How The Falcons Prevented One Of The Greatest Comebacks In NFL Playoff History
Fumble-touchdowns, weasel coaches, and Hail Marys — the end of this game was crazy.
The Falcons led 27-7 going into the fourth quarter of their playoff game against the Seahawks. And yet, Seattle mounted a furious comeback that culminated in this play.
Upon further review, it was obvious that he did. Touchdown, Seattle, and all of a sudden, it looks like we just witnessed the greatest comeback in NFL playoff history.
Not so fast. Atlanta gets the ball back with 31 seconds left and furiously marches down the field. A Tony Gonzalez catch gets them to the 32-yard-line, and Matt Bryant punches in the go-ahead field goal.
Here he is being ecstatically embraced by his quarterback, Matt Ryan.
The best part about the field goal? It came after a first attempt that was canceled by a Pete Carroll timeout. Except, Carroll seems to argue that he DIDN'T call the timeout, even though there was clear evidence that he did.
It's possible that Carroll was arguing Bryant shouldn't have gotten the practice attempt, but that would be stupid — kickers do that all the time.