Playoff buzz: The Falcons are 2 1/2 point favorites over the Seahawks





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

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AFC playoffs

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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49 comments Add your comment

falconsrus

January 7th, 2013
6:53 pm

Just do it Birdz

NYC Dawg

January 7th, 2013
7:40 pm

The Falcons can do it. The Seahawks looked very beatable yesterday.

SAS

January 7th, 2013
7:44 pm

go falcons nation

David

January 7th, 2013
8:06 pm

Please Please Please, Play Snelling !

Ghost of Rankin Smith

January 7th, 2013
8:16 pm

4th! Just like the soon to be consecutive playoff losses for this team.

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The Reverend Baby Doctor Bedpan

January 7th, 2013
8:17 pm

Ghost of former aint fan

January 7th, 2013
8:19 pm

…Aint fan better check that math. Unless the you are talking about how the aints started the season with 4 losses.

LOL at the Aints

January 7th, 2013
9:08 pm

I think the Seahags dont stand a chance, but hey, I’ve been wrong before,, LOL

LOL at the Aints

January 7th, 2013
9:10 pm

In other news, the Irish not looking so hot,, LOL

Notyerdadsseahhags

January 7th, 2013
9:17 pm

These bros from sea-town and down and dirty bad mofos on defense. Bfraid bros

The Monger

January 7th, 2013
9:20 pm

All i know is Mike Smith is out of excuses this year. IF we lose Sunday, he should be fired. He will be 0-4 in the playoffs, and this year is our best bet to win our first playoff game. There are a myriad of reasons…better talent, home field, back to back road flights for Seattle, 1 pm game time on East Coast… and we should have plenty of motivation from all the national media haters of the Falcons. Let’s look at talent alone, and why we should win, and there should be NO excuses this time…

Quaterback- Ryan better than Wilson. Edge Falcons
Wide Recievers- Jones, White, and Douglas better than Rice, Tate, and Baldwin. By a mile in my estimation. Edge Falcons.
Tight End… Tony G better than Seahawks tight end, some bum I can’t name, but wouldn’t matter anyway because he is going up against Tony G. Edge Falcons.
Running backs…I say tie, because while Lynch is better than Turner. The depth after Lynch is weak in Seattle, and the Falcons have Jacquizz Rodgers and Jason Snelling, two very capable back-ups. Never underestimate running back depth in the playoffs, especially if the game goes to overtime.Tie.
O-Line….. I give a slight edge to the Falcons, as Seattle just let their rookie quarterback get sacked 5 times against the Skins. I think Matt Ryan was only sacked once against Washington. The Seattle O-line is better run blocker, but Falcons have better protection, so slight edge Atlanta.
Defense…Edge to Seattle. They have the more consistent defense this season. However, they seem to get the most out of their players athleticism, and in my opionion overachieve. They lost 5 road games this year, so they definately struggle on the road, they will be playing a 1 pm game for their 2nd east coast game in 2 weeks. Also, they will be without their best defensive player/pass rusher in Chris Clemons.

Simply put the Falcons have NO excuses for losing this game….Seattle is 27th in the league in offense, and have a rookie quarterback throwing to Sidney Rice and Golden Tate. The Falcons have veteran QB Matt Ryan throwing to Tony Gonzalez, Julio Jones, and Roddy White on their home turf. NO excuses….

LOL at the Aints

January 7th, 2013
9:36 pm

I agree, if we lose this game Mike Smith should be gone..

LOL at the Aints

January 7th, 2013
9:39 pm

If I were Seattle I would have stayed in ATL all week,

Super Bowl or Bust

January 7th, 2013
9:55 pm

I hate to see anyone get a serious injury, but it looks like the Falcons caught a big break (no pun intended). Seattle’s leading sacker (Chris Clemens 11.5 sacks) has been lost for the rest of the season from a torn ACL injury, sustained toward the end of the Seahawks playoff win yesterday. That should bode well for the Falcons passing attack.

Remarkable

January 7th, 2013
10:11 pm

No way is Smith gone even if the Falcon’s loose. He has the Falcons winning regular season games. Look at Bobby Cox. There are more fans coming to the regular season games than to a couple of playoff games. Do the math!

