A dazzling rookie campaign from Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson ended on Sunday when the Atlanta Falcons used a last-second Matt Bryant field goal to end Seattle’s season, 30-28.
Seattle trailed 20-0 and then, 27-7 entering the fourth quarter. Behind Wilson’s sterling play, the Seahawks gained a 28-27 lead with 31 seconds left.
In the process, Seattle became just the second team in postseason history to erase a 20-point second half deficit (’92 Bills did it against Houston).
Unfortunately for Seahawks fans, 31 seconds remained for the Atlanta Falcons, who pushed their way into Seattle territory on the following possession.
With seconds remaining, Bryant hit the field to attempt a 49-yard field goal. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll opted to freeze Bryant by calling a timeout. As Carroll called the timeout, Bryant pushed the attempt wide right.
However, Carroll’s timeout pardoned Bryant. The Falcons kicker nailed the 49-yarder seconds later. Despite Atlanta doing their best to foul things up by botching a squib kick attempt, the Falcons prevailed when wide receiver Julio Jones intercepted Wilson on the game’s final play.
After weeks of good fortune including the Fail Mary, running up the score on lowly teams, and RG3’s bum wheel, Seattle’s good luck finally disappeared.