Playoff matchup: Falcons’ pass offense vs. Seahawks’ pass defense

eattle Seahawks' Richard Sherman (25) talks with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady after an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012, in Seattle. The Seahawks won 24-23. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

eattle Seahawks' Richard Sherman (25) talks with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady after an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012, in Seattle. The Seahawks won 24-23. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)


FLOWERY BRANCH — Here is a look at how the Falcons’ pass offense matches up against the Seahawks’ pass defense:

Falcons’ starters: Quarterback Matt Ryan (Pro Bowler). Wide receiver Roddy White and Julio Jones (Pro Bowler). Tight end Tony Gonzalez (Pro Bowler).

Falcons’ key reserves: Harry Douglas, Drew Davis and Michael Palmer. Luke McCown is the backup quarterback.

Seahawks’ starters: Left cornerback Richard Sherman, right cornerback Brandon Browner, free safety Earl Thomas (Pro Bowler) and strong safety Kam Chancellor.

Seahawks’ reserves: Safeties Jeron Johnson, Chris Maragos and Winston Guy. Cornerbacks Marcus Trufant, Byron Maxwell, Jeremy Lane and DeShawn Shead.

Matchup to watch: Jones and White vs. Browner and Sherman.

After season-ending injuries to Marcus Trufant and Walter Thurmond last season, the Seahawks had no other choice but to turn to fifth-round pick Richard Sherman.

They have been pleased with the results as the second-year cornerback from Stanford has ascended to star status and is generally considered one of the top cover corners in the league.

Over 26 regular-season starts, he has 12 interceptions and 51 passes defensed. He’ll take White or Jones, whomever shows up on his side of the field.

Browner is a massive at 6-foot-4 and 221 pounds. The Falcons enjoyed some success against him in last season’s 30-28 win on Oct. 2, 2011. He had trouble with White and Jones as he had to honor their speed.

White and Jones were targeted 28 times and caught 17 passes for 205 yards in the last meeting.

“They’re both very physical,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said. “They’ve got very good size.”

Sherman and Browner will get some help from Seattle’s fine safeties, Chancellor and Thomas.

Normally, White would be fired up about a marquee matchup, but he’s focused on the big prize.

“As long as I continue to help my team, get out there put up good numbers and stuff like that, at the end of the day, you want to put up good numbers, but you do want to win the Super Bowl,” White said. “That’s the ultimate goal and if I can do that, it will be well worth it.”

Advantage: Falcons

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99 comments Add your comment

Pietas81

January 8th, 2013
4:19 pm

Bring it boys, knock these chumps out

kd

January 8th, 2013
4:27 pm

man this is gonna be good, Roddy is pissed about the pro bowl, he will take it out on the so called Top corners this weekend to make a statement. Julio will follow suit. Roll Tide!!!!!, i mean RISE UP ATLANTA

ShaneOmac

January 8th, 2013
4:34 pm

I swear those CBs are overrated. They bully the little WR all the time but our Wideouts are not obly big they are fast and LOVE contact ESPECIALLY number 84 come on seaCHICkens the best WR tandem in the NFL is waiting on yall to run ya mouths!

Off their Rocker!!!

January 8th, 2013
4:56 pm

“best WR tandem in the NFL is waiting on yall to run ya mouths!”

That might be the most stupid thing I have heard in the last 2 years!!!!! Green Bay has FOUR wide out that are better!! New Orleans has 3 that are Better…Hell, New England has Two tight ends that are better than your wide receivers!!!!!

fghj

January 8th, 2013
5:03 pm

HA! What a homer!

Louisiana Falcon

January 8th, 2013
5:06 pm

Off their Rocker!!!

January 8th, 2013
4:56 pm

“best WR tandem in the NFL is waiting on yall to run ya mouths!”

That might be the most stupid thing I have heard in the last 2 years!!!!! Green Bay has FOUR wide out that are better!! New Orleans has 3 that are Better…Hell, New England has Two tight ends that are better than your wide receivers!!!!!
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Another hater……….can you back that up with some stats. Because both Roddy and Julio have a 1000 plus yards (each). Tony has 800 plus.

