Atlanta Falcons: View from Seattle: Seahawks defined by ‘toughness’

Michael Robinson says the Seahawks want to "keep plugging away." (Photo: Seahawks)

Michael Robinson says the Seahawks like to 'keep plugging away' (Photo: Seahawks)

Seattle Times columnist Jerry Brewer says the Sehawks’ offense has developed an identity against its opponents: “Take them to a point they’re unwilling to match:

More than athleticism, more than skill, more than desire, the Seahawks are defined by their toughness.

They aim to take every football game to a physical and mental brink. Can the opponent go there? Or rather, will the opponent go there? This season, the answer has often determined whether the game will be a competition or an endurance challenge that only suits the Seahawks’ stamina. . . .

They’re coming straight at you, at maximum speed, again and again and again.

Can you match it? Will you match it?

“We’re going to be physical and consistent,” wide receiver Doug Baldwin said. “And we’re going to do it until the other team can’t do it anymore.” . . .

The Seahawks’ mantra against Washington: Do what you do — better. It figures. No gimmicks, just grit. No special playoff tactics necessary. Just bow up.

“Keep plugging away,” fullback Michael Robinson said. “Keep doing what we know.”

They’re developing an offense that is almost as much a pain to play as their defense. There are few breaks when going against the Seahawks right now. It’s always a brawl.

There’s probably no aspect of this game that should concern the Falcons more than Seattle’s punishing running game. Spearheaded by relentless running back Marshawn Lynch, the Seahawks are capable of wearing down defenses with power.

Brewer notes that since the midway point of the regular season, the Sehawks have run for 194.2 yards per game. Quarterback Russell Wilson accounted for 47.6 of those rushing yards per game; nearly all of the the rest came by way of battering rams Lynch and Robert Turbin.

That’s potentially worrisome for the Falcons, who allowed more rushing yards this season than any other NFC playoff team. A long list of backs had good days against Atlanta: Jamaal Charles, Shaun Draughn, Willis McGahee, Alfred Morris, Chris Ivory, LaRod Stephens-Howling, Pierre Thomas, Doug Martin. (So did quarterback Cam Newton–twice.)

During the bye week, the Falcons worked on tackling and path to the ball. They didn’t do any work in pads, though, which is how it goes in the NFL nowadats.

If the Falcons are plagued by the kind of slipshod tackling that surfaced throughout the season, then the Sehawks will have a good chance to get the kind of brawl they say favors them.

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107 comments Add your comment

Whadda Ya Know?

January 9th, 2013
6:52 am

The Falcons can shut down runners when they set their minds to it. Do the Seahawks think they’re the only team that can play physical? I will go out on a limb and say the Falcons make their running game a non-factor. Bust these guys in the mouth every chance you get. Roddy, Julio, Tony & Harry do NOT let these guys hold you. Give them a tomahawk to the hands off the line.

GDawg

January 9th, 2013
7:23 am

I really hope the Falcons win this game so everyone will just shut up and quit doubting the Falcons. But if they do lose I for one am done.

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We got this

January 9th, 2013
7:50 am

1. Stop the zone run and force wilson to throw.
2. Watch for the inside zone cutback by Lynch.
3. Don’t let their trash talking corners get under your skin.
4. Balance the offense: use Quizz and Snelling!
5. Keep the pedal to the medal and JUST WIN!!!

Mike Franklin

January 9th, 2013
8:02 am

There must be some media required sum of buttsnuggles because every single day, there is one story/article or another here at the J/C that talks sweet about Seattle… like they’re God’s gift to the playoffs.

Fair catch Franks

January 9th, 2013
8:13 am

Mike you are right on point if i did not know better the Falcons will face the second the greatest defense in NFL history. The worst is NFL Network.

Ken

January 9th, 2013
8:30 am

So what Seattle is known for its tough physical style of play not only will the FALCONS match it the FALCONS will punch the the Dodobirds in the mouth first and keep punching!! Can’t wait for our hard hitting FALCON defense to make Lynch cough up the ball 3 times on Sunday. We will see who the most physical team is on Sunday!! Matt Ryan and the FALCONS will RISE UP!!

Esquire

January 9th, 2013
8:31 am

Guess what……………we’re tough too.

WE ARE THE MIGHTY MIGHTY FALCONS!!

Decatur Falcons

January 9th, 2013
8:36 am

The Media is saying that Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks are going to win this weekend. I hope not, it is wide open right now, and it all about who wants it more. The coaches don’t play, but it is important that Atlanta Falcons have a good week of practice. I will be watching on television and the interviews after the game. I do see an Atlanta Falcons win if Special Team, Defense, Offense work together we can beat this Seattle Seahawks team. Atlanta Falcons have to take advantage of turnovers in this game and any fumble opportunities. Atlanta Falcons have to get the running game going, get Tony G. the football, and convert on 3 downs something they didn’t do against Bucs. If Matt Ryan gets beat by this rookie Russell Wilson he will lose his Man Card. So they are having practice now, let go to work and let the best team win this weekend. GO FALCONS!!!!

