The Seattle Seahawks’ defense did what they had to do out of the half, stopping the Atlanta Falcons and forcing a punt on the first possession of the second half. Pinned back deep after Michael Koennen’s punt was downed inside the five, Matt Hasselbeck and the Seahawks had little room for error. Hasselbeck reverted to his form from last weekend, fumbling in the end zone and putting the Falcons back in control.
Hasselbeck, dropped back into the end zone, only to be sacked by Jamaal Anderson after holding onto the ball far too long. Johnathan Babineaux, brother of Seahawks cornerback Jordan Babineaux, fell on the loose ball in the end zone for a touchdown. The touchdown gave Atlanta a 14-point lead early in the second quarter.
With the Atlanta offense cruising, a costly turnover was the last thing the Seahawks needed to start the half. With nine minutes to go in the third quarter, the Atlanta Falcons lead the Seattle Seahawks, 24-10.