By MICHAEL CUNNINGHAM
Falcons vs. Seahawks
The Falcons were 4-1 and the Seahawks were 3-2 against common opponents during the regular season. But none of those common opponents qualified for the playoffs. The Falcons (regular season) and Seahawks (wild-card round) each won at Washington when quarterback Robert Griffin III was hobbled.
So Jeff Schultz, writing for his ajc.com blog, compared the teams in another way: how each fared against the other teams in the playoff field. It turns out the Falcons are the only team that went undefeated against the rest of the field, but they also played the fewest playoff teams.
The Falcons beat Denver, the No. 1 seed in the AFC, and Washington, which played a wild-card team after winning the NFC East. Seattle was 4-1 against teams that eventually made the playoffs.
The Seahawks beat the AFC’s No. 2 seed, New England, and the NFC’s No. 3 seed, Green Bay. The Seahawks also defeated NFC wild-card team Minnesota and split two games against San Francisco, the No. 2 seed in the NFC.
The game Sunday at the Georgia Dome is sold out, but plenty of those tickets ended up on the secondary market. As of Tuesday afternoon, StubHub.com was offering more than 9,000 tickets that started at $60 for single upper end-zone seats.
“Mezzanine” seats, located in the second level, started at about $120 in the end zone. Tickets in the lower end-zone section started at roughly $120, and sideline lower seats ranged in price from about $170 to more than $800.
Quote of the day
“We’re going to be physical and consistent. And we’re going to do it until the other team can’t do it anymore.” — Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin to the Seattle Times.
View from Seattle
Danny O’Neil, writing for the Seattle Times, argued that the Seahawks busted three myths about the team with their 24-14 victory at Washington on Sunday. The myths, according to O’Neil, and how Seattle busted them:
1. Seattle is wasting a championship-caliber defense.
O’Neil: “This was the chorus in September after the Seahawks scored fewer than 20 points in four of their first five games. … Seattle’s offense has come a long way since then, its relentless ground game combining with an increasingly aggressive game plan for its effective young quarterback to create an efficient, above-average NFL offense.”
2. Seattle is not built to come back from big deficits.
O’Neil: “This is a logical assumption given the Seahawks’ propensity for running the ball. … But Sunday was the third time this season Seattle found itself down by double digits, and the second consecutive time it came back to win.”
3. The Seahawks can’t win on the road.
O’Neil: “There was a time you could make this argument. That, however, was in November when Seattle had lost five of six games on the road. … . (W)hile it’s easy to make road games seem like this franchise’s bogeyman, it’s not exactly accurate after Seattle won at Chicago on Dec. 2 and beat Buffalo in Toronto two weeks later.”
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