Falcons to open playoffs at 1 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 13th

The Falcons, the No. 1 seed in the NFC, will host the lowest seed to advance at 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13 at the Georgia Dome, according to the schedule released by the league tonight.

In the AFC wild card game, the Cincinnati Bengals play at Houston at 4:30 pm Saturday. In the NFC, the Vikings play at the Green Bay Packers at 8 p.m. Saturday. If the sixth-seeded Vikings can spring the upset, they would face the Falcons in the divisional round.

On Sunday, Indianapolis plays at Baltimore at 1 p.m. in the second AFC wild card game.

The final game of the weekend will feature the NFC East winner — Dallas or Washington — hosting Seattle at 4:30 pm.

The NFL also announced the times of the Divisional Round games. On Saturday, January 12th, the Denver Broncos will host the lowest remaining AFC seed at 4:30 p.m., while the San Francisco 49ers will play at 8 p.m. ET on the same day.

After the Falcons open the Sunday slate, the New England Patriots will finish off the weekend at 4:30 pm. on the same day.

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Mario

December 30th, 2012
9:33 pm

I really wanted the Saturday night slot. It has more of a playoff atmosphere like that. The dome would be rocking more and the players would feed off the fact that it’s a night playoff game at home. But we’ll have to stick with the regular 1 pm game. Maybe that’s a good thing.

Fair catch Franks

December 30th, 2012
9:37 pm

I think I may have lost my job. But hey I did look good in coverage. By the way anyone watching the game against Tampa Bay saw the defense was very generic did not want to get away to me scheme

Keith

December 30th, 2012
9:52 pm

nope wanted the Prime game on Sunday, more of a regular feel to the game better routine get them ready!!

Post-it

December 30th, 2012
10:23 pm

More time for Abe to heal that high ankle sprain. Can’t believe he was still in the game.

me

December 30th, 2012
10:23 pm

The Packers have a better record than Dallas/Wash or Seattle. So why would the number 1 seed not play the winner of Dallas/Wash/Seattle?

me

December 30th, 2012
10:24 pm

The Packers are the worst match up possible for the Falcons.

Elvis is Alive

December 30th, 2012
10:26 pm

Let me repeat..NO COMMENT…ah hummm…NO COMMENT…Sloppy…ah hummm…Stonewall (MT33) breaks ONE run….ah hummm..offensive line didn’t play very well..ah hummm…we’ll fix that during our time before the next game….ah hummm..Can someone get this press conference over with?
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Coach….No our secondary did not look like a chinese FIRE DRILL !!!! ah hummm..
Yes we practice tackling dummies but they dont have legs …ah hummm

LETS DO IT

December 30th, 2012
10:26 pm

DON’T CARE WHEN………DON’T CARE WHO………….WE JUST GOT TO RISE UP AND DO THE DANG THANG………. IT’S OUR TIME!!!!!!!!

DHD

December 30th, 2012
10:27 pm

The Falcons don’t “open” the playoffs. The playoffs begin next weekend.

IceMan

December 30th, 2012
10:31 pm

It doesn’t matter when or where they play. Just SHOW UP and beat the team on the other side of the field. Point blank

Elvis is Alive

December 30th, 2012
10:34 pm

Why do I feel a like I’m having a case of Deja Vu…..

Mora less Petrino

December 30th, 2012
10:35 pm

I’m guessing the Seahawks will be coming here. Dallas and Washington look like they may not be quite up to par with the other NFC playoff teams. If the Vikings can defeat GB two weeks in a row, the boys in purple will be coming to the dome, but that probably will not happen.
Early odds look like Bengals by 5 over the Texans!
GB by 8 over the Vikings.
Baltimore by 6 1/2 over the Colts.
We’ll have to wait for the NFC East to be decided to see the Seattle odds.

The Falconator

December 30th, 2012
10:35 pm

The Falcons have been like Jekyll and Hyde the last five weeks. Mr. Hyde looked pretty stinkin’ ugly today. Hope Dr. Jekyll shows up for the playoffs. He might want to bring a running back, an O-line and an inspired pass defense with him because we saw none of that today. Presumably, Koetter will unveil some new wrinkles for the playoffs and Nolan will kick some defensive butts. If it’s one and done again, then this administration will have max’d out and (despite 13-3) some heads will need to roll.

