Playoff buzz: Fox analyst Jimmy Johnson believes Falcons are ready





By MICHAEL CUNNINGHAM

Falcons vs. Seahawks

Because of their recent playoff flops, the Falcons didn’t always receive a lot of accolades from national media this season, even as they posted the NFL’s best record. But Fox analyst Jimmy Johnson, the former Cowboys coach, is among those who believe the Falcons are finally ready to win a playoff game after going 0-3 in the past four seasons.

“I think a lot of it is that, not just the fans, but the coaches and players said ‘Let’s do what we have to do to get ready for the playoffs,’” Johnson said on a Wednesday conference call. “I think during the season there was a lull there. They had a pretty good run, they had a good record and they knew they’d be in the playoffs, so they were like, ‘Let’s hurry up and get to the playoffs.

“Now I think, especially with the bye — even though they’ve got a bear of a team with Seattle, as hot of a team as there is in the league — I think Atlanta will be ready for this ballgame. I think they will be better prepared for these playoffs than anytime previously.”

Tickets

There were nearly 7,000 tickets to the game available at major reseller StubHub.com Wednesday afternoon, and fans who hold out might be able to get a bargain later in the week.

TiqIQ, a company that aggregates the resale ticket market, reported relatively weak demand for the game. According to TiqIQ, the average price of $163.69 for the game as of late Wednesday was the lowest of this weekend’s playoff games and the lowest-priced second-round game since at least 2009.

When the Falcons faced the Packers in the second round of the 2010 playoffs, the average ticket price was $284.73, according to TiqIQ.

View from Seattle

Are the Seahawks a tough, physical team that wears out its opponents, or do they have too much attitude and cross the line?

Seattle Times columnist Jerry Brewer takes the former view and says the Seahawks have developed an identity against their opponents, with the attitude to “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,” Brewer writes. “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? …

“They’re coming straight at you, at maximum speed, again and again and again. Can you match it? Will you match it?”

But Eric D. Williams, writing for The (Tacoma) News Tribune, writes: “(The) Seahawks have steadily gained notoriety around the league as a team that likes to trash talk and play physical to the whistle — sometimes through the whistle. And that aspect of Seattle’s play was evident in the Seahawks’ big road win against Washington in the NFC Wild Card game Sunday.

Cornerbacks Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman, along with receiver Golden Tate, all had running battles with Redskins players. Sherman could be heard by Washington players telling Redskins coach Mike Shanahan that he was scared to throw his way. …

Browner body-slammed Redskins receiver Pierre Garcon at the end of Earl Thomas’ interception in the second quarter. … But Seattle finished with only four penalties for 30 yards, so (coach Pete) Carroll said his team handled those minor dust-ups.”

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72 comments Add your comment

Rick Day

January 9th, 2013
11:48 pm

Rick Day

January 9th, 2013
11:51 pm

I’ve watched at least 95% of the snaps this season. This team is ready. The coaches have eliminated stupid decisions. Even when in a lull, they win. I really want everyone to ignore JJ, and sit on their ‘one and done’ mantras. And spinnnnnn…..

Frankly, North East Media naysayers, we don’t give a damn. We gonna rise up.

rz up 2012

January 9th, 2013
11:54 pm

The fact that the tickets are still available embarrasses me… Tell your friends to snap them up.. We need a full, loud dome Sunday

Mora less Petrino

January 10th, 2013
12:39 am

Seahawks are not a good road team, Falcons are tough at home. This game is the Falcons to lose. I expect they will be ready. If not for Griffin’s knee injury, the Redskins would have likely won.

oh'man

January 10th, 2013
1:49 am

Why is everyone so worried about this game? I assure you guys it is going to be a blow out! Idk why this so called analyst say that Seattle matches up well with Atlanta? No they do not match up well at all. I predict a big big blow out, 38 – 17

Go Deep

January 10th, 2013
3:12 am

We got’em right where we want’em. Turner is rested and ready.

