. McGrath: “Bryant’s kick scotched a Seahawks’ effort that deserves to be remembered as among the most remarkable second-half comebacks in NFL playoff history. Ah, but part of the deal is finishing the deal, and when the air pressure in the Georgia Dome reached a point that might have suffocated a younger team, the Falcons answered with the poise of those who’ve done this drill a few times.”
More McGrath: Atlanta tight end Tony Gonzalez plays a critical role earning his first postseason win.
Seattle’s running game was the most talked about, but Atlanta showed that they know how to run the ball, too.
Art Thiel of Sportspressnw.com reports that the Seahawks, including tight end Zach Miller, wanted to seal the deal against the Falcons for their quarterback Russell Wilson. Thiel: “But beyond the outcome, there is little debate about one thing: The Seahawks have set themselves up nicely for a few years. Assembled here is a team of youth, speed and strength that has bought into Carroll and Wilson, and once they quit dragging their lower lips, will see that the final game would have been a disaster only if they had quit at 20-0.”
Jerry Brewer of The Seattle Times writes that the heart-breaking end brings the Seahawks season to a close too early.