Short-handed Seahawks no longer have same leeway for errors

SEATTLE (AP) There used to be some latitude for the Seattle Seahawks that if something went wrong, they had the skill to persevere.

That margin may be gone. Now, one poor decision or bad break may be too much to overcome for a talented team that has been beset by injuries to key players.

The latest example came Monday night in Seattle’s 34-31 loss to Atlanta. The Seahawks were down four starters on defense, had no run game outside of Russell Wilson, were careless with timeouts in the second half and watched Blair Walsh’s 52-yard attempt at a tying field goal in the final seconds fall a couple yards short.

Instead of talk about Seattle’s resiliency playing without Richard Sherman and Kam Chancellor, or pulling out a home victory to move atop the NFC West, the Seahawks were left to answer questions about strange special teams decisions and whether they must play differently going forward to have success.

”I think for us, we stay the course,” Wilson said. ”We don’t waver. I think that we’re going to have to score. We believe in that. We scored 31 tonight. Keep scoring. There are still more things out there. We can go get it.”

Atlanta readily took advantage of Seattle’s shortcomings. Matt Ryan only had 195 yards passing, snapping his

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