January 13, 2013 at 3:00 PM
Two-minute drill (Playoff heartbreak edition): Falcons 30, Seahawks 28
Players of the game
Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson passed for 385 yards, not only a career-high and franchise playoff record, but the most ever for a rookie quarterback in any playoff game.
Seahawks tight end Zach Miller had never had more than 59 yards receiving in any game since joining Seattle. He had a career-high 142 yards receiving against Atlanta despite playing with a torn plantar fascia suffered on the third play of the game. It was the second-most receiving yards by a Seahawk in any playoff game.
Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez caught six passes, and his 19-yard reception on Atlanta’s last possession put the Falcons in position for the game-winning field goal.
Play of the game
Atlanta’s last touchdown of the game was its longest, Falcons receiver Roddy White getting behind Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman for a 47-yard touchdown catch. It was the longest scoring catch Seattle allows this season, Sherman tripping as he sprinted in an attempt to catch up to White.
Hard to pick just one in a game that saw 24 points scored in the fourth quarter and two lead changes in the final minute. But the first play of Atlanta’s final drive made it clear the Seahawks had left too much time. Atlanta had the ball at its own 28 with 25 seconds left, and on first down quarterback Matt Ryan threw a 22-yard completion to receiver Harry Douglas, who was matched up against Seattle linebacker Bobby Wagner. Another completion to Gonzalez and the Falcons had all the yards they needed for the game-winning field goal.
• Atlanta rushed for 167 yards, Seattle for 123. Hardly what was expected since the Falcons were No. 29 in the league in regular-season rushing, the Seahawks No. 3.
• The Seahawks scored first in 13 of their 16 regular-season games, but the opponent scored first in each of Seattle’s two playoff games this season.
• Marshawn Lynch lost two fumbles for the Seahawks in the regular season then lost two fumbles in two playoff games.
By the numbers
286 – yards Seattle allowed in the first quarter of its two playoff games.
79 – yards the Seahawks gained in the first quarter of those two playoff games.
20 – points Seattle trailed by after three quarters at Atlanta.
14 – points Seattle trailed by after the first quarter in Washington.
13 – points was Seattle’s largest deficit in the regular season.
Injuries: Seahawks tight end Zach Miller suffered a torn plantar fascia in the first quarter, but returned to finish the game.
Defensive tackle Red Bryant: “This is going to make us better, make us hungry. We’ll be looking forward to next year, and when we come out of the gates, we’ll know what kind of team we are. We’ll know what it takes to win. So we’ve got to swallow this one, and hopefully we’ll be back next year, prepared to go farther.”