Samuel

January 10th, 2013
4:25 am

This is something this organization has been planning all year, to get to this point. I think they have the players on this team to get the job done. I don’t know how you out physical Roddy White and Julio Jones. At some point the refs are going to have to step up and take control of the game. Holding will not be tolerated.

Falcon fan in Seattle

January 10th, 2013
4:46 am

As a Falcon fan living here in Seattle, this has been a tough week… A tough week to keep my CLASS!!! Sea-chicken fans are some of the most obnoxious, trash talking, excuses for fans ever; a mirrir image of their team! Yeah, they are loud, ie, the 12th man, but most of their loud is mindless dribble about how Sherman is the best ever, or no one can stop Lynch. And don’t get them started about the second coming of the Messiah, AKA Russ Wilson. My hope is that the Birdz totally and completely act like Alabama this past monday… LEAVE NO DOUBT!! If the Falcons execute the game plan like they can, Julio, Roddy, TG and Matty Ice will have big days. Put a few hits on Mr Wilson, and will one of our O-line please bury Mouth of the Northwest Sherman in the Dome turf? Time to RISE UP Birdz!! Shut these pretenders up. Let this Southern boy do some gloating on Monday!!

Whiznot

January 10th, 2013
5:05 am

I expect Roddy to be in God Mode. Go Falcons.

True ATL Fan

January 10th, 2013
6:19 am

I love playing overly-confident teams. It’s like dealing with a woman with too much mouth. Kill em with poise and indifference and play your game and you’ll always win. Time for our guys to actualize the fruits of the process. Forget a playoff win, these guys want the ship (not sure why Stephen A continues to call it the “chip”) and they will prove so on Sunday. DirtyBirdNation lets make the Dome LOUD this weekend. The whole city will be there…Let’s Go!!!!

Whadda Ya Know?

January 10th, 2013
6:38 am

I think these guys finally “got their mind right” and are prepared to send the Seachickens back to the west coast as a spectator of the remaining playoff games. This team can beat ANY team in the NFL when they put their mind to it. They’re tired of hearing the media dog them and are ready to demolish their first opponent. Welcome to the Ga Dome Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch.

Esquire

January 10th, 2013
6:48 am

Falcon fan in Seattle
January 10th, 2013
4:46 am

As a Falcon fan living here in Seattle, this has been a tough week… A tough week to keep my CLASS!!! Sea-chicken fans are some of the most obnoxious, trash talking, excuses for fans ever; a mirrir image of their team! Yeah, they are loud, ie, the 12th man, but most of their loud is mindless dribble about how Sherman is the best ever, or no one can stop Lynch. And don’t get them started about the second coming of the Messiah, AKA Russ Wilson. My hope is that the Birdz totally and completely act like Alabama this past monday… LEAVE NO DOUBT!! If the Falcons execute the game plan like they can, Julio, Roddy, TG and Matty Ice will have big days. Put a few hits on Mr Wilson, and will one of our O-line please bury Mouth of the Northwest Sherman in the Dome turf? Time to RISE UP Birdz!! Shut these pretenders up. Let this Southern boy do some gloating on Monday!!

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Just make sure on Monday after the Falcons win you pump pump pump, pump up the volume on that mindless dribble.

BELIEVE

WE ARE THE MIGHTY MIGHTY FALCONS!!!

Falcons Fan

January 10th, 2013
6:50 am

These 7000 tix for sale are on stubhub. These are people trying to cash in and make a few bucks. Relax everybody. The dome will be full and rockin’ on Sunday

robertussen

January 10th, 2013
6:59 am

we got this. these seattle fakes will be exposed in the dome

Ray

January 10th, 2013
7:45 am

We’re going to win POINT BLANK PERIOD lol.

Esquire

January 10th, 2013
8:02 am

BE THERE!!!

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Esquire

January 10th, 2013
8:11 am

We have sponsors for the playoff rally tomorrow from the Atlanta radio media and the Atlanta TV media. Why do we not have sponsorship from our only Atlanta print media? Are they just not on the bandwagon? Supporting your city’s team doesn’t mean there is not unbiased reporting…….does it?

