Seattle tough but Falcons have some advantages (updated)

Are the Falcons ready for Marshawn Lynch and the Seattle Seahawks? (AP photo)

Are the Falcons ready for Marshawn Lynch and the Seattle Seahawks? (AP photo)

(Updated: 8:50 p.m. with opening odds.)

The Falcons last won a playoff game eight years ago (47-17 over St. Louis, Jan. 15, 2005). The have lost four straight since.

For that trend to change, they are going to have to beat a Seattle team that possesses: 1) a mobile quarterback (Russell Wilson); 2) a physical defense that held Washington to only 203 yards in offense (69 after the first two possessions); and 3) a powerful running game.

So you expected easy?

But after three playoff losses in the last four years, there are several positives for the Falcons going into their match-up against Seattle, which advanced after beating the Redskins 24-14 Sunday.

UPDATE: The Falcons have opened as only a two-point favorite over the Seahawks at LVH Superbook. Since home teams generally get three points, the line effectively means Seattle is considered one point “better” than Atlanta.

1.) Beat-up factor: The Seahawks are a tough team, as evidenced by them going 7-1 in the second half of the season after being only 4-4 at the turn, and then winning a road playoff game. But the question is: What do they have left in the tank after winning an emotional and physical game over the Redskins? The win in Washington did not come easy.

• 2.) Home field factor: The Falcons will be at home, where they’ve generally dominated: 7-1 this season and 33-7 in five regular seasons. (Then again, there was that lopsided playoff loss to Green Bay in 2010.) Seattle will be making its second East Coast trip in as many weeks from the upper left corner of the U.S. There’s a potential fatigue factor there.

• 3.) Mobile quarterback factor: The Falcons didn’t face Wilson this season. But they have played and beaten three noted mobile quarterbacks this year: Robert Griffin III, Cam Newton and Michael Vick (as well as Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, Tony Romo, Phillip Rivers, Eli Manning and Matthew Stafford). So as impressive a season as Wilson has had, he doesn’t present a challenge the Falcons haven’t seen.

• 4.) Julio and Roddy factor: As effective as Seattle’s defense was against the Redskins, it’s worth noting Washington moved the ball effectively early, before Griffin became too beat up to run and function in the pocket. The Falcons’ primary receiving trio of Roddy White, Julio Jones and Tony Gonzalez still gives them an advantage that any defense is going to have difficulty dealing with.

• 5) Running game factor: This is Falcons’ biggest concern. Seattle can pound it with Marshawn Lynch (who rushed for 122 yards and a touchdown Sunday). Wilson gives the running game another dimension.If the Seahawks can run, they can control the clock and keep Matt Ryan and the offense on the sideline. The Falcons’ defense struggled against the run much of this season. They improved down the stretch, but then allowed 142 yards to Tampa Bay’s Doug Martin in the season finale. (We can debate how pumped the Falcons were for that meaningless game.) The Falcons’ own running game, meanwhile, has been ineffective for most of the season. They’ll need to get something from Michael Turner and Jacquizz Rodgers on the ground.

The Seahawks are good. But they look less daunting than the New York Giants or Green Bay Packers did the last two years.

By Jeff Schultz

407 comments Add your comment

Larry

January 7th, 2013
8:18 am

JSS,

I honestly don’t remember anything about “sodomy.” But do tell us, why is it that you bring up “sodomy” when referencing me in every blog?

With some bizarre, deviant attraction, and I turning you on? Is this your purpose here, JSS, to make men angry for some hidden sexual agenda?

Sorry, JSS, but no one likes you!

Ackshun

January 7th, 2013
8:20 am

The Falcons always game up when it matters. Ineffective against the run? Don’t know that I would say that. Inconsistent maybe. It won’t matter because the Seahawks only won yesterday due to the glaring stupidity and arrogance of Mike Shannahan. Reality is RGIII may be done, not for the offseason but done period. At least Dan Reeves had he good sense to pull Mike Vick even though it cost him this job. But that injury was the most graphic thing I have seen since Theisman’s leg injury and that kid may wind up coaching or pumping gas next year cause he was too stupid to sit down and trust his teammates. And if you think that those little visits to that shack at FEDEX field was RGIII getting “taped up” you are a fool “doped up is more accurate” There was probably more demorol than blood in that kid’s system yesterday. In either case even if the Seahawks were at full strength they would lose Sunday. Mike Nolan know how to game plan for a mobile quarterback. We will probably see a lot of the 3 four look with Bierman as the fourth LB and Spoon keeping an eye on Wilson. The Seahawks are everyones Cinderella story this year but the clock stirkes midnight at 1pm on Sunday and they will be done by halftime. Marshawn Lynch may have a big run or two, but when the clock hits zero the Falcons will be up by 21 points BANK ON IT!

