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Earl Thomas Interception Sets Up Redemption For Steve Hauschka, Game-Winning Field Goal vs. Falcons

Earl Thomas intercepting a pass.


Earl Thomas bailed out Steve Hauschka and Seattle's extra point unit, which surrendered a blocked PAT moments earlier.

The Atlanta Falcons and Seattle Seahawks, two of the best teams in the NFC so far this season, have played an exciting one today. The Seahawks jumped out to a big early lead, but Atlanta countered with three third-quarter touchdowns to take the lead.

Seattle looked to have the game tied on a one-yard run by Christine Michael, but the extra point by Steve Hauschka was blocked by defensive lineman Ra'Shede Hageman, allowing Atlanta to hold on to a one-point lead late in the fourth quarter.

Up to that point, the normally-reliable Hauschka had been having a rough day. He missed a 27-yard field goal earlier in the game as well. He was given a second chance, however. Star safety Earl Thomas made a huge pick on a ball that Falcons receiver Julio Jones couldn't quite corral, giving the Seahawks the ball back.

Hauschka converted on a 54-yard field goal to give Seattle the lead, and after a four-and-out by Atlanta (assisted by a questionable no-call on Richard Sherman, who may have interfered with Jones on fourth down), the Seahawks escaped with a massive home win.