published Sunday, November 10th, 2013

Wilson, Lynch lead Seahawks past Falcons 33-10

Seattle Seahawks running back Christine Michael (33) runs against the Atlanta Falcons during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, in Atlanta.
Seattle Seahawks running back Christine Michael (33) runs against the Atlanta Falcons during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, in Atlanta.
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ATLANTA — Now that's more like it for the Seattle Seahawks.

Shaking off some sluggish performances, the Seahawks put it all together against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.

Russell Wilson threw a pair of touchdowns passes, Marshawn Lynch ran for 145 yards and Seattle romped to a 33-10 victory in a one-sided rematch of last season's playoffs.

"It's the best game we've played," coach Pete Carroll said.

The first-place Seahawks (9-1), who lead the NFC race for home field, had looked especially vulnerable the past two weeks while struggling to beat lowly St. Louis and winless Tampa Bay.

No worries this time. It was over by halftime.

With a lightning-quick spurt at the end of the second quarter, capped by Wilson's touchdown pass to Golden Tate with 1 second remaining, Seattle went to the break with a 23-3 lead.

"We're excited for the future. We have something special," Tate said. "Now we've set the standard and we want to consistently play this sort of ballgame."

The Falcons trailed 6-3 after Matt Bryant's 53-yard field goal with 6½ minutes left in the half, but Seattle seized control with three big plays in a row, including a bit of trickery that caught Atlanta off guard.

With the Seahawks starting at their 20 after a touchback, Lynch immediately broke off a 37-yard run into Falcons territory. On the next play, Wilson handed off to Lynch, who passed the ball back to the quarterback.

Wilson threw it deep to Jermaine Kearse, who hauled in the 43-yard touchdown pass over Thomas DeCoud to stretch the Seahawks' advantage to 13-3.

After the Falcons went three-and-out, Wilson hooked up with Tate on a short pass that turned into a 46-yard gain. So, on three consecutive snaps, Seattle ripped off 126 yards.

Tate's reception led to the third of Steven Hauschka's four field goals. Atlanta went three-and-out again, and Tate set up another scoring chance with a 32-yard punt return in front of the Seahawks bench.

In the final minute of the half, Wilson drove Seattle down the field for the decisive score. It took a gutsy call by Carroll, who decided to take a shot at the end zone on third-and-5 from the Atlanta 6 with 8 seconds remaining and no timeouts.

Wilson lofted the pass into the left corner, and Tate made a brilliant one-handed catch while managing to drag both feet inside the line, just in the nick of time.

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