Falcons00108 -- 18Seahawks02100 -- 21
After losing four fourth-quarter leads last season, then melting down in the Florida heat last week, this would have been the worst loss of all for host Seattle.
The team's defense saved the day.
"I was thinking, 'Oh my goodness, here we go again,' " Coach Mike Holmgren said after the Seahawks nearly blew a 21-0 halftime lead.
Shaun Alexander ran for 144 yards and a touchdown and Matt Hasselbeck threw for 281 yards and two touchdowns. Still, it was the defense that won it for the Seahawks, shutting down Atlanta after the Falcons got the ball back with 2 minutes 39 seconds left at their 27.
Bryce Fisher sacked Michael Vick on third down, then Andre Dyson knocked down a pass intended for Michael Jenkins from Matt Schaub, who twice replaced Vick late in the game when the Atlanta quarterback felt his left leg cramping after a 32-yard run. Fisher fell on Vick as he fell a yard behind the line of scrimmage.
"At the end of the year, I'm telling everybody that's the greatest rush ever made," said Fisher, who signed as a free agent from St. Louis and is one of seven new starters on the Seattle defense. "It was a sack anyway, it just helped me that he laid down."
The game left both teams at 1-1.
Seattle lost in the heat of Jacksonville last week as Hasselbeck had three turnovers in the fourth quarter, and Atlanta had an emotional Monday night win over Philadelphia.
Seattle: Jurevicius 6 pass from Hasselbeck (Brown kick), 8:24.
Seattle: Alexander 14 run (Brown kick), 3:56.
Seattle: Stevens 35 pass from Hasselbeck (J.Brown kick), :28.
Atlanta: Finneran 5 pass from Vick (Peterson kick), 10:14.
Atlanta: FG Peterson 30, 7:00.
Atlanta: Duckett 1 run (Crumpler pass from Schaub), 3:58.
FalconsSeahawksFirst Downs 1424Total Net Yards 223428Rushes-Yards 28-11534-163Passing 108265Punt Returns 2-293-19Kickoff Returns 4-813-58Interceptions Ret. 0-00-0Comp-Att-Int 11-20-020-31-0Sacked-Yards Lost 3-152-16Punts 7-49.67-38.4Fumbles-Lost 1-01-1Penalties-Yards 3-2410-79Time Of Possession 23:2536:35 RUSHING
Atlanta: Dunn 16-54, Vick 8-43, Duckett 4-18.
Seattle: Alexander 28-144, Morris 2-10, Hasselbeck 4-9.
Atlanta: Vick 11-19-1-123, Schaub 0-1-0-0.
Seattle: Hasselbeck 20-31-0-281.
Atlanta: Finneran 5-35, Crumpler 3-53, Jenkins 1-22, White 1-11, Griffith 1-2.
Seattle: D.Jackson 8-131, Engram 5-77, Stevens 3-49, Alexander 2-11, Strong 1-7, Jurevicius 1-6.
MISSED FIELD GOALS