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Time Machine: Falcons Take Out Tough Season on Seahawks in 2007

Posted Nov 7, 2013

A difficult 2007 season ended on a bright note as the Falcons handled the playoff-bound Seahawks at the Georgia Dome in the season's final week

The Falcons took out their frustrations on a tough 2007 season in the final game as they scored their most points in nine years against the playoff-bound Seahawks on December 30, 2007 at the Georgia Dome.  

Seattle QB Matt Hasselbeck engineered a 10-play, 77-yard march on the opening drive of the contest that ended with a RB Shaun Alexander two-yard touchdown.

In a season of revolving quarterbacks (three different starters), Chris Redman took command under center for the last four games and he enjoyed his best outing against the Seahawks. Redman led the offense to three scoring drives in the second quarter to knot the score at halftime at 17 apiece.

Seattle scored 10 points in third quarter compared to three for the Falcons and the Birds trailed, 27-20, heading into the last quarter.

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But Redman got hot and rallied the Falcons with some pin-point passing. It started with a 55-yard Redman touchdown strike to TE Alge Crumpler on the first snap of the fourth quarter. DT Jonathan Babineaux then sacked back-up QB Seneca Wallace and forced a fumble, which DT Montavious Stanley fell on for a key turnover deep in Seahawks territory.

Redman didn’t waste any time as he found Crumpler on a 7-yard scoring toss to re-take the lead 34-27.

The defense got into the act again on Seattle’s next possession as S Chris Crocker picked off a Wallace pass for his third interception of the season. On the very next play, Redman drilled a 10-yard scoring pass to WR Roddy White for his third touchdown in the quarter. All three touchdowns came in the first 1:40 of the final quarter staking the Birds to a 41-27 advantage.

A Morten Andersen 32-yard field goal ran the total to a season-high 24 points in the quarter, and despite giving up two late Seattle touchdowns, provided the final scoring margin in a 44-41 Falcons victory. Atlanta only punted three times the entire game and finished with five touchdowns in an impressive showing.  

Redman ended up completing a crisp 17-of-27 passes for 251 yards and a personal-best four passing touchdowns.

By grinding out 70-yards on the ground and 10 more through the air, RB Warrick Dunn achieved a significant milestone in the contest as he became the seventh player in NFL history to record 10,000 rushing yards and 4,000 receiving yards in his career.

White amassed 1,202 yards receiving for the year, the fifth-highest single-season mark at the time in team history. Six-year defensive backs coach Emmitt Thomas was credited with his first win in three tries as interim head coach and the Falcons gave their fans something positive to ring in the New Year.