Mario

December 30th, 2012
10:36 pm

Opponent either will be the Vikings, Seattle, Dallas, or Washington. It can’t be the 49ers or Packers because the 49ers have a bye as the 2nd seed and the Packers are the 3rd seed. The Falcons get the lowest remaining seed out of Vikings, Dallas or Washington, and Seattle. Personally I think the Falcons can handle all of them. Seattle would give us a bigger fight because of their physicality.

Long Time Team Fan

December 30th, 2012
10:37 pm

To You Know Who! If you run the ball in for a touchdown and the team is losing,PLEASE do NOT pose and show your muscle. You should thank your O line if anything. It was in bad taste for a VETERAN player. Enough said.

me

December 30th, 2012
10:38 pm

@Elvis is Alive

13-3. Dumbazz. Missing 2 starting safeties, 1 starting CB. Dumbazz.

Mario

December 30th, 2012
10:38 pm

All in all I believe we’ll be playing the Seahawks. I think the Packers will beat the Vikings and Seattle would beat either Dallas or Washington. Here are my early picks:

Bengals over Texans
Colts over Ravens
Packers over Vikings
Seahawks over Redskins

me

December 30th, 2012
10:39 pm

@The Falconator

“If it’s one and done again, then this administration will have max’d out and (despite 13-3) some heads will need to roll.”

I bet they don’t ask your opinion during the night shift at McDonalds….
ROTFLMAO.

Elvis is Alive

December 30th, 2012
10:45 pm

@ me….. guess we all bought into the next man will step up !!..ah hummm..starters get hurt ..missing tackles does not qualify as stepping up…slip up is more often the case and what no opinion on “Hit a Stonewall” Turner

Dr. Warren

December 30th, 2012
10:50 pm

What is the scenario for the Falcons if Green Bay beats Minnesota?

Mora less Petrino

December 30th, 2012
10:54 pm

If GB beats MN, winner of Seattle at Washington comes to ATL. (Assuming Dallas does not come back in this game).

Mario

December 30th, 2012
10:59 pm

Who would you rather face? Vikings, Seahawks, or Redskins? Each team poses a threat to the Falcons and can expose a weakness the Falcons have. I don’t think the Falcons could stop Adrian Peterson. Christian Ponder is also a mobile QB. Same with Russell Wilson and definitely RGIII. I just don’t know. But it’ll be one of the three. If I HAD to pick, I’d say Minnesota because if you shut down Adrian Peterson you can stop them.

Just Sayin

December 30th, 2012
11:03 pm

Choke Ryan and Choke Romo. Twins separated at birth.

Tommy

December 30th, 2012
11:03 pm

Sad looking squad out there today. Reminded far too much of the playoff game against Green Bay a few years ago. If anything good comes out of this, it is that Coach Smith’s team has not lost two in a row. That bodes well for the first playoff win.

4DaBirds

December 30th, 2012
11:10 pm

Was really hoping for a Saturday night game. Early Sunday game means our fans will show up late like usual.

Not me though. I have no desire to sit around until the last minute to get inside. Budget your time wisely for change Falcon Fans.

Mora less Petrino

December 30th, 2012
11:11 pm

Fans tend to put their favorite team under a microscope, and may not scrutinize other teams so closely. I can assure you that the fans of other teams do not want to come to ATL, especially after an ATL loss at home. (Cruise by the blogs of other teams. They stress about their teams shortcomings and tend to think other teams are better than their team! Sound familiar?)
Every team has issues, even the mighty Packers are a flawed team. The biggest challenge I see, would be NE in the Super Bowl. The Falcons are very capable of defeating, (or losing to), any team in the NFC. I like the odds with the new coaches and home field. The prior coaches were too passive in my opinion.

Mario

December 30th, 2012
11:17 pm

Does the 1pm game mean the fans won’t be rowdy and ready?

okeetee

December 30th, 2012
11:32 pm

“Who would you rather face? Vikings, Seahawks, or Redskins?”