Just Asking?

January 7th, 2013
10:13 pm

You’re right, Super Bowl or Bust. It seems clear that the door is open and the Falcons seem ready to step through. The next game though might be a problem. Can we beat the 49ers?

Haptic Feedback

January 7th, 2013
10:14 pm

@ LOL at the Aints, I wish, but where would they practice? Also there’s something about sleeping in your own bed. It’s funny, as a Hawks fan I’m always holding my breath hoping they don’t unexpectedly implode. Sounds like many Falcon Fans feel the same about their team! Good luck guys, hope it’s a fun game!

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Keith

January 7th, 2013
10:22 pm

It’s not Super Bowl or bust for me.

I personally would be satisfied with 2 playoff wins and a Super Bowl appearance. Actually, getting over the “hump” might be enough.

ChipperisGod

January 7th, 2013
10:33 pm

I want to win, but I above all else, I just don’t want a flat appearance. At least in the Arizona game we made it close and just made some mistakes, but we gave it our all. 2010 and 2011 we have just looked miserable in the postseason with very little hope or energy. THAT MUST CHANGE if we are to win.

If we lose by three points, it would be horrible, but at least it would show me that we played with some heart and energy. I have faith that that energy will be with the birds THIS year.

Brood

January 7th, 2013
10:44 pm

Seattle is ranked 27th in pass yards not total offense. They are 9th in points with over 25 per game and 3rd in rushing. Thats with a lack luster start to their season. They are solid and make almost no mistakes, which is unusual for a Seattle team in any sport LOL. Seahawks 27-ATL 17.

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FastFreddy

January 8th, 2013
12:39 am

Hard to compare. The Seahawks have played many finessy throwing teams, usually with good results. But the Falcons have played, possibly only one thuggy-tough physical defense – Denver, but back when D was losing. Seattle’s schedule has been much more difficult. Youth and momentum count in this league, since everybody “plays injured” to some degree. But then, the Hawks “momentum” did show weakness Sunday, at least for one quarter. Can they adjust to a team they don’t know? It just might be a battle of The Coaches.

I say fire the loser.

Legion of BOOM!

January 8th, 2013
1:45 am

What the article failed to relay was that the Seahawks have beaten the 49ers, Patriots, Packers, Vikings and Bears. The Falcons have had one of the easiest schedules this season. Prepare to meet the Legion of BOOM and Beast Mode.

Seahawks prevail by 13

Bet-On-It

January 8th, 2013
4:54 am

I cant not tell you how i know, but i have already seen the outcome of Seahawks and Falcon game ! Falcons 28 Seahawks 24. and you can take that to the bank !

True American Hero

January 8th, 2013
7:19 am

Are some of you crazy? If we lose Mike Smith shouldn’t be fired. We have had more winning seasons under him than any coach in our history! If we don’t win its because we weren’t the better team, so we add in the draft and pick up new personal and try again. You don’t fire a coach until you start losing consecutively and having your team NOT make the playoffs every year.

True American Hero

January 8th, 2013
7:19 am

Falcons 17 Seahawks 14

SeenThisBFalcon

January 8th, 2013
7:47 am

In the words of Stephen A. Smith…there so disrespectful!!! THIS IS OUR HOUSE..THE GA DOME AND WE WILL NOT BE DISRESPECTED ON SUN FALCONS WILL RISE UP 27-10.

Mark X

January 8th, 2013
10:14 am

Anyone that understands how Vegas odds are calculated knows that anything less than -3 (a field goal) means that the deciding factor for the pick is home field advantage which gains any team -3 on any pick. In other word the -2.5 means that the Seahawks are considered the favored team (very slightly) on a neutral playing field. Hopefully the Falcons can get the benefit of that home field advantage – but it would certainly suggest a very close and exciting game at the very least.

Mike Franklin

January 8th, 2013
11:49 am

Dang, I hope that changes… we play better when we’re pooped on by the media and Vegas.

