The Seattle Seahawks were playing this Sunday to fine-tune for their playoff opponent next week, while the Atlanta Falcons were simply playing for pride. The Seahawks, as you could well imagine, rested their offensive starters in the second half yet kept their first-string defense in till late in the game. But nonetheless, Falcons quarterback Chris Redman threw 4 touchdown passes, leading Atlanta to a wild 44-41 win over the Seahawks Sunday at Atlanta.
The first quarter was fairly uneventful, as the only scoring took place at 10:32 of the period on Seahawks running back Shaun Alexander’s 2-yard run for a TD, giving Seattle an early 7-0 lead. Seahawks kicker Josh Brown kicked a 54-yard field goal early in the second quarter, lengthening the Seahawks lead to 10-0. At 9:34 of the second quarter, Atlanta would get on the board, thanks to a Redman to Joe Horn 4-yard TD pass, narrowing Seattle’s lead to 10-7. Falcons RB Warrick Dunn would score on a 5-yard run to give Atlanta their first lead, 14-10 with 5:10 left in the half. But Seattle QB Matt Hasselbeck late in the half threw a 30-yard TD pass to wide receiver Bobby Engram, giving the Seahawks the lead again 17-14. But Atlanta would move down the field rather quickly, capped by a half-ending 30-yard field goal by Morten Andersen, knotting the score at 17 at halftime.
The third quarter would see wholesale changes on the Seattle side as they rested Hasselbeck and Alexander for the rest of the game; Seneca Wallace would replace Hasselbeck at QB, while Maurice Morris would spell Alexander at RB. Morris would score a 29-yard TD run, making it 27-20 Seattle; turnovers by Wallace would play a big part in Atlanta staying in the game as Wallace fumbled a snap, which was recovered by Atlanta defensive tackle Montavious Stanley; that would set up a Redman to Alge Crumpler 7-yard TD pass, making it 34-27 Atlanta. On the first play of Seattle’s next possession, Wallace would throw an interception to Falcons safety Chris Crocker, which would set up a Redman to Roddy White TD pass, giving Atlanta a 41-27 lead. Two late TD passes from Wallace to WR Nate Burleson would narrow it to 44-41, which would be the margin of victory for Atlanta.
Redman easily had his best game as a starter, going 17-of-27 for 251 yards and 4 touchdowns. Dunn had a decent outing, rushing 12 times for 70 yards and a TD; RB Jerious Norwood added 46 yards on 11 carries. Crumpler led all Atlanta receivers with 3 receptions for 67 yards and 2 TD’s, while White caught 5 for 63 yards and a score.
Hasselbeck, in limited action, went 15-for-25 for 147 yards and a TD, while Wallace came in and went 17-of-22 for 206 yards with 2 TD’s and an INT for Seattle. Morris led all Seattle rushers with 13 carries for 91 yards and a TD; Alexander in his limited time on the field rushed only 8 times for 31 yards but also scored a rushing TD. Burleson led the Seahawks receivers with 7 receptions for 119 yards and 2 TD’s; Engram added 4 catches for 65 yards and a score. Seattle (10-6) will next host the Washington Redskins next Saturday at 4:30 EST, while Atlanta limps into the offseason finishing their 2007 campaign 4-12.