Julio Jones, Richard Sherman disagree on pass interference no-call

Had the officials made the call, the Falcons would've had the football at the Seahawks' 36 with 1:30 remaining in the game. The Seattle linebacker was able to eventually calm Sherman down. For starters, the Seahawks need to figure out what happened in the third quarter when Ryan threw for 220 yards and three touchdowns. Over the course of 194 minutes, we saw the league's best defense (the Seahawks) render the best offense (the Atlanta Falcons) hapless, and then we saw the best offense render the best defense, period.

Once the Seattle Seahawks finished yelling at each other, Russell Wilson was given an opportunity at another fourth-quarter comeback.

A visibly angry cornerback Richard Sherman let his emotions fly on the sidelines during the Seattle Seahawks - Atlanta Falcons game.

Collins' catch set up Steven Hauschka's game-winning field goal four plays later.

Atlanta coach Dan Quinn went ballistic on the sideline, arguing with the officials to no avail.

"We had a really nice first half".

Which, yes, was pass interference as surely as Michael Jordan pushed off on Bryon Russell to drill the shot that won the 1998 National Basketball Association title.

Unfortunately for Cortney and Falcons fans everywhere, Sherman appeared to grab one of Jones' arms and prevented him from making the catch. "We should not ever give them points".

If officials had seen it like we all saw it on replay and like Falcons coach Dan Quinn saw it in real time, going nut-ball insane when nothing was called, Atlanta would have had the ball in field-goal range with a good chance to win the game. He was hit just five times and sacked once in the second half.

Seattle's offense would put up a bit more fight on their next drive and worked their way to a 4th and inches just inside the Falcons half. "Settling down and going out there and just playing football".

"I went over once and he said, 'I'm not ready yet to talk yet.' I said, 'I gotcha.' I knew he'll get back in balance in time". Seattle's been down the path of being in close games in the fourth quarter against good teams and finding a way to pull out a win beginning in Wilson's rookie season. Freeman had 40 yards on 12 carries, but that included an 18-yard run. Wilson led Seattle on a 70-yard touchdown drive midway through the fourth quarter to pull within 24-23. Ryan accounted for most of that, hitting on 11 of 17 passes, but for only 83 yards. They were best suited to make sure to get him right, and we got back. It was just tremendous intensity and emotional play.

"When we get that hot, we have to control it better so we don't get in the way of what's coming up", he admitted. There was some controversy on the play about whether or not pass interference occurred, but either way, what's most interesting about the play is it was the only slot target Jones had with Sherman also in coverage, and it ended up deciding the game.

After three straight incomplete passes, the Falcons' had one last chance to move the ball into field goal range with 1:39 left on the clock. A testimonial to the grit and character the Seahawks believe is encoded in their DNA it was.

Seattle shouldn't have needed an uncalled pass interference penalty on Richard Sherman to win Sunday's game against the Falcons. Instead, Ryan stepped up and made plays under adversity and rallied his team from a 17-3 halftime deficit to a near-improbable win over a bone-crushing Seahawks team.

  • Julie Sanders