Elvis is Alive

January 8th, 2013
5:10 pm

Our receivers are very vocal about who is going to win on the field !
My hope is that this swagger will rub off on the rest of the team..Fire ‘em up Roddy and Asante!
My concern is the coach and his staff.
I have always been a disciple of the POWER of POSITIVE THINKING!
For some reason Coach Smith doesn’t exude confidence. I have to question why?
Have the critics of his style gotten to him?
Does he believe he may actually lack the ability to really”step on the gas”?
I would rather hear a coach say openly that he feels that the team can win the game.
One statement! We can WIN this game!..and then say it again! We can WIN this game!
Not all the duplicitous mumbo jumbo about goals and the second season Coach speak.
This is not a corporation sales talk, this is FOOTBALL, mean, nasty, in your face, bloody, broken and bruising FOOTBALL. There should be no excuses..prior to the game and after.
Leave it all on the field!
If the Coach feels the team may or may not win is so lacking in confidence and the players sense this demeanor.
Wonder if he would feel better by saying his team doesn’t stand a chance and they will be one and done.
Then he can step to the podium and deliver his press conference complete with tears about how this is the best team who really rallied and fought hard to WIN THIS GAME.
And the public loves him..fa la la la lah..maybe some childhood issues ?
Stop the nonsense and everybody settle down.
WE CAN WIN THIS GAME!
Coach,if you can’t stand the heat, go sit in the locker room and phone it in..
Otherwise get some guts and stand up and yell at the top of your lungs in front of the entire staff and management..WE CAN WIN THIS GAME..
And remember FALCONS..it is up to you…he can’t intercept three passes and recover their 2 fumblesl. Or catch passes and run them into their end zone!
Honestly, I want to see him cry about how this is the best team and then, with a little blood in his eye..say ..WHO”S NEXT ?
It’s Now or Next Year…FALCONS
WE CAN WIN THIS GAME!!!
RISE UP..ANGRY BIRDS..RISE UP

Elvis has left the building..thank ya..thank ya very much

Louisiana Falcon

January 8th, 2013
5:15 pm

@Off their Rocker!!! —to be excact: Roddy has 92 rec, 1351 yards, and 7 td’s
Julio has 79 rec, 1198 yrds, 10 td’s
Tony has 93 rec, 930 yrds, 8 td’s

The Falcons’ WR’s are the best in the NFL.

WTF?

January 8th, 2013
5:36 pm

Seattle’s coach has planned for this day for weeks now. Expect Atlanta to be outscored big time and early,. Same as last year, this one will be a loss at halftime. better luck next year

Louisiana Falcon

January 8th, 2013
5:40 pm

Aints WR’s

Jimmy Graham: 85 rec, 982 yrds, 9 tds
Marques Colston: 83 rec, 1,154 yds, 10 tds
Lance Moore: 65 rec, 1,041 yds, 6 tds

Packers WR’s

Randall Cobb: 80 rec, 954 yds, 8 tds
James Jones: 64 rec, 784 yds, 14 tds
Jermichael Finley: 61 rec, 667 yds, 2 tds
Jordy Nelson: 49 rec, 745 yds, 7 tds

Pats’ WRs

Wes Welker: 118 rec, 1,354 yds, 6 tds
Brandon Lloyd: 74 rec, 911 yds, 4 tds
Rob Gronkowski: 55 rec, 790 yds, 11 tds

DIRTY BIRDS’ WRs

Roddy 92 rec, 1351 yards, and 7 td’s
Julio 79 rec, 1198 yrds, 10 td’s
Tony 93 rec, 930 yrds, 8 td’s

Moddyd

January 8th, 2013
5:44 pm

@WTF we all know that Carroll plans weeks in advance (see departure from USC), but if you really think that he has been planning on playing the falcons and working on a gameplay for weeks you are crazy. We got BEASTS in our receiving core. Should be an interesting game. Go Dirrttyyyy Birds!!!

truthbtold

January 8th, 2013
5:55 pm

If we use our weapons we will be in good shape. Matt Ryan must learn how to move to avoid the rush. He has to be able to throw down the field on the run. The dink and dunk offense will get you sent home in a hurry – look at what happened against Tampa Bay. Mike Smith can’t be afraid to light up the scoreboard. You don’t win being nice in the post season!

Ed

January 8th, 2013
5:57 pm

Let’s go Falcons let’s get fired up and go beat up some Seahawks. I think Roddy and Julio are going to show those big corners what 2 physical receivers can do.

kevkat

January 8th, 2013
6:07 pm

truthbtold

January 8th, 2013
5:55 pm
If we use our weapons we will be in good shape. Matt Ryan must learn how to move to avoid the rush. He has to be able to throw down the field on the run

I agree with you 100%. Matt shows no mobility and holds the ball entirely too long at times. He is mobile engough to avoid pressure and maybe even run for a first down…but it appears he’s scared. Don’t be scared Matt, be smart.

falconfreak

January 8th, 2013
6:39 pm

i see HD having a career day . count on it!