Larry

January 7th, 2013
8:23 am

Back to football…

The Falcons know what we know. They absolutely do not want to wake up Monday morning and read the news paper about another playoff loss.

They are prepared, they are led by one of the best QB’s in the game today (#4 on Jaworski’s most recent QB rating), and we have in Nola a DC that will put on the same field the defense that limited Peyton Manning, stopped Eli Manning and intercepted Drew Brees 5 times.

This team will be ready; this city and it’s fans will be ready.

I will be there, row one, midfield, with the wife and daughters watching a great QB and well coached team chase the Seahawks right back to the city of purpetual cloudiness.

JSS

January 7th, 2013
8:25 am

Larry doesn’t “remember?” But he is supposedly able to be the gatekeeper of my intentions? Laughing, you are a peach…

Larry

January 7th, 2013
8:27 am

JSS,

You’re no longer relevant and I now release you to bring misery and unhapiness upon another sports blog.

Nonone likes you here, JSS. No one…just go away and let us enjoy our next six days of being Falcon fans.

Wounded Falcon

January 7th, 2013
8:27 am

If the Falcons continue to tackle like girls then we lose, period!

Dawg Patrol

January 7th, 2013
8:30 am

RG3 had no business in the game. Had they won it then what? He surely would not have been able to play next week. Well, he’s got plenty of time to get well and do any rehab he needs and get ready for next year. The Seahawks will be a challenge for the Falcons. NO WAIT The challenge for the Falcons is going to be staying focused and executing. If they will just play up to their potential we win this one going away. REMEMBER THE GIANTS GAME !!!

Answer This

January 7th, 2013
8:31 am

Hey Schultz, I am with Larry on this….Choke was only here to bash and be the “Village Idiot” as Steak Shapiro puts it. Do us a favor and ban those who have been here for 22 weeks spewing the same vile hate and disgust. We are fans and although some of us jump on and off from week to week, there is nothing more disgusting than someone being here for 22 weeks, oops soory YEARS and continue to spew hate at the home team. Larry is right…why are you here? To tell us how bad we are and how we wont win. Come on Jeff start the New Year off by dumping this trash off your blog and allow real fans to have the blog back. Allow these people to go to whoever we play from week to week and let them bash us on those blogs…not on the home teams blog. As for the game people please realize this….we lost three games this year…..all in our division (NFC South) the trend will not stop! We will not lose outside of the NFC South this year! Lets keep rising and marching to the goal! Seattle beat a one leg QB! They were very stout in putting up 24 points so they get props! But I know we can score more than 14! Only two things we MUST focus upon……the running game of that BEAST TB and QB….if we dont allow Wilson to.scramble for those 64 yards he got against the Skins we will be ok. Lynch without a doubt will get his! Now the question for that Seattle D is have they seen weapons like the ones we have on our offense? Falcons 27 Seattle 13! Rise UP!!!!

Thomas Brown

January 7th, 2013
8:34 am

JSS,

So, what you are saying is that the Falcons are going to LOSE to Seattle because of our Defense, Arthur Blank as the owner, we will be unable to demonstrate a running game, and because Matt Ryan is not a good Quarterback, because Home Field Advantage is worth nothing, and because only AJ-C blogs do not allowing a dissenting voice proving that the Falcons and their fans are plain just no good, therefore, no one is scared of us since we’re not well-balanced – and, because – well – you’re just a Superior Person to All Falcons, Falcons’ owner, and all Falcons’ fans

Right ?

Larry

January 7th, 2013
8:35 am

Dawg Patrol,

It was an absolute disgrace that the snake weasel, Shanaan, allowed Griffin to stay in that game and take that punishment.

Shanahan was a snake under Reeves and got him fired. The only reason this weasel face snake won the Super Bowl was because of one Terrell Davis to finally compliment Elway with a runing game. He’s barely a .500 coach in the 15 seasons since the 1998 Super Bowl.

Snake Shanahan lost that game last night, not Griffin and his teammates.

Tebow Rotting On Bench

January 7th, 2013
8:35 am

If Lynch gets 100+ rushing yards I think Falcons will lose. Spoon & Nicholas must stop Lynch.
Ryan needs to use the quick slants & check downs to Quizz & Snelling. Go Falcons !

