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No Feely-Good Falcon Story

December 16, 2002|From Associated Press

ATLANTA — Michael Vick came through, then Shaun Alexander did him one better to win the game for Seattle.

After Atlanta's Jay Feely missed a 36-yard field goal in overtime, Alexander ran 27 yards for a touchdown, giving the Seahawks a 30-24 victory Sunday.

"I have to shoulder this burden," Feely said. "That's my job, to make field goals."

Vick, who did little right through 3 1/2 quarters, led the Falcons tie the score with a 12-yard touchdown pass to Trevor Gaylor with 17 seconds left in regulation.

He then drove his team to the 18 in the overtime to set up Feely's try.

But the kick sailed wide right, and the Seahawks (5-9) made Atlanta pay.

Matt Hasselbeck completed a 21-yard pass to Koren Robinson on third-and-six, and Alexander did the rest. On second down, he broke through the middle and easily outran the defense to hand the Falcons (8-5-1) their second consecutive loss.

"Mack Strong, who is probably the best fullback in the NFL, hit the linebacker and gave me a good angle, and I had the easy part," Alexander said. "I just had to run."

It was the 22nd overtime game of the season, breaking the record set in 1995, and no team has contributed more than the Falcons -- 1-2-1 in four overtime games.

There has been at least one overtime game in 12 of the 15 weeks this season.

"We have had bad luck in overtime this year," Falcon linebacker Keith Brooking said.

"We had a lot of opportunities to win the game and didn't do it."

Vick completed 21 of 38 passes for 240 yards, and ran for 40 yards in 13 carries. He injured his throwing hand in the second quarter, hitting a helmet on his follow-through, but stayed in the game. Until the final drive of regulation, Vick had completed 12 of 24 passes for 117 yards.

Hasselbeck was 22 of 31 for 298 yards and a touchdown.

"I feel Matt is getting into the comfort zone," Robinson said. "It's his offense now and we are rolling with him."

The Falcons are still in the chase for one of two NFC wild-card berths, a half-game behind New Orleans (9-5) and half-game ahead of the New York Giants (8-6).

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