Ackshun

January 9th, 2013
8:39 am

Sorry but if the Packers 2010 run told us anything it told us that you can negate the run by doing two things. Score Quickly, Score Often. The Falcons D can hold against the run early and get an extra possession or two. Then all the offense has to do is score (TD FG whatever) You get the Seahawks down by 14 or more and they will get nervous if they are down by 14+ after the 3rd quarter they will probably stop running all together. We got this.

buster_hyman

January 9th, 2013
8:50 am

Yo weak little finesse fallacies are in for a long afternoon

NoleRick

January 9th, 2013
8:50 am

My sentiments exacly Ackshun, this “toughness” “we run the ball down your throat” stuff was all said about the 2010 Falcons. We get them down early, get a turnover or two, this game is done. Seems everyweek the team the Falcons face are the next 85 Chicago Bears if you read and listen to the press.

Falcons by 2 touchdowns.

Hear_comes_the _Boom

January 9th, 2013
9:00 am

We beat Seattle in 2011 and we will do it again on Sunday….Rise up

Really!?!?!

January 9th, 2013
9:03 am

@GDawg. I hate to go here but if they were to lose (which they won’t) I would say good riddance to you!!! Can we get some true fans here?!?!?!?!

Loyal Falcon

January 9th, 2013
9:12 am

Those espn and nfl analysts act as though the Falcons are a college team or something. Like the Falcons have no toughness or pride…Please! The Falcons hear all this talk just like we do. They will be ready and physical. All this talk from seattle about being physical and consistent doesn’t scare anybody. The Falcons are grown men also and you are coming to their house. They will protect it! If all goes well and we do win. Those same analysts will say all the things seattle didn’t do instead of all the good things we did. So lets not worry about those idiots. We all know they are a bunch of bandwagon jumpers. They get paid to be. Lets worry about things here at home in the dome. PROTECT YOUR HOUSE AND YOU GO TO THE SUPERBOWL!!!
Go Falcons!

Really!?!?!

January 9th, 2013
9:26 am

@buster. And what fallacies are these?

Madea gets gender reassignment surgery

January 9th, 2013
9:27 am

The Seahawks are nothing but a bunch of women that need to shave……Like me.

Loyal Falcon

January 9th, 2013
9:31 am

The amount of disrespect for this #1 team is almost laughable. As usual nobody chose us to win. Not even in our own house where we are 7-1 this year. LOL! Bananas!
@ATLANTA FALCONS PLAYERS….Just handle your business like Men!

jay

January 9th, 2013
9:35 am

Last time we played the Seahacks here were the stats for the pass off v pass def

Roddy – 6 catches 78 yards
Julio – 11 catches 127 yards
Tony – 7 catches 56 yards 1 TD
Ryan – 28 for 42 1 TD 66.7 compl %

This was against the Seahacks, the 12th man, Browner and Sherman.

Atlanta Falcons player

January 9th, 2013
9:35 am

I am an Atlanta Falcons player. I won’t identify myself as we are instructed not to read or post on line during the season.

I just want to say, thanks for all the good advice on how to play this game Sunday. If not for you people, we never would have thought of this.

Thanks.

Really!?!?!

January 9th, 2013
9:38 am

LOL!! Atlanta Falcons Player. We will keep your secret.

jay

January 9th, 2013
9:40 am

Left out Ryan’s passing yards. 291

In this game we had no element of a screen game like we do now. They had their best pass rusher, they don’t now. Harry Douglas didn’t play in that game, he will now.

Hawk Fan Here

January 9th, 2013
9:45 am

With Bruce Irvin starting for Chris Clemons, I see your running game being more productive than expected (and I will assume every run goes towards Irvin, as he is just too small to play the LEO on the seahawks defense). That being said, the true matchup will be how the LB’s of seattle cover Gonzales because our LB’s will come up on any run play to help Irvin. I fear this will lead to some big gashes on the play action, and Tony will be the benefactor.

I’m not too worried about Jones and White because their height’s matchup well with Sherm and Browner.

Notice how i said nothing about the Seahawks Offense matchups?? That’s because I’m betting 80% of their offense will be runs and there won’t be any home running hitting plays.

Seahawks Fan

January 9th, 2013
9:51 am

Captain Crazy

January 9th, 2013
10:12 am

Just remember, the “media” said the Obama was going to lose to Romney!