JSS

January 7th, 2013
8:40 am

“So, what you are saying”

Thomas Brown, don’t interpret…

JSS

January 7th, 2013
8:46 am

“22 weeks”
Well that let’s me off the hook, I wasn’t here (or on the “real AJC fan blogs) for 22 weeks! Better luck next time Slugger when you try to paint bloggers you disagree with into a corner…

Thomas Brown

January 7th, 2013
8:48 am

Should be easy enough for you to say that :
(1) You do not like Arthur Blank and they will never win while he’s here
(2) You do not like Matt Ryan and they will never win while he’s here
(3) You do not like our Defense and they will never win while they’re here
(4) You do not like our Running Game and they will never win while they’re here
(5) You do not like the term Home Field Advantage and they will never win with it
(6) You do not like AJ-C blogs because we don’t care for dissenting voices
(7) You do not like the Falcons because they don’t scare anyone; therefore lose
(8) You do not like the Falcons’ roster because it’s not well-balanced
(9) You do not like Atlanta and prefer California
(10) You do not want to go on record that you are guaranteeing Seattle wins

The Reader

January 7th, 2013
8:54 am

The D day: 1/13/2013. The time: 1PM. The place: GA Dome.

Thomas Brown

January 7th, 2013
9:01 am

You ask JSS a question, and instead of answering the question, he states don’t interpret what he’s written here for all to read ad infinitum ad nauseum.

Jeff Schultz

January 7th, 2013
9:05 am

I see some folks were busy last night while I was sleeping. Already banned one guy/thing (under multiple screen names), close to banning others for invoking race. As Lennon sang, “Come together . . .” Or don’t. Just keep it above the line.

JeanE

January 7th, 2013
9:05 am

Agree with all points, Jeff! I am a Seattle fan because I’m a Russell Wilson fan, great guy and always root for the “small” guy to do well! Just not next week! Shanahan is a jerk who should be ashamed of himself for leaving RGIII in there, I hope there’s no permanent damage to his knee. It would’ve been a different game, maybe a different result, if he’d been healthy. We have to win this for Tony G!! He is my favorite, an unbelievable tight end and person who deserves at least 1 playoff win in his storied career! Also, we will rightly be labeled as losers, great in the regular season, can’t win in the playoffs, yada yada yada. I think this will be close but we prevail, this team is tougher with more resolve than previous Falcon’s teams. Nolan’s D may give up yards to Marshawn who is formidable, but we don’t break! Roddy and Julio will stand tough against those Cb’s and we have GOT to get more production from the big slow boy, Turner. I think we need a large dose of Quiz and the screen game. Go Birds!!!!!

bluehen95

January 7th, 2013
9:06 am

This will come down to how well Seattle’s corners fair against Atlanta’s receivers. I know about Jones and White, who will go up against Sherman and Browner, that should be entertaining. Browner looked beatable against the Redskins, but then he had Pete Garcon covered like a blanket on Earl Thomas’ interception (which the Washington Post blames on RGIII being hurt, of course). He is susceptible to speed and double moves, but he will beat you up at the line before you get out there. If you have a good slot receiver and TE, and I know very little about the Falcons in that regard, that can be trouble, especially if the Hawks can’t get pressure. They have struggled with Marcus Trufant as the 3rd corner and the LBs don’t cover all that well. Dome, field turf, etc. the conditions are perfect for Seattle and if the secondary can do its job, they will be in the game. I’m looking forward to this Sunday.

Dawg Patrol

January 7th, 2013
9:16 am

It’s plain to see that The Falcons are a better team than the Seahawks. If the Seahawks come out on top it’ll be because The Falcons lost it not because they won it. If we can hold the Giants scoreless we can do the same to the Seahawks.

Buzz Aldrin

January 7th, 2013
9:18 am

Jeff,

I see you still have some scrubbing of the blog to do. See JSS quoteboard at 7:18 AM!

Dan

January 7th, 2013
9:25 am

Seabags got same break Pack got…they played against a team without a qb for the last 3 quarters. If Griffin had been healthy Redskins would be in Atl this Sunday

HardyFalcon

January 7th, 2013
9:29 am

Our Defense will either make us or break us in the game on Sunday. It would help a lot if Michael Turner did not dress out and let the other 2 backs carry the load, its time to put Turner out to pasture, well it was really 2 years ago. Go Falcons, HOPE WE CAN BREAK THE JINX!!!!!!