Esquire

January 10th, 2013
8:13 am

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

PapaK

January 10th, 2013
8:19 am

What happened in the last 3 playoff games have nothing to do with this year’s playoff game. I have no doubts about who will win this game. In fact, I believe this is Atlanta’s year. Super Bowl champs.

Larry

January 10th, 2013
8:21 am

“Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, Nor Hell a fury like a Falcon scorned.”

NorthFlaFalcon

January 10th, 2013
8:49 am

It’s gonna happen. WIN.

Still Gritz Blitz'n

January 10th, 2013
8:54 am

Let those sea chicks know we bring’n some chips to the frey, the Red n’ Black gonna toast & roast some sea chicks who’ll try to talk smack, we’ll physically will bring some smack for ‘em. Come on down ye turtlw doves, we’re hungry for ya. We gots some chip on da’ shoulders to prove alot of folks wrong! BRING IT BABY! BRING IT!

Fan

January 10th, 2013
8:58 am

Tackle, tackle and tackle is the key. Its always the basics.

Hi boyz and girlz its me bukweet starrring as D Led

January 10th, 2013
9:02 am

The Falcons should win this one. For once Matt Ryan isn’t overmatched by his opponent QB. It will be a tough game, but I would expect Atlanta to win 27-21

gsmith

January 10th, 2013
9:17 am

Mike Nolan / Dirk Koetter……nuff said

cowbellhell

January 10th, 2013
9:20 am

This supposed big win last week for the seachicks was a JOKE PEOPLE!! Redskins QB who cant run or get out of the way, horrible pass defense and mediocre defense overall…PLEASE this is not a signature win. Julio will make lil sherman his b_____ on Sunday, a rusty browner trying to cover Roddy?! Tony in the middle? This should be a two touchdown win for the birds.

Falcons 28 Wannabes 14

SimpleDawg

January 10th, 2013
9:29 am

Pete “Aint No Dirt on Me” Carroll is certainly a fine defensive coach, but he attracts, develops, encourages a particular style of attitude and play that borders on beyond the rules…..

Falcons had better be ready to push the envelop themselves.

This game will reveal who’s the predator, and who’s the prey…..

Still Gritz Blitz'n

January 10th, 2013
9:30 am

Like ya’ll said, Lynch may be tough & physical, & have much respects for his abilities, but the red n’ black is mean & hungry right now, we want to ram him head on. They feel they can out physical us, well son, they hadn’t seen a mean junkyard bird of da’ ATL who’ll out physical it’s prey. He’ll know we’ll clash w/ him head on wrap ‘em up like a sack of tater’s & drive em’ backwards. The Atl owes it to ‘em. The ATL will get physical head on! We got some MOJO!

Still Gritz Blitz'n

January 10th, 2013
9:31 am

The line will have to clash it up, clutch it up!

buster_hyman

January 10th, 2013
9:36 am

Whistling past the graveyard Falcon fans, them Seabags bringing lots of bodybags for your finesse team, BTW Jimme picked the skins as well….

Say what

January 10th, 2013
9:50 am

Jimmy didn’t know RG’s leg was going to give out. If that doesnt happen, Washington would have won. Don’t kid yourself.

DR. FALCON

January 10th, 2013
10:01 am

JIMMY JOHNSON IS A SMART MAN!!!! THE WORLD WILL FIND OUT, WHAT THE GA. DOME IS ABOUT!

BRAD

January 10th, 2013
10:04 am

It took the Seahawks 3 and half quarters to finally take the lead on a team that didn’t have a QB capable to leading even 1 drive after the 1st quarter. If Shannahan had put in Cousins in 2nd quarter, Seahawks would be sitting at the house. Falcons 31, Seahawks 10

Dan

January 10th, 2013
10:07 am

Let Seabags run that little option and force Wilson to keep the ball and pound him….let’s see how he responds to a couple of shots from Weatherspoon and co

Cletus

January 10th, 2013
10:40 am

Wow, lots of confidence out of the Falcon fans. I don’t get it, really. The Seahawks played an extremely tough schedule, beat a lot of good teams and seem to have reversed their road issues, having won their last three on the road.
They haven’t come close to being blown out and make good adjustments during the game, both offensively and defensively. Their defensive backs will be a real challenge for the talented Falcons wide receivers but they’ve gone up against the league’s best passing teams and shut them down, mostly.
Home is the advantage for Atlanta, not skill. Be afraid, Falcons fans. Your defense is not strong and its weaknesses play right into Seattle’s strengths.

