Tech connections: Falcons, coach Mike Smith edge Seahawks and Omiyale


ATLANTA, Ga. -- Sunday's NFL playoff game between the Seattle Seahawks and Atlanta Falcons forced some mixed feelings for Tennessee Tech fans. The Falcons, who won a thriller in the final seconds, are coached by former TTU assistant Mike Smith while former Golden Eagle tackle Frank Omiyale plays for Seattle.

After leading 20-0 at halftime, the Falcons watched as Omiyale and the Seahawks put together a sensational, improbable second-half comeback to take a 28-27 lead in the final half-minute.

But Smith's Falcons found a way to rally, moving downfield with two completions, allowing placekicker Matt Bryant to make a 49-yard field goal with eight seconds remaining to put Atlanta on top, 30-28, a lead that stood up against one last-ditch effort by Seattle.