Answer This

January 7th, 2013
9:30 am

Since the hit dog is barking again because I did not address, let me say that you negative Nancy’s who were here in the preseason up to this week…..about 22 weeks or maybe longer…….but for some of you who have been here for years dumping on the home team…..WHY? Disagreement is healthy and good, but when you try to place your opinion on others and talk down to others it makes you unlikable, pompus, arrogant and down right mean. Your arrogance and disrespect to others is sad. You make sure you come on this post to bash the Falcons and you, yes YOU, disagree with everyones elses post and for weeks or years in your case will not or have not budge an inch. You dont belong here to tell the masses that the Falcons are a bad team or that they wont win….etc. WHY!?!?!?!? Why continue to do that? I disagree with plenty on here but I give respect where due and you dont deserve respect because you dont give it! For the sake of others not saying the things to you that you deem inappropriate dont come around! I know you dont have the guts or heart to walk into a Falcon bar and spew this garbarge around guys that would be happy to buy you a drink and hear your perspective on why we so bad! You would not make it back to the parking lot. In the famous words of the guys on the four letter network
COME ON MAN!!!!!!

STOP IT!!!!

Thomas Brown

January 7th, 2013
9:32 am

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TomBrown 37

Jeff, I see you removed JSS’s racial post at 8:22 am this morning, and banned others for such racial posts, exactly. There is no place for posts such as the one by JSS at 8:22 am, sir.

Dawg Patrol

January 7th, 2013
9:33 am

It’s probably a real good thing for RG3 that the Skins lost. If he had more playing to do this year he might not be able to heal in the off season. Their coach should be fired.

JSS

January 7th, 2013
9:34 am

Like I said, “don’t interpret.”

I don’t “trust” Arthur Blank because he does not have Bernie Marcus to balance his excesses or his relying on public money to get a new stadium… There are plenty of people who I “like” but don’t “trust.”

I don’t “trust” Matt Ryan on this team as currently configured. Weak offensive line play and reliance on winning 50/50 jump balls is a witches’ brew… Ask Culpepper and Moss, Tittle and Owens, and Mitchell and Moore how they like being champions (not)…

Team is trying to scheme instead of acquiring real talent, Baltimore since Marvin Lewis left shows that is a get to the playoffs but you may not get to the Super Bowl proposition… A D without a rock in the back 7 (see Woodson/Matthews, Woodson/Lewis, Johnson/Law, even Vilma/Sharper) in terms of mental and physical execution is not a good way to secure a Lombardi…

You can win a Super Bowl with no running game if you’re superior in O-line talent and execution… Rather be able to turn to a running game with assurance that it can finish games… The path of least resistance…

Home field is great when you’re built to execute and have dominate defense… Then you can have fans that are knowledgeable (not just loud for the sake of it) who can aid the team at the proper time… The loudest stadium in the NFL is not a dome…

I love AJC Sports blog, I don’t trust the bizarre behavior exemplified here… No use lying about that…

I don’t want people to be scared of any football team… It is about execution!

The Falcons made their bed as far as the roster and the cap… Live with it…

I prefer Morelia Mexico, I love Atlanta, I love Georgia (the land) even more… I love Toronto but I don’t want to live there more 4 or 5 months at a time, the same for Vancouver… The teams here underachieve, I’m not going to be a “homer” and condone that as being a “fan.” You get what you demand, and ultimately deserve… California is beautiful in parts, the politic are rough and tumble, but I’m not a registered voter there so they can have at it… You sound like people about talking about NYC before 9/11… Oh I forgot, they still do that around here… That is a “people problem.”

The game will speak for itself, like I said in 2008, 2010, and 2011, if the opposing teams brings its assets to the same table that the Falcons brings their assets to equally or in a superior fashion, they (the Falcons) will lose… Tough battle, but a loss…

JSS

January 7th, 2013
9:38 am

Ha ha, “racial post” you are a peach too…

Thomas Brown

January 7th, 2013
9:38 am

Well, you said at 8:22 am this morning that Larry was wrong when he said what you said was a racial post, and you corrected his post saying what you said exactly.

That’s a racial post.

Thomas Brown

January 7th, 2013
9:40 am

Too right you posted a racial post to this blog at 8:22 am using an acronym well known.

As for what I wrote that is what you’ve been saying in here, obviously I am right too – just like Larry is about what you’ve written in here as racial post.

You’ll not be allowed to post those racial posts in here, JSS.

You understand ?