206

January 8th, 2013
6:39 pm

Sorry boys, but it doesn’t matter what your WR’s will do our DB’s will collectively get in their heads and before you know it they’ll be too far behind to catch up. Anyway, Russell and co. will run when you think pass and pass when you think run. You won’t be able to figure out the Seahawk offense. Beast Mode baby!!! Go Seahawks Super Bowl Bound!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

falconfreak

January 8th, 2013
6:39 pm

i see HD having a career day . count on it!

Narddog

January 8th, 2013
6:40 pm

Nice insight. Why don’t you compare how Steve Largent did against the Falcons, to determine advantage?

You are basing advantage on how two rookies played in their 4th career game, 2 years ago? Idiot.

I will base my argument on recent, meaningful facts

If you have a pulse, an IQ over 8 and are unbiased you can see that the Falcons are smoke and mirrors.

They’re opponents have a combined record of 108-148. They have beaten 3 teams with a winning record. Since October 7th, yes the 5th game of the year they have beaten 1* team with a winning record. The asterisk is because it was the Giants, that shouldn’t count.

If this was the BCS the Falcons would be Northern Illinois, they deserve to be there because their record, but consider the competiton.

In the playoffs Defense, Running, and being hot are what propell you forward, Seahawks are advantage all 3.

ATLBIG FALCON FAN

January 8th, 2013
6:41 pm

GEORGIA DOME GET REDNECK LOUD!!!!!!!!!ON SUNDAY…SEND THE SEACHICKENS PACKING

206

January 8th, 2013
6:42 pm

oh Yeah……Russell Wilson not RGIII or Luck for Rookie of the Year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Seahawks will win 31-17

icedawg

January 8th, 2013
6:43 pm

Just hopin’ history doesn’t repeat itself during the playoffs for the Southern Birds.

falconfreak

January 8th, 2013
6:45 pm

narddog, us falcon fans have been hearing that same old song all year long. but we keep winning .

206

January 8th, 2013
6:48 pm

We are the champions….we’ll keep on fighting til the end….we are the champions.we are the champions…no time for losers Another one bites the dust …..Seahawks anthem after this weekend. moo hahaha

206

January 8th, 2013
7:00 pm

Watch NFL network tonight for replay of Seahawks Redskins game for a reminder about what the Falcons will face….be arfraid….be verrrryyyy afraid!

falconfreak

January 8th, 2013
7:08 pm

we dont need to see the seachickens beat a one legged rookie qb. our man has two good legs and 3 bad a$$ receivers.

Narddog

January 8th, 2013
7:17 pm

Falconfreak,

So did the Northern Illinois fans. Your record is a big pile of whipped cream on shat.

206

January 8th, 2013
7:22 pm

Falcon fans….google Cam Chancellor blows up Vernon Davis and Brandon Browner kills Wes Welker…It’s actually amusing!

Jeff Johnson

January 8th, 2013
7:26 pm

That’s it….you Atlanta fans keep yapping your gums!! Find whatever you need for confidence for this weekend’s game against Seattle! The fact is all of the pressure is on you guys with your playoff performance the past few years! Seattle is this, Seattle is that…..that’s right! Seattle is big, fast and strong and your team is about to get a physical whuppin’! I prefer Atlanta over the other NFC teams in the playoffs but my boys are going to bring it! Tell your team to tighten those chin straps! They about to get punked!

D

January 8th, 2013
7:30 pm

Jeff your team is not that good, bro. Give it a rest.

Esquire

January 8th, 2013
7:40 pm

5-6-7-8
Everywhere we goooO,
Everywhere we goooO,
People wanna knooOw,
People wanna knooOw,
Who we aaa are,
Who we aaa are,
So we tell theem, So we tell theem,
We are the FALCONS!! We are the FALCONS!!
MIGHTY MIGHTY FALCONS, MIGHTY MIGHTY FALCONS !!
OHH AHH OHH YEEAHH

Big O

January 8th, 2013
7:42 pm

I hope the Falcons come out and score, score , score til they get to 35. Then just play defense. They piss me off whenever they get a 7 or 10 point lead, then get conservative and almost lose the game. They need to try to get in the endzone every time they get the ball. It don’t matter if they have a lead or not, just keep scoring !!!!!!!

Big O

January 8th, 2013
7:45 pm

Coach Smith – Please listen. If Turner comes out there stutter-steppin to the line or looking like a ballerina instead of a running back, sit his ass down.!!!!!!!! If he doesn’t hit that hole full speed. Sit him down. The man is big enough to be able to run an inch toward the line and just fall forward and get 4 yards. But every game he comes out there B.S. ing around we lose. Put Snelling in. That guy wants it. He is hungry and will get it..

