Peephole perspective: The Seahawks went to backup QB Charlie Whitehurst, who went into the end zone with his legs for a TD and then a pass for the two-point conversion. It was, however, too little and too late. Falcons 34-18.
Player of the quarter: It’s got to be Whitehurst, who scored the only points of the quarter.
Play of the quarter: On a first-down play, Whitehurst and TE John Carlson hooked up for a 31-yard pass play that also included a 14-yard penalty on Falcons DE Kory Biermann for roughing Whitehurst after the pass.
Number of the quarter: 8. This time, it’s the number of losses the Seahawks have. But they remain tied for first in the NFC West.
The bigger picture: Check these flash-back QB numbers from the third quarter: Ryan 6 of 8 for 44 yards and a TD, for a 127.1 passer rating; Hasselbeck 2 of 6 for 14 yards with two interceptions, for a 2.8 rating.
The defense forced a three-and-out – the Falcons’ first of the game – and Whitehurst led the Seahawks on an 11-play, 88-yard drive that ended with his 1-yard TD and he then passed to Ben Obomanu for the two-point conversion to make it 34-18. The big play on the drive started with Whitehurst and Carlson hooked up for a 31-yard pass play that also included the penalty for roughing Whitehurst after the pass. What was left of the crowd of 67,101 chanted “Charlie … Charlie … Charlie” after Whitehurst scored and again after he threw the nice pass to Obomanu.
On the Falcons’ next play, Seahawks DE Junior Siavii was injured, but he walked off the field and raised a clinched fist to the crowd.
The teams then exchanged punts, before the Seahawks lost the ball on downs on their final possession.