I’m still voting for the rookie quarterbacks…..Seahawks or Redskins. We could beat the Vikings, too. But a rookie quarterback is going to make some serious mistakes in a playoff game, especially on the road. Packers are the team that posses the toughest test. But their secondary is a sieve. If we are at full-strength, we should be favored against any team we face.

Birdhouse

December 30th, 2012
11:40 pm

Falconator, you are spot on.

spencer

December 31st, 2012
12:20 am

Glad their game will be in the afternoon. The agony of another one and done will have abated by bedtime and we’ll all be able to get some sleep. I don’t care what anyone says; today’s performance has to be concerning. I think the Packers and Niners have been losing lately in an effort to get that six seed (Who wouldn’t want to face the Falcons in the conference semis? It’s the next best thing to a second round bye!) Yes I’m a fan, but a cynical one.

All I'm Saying Is....

December 31st, 2012
12:47 am

When the Falcons win in 2 weeks, today’s debacle (any dime store coach would have played his starters for the first half only to give them some game speed reps) will be forgotten.

Doesn’t matter who we get in our game, we have to be ready to play, unlike today. Given a choice, I would rather face the Vikings (their QB has a hot wife but has trouble with the hot read) than the Redskins (Hall of Fame coach) or the Seahawks (Pete Carroll’s an idiot but they are a hot team with a smart, steady, and highly mobile QB and great running back).

Glad we don’t have to relive Aaron Rodgers in the Dome in two weeks even if they beat the Vikings (as they should but then again, they should have beat the Giants last year).

Someone needs to tell Nolan and Dirk that we have been down this road before and we need them to make the difference this go ’round. Dimitroff needs to distract Smitty all week so Nolan and Dirk can do their jobs without any of his nerves getting in the way. Somebody get Arthur a new mirror to go with his new girlfriend and he will stay out of the way.

We need the Falcons to come out in two weeks and play like they did after the bye week when we destroyed Philly by scoring early and often. That’s the edge we need.

Abe, Dunta, and the whole crew need to rest (avoid the strip clubs guys for the next 45 days), get therapy and deep tissue massages, stretch plenty, and go into playoff monk mode. We have to focus!

This is our year folks. We win not just one, not just two, but three playoff games thereby winning it all sending future Hall of Famer Tony G. out on a high note—-so high in fact that he decides to enter Canton as a Falcon!

LET’S GO FALCONS!

wisconsinfalcons fan

December 31st, 2012
1:10 am

Stay focus it is PLAY OFF time it should not matter who we play they are coming to the dome to our house, they are the ones with the pressure not the falcons coach will have them focus regular season is over now the real undefeated season begin, stay focus play hard if we get the lead go for the kill, no more letting teams back in the game send a message COME AND GET IT give them all the direction home ATL will be there DIRTY BIRDS RISE UP… JUST WIN BABY… enuff said

Michael M.

December 31st, 2012
1:26 am

I predicted the Bucs would beat up the Falcons in the final game two weeks ago and be 13- 3 in the regular season but I know the Falcons will be the team to beat in the playoffs this year, and will not be one n done like all the Morons are predicting……………….no matter if we wind up with the Pack in the playoff game bring it cause the Falcons will bring it and defend the Dome!

Michael M.

December 31st, 2012
1:28 am

never mind the Defending Super Bowl Champs the Falcons demolished in the Dome and broke their backs in the playoff hunt but how soon people forget huh………………………….

mayhem is coming

December 31st, 2012
1:42 am

First half of the season, 8-0. Second half, 5-3 with the loses to teams with losing records then and losing records to finish the season. The Falcons are not exactly making us believe that they are not like the Falcons teams of yore. Championship caliber teams do not look this. Based on second half performance I do not see the Falcons wining the first game. Falcons canot stop the run, Peterson or Gore(SF) are salivating at the opportunity to run against Falcons. “O” line is terrible, Ryan is getting hammered and they cannot open a hole for Falcons nonexistant running game. “D” line is atrocious. I am a Falcon fan since ‘78 and want to believe that we may win it all, but “actions speak louder than words.” Go Falcons!