Washington Hawk

January 10th, 2013
10:40 am

Been reading your fan’s posts. Delusional comes to mind. Falcons are going to get waxed in front of your home crowd on national TV. Your fat RB can’t hold a candle to Lynch, and that’s a fact. Matt Ryan better pray he throws less than the 3 Int’s he’s slated to throw. Also, I love all of your cheerleader ra ra songs some of you post on here.

D man

January 10th, 2013
10:43 am

I wouldn’t want to play a team that has been told for a year now that they are not good enough to win a playoff team. My Falcons are hungry for a win and respect. I expect they will come out and play like they did against the Giants the whole playoffs. Time to go get some respect Falcons.

D man

January 10th, 2013
10:50 am

Washington Hawk – Falcons 38 Seahawks 17 count on it. Your rookie QB will be made to look like a rookie Sunday afternoon. There is a good reason we had the best record in the NFL this year and you’re about to find out why. We are not the Bears, we are not the Redskins, or the Dolphins who your team barely beat on the road, we are the best team in the NFL and your team is going down in the dome…

Still Gritz Blitz'n

January 10th, 2013
10:53 am

Thanks Cletus; We like to show some confidence for our team, while everybody else doesn’t, as far as what all the pundits, experts & analysts already given it to seatle, oh wow Washington Hawk’s gotta put his 2 cents worth, wait, smells like a saint fan. Dang! Bring it Bro. We’ll dish it right back on ya, love this kinda stuff man, bring it, can’t get enough of it. BOOOOOOYAAAAA!

Washington Hawk

January 10th, 2013
10:54 am

Right, cupcake schedule. Congrats.

Answer this, when has your QB not looked like a rookie in the playoffs?

Thanks for playing along…

Still Gritz Blitz'n

January 10th, 2013
10:56 am

Saint fan on here using another blog handle, must be ’seen’……. dang that’s funny, too bad he can’t be real.

Still Gritz Blitz'n

January 10th, 2013
10:58 am

Yeah, you a real cupcake alright! whatever you say ain’t got much weight cupcake.

fosho

January 10th, 2013
11:33 am

jimmy knows his stuff—if he says the falcons are ready, that’s the truth! the atl will roll all over seattle—mark it down! Ryan and Julio will light it up big!! ATA 31 seattle 13!

Arthur's Prize

January 10th, 2013
11:35 am

Arthur and his young girlfriend will be up in his executive suite drinking expensive champagne, celebrating this huge win over seattle. He may even pop some $1,000 bubbly if they win big.

boogie man

January 10th, 2013
11:40 am

seattle’s secondary>hotlanta receivers

Realistic

January 10th, 2013
11:42 am

seahawks are the hottest team in the NFL now.

At least next year we’ll have a new coach.

D.Orlando Bed-wetter

January 10th, 2013
11:45 am

D. Orlando Ledbetter gosh you are such a cornball. We need a reporter with some excitement. How in the world did you land that gig? I bet you are one of those alphas or kappa lames. Please go away!!!!!

seattle is a joke

January 10th, 2013
11:45 am

@boogie man you mean that same secondary from last year right???? Ha yeah seattle is secondary to Hotlanta’s recievers

Teds Frozen Head

January 10th, 2013
11:45 am

0-3 in the playoffs means nothing to this Seahawk fan. That is all in the past as is Seattles poor play in the first half of the year. The Falcons have a nice team and I believe this will be a great game.

Seahawks are going to wear you down and take you to a place you can’t handle though.

seattle is a joke

January 10th, 2013
11:48 am

@teds where to the wet and rainy northwest for a congratulatory dinner???? No thanks i think we’ll stay with our southern food. I do like the space needle though