CD Falcon

January 9th, 2013
10:14 am

Who is Doug Baldwin and Michael Robinson? Falcons 27 Seahawks 17

Reignmaker

January 9th, 2013
10:20 am

LOL at all these delusional Falcon fans that say they’re going to stop the run with their defense that hasn’t done that all season. The only way you’re beating the Seahawks is through the air. It’s the only game you have. And it’s the only thing anyone outside of Atlanta respects.

Seahawks have zero pressure coming into this game. They’ve already exceeded expectations with their young team and rookie QB. But they’re a hungry team like this article says, and they dare the opposition to try and keep on their level. If the Falcons CHOKE again, your house of cards will come crashing down and people will be fired.

Gamer

January 9th, 2013
10:23 am

This postseason is full of championship caliber teams….I anticipate warrior’s type game from any opponent of the Falcons. Falcons must come out to match and overmatch opponent’s physicality..

The Falcons have the personnel to do so on both side of the ball……There isn’t a team in the postseason NFC or AFC that the Falcons can’t formiably matchup against.

While it may not be an easy road for the Falcons to the SuperBowl. It is very likely for the Falcons to get there and win the Lombardi’s trophy…..Falcons stay focus…

Falcons on three, DOMINATE!!!!

Lick Skillet

January 9th, 2013
10:23 am

As has been ALL season long our playoff mission is simple:
Conquer the WEAK and Challenge the STRONG. We are up to the task of beating Seattle to say nothing about Seattle having to travel across country for the second week in a row and playing an early game for them 10:00am Pacific Time… Just a thought that may be a factor…

jay

January 9th, 2013
10:27 am

Reignmaker you listen to too many tv analysts. Have you ever played a sport? If you think there isn’t any pressure on Seattle you’re a fool. Exceeding expectations doesn’t mean crap to an athlete when they have an opportunity to win a championship or go home. Being the hottest team and exceeding expectations won’t mean crap if they lose Sunday so they do have pressure.

JerryCobraRam

January 9th, 2013
10:31 am

Micheal Turner needs to rush for more than 100 yards and Tony G. and Harry Douglas need to have a big game receiving on Seattle secondary if these two things happen on offense Falcons gonna win easy. The defense need to play like the played the New York Giants in the Dome this year a shut out would be great. Falcons gonna win Mike Nolan gonna give Russell Wilson a nightmare and we need 11 helments on Marshawn Lynch all night long. Go Falcons!

JeremiahSheppard

January 9th, 2013
10:37 am

The media will ALWAYS pick against the Falcons. SOMEHOW THERE ARE A TON OF MEDIA OUTLETS THAT HAVE FORGOTTEN THAT THE FALCONS HAVE BEEN IN THE SUPERBOWL BEFORE. And the idiots that are thinking just because we are playing a HOT Seattle Seahawk team, the media seems to have forgotten that in 1998 when the Falcons drew the HIGHEST SCORING TEAM IN THE HISTORY OF THE NFL, the Minnesota Vikings, Furman Bisher had an article in the AJC where the headlines read before that NFC championship game, “Yikes its the Vikes”. The Falcons simply played the best game in their franchise history and disposed of the Vikings and that game catapulted the Falcons into the superbowl. The Falcons have nothing to fear in playing the Sehawks because the Falcons are the better team than the Seahawks. As has been pointed out on countless numerous occasions, the Seahawks started this year at 1-5 on the road. WHAT KIND OF WINNING PERCENTAGE IS THAT? The Falcons can beat the Seahawks this sunday and I am expecting our falcons to stun the seahawks 56-13. Hopefully, if I am right, the Falcons will CRUSH the Seahawks and move into the NFC Title game against the Green Bay Packers, setting the Falcons up to get revenge against the beating we took from them at the georgia dome back in 2010. Look folks, its better for us to play and best and beat the best so that when we finally get the Lombardy trophy it will be well-deserved. Wouldnt you rather get the lombardy trophy having to go through Seattle, Green Bay and then either New England or Denver, then to have to play weak teams to advance. In order to be the best you must play the best, and I am sure the falcons will be hoisting the lombardy trophy in approximately 4 weeks from this sunday.

Ryder

January 9th, 2013
10:41 am

We can’t look into what happened last year at Seattle because this team is coming in with more confidence than ever before, especially now that they have a stronger QB. That said, Atlanta is the kind of offense that can throw Seattle off their game with the short, intermediate passing game. I believe that Tony Gonzalez has a huge game and watch Julio get going early with WR screens. It will open the running game up a bit. Atlanta will focus on keeping Russell Wilson off the field, something people aren’t focusing on.

