The Atlanta Falcons were seeking their fifth straight win Sunday but fell just shy in Seattle, losing 26-24.
The Falcons trailed 17-3 at halftime but scored 21 unanswered points in the third quarter – thanks to three Matt Ryan touchdowns – to take a 24-17 lead. In the end, however, two turnovers doomed Atlanta, as did, potentially, a no-call on the Falcons’ final drive.
“They got absolutely screwed at the end of that game,” Joe Theismann said on CBS Sports Radio’s Gio and Jones. “Absolutely. If that wasn’t pass interference when Richard Sherman grabbed Julio’s arm and yanked him to the ground – I absolutely could not believe that that was not a pass-interference call. I think to a degree the Seattle Seahawks are living a little bit on mystique, on who we’ve been. It’s a really solid, good football team, but we’ve seen people put points up against this defense throwing the football that we haven’t seen before.”
Jones finished with seven catches for 139 yards and a touchdown – and he could have had more. Seattle, though, did just enough to win. Russell Wilson didn’t find the end zone, but he threw for 270 yards and finished without a turnover.
“Russell, he’s a play-maker,” Theismann said. “They ought to call him Russell the Playmaker. That’s exactly what he is. He stands in tough and doesn’t have the greatest, I think, talent around him. I think they miss Marshawn (Lynch). I think they miss that beastly nature that he brings.”
Christine Michael, to his credit, rushed 18 times for 64 yards and two touchdowns, including a late score that brought Seattle to within 24-23. But for Theismann, the game came down to a missed pass interference call.
“To me, (the Falcons) absolutely had one taken way from them yesterday – or an opportunity to at least win the football game,” he said. “But I think pass interference, holding – it’s almost like walking in the NBA. You can call it almost every time, but the question is, is will they call it and at what time of a game will they call it? But that one was absolutely blown big time by the officials.”
Seattle (4-1) plays at Arizona (2-3) this Sunday, while Atlanta (4-2) hosts San Diego (2-4).