FLOWERY BRANCH — Here’s a look at how the Falcons run offense matches up against the Seahawks run defense.
Falcons’ starters: Running back Michael Turner and fullback Mike Cox.
Falcons’ key reserves: Jacquizz Rodgers, Jason Snelling and Antone Smith.
Seahawks’ starters: Outside linebacker Leroy Hill, middle linebacker Bobby Wagner and outside K.J. Wright.
Seahawks’ reserves: Malcolm Smith, Heath Farwell, Mike Morgan and Allen Bradford (Inactive for Washington playoff game).
Matchup to watch: Turner vs. Wagner
The Seahawks gave up 103.1 yards per game during the regular season, which ranked 10th in the league.
The Falcons, as they transformed into more of passing team this season, ran the ball just as a function of trying to keep defense’s honest.
The Falcons averaged 87.3 yards per game, which ranked 29th in the league. Turner led the Falcons in rushing with 800 yards on 222 carries. Rogers had 362 yards on 94 carries.
Backup running back Jason Snelling will also see some action against the Seahawks.
“We have three capable backs who all have different strengths and weaknesses,” Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter said. “We are going to see all three guys. Mike, Quizz and Jason will all be used on Sunday.”
The Seahawks are led by Wagner, who had nine tackles against the Redskins and Wright, who had eight.
Wagner is a rookie from Utah State. He finished the regular season with 140 tackles. He started 15 of 16 games in the regular season.
The linebackers flow well behind the Seahawks’ mammoth offensive line.
“We know who they are,” Turner said. ” We know what they are capable of doing.”
The Falcons offense plans to match the Seahawks’ physical style of play.
“We have to go out and be in the right mindset to play a physical football game because that’s how Seattle plays,” Koetter said.
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