Big O

January 8th, 2013
7:47 pm

Defense needs to play the same scheme they used against Denver. They should shut them down.

YellowJacket

January 8th, 2013
8:00 pm

Unlike the Falcons, Elvis is actually dead.

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atlppal

January 8th, 2013
8:08 pm

LOL…. This will be the 4th year in a row that Falcant fans will get crazy prior to the “butt whippin” coming their way!! Luck doesn’t happen for this team in the playoffs!! I wonder how many fans will still be in the dome in the fourth quarter???? Seahawks 38- Falcants 10.

Ice Melts!! Turner has been a burner all season and Abe is finished!!!

atlppal

January 8th, 2013
8:09 pm

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atlppal

January 8th, 2013
8:10 pm

Headline Monday Morning…. FALCON LYNCHED 38-10.

Football Bat

January 8th, 2013
8:23 pm

@narddog: And the arse whoopin we put on the SB Champ NY City FB GIants shouldn’t count why? We owed them a beating and shut them out. And if the teams that happened to be put in front of us had losing records, we should get credit for helping them achieve that. We beat the whole NFC East and are supposed to think that was easy? Clue: We owe Seattle now, and they will not be hearing themselves think on offense.

I just wish we would take our own division more seriously. We owe each of them a beating twice yearly.

206

January 8th, 2013
9:05 pm

Falcons wings will be clipped!!! go Seahawks!!!!!

okeetee!

January 8th, 2013
9:07 pm

Our two big boys MUST keep their cool! Can be baited into trash talking and end up with a key penalty for retaliating, taunting or excessive celebrating! Sounds like the Seattle clowns are a couple of punks to me! I just don’t see them holding all of our guys down and slowing our passing game that much. No dropped balls, no penalties!!!

jake w

January 8th, 2013
9:17 pm

Matty Ice is going to buckle under the pressure and give up minimum 3 interceptions. The Falcons have had the easiest schedule in the league, and have lost every game played to a top 10 defense. It shows that they are weak, and overrated. Can’t wait for a rematch of SEA vs GB

okeetee!

January 8th, 2013
9:30 pm

“Can’t wait for a rematch of SEA vs GB”

….you’ll get your wish…..NEXT YEAR during the regular season!

Flo-Ri-Duh

January 8th, 2013
9:39 pm

Quit yapping – if RG III had not gotten injured the Seattle buzzards would not even be here.

Narddog

January 8th, 2013
9:49 pm

High I’m Michael Turner for Gold Bond. Do you know why they call me the burner? No, not because of my 6.32 fourty time, because of my chafing. When your legs are so fat, you rub the skin off your inner thighs, go get yourself some Gold Bond.

That’s what I do when I need to take the Burn out of the Burner.

MT

411monk

January 8th, 2013
10:57 pm

No one is disputing the stats of the Falcons receiving core. What we’re questioning is the level of competition that those stats were attained. Falcon’s stats are all BS because you guys played no one this year. You guys were basically stat padding all year long. Your receivers would not have those stats if they played the Seahawks schedule.

Peachtree Bart

January 8th, 2013
11:19 pm

The Seattle corners are talented, but they can be beat. They talk too much and are prone to stupid penalties. The officials are watching them and are quick to call pass interference because they frequently cross the line and become too physical. Mark it down, there will be at least one important pass interference call against Seattle in this game.

Living here in the Pac Northwest, I know these Seattle fans. Worst sports fans in the country, bunch of no nothing homers. They’ll be rummaging through the closet for their Sonics gear by Monday……oh, wait, y’all don’t HAVE a basketball team anymore, do ya………

okeetee

January 8th, 2013
11:23 pm

“Your receivers would not have those stats if they played the Seahawks schedule.”

…yeah, we probably wouldn’t have even made the playoffs! What did you want us to do with our schedule…..win just 10 games? We won 13 games! We won the key games we needed to win (Tampa on the road, Giants at home and then Detroi on the roadt to clinch 1st seed!) We destroyed the Eagles coming out of our bye week on the road. Your clowns had a bye week and then lost to the pathetic Dolphins!

DR. FALCON

January 9th, 2013
12:02 am

TOO MANY WEAPONS FOR THEIR D.! SEND THEM BACK TO SEATTLE! END OF A NICE CINDERELLA STORY!

DieHardFalconsFan!!!!

January 9th, 2013
1:08 am

Matt Ryan is gonna shred up that defense! 4 TD’s book it! RISE UP!!!! GO FALCONS!!!!