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The W - Football - Atlanta Falcons 30 - Seattle Seahawks 28
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Okay, so Atlanta had it locked up, I was feeling all good and stuff, but then Russell Wilson did that thing he does and suddenly Seattle's winning with 30 seconds left and oh god.

Matty Ice drove to Field Goal range, Matt Bryant misses the iced kick but hits the ferreal one, but THEN Atlanta somehow accidentally onside kicks with 6 seconds left?!? Russell went for the Hail Mary, right into the arms of roughly 6 Falcons, and THANK GOD the replacements were at home and couldn't rule a Golden Tate TD, and I'm going to go have a heart attack and die now.

Yeah, it was one of THOSE games.



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I kinda slept in and got up just in time to see the Falcons go up 20-0, and wondered if I should bother watching the rest of it. I made the right choice.

I guess we now know that :31 and 2 timeouts actually IS enough time to march down and kick a game-winning field goal.

Some exceptionally clueless game calling by Billick during the final three drives - suggesting Seattle kicks a field goal when they're down by 6, NOT suggesting they try to put themselves in position for their own game winning field goal (they DID have two timeouts left - by the way, bet they're glad they kept all three in their pocket to use on ... icing the kicker?!) - turns out they would have been better off if it HAD been a fumble at the goal line because they could have run most of the rest of the time off the clock and not give the Falcons the chance to recover from what would have been one of the most horrendous blown leads in the playoffs. (I mean, yeah, it wasn't the Oilers vs. Frank Reich, but...)

It's been a bad week so far for our more vocal The W contigent - perhaps we should be a little worried for the Patriots!

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    Originally posted by CRZ
    Some exceptionally clueless game calling by Billick during the final three drives - suggesting Seattle kicks a field goal when they're down by 6, NOT suggesting they try to put themselves in position for their own game winning field goal (they DID have two timeouts left - by the way, bet they're glad they kept all three in their pocket to use on ... icing the kicker?!) - turns out they would have been better off if it HAD been a fumble at the goal line because they could have run most of the rest of the time off the clock and not give the Falcons the chance to recover from what would have been one of the most horrendous blown leads in the playoffs.


Well, as we learned from Match Game, Billick hasn't exactly been the best at picking the right answer, according to conventional wisdom...





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    Well, as we learned from Match Game, Billick hasn't exactly been the best at picking the right answer, according to conventional wisdom...


At least he's only in the booth and not calling plays for anyone...

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Currently accepting applications to be my personal doctor that watches Falcons games with me. I barely survived the last one.

Glad to get the monkey off our backs, but won't be satisfied without another couple of wins. Not exactly the easiest road ahead though.

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Does anyone know why Pete Carroll was so upset with the official after the icing TO was called? Thought maybe because Matt Bryant went ahead and kicked the ball after the TO was called, because you're not supposed to do that, but I never saw for sure.
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    Originally posted by djp
    Does anyone know why Pete Carroll was so upset with the official after the icing TO was called? Thought maybe because Matt Bryant went ahead and kicked the ball after the TO was called, because you're not supposed to do that, but I never saw for sure.
That was my assumption, because the TO certainly was called well before the snap. Carroll iced the kicker in the way that I somewhat respect, where it's all "I'm going to make you think a bit longer" and no "you'll get a chance to line up your kick", but Atlanta snapped it anyway.



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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.30
    Originally posted by djp
    Does anyone know why Pete Carroll was so upset with the official after the icing TO was called? Thought maybe because Matt Bryant went ahead and kicked the ball after the TO was called, because you're not supposed to do that, but I never saw for sure.

I saw that confirmed somewhere. He said he was told "no practice kicks" and was upset. I wonder about his definition of practice kicks, though, since one would think that refers to what the Ravens kicker did (taking a kick between overtime periods) rather than what Matt Bryant did, which basically every kicker in the universe does when the opposing coach is trying to ice him.

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I absolutely hate the "icing the kicker" strategy and I think it's a better idea to not do it these days because the kicker almost has to assume you're going to do it and be expecting it to happen, which I think is potentially more disruptive than actually calling the timeout.

Being a Seahawks fan I was extremely bummed out by the outcome but am very excited about the next few years with Russell Wilson at the helm of that offense and hope they can keep the nucleus of that defense together too.

I suppose I'll root for the Falcons going forward since they've never won it, and they can also apparently use the support because they (reportedly) had trouble selling out the building for Sunday's game (I never heard if it was a sellout or not but lots of Seahawk fans were saying it wasn't sold out as late as Saturday - not the most reliable source of news of course).



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Agree vehemently about the whole icing the kicker scenario. It's an incredible waste of time, it's not close to original or intimidating, and it doesn't work. I can't decide if the coaches who ice think that they have to ice because it's what all coaches do, or if they think they are strategic geniuses. Either way, it's a sad, pathetic, and failure of a practice that should be done away with like the Wildcat. When, as a fan, you adamantly yell for your coach to not ice the kicker while watching a game, you know it's a frittata move.
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