Reignmaker

January 9th, 2013
10:50 am

@jay – too many TV analysts? Ha ha ha. Someone doesn’t like what they’ve been hearing apparently. So if the Seahawks lose, some players will feel bad? Ok, I get that. I guess you can call that pressure if you want to. As opposed to the Falcons who have already gone 0-3 in the Ryan era and have secured home-field advantage for the duration of the playoffs. If you lose this, heads will roll. No question. I call that pressure.

Pamela

January 9th, 2013
11:05 am

The Falcons will lose this game. They never win in the off season. Don’t get your hopes up. They had a 13-3 season.

Pamela

January 9th, 2013
11:07 am

Actually the Falcons did not receive homefield advantage for the remainder of the playoffs. Only 1 game. It doesn’t matter because they are not going to win the first game…

mike

January 9th, 2013
11:08 am

You say that the Falcons can shut down Seattles running game if they want to. Perhaps Atlanta has chosen not to shut down anyones running game ALL season. Good luck dirty bird!

ASHCAN!!!!!!

January 9th, 2013
11:10 am

Why are everybody lashing out because someone reported the truth about this team??? (Seattle). I guess the truth hurts. If these falcons start showing up in games there fans give them too much credit for, then the report will be positive about there team(Falcons). Don’t hate because this team have something already as a young team the falcons don’t, and that’s identity. Win when it really counts then you(Falcons) won’t be second guessed. I’m not a seattle fan(steeler) but like the make up of this team. And i dare anyone to point out my team(Steelers) didn’t make the playoffs,if you try it i will have to remind you that my team win trophys and yours(Falcons) certificates.

Well jay

January 9th, 2013
11:10 am

You are going from stats in 2011. This is 2013 boo..get over it. That’s old. The Falcons will lose. You will see.

ASHCAN!!!!!!

January 9th, 2013
11:15 am

@jay, Oh yea buddy i got your response yesterday talking about seahag. What are you a man or a woman??? reason i asked, this is football for people intertainment and you defend ryan etc… like its your boy friend. Put down your pum pums and put some bass in your voice. Because from your responses, seem you talk high pitch.

j

January 9th, 2013
11:15 am

Seahawks lose last week if RGIII is healthy. Falcons win by at least 2 TD’s. Sherman gets burned bad all game and crys like a little girl!

ASHCAN!!!!!!

January 9th, 2013
11:21 am

@Pamela,school this troll jay on football. Bringing up stats from yester years don’t matter and will not help this falcon team in 2013. Stats is for the record books, and while you at it, put all the superbowl wins the falcons have in there. Oh wait, were still waiting. tic toc tic toc…..

js

January 9th, 2013
11:31 am

What Falcons Fans Tend To Forget Is They Beat The Seahawks With T-Jack At QB & A Middle Of The Pack Defense And A Team In Disarray! Do You Really Want Bragging Rights For That??? Seahawks Are For Real Now. Be Careful Falcons, You Might Get Puched In The Mouth. HARD! Do Your Homework Before You Start Quacking!

ASHCAN!!!!!!

January 9th, 2013
11:36 am

@Jeremiah shepperd, i went to disney world too and wished upon a star. You know the song, i will sing it to you when the falcons go home. And if they don’t i’ll give you and your team there props. See i’m a realist and don’t say my team is gonna win because there my team. Your responding like the falcons have no weaknesses when they do. Two of them is they can’t run the ball or stop the run, how many teams win if they can’t do atleast one of those. So what there offense is good but it takes eleven players on the other side of the ball too. And also your boy ryan have not proven himself when it really counts. Superbowl trophys are not won in the regular season.

nfchampsliveinga

January 9th, 2013
11:48 am

@Ashcan, If Atlanta wins this game, which I think they will, don’t take this personally but as a Falcon fan I could care less if you give my team props. As far as the media elite goes and everyone else beating the 0-3 drum, I could careless about their praise as well. With a win, the Falcons will have taken there respect, and with a loss they will continue to get what they are getting now plus much more. This Falcon loves his team, city and state. Its time for a breakthough! Rise Up ATL!

Starship 1

January 9th, 2013
12:05 pm

Get this: the only way the Falcons lose is that they beat themselves. So here’s my other point: if the Falcons work of themselves-and don’t beat themselves-why would they lose to the Seahawks? Something to think about.

Ron Bousman

January 9th, 2013
12:12 pm

Seahawks are a far more superior team.
They play solid defense. They run and pass well. Special terms are very good.
I will be at the game Sunday in my blue colors

js

January 9th, 2013
12:13 pm

It’s only Wednesday & your already saying “the only way the Falcons lose is that they beat themselves” Sounds Like Your Scared Of Physical Play. Your The #1 Seed, You Have No Excuses!

Seahawk Nation

January 9th, 2013
12:14 pm

warfalcon

January 9th, 2013
12:14 pm

NO DOUBT

ONE GAME AT A TIME,NO MORE BAD GAMES,LETS GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!