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Fast Facts: Seahawks’ comeback falls short, Falcons win 27-23

Sep 25, 2022, 4:36 PM | Updated: 6:16 pm
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 25: Marcus Mariota #1 of the Atlanta Falcons celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks with Parker Hesse #46 during the first quarter at Lumen Field on September 25, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) 
              Seattle Seahawks tight end Will Dissly reacts after scoring a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)
            
              Seattle Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith throws a pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)
            
              Atlanta Falcons running back Cordarrelle Patterson runs with the ball during the second half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)
            
              Seattle Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf (14) can't make the catch in the end zone as Atlanta Falcons cornerback Ka'dar Hollman defends during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)
            
              Atlanta Falcons tight end Kyle Pitts hauls in a pass as Seattle Seahawks safety Josh Jones defends during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)
            
              Seattle Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf, above, makes a catch in the end zone for a touchdown as Atlanta Falcons safety Jaylinn Hawkins defends during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)
            
              Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Drake London, center, scores a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

The new-look Seahawks’ defense is still working out some kinks, and the offense was a play short of bailing the team out.

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Seattle’s defense broke a little more than it bent on Sunday, with the Atlanta Falcons coming away with a 27-23 victory at Lumen Field for their first win of the season after a late interception.

The Seahawks fall to 1-2 overall with the loss.

It was a back and forth affair, and the Seahawks had a chance to win after a fumble recovery with about five minutes left to go and trailing by just four points. Seattle couldn’t come up with the big play it needed, unfortunately, with Geno Smith’s fourth-and-18 pass attempt picked off by Atlanta’s Richie Grant inside the final 90 seconds, allowing the Falcons to put the game on ice.

The Falcons were 4 of 7 on third down and had 18 first downs, having a much easier time on offense than the Hawks. Despite that, Seattle outgained Atlanta 420 total yards to 386, but the Falcons benefited from six Seahawks penalties that amounted to 47 yards, while Atlanta was flagged just twice all day for 15 yards.

Perhaps the biggest difference was Atlanta’s success in the red zone, as it scored three times on five trips inside Seattle’s 20 whereas the Seahawks were just 2 of 5 themselves.

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What you need to know

Cordarrelle Patterson had a huge day for the Falcons, rushing 17 time for 141 yards and a touchdown.

The Falcons had a balanced attack on offense, as well, with tight end Kyle Pitts hauling in five receptions from quarterback Marcus Mariota for 87 yards.

Seahawks QB Geno Smith had a solid performance, throwing for 325 yards on 32-of-44 passing with two touchdowns and an interception, but Seattle’s running game was a little under-powered compared to Atlanta’s with 112 yards to the Falcons’ 179. Rashaad Penny rushed for 66 yards on 14 carries to lead Seattle’s runners.

Seahawks injuries

Running back Travis Homer left the game in the first half with a foot injury and was subsequently ruled out for the rest of the game.

Veteran wide receiver Tyler Lockett spent time in the blue tent, as well, but was able to return.

Up next for the Seahawks

The Seahawks will head back out on the road for a 10 a.m. meeting with the Lions in Detroit next Sunday, Oct. 2. Detroit lost 28-24 to the Vikings in Week 2 to fall to 1-2 on the season.

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