Seattle slows down Falcons’ running backs

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Seattle slows down Falcons’ running backs

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Otto Greule Jr
SEATTLE, WA - OCTOBER 16: Wide receiver Julio Jones #11 of the Atlanta Falcons can’t make the catch on fourth down as cornerback Richard Sherman #25 of the Seattle Seahawks defends at CenturyLink Field on October 16, 2016 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Running backs Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman were held in check by Seattle’s swift linebackers on Sunday.

Freeman and Coleman torched Denver’s linebackers as they had 36 touches from scrimmage and amassed 286 yards and two touchdowns in the 23-16 win on Oct. 9.

Seattle linebackers Bryan Wagner and K.J. Wright kept Freeman and Coleman under control.

“They played eight guys in the box on every snap,” Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan said. “They are very, very good. When you have their talent, that helped shut down the run.”

Freeman rushed 12 times for 40 yards and Coleman rushed five times for 10 yards. Freeman caught three passes for 10 yards and Coleman caught one pass for seven yards. Against Denver, Coleman had four catches for 132 yards and touchdown.

“I thought we had a good game plan,” Ryan said. “We were aggressive in the passing game. We put up some points on a very good defense, but just needed one or two more plays to finish that game out.”

Wagner finished with 14 tackles and had two quarterback hits. Wright finished with seven tackles.

“That’s a real good team over there so we have to give our hats off to them,” Wagner said. “These wins are hard to come by, but I’m glad we pulled it out.”

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