BY MICHAEL CUNNINGHAM
Falcons vs. Seahawks
The Falcons and Seahawks will play an NFC divisional playoff game on Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Georgia Dome. The game will be televised by Fox.
The Falcons and 49ers each had a bye for the first round of the playoffs. The Seahawks, the No. 5 seed, advanced to the divisional round with a 24-14 victory at fourth-seeded Washington on Sunday.
Atlanta has won the last three meetings against Seattle, including a 30-28 road victory during the 2011 regular season. This will be the first playoff meeting between the teams.
The Falcons and Seahawks had four common opponents during the 2012 regular season: the Cardinals, Cowboys, Lions and Panthers.
The Falcons were 4-1 against those teams with a defeat at the Panthers (they split the season series with Carolina, an NFC South opponent). The Seahawks were 3-2 against those teams with defeats at the Lions and the Cardinals (they split the season series with Arizona, an NFC West opponent). The Falcons also defeated Washington.
The Falcons-Seahawks winner will advance to the NFC championship game to play the winner of Saturday’s Packers at 49ers divisional playoff game. The Seahawks would be the road team against either the Packers or 49ers while the Falcons would play host to either team.
How Vegas views the Falcons
The sports books generally have established the Falcons as 2 1/2-point favorites over the Seahawks. The Falcons and 49ers are 2-to-1 co-favorites to win the NFC. Atlanta is tied with Seattle as the fifth choice to win the Super Bowl at 8-to-1, behind Denver (3-to-1), New England (7-to-2), San Francisco (5-to-1) and Green Bay (7-to-1).
Quote of the day
“I’m done referring to Russell (Wilson) as a rookie. He’s not playing like a rookie, doesn’t act like a rookie. We’re 17 games in. He’s not a rookie no more.” — Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate to the Associated Press regarding his team’s quarterback.
Falcons playoffs tickets
The game is sold out.
The Broncos and Patriots both had a bye for the first round of the playoffs. If the Broncos advance, they will be the home team in the AFC championship game.
The Texans, the No. 3 seed, advanced with a 19-13 victory over the Bengals and will play at New England on Sunday. Fourth-seeded Baltimore defeated the Colts 24-9 in the wild card round and will play at Denver on Saturday.
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