SR

December 31st, 2012
2:08 am

Flat as a panccake again today and if they play like that in the playoffs, well, you know what the story line will be. Better hope they get their mojo back during the bye week because whomever they play is going to be loaded for bear.

B. king

December 31st, 2012
2:38 am

JUST WIN BABY !!!!!!!!!!!

MarkATL

December 31st, 2012
2:44 am

It would be interesting if the Vikes beat GB again. If that happens the purple men will be coming to the Dome. It’s not like the Falcons haven’t stopped Adrian Peterson before. I’m willing to be that the Skins will win next week. So I’m predicting that it will be either the Skins or the Vikes in the Divisional Round.

andrew

December 31st, 2012
4:03 am

The Ravens will smash the Colts next weekend

bandwagon supporter

December 31st, 2012
6:16 am

Go Falcones!

Longtimefan

December 31st, 2012
6:52 am

To the naysayers: Best record in the NFL 13-3. First seed in playoffs. Beat the first seed in the AFC, one of the playoff teams in the NFC and demolished the defending SB Champions. Those are the facts. And no, all teams don’t start equally now that the playoffs begin-we have EARNED home field advantage throughout.

Longtimefan

December 31st, 2012
6:54 am

At SR: and the Falcons, playing at home with the playoff chip on their shoulder, won’t be loaded for bear?

JFKDawg

December 31st, 2012
7:46 am

Falcons will once again be one and done. It should be apparent that their OL can’t control the line of scrimmage as their offensive rushing yards ranks well below the NFL average. Turner has nothing to run through and Waterbug Rogers is too tiny to get much. Because teams don’t fear the rushing attack, they will load up on blitzes and be in Matty Stringbean Ryan’s face all day. Defense if far from being dominating who give up 150 yards to a rookie RB and make a pedestrian QB look All Pro.

FanSinceBartkowski

December 31st, 2012
7:53 am

Maybe the good news is that the Falcons seem to have only lost one game this year where it looked like they were actually trying to win (the first loss). In the other two losses they didn’t show much effort. If true, it doesn’t say much for their character but I’m hoping it says they can beat anybody in the league if they put forth the effort. I agree with Coach playing everybody except those needing more mending time but maybe some of the team didn’t.

FanSinceBartkowski

December 31st, 2012
7:59 am

Finally figured out that if you mention that team in Louisiana we play twice a year that finished with a losing record, your comments won’t post. I was only trying to make the point that IMHO that was the only loss we seemed to really play instead of sleepwalk through.

who dat

December 31st, 2012
8:19 am

You mean the S A I N T S ????? lmao

FanSinceBartkowski

December 31st, 2012
8:41 am

@who dat

That’s the one!

FanSinceBartkowski

December 31st, 2012
8:44 am

The season is now over for 20 teams in this league. The Falcons played 42 seasons before Smith and Dimitroff came to town. For 34 of those years, our season was over around this time. In only 8 of 42 seasons did the Falcons go to the post-season under 5 different coaches. In the last 5 years, we’ve been to four playoffs. No other Falcons coach has done that. I’m thankful that with the regular season over there is still something to write about on the Falcons blogs. We could be one of the other 20 and that would sum up the history of this franchise before Ryan, Smith and Dimitroff. I hope we go all the way this year but even if we don’t, this ride has been much more enjoyable than most.

GO FALCONS!!! RISE UP!!!

Big Daddy

December 31st, 2012
8:56 am

I am expecting the AFC championship game to be between the Patriots and the Broncos. I am very uncertain who will be in the NFC Championship game but I am sure hoping the Falcons are one of the teams.

Double Zero Eight

December 31st, 2012
9:26 am

The Falcons have the talent. Let’s hope they have the mentality,
and are not overwhelmed by the ‘big stage” of the playoffs this
year. We need Turner to be more effective during the playoffs to
take some pressure off Ryan. I am optimistic the OC will formulate
a good game plan and utilize Rogers and Douglas with some new
wrinkles.