Falcons starters: Left cornerback Asante Samuel, right cornerback Dunta Robinson, nickel back Robert McClain, free safety Thomas DeCoud and strong safety William Moore.
Falcons key reserves: Cornerbacks — Dominique Franks and Christopher Owens. Safeties — Chris Hope and Charles Mitchell
Seahawks: Quarterback Russell Wilson. Wide receivers Golden Tate and Sidney Rice. Tight end Zach Miller.
Seahawks key reserves: Wide receivers —Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse and Deon Butler (Inactive in wildcard round). Tight end – Anthony McCoy and Sean McGrath.
Matchup to watch: DeCoud vs. Wilson
The Falcons gave up 242.4 yards passing per game, which ranked 23rd in the league.
The Seahawks passed for 189.4 ayrds per game, which ranked 27th in the league.
Wilson, a rookie, has developed as the season progressed.
“From the Chicago game on, we’ve really taken a big jump,” Seattle coach Pete Carroll said. “Russell scored at the end of regulation and then scored on the first drive of overtime to beat a Bears team that was in first place and trying to keep their spot at their place…We are much different than we were early.”
Wilson completed 252 of 393 passes (64.1 percent) for 3,118 yards and 26 touchdown passes and 10 interceptions. He finished with a passer rating of 100, but was sacked 33 times.
Rice and Tate each had seven touchdown catches.
The Falcons have given up yardage, but have masked that by taking the ball away. They had 10 interceptions in games against Peyton Manning, Drew Brees and Eli Manning.
The Falcons will attempt to disguise their coverages and force Wilson into some errant throws. DeCoud is usually the player who gets to attack the ball as he led the team with six interceptions. Samuel had five.
The secondary should receive a boost from the return of safety William Moore, who missed the last four games of the season with a hamstring injury.
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