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The defense didn’t come out as confidently as Allen sounded. In fact, it looked like the defenders were destined for a downfall after allowing Wilson to drive the Seahawks 89 yards in 14 plays, the opening march capped by his 7-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jimmy Graham. But something changed after the Falcons surrendered that long drive.
“After that first drive, we came to the sideline and we talked,” Allen said. “We said, ‘That’s not the way we do it.’ We gave them that whole drive because we weren’t on our fundamentals. We came back to the sideline and said, ‘Let’s get back to what we do.'”
Allen didn’t point the finger at anybody but himself.
“I didn’t communicate as well as I could have,” he said. “I saw formations that I knew what they were doing, and it was so loud that it was tough for me to get my communications to the other people. There was one time when they threw the quick screen to the outside. I didn’t do a good job of getting Keanu [Neal] lined up out there. I should have said, ‘Go, go, go.’ I’m the one who is deep and sees the formations. When you’re down in the box, you don’t always get to see those formations.”