Samuel

January 8th, 2013
12:16 pm

Dirk Koetter must use all his weapons. If somebody’s not getting the job done put in another player. You don’t have any options, it’s win or you’re done.

And yet........

January 8th, 2013
12:35 pm

Seattle has lost to:

Arizona on the road
St. Louis on the road
49rs on the road
Lions on the road
Dolphins on the road.

The only teams they have managed to beat on the road are the Panthers, Bears during their slide, The Bills, and a Washington team without their quarterback.

Falcons are slight favorites, should be, and we’ll see if they get it done.

Ackshun

January 8th, 2013
1:19 pm

You guys are all nuts. Seattle has RGIII’s gimpy leg to thank for their brief playoff extension. There were wideouts running wild in the secondary all night long Sunday night. The QB just couldn’t get it to them. No way that secondary can handle Atlanta’s pass attack. And I believe Mike Nolan has a few plans for Mr. Wilson. The Falcons win this by 2 scores at least with most of the scoring by Seattle coming after the outcome has been decided. And let me tell you something you may not know, these guys CAN run the football and with Seattle going nickel and dime most of the night to try to stop the Falcons air attack Turner should give the nay-sayers something to stick in their pie holes. ATL by 21.

Now Greenbay will probably pants Kaepernick and wind up here for the championship next week and when that happens you will see some serious pay back for 2010. Falcons by 14

Roishina

January 8th, 2013
1:21 pm

I think the Falcons can win this! #riseup

SeenThisBFalcon

January 8th, 2013
1:25 pm

Yep Seattle streak ends on Sunday 27-16 Falcons!

Nate

January 8th, 2013
1:32 pm

“Running backs…I say tie, because while Lynch is better than Turner. The depth after Lynch is weak in Seattle, and the Falcons have Jacquizz Rodgers and Jason Snelling, two very capable back-ups. Never underestimate running back depth in the playoffs, especially if the game goes to overtime.Tie.”

Turbin had a better YPC than Jacquizz and Washington had a better YPC than Snelling, but whatever floats your boat.

Hi Hard One

January 8th, 2013
3:06 pm

Seattle can just take out the Falcon DB’s by running deep and letting Lynch run all day long.

That would make a long day for Falcon fans.

FastFreddy

January 8th, 2013
3:46 pm

RGIII: Seattle took out Washington’s #1 running game, AND their #5 rushing defense, on the road.

Pass attack: Hawks have played many other pass attack teams quite well.

Clemons: Clemons is backed up by Irvin.

Hype, momentum, nothing to lose…: Notre Dame got pasted. OTOH, if the Hawks get any kind of momentum early, GD is going to get awfully quiet… with all those anxious/superstitious Falcon fans and all.

fghj

January 8th, 2013
5:12 pm

Falcons will quit as soon as the going gets tough! seahawks by ten!!

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Hugo

January 8th, 2013
10:15 pm

An automatic 3 point advantage is given for home field by Vegas and actually means we are underdogs (which might be a good thingO. This doesn’t bode well as a 2.5 advantage was given for Redskins last week against the Hawks. Oh boy. I think we’re in trouble.

Dogham

January 9th, 2013
12:07 am

I know all about the river in Egypt….just didn’t know D’enial flowed through Georgia also. Ask the Patriots and Packers about their high explosive passing attacks fairing against Seattle’s D. The Falcons will be one dimensional and with the best pass defense in the land will find it hard to catch up once they fall behind. Marshawn Lynch and Russell WIlson will both take turn chewing up yards against Atlanta’s stay puff front seven. People will run their mouths about the Seahawks offense not being as good, but it was only in week 12 when they opened up the full playbook to Wilson. Since then it’s light’s out and few mistakes. The Seahawks have only given up 24+ points twice and never 30. I think some of you are in for a rude awakening…..a great season, but one and done. Seahawks 31 Falcons 17

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GG

January 10th, 2013
12:19 am

Seahawks are going to take this one for sure. Yes at the begining of the year they had road losses, but the team changed, unleashed Wilson and have been winning since. Its a no brainer. Sorry Falcons, the Seahawks are going to beat you.

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