Lar Lap

January 7th, 2013
9:44 am

You poor falcons fans. Seattle will run all over your poor-us defense just like every other team has this year. Jet lag? arrive three days early duh. Beat up? hardly we do this every week as do all the other teams. you may be more concernd about the time off factor. I think its time for another 50 point splurge on the way to thrashing of the top seed

History

January 7th, 2013
9:49 am

History has a way of repeating itself. It’s known that the Falcons lose in the first playoff round. It’s going to happen again. They have been lucky the entire season. That luck is about to run out. You all will see on Sunday! :)

Superbowl in New Orleans

January 7th, 2013
9:52 am

It’s going to be the Denver Broncos and the Houston Texans or Baltimore Ravens. It will not be the Atlanta Falcons.

JSS

January 7th, 2013
9:52 am

Nope, you are hanging in “low places” as the song used to say… So if a person with a Scottish, Latin, or Asian heritage drops that one, your well known use? You have no clue, stop while you’re behind… And Jeff Schultz knows that was posted… You’re out of this loop, “you understand?”

Joey

January 7th, 2013
9:56 am

Damn, some Folcons fans have watched a different Seattle team the last couple months. 6 Wins in a row, including blowing out the 49ers, and winning 3 of the 6 on the road.

I think they have better line play than we do, so there goes our attempts at power running and Wilson is playing great.

Seattle is on a roll, and the Falcons will need to play their very best to hold them off.

jerry

January 7th, 2013
9:57 am

If Mike Smith goes 0-4 in the playoffs, what then?

True Falcon Fan

January 7th, 2013
9:59 am

Hello folks, I see nothing has changed, everybody hates JSS/The Zero…….I promised I will try to be nice to the ole YONDEROUS one. At least once this new year……
As for this past weekend of Wild Card playoff games, there was no surprises. Don’t underestimate Pete Carrol and his SeaHawks, they’re playing with a lot of intensity.

Falcons win this game!!!

Any latest info update on big Abe?

Go Falcons — Seahawks next

ChickenHawks

January 7th, 2013
10:04 am

Let’s have a Giants type effort Falcons and we win this thing.

SawThat1nce

January 7th, 2013
10:04 am

It all depends on the Falcon’s OLine.

SawThat1nce

January 7th, 2013
10:04 am

It all depends on the Falcon’s OLine.

ChickenHawks

January 7th, 2013
10:07 am

Yep, O line is huge and they know it.

Kay

January 7th, 2013
10:07 am

From the 5 factors Schultz put I come up with a net score of just 0; positives come from playing at home and the WR’s. The others are either negatives or pushes at best. I wouldn’t put it past Mike Smith to pull a 180 from years past and beat up the team just practicing.. I’ve watched this team all year and there are only a few ways they can win this game. The first is that the defense gets 2+ turnovers in good field positions and we can miraculously run the ball. The second is that Matt Ryan puts in a true All-Pro performance and doesn’t turn the ball over while passing 40+ times.

I don’t expect anything from the defense, except desperate blitzes that lead to huge gains, 150+ rushing yards given up in total, weak pass rush(?% abe), receivers running free on crossing routes, and possibly getting burnt on a double move. They could get a turnover but even if we do get a lead early we can’t protect it because we can’t run the ball or pressure qb’s.

This will come down to the Falcons’ passing offense and specifically Matt Ryan. If he gets rattled early in the game look for it to get ugly, as the falcons will not run the ball. Don’t look for them to be smart like the other playoff teams and commit to running throughout the game.. Also look for some screwy decisions from Mike Smith if that happens. Seattle’s defensive game plan will focus on hitting ryan (target Konz) and sitting on julio and roddy’s go to routes. They’ll have some one on one opportunities, but this is the best secondary they’ll see so far. They will also look to blitz Atlanta’s single and no back passing formations; which they just happen to be in 80% of the time. We have seen Julio get effectively shut down (can’t get the ball) in several home games this year, so the yards won’t come easy. The NFC West is a physical division and we fared poorly against Arizona’s defense, so that can’t be underestimated. This game we will really see how good our passing game really is. If it’s truly elite we have a decent chance, if not slim to none.

We also have injury concerns, but you won’t hear anything but the corporate line from FeedBetter. Maybe you’ll find out next year so and so has a torn muscle; while currently you can boo him for playing poorly. Well that sure helps the team doesn’t it…

Ryder

January 7th, 2013
10:15 am

Let’s look at last year in which Matt Ryan threw for 291 yards on this same defense in Seattle. It’s not as if they haven’t seen these guys before (a point ESPN will no doubt casually forget about) so I expect good things from the offense.

