How the media reacted to Sherman's game in Seahawks-Falcons

Chris Egan has the recap of the Seahawks' 26-24 victory over the Falcons.

Here's a look at what national and local media, and players, are saying about that wild game on Sunday.

Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones on whether he thinks that final play was pass interference.

"I do," Jones told ESPN. "Before I took off, (Sherman) grabbed my right side and spun me around before I jumped up. But it was just a missed call. It's over with. It's done. We're on to the next right now."

If you look around the Twitter feeds of NFL writers watching the game, there's a consensus that Richard Sherman should have been flagged for grabbing Jones' arm. That would have extended Atlanta's drive and possibly led them to a last-second win.

Jason Jenks of The Seattle Times said even with all the adversity they faced on the field and on the sideline, these are still the Seahawks.

"And yet if we’ve learned anything about this team under Pete Carroll, it’s that they can be a circus sometimes, and they can wobble on the field, but they are tough as hell. They are so hard to beat."

Doug Baldwin says the Seahawks vow they will push through Sherman's epic meltdown on the sidelines in the third quarter.

“I’ve known him for 10 years,” said Baldwin, via Larry Stone of The Seattle Times. “That was mild.”

Earl Thomas added, "That's nothing new."

ESPN Seahawks writer Sheil Kapadia says whether this will be a big deal will be determined by the scoreboard.

"Had the Seahawks lost, there’d be a lot more attention paid to Sherman’s outburst. Now the team will try to prove it was an isolated incident.”

And Frank Schwab of Yahoo! Sports said this is nothing for the Seahawks.

"Only in Seattle. This is how the Seahawks are. This is also how they succeed. They express themselves without fear of retribution. They have a lot of players who are confident, smart and seem to enjoy football. The Seahawks are unlike any other NFL team.”

And let's not forget Russell Wilson in all this. No, his numbers weren't spectacular. But as the defense was struggling, Wilson managed the game and didn't make mistakes. Michael Silver of NFL Network writes that even though Matt Ryan outperformed Wilson in statistics, Wilson was the better quarterback.

"... Wilson is the master of his domain, and is well on his way to becoming the No. 1 performer at the sports world’s most demanding position."

Sports Illustrated's Chris Burke says both teams came out looking like Super Bowl contenders.

"If Seattle’s late heroics (and/or luck, depending on which side you’re on) are what it takes to snuff out Ryan’s offense, there won’t be a lot of teams able to repeat the feat."

But ESPN's Vaughn McClure disagrees, saying the Falcons still need to prove themselves.

"Pulling off back-to-back road wins against two of the past three Super Bowl champions -- Denver and Seattle -- would have given the Falcons a little added juice toward a postseason run. Instead, Sunday's 26-24 loss to the Seattle Seahawks will be a case of what could have been."

And even though the Seahawks defense struggled in the third quarter, check out this stat from John Breech of CBSSports.com.

"... (The Seahawks) defense held the league’s No. 1 offense to roughly 100 yards below their weekly average. If the Seahawks have proven one thing under (Pete) Carroll, it’s that they’re basically unbeatable when they play the NFL’s top-rated offense.”

And one final note: Falcons head coach Dan Quinn, who was very upset that pass interference wasn't called, is Seattle's former defensive coordinator. And as NFL analyst Warren Sharp pointed out Sunday, Quinn had a large role in creating the style of play that led to the pass interference. He tweeted out this Wall Street Journal article from January 2014 when the Seahawks were making the run for their Super Bowl title.

"We challenge and we play at the line and we like that style," Quinn said.

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