The running game is another story. If Cam Newton can dice up the Falcons, twice, that doesn’t bode well with Wilson and Lynch coming to town. Not to mention the different play action looks that most teams can’t seem to stop. I’d be surprised to see Atlanta play less man coverage and more zone just to keep Seattle in front of them and prevent the big play.

JSS

January 7th, 2013
10:16 am

“I know you dont have the guts or heart to walk into a Falcon bar and spew this garbarge around guys that would be happy to buy you a drink and hear your perspective on why we so bad! You would not make it back to the parking lot.”

Ha ha, I support Glasgow Celtic… I’ve walk into Ibrox, ask Paul in NH how afraid of that bringing a “butter knife to a gunfight threat.” AJC blogs, the delusion continues… Talk Crenshaw vs Dorsey then I might worry… Otherwise, you just talking like someone who wants to end up like those Dodgers fans… “STOP IT!”

Ken

January 7th, 2013
10:21 am

From the 5 factors Schultz put I come up with a net score of just 0; positives come from playing at home and the WR’s. The others are either negatives or pushes at best. I wouldn’t put it past Mike Smith to pull a 180 from years past and beat up the team just practicing.. I’ve watched this team all year and there are only a few ways they can win this game. The first is that the defense gets 2+ turnovers in good field positions and we can miraculously run the ball. The second is that Matt Ryan puts in a true All-Pro performance and doesn’t turn the ball over while passing 40+ times.

I don’t expect anything from the defense, except desperate blitzes that lead to huge gains, 150+ rushing yards given up in total, weak pass rush(???% abe), receivers running free on crossing routes, and possibly getting burnt on a double move. They could get a turnover but even if we do get a lead early we can’t protect it because we can’t run the ball or pressure qb’s.

This will come down to the Falcons’ passing offense and specifically Matt Ryan. If he gets rattled early in the game look for it to get ugly, as the falcons will not run the ball. Don’t look for them to be smart like the other playoff teams and commit to running throughout the game.. Also look for some screwy decisions from Mike Smith if that happens. Seattle’s defensive game plan will focus on hitting ryan (target Konz) and sitting on julio and roddy’s go to routes. They’ll have some one on one opportunities, but this is the best secondary they’ll see so far. They will also look to blitz Atlanta’s single and no back passing formations; which they just happen to be in 80% of the time. We have seen Julio get effectively shut down (can’t get the ball) in several home games this year, so the yards won’t come easy. The NFC West is a physical division and we fared poorly against Arizona’s defense, so that can’t be underestimated. This game we will really see how good our passing game really is. If it’s truly elite we have a decent chance, if not slim to none.

We also have injury concerns, but you won’t hear anything but the corporate line from FeedBetter. Maybe you’ll find out next year so and so has a torn muscle; while currently you can boo him for playing poorly. Well that sure helps the team doesn’t it…..

DJANGO

January 7th, 2013
10:26 am

The “D” may be silent but the word on the street
Is the falcons in the playoffs are like a bye game.

naysayer

January 7th, 2013
10:30 am

After listening to the freaking sport reporters yesterday the Falcons just need to forfiet the game and save the seahawks a trip.

DawgDad

January 7th, 2013
10:32 am

The o-line is always critical, in any game. So is the defense. So is the health of the QB and offensive coordinator, as we just witnessed this past weekend. The bigger question marks for the Falcons appear to be on defense, specifically, the health of Abraham, Robinson, Samuel, and Moore. If these four players can stay on the field and play effectively the Falcons will be hard to beat.

Joey

January 7th, 2013
10:40 am

Damn, thought I’d come talk Falcons/Seahawks.

Maybe I’ll come back when Shultzie scrubs it some more . . .

Roger

January 7th, 2013
10:41 am

Haters: The Falcons will choke, they are 0-3 in the playoffs
Logic: If the past is so important didint Atlanta beat Seattle the past two seasons including last year in your home?
Hater: yea but Seattle is a different team then the past, they now have Russel Wilson
Logic: thought the past was indicative of what will happen now?
Hater: Seahawks are a different team now, the Falcons are the same old Falcons!
Logic: Well didint the Falcons change Offensive coordinators and add Mike Nolan as the new Defense Coordinator?
Haters: the falcons have lost their past three plaoff games
Logic: your call cannot be completed as dialed, please hang up and try again!