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

CSP

January 6th, 2013
8:41 pm

Go Falcons!!!

Sharell, NCFalconFan

January 6th, 2013
8:43 pm

First…I hope you are right Jeff

robertussen

January 6th, 2013
8:43 pm

travel factor: seahawks have to travel cross country again and will be jetlaged

TheOnlyBravesFan

January 6th, 2013
8:44 pm

I have faith… we win a playoff game this year… face the Niners the week after, and go to the Super Bowl!!!

#RiseUp

robertussen

January 6th, 2013
8:46 pm

i should read the whole whole thing before i post you covered travel with home field

since '72

January 6th, 2013
8:48 pm

Honestly the Seahawks don’t look that tough right now..played an average game today and got lucky as heck in the end…

FalconUGAFan

January 6th, 2013
8:48 pm

Good article…Did you have 2 of them written? :)

Sheree Whitfield

January 6th, 2013
8:49 pm

I hope Seattle will be axing how they lost after next week’s game

Big Crimson 75

January 6th, 2013
8:51 pm

No more excuses.
The Seahawks are good, We are better.
We win this Game.

since '72

January 6th, 2013
8:52 pm

It is nice to sit back and watch a team get softened up for you….
Lets go Falcons, time to focus and will your way to the Superbowl. You have all the tools, now go get em!

since '72

January 6th, 2013
8:52 pm

It is nice to sit back and watch a team get softened up for you….
Lets go Falcons, time to focus and will your way to the Superbowl. You have all the tools, now go get em!

Amen

January 6th, 2013
8:52 pm

Jeff — all great points, and I totally agree. Amen!

Johnny Mottola

January 6th, 2013
8:52 pm

GO SEAHAWKS!

LDawg

January 6th, 2013
8:56 pm

Was the “arse” a Freudian slip? I am surprised it got through spellcheck…

dabo

January 6th, 2013
9:00 pm

Oh yea, and Chris Clemons may have an ACL injury. I think he had 11.5 sacks this year and he may not play.

garcia

January 6th, 2013
9:00 pm

The Seattle Seahawks were not soften-up for us; they were toughened.

I believe that we will win. To do that, the Falcons must make this game about themselves. The opposition does not matter. All that matters is optimum performance. That means everyone acting as one. Everyone focussing on playing their role to perfection. That is the Belichick way. That is the winning way.

bowfan

January 6th, 2013
9:00 pm

Rise Up Falcons! Knock off the Seahawks and you can take the rest!

They didn’t beat the Rams (Week 17) until 1:45 left 4th qtr, once you’ve got the lead don’t give up until 00:00

RG

January 6th, 2013
9:01 pm

Nice article. I think the running game may tell the tale of this game. I hope we continue to get the rock to Quiz. Jeff, you might want to get your arse back to editing your work.

YoloMan

January 6th, 2013
9:02 pm

YOLO

SEAHAWKS

FTW

YOLO

Dome

January 6th, 2013
9:04 pm

Cornfuzed

January 6th, 2013
9:04 pm

Jeff great article, but check point 1. Don’t think you meant to talk about their arse.

since '72

January 6th, 2013
9:07 pm

I agree, with you Garcia, but I bet if you ask the seahawks, they would have rather not played today…

MarkATL

January 6th, 2013
9:09 pm

Matt Ryan is no RGIII. No way Seattle can stop all of Atlanta’s weapons. It just won’t happen! :)

Nervous Bird

January 6th, 2013
9:09 pm

I’m hoping for the best, but it seems like every year we draw the hot team.
We have a very talented team that I feel is good enough to take it all the way.
I just hope they prove me wrong and play with confidence and not play scared,
Until I see them prove it in a playoff game, I will continue to be the Nervous Bird.

backatcha

January 6th, 2013
9:09 pm

One thing about Seattle is that they do not care “who you are!” They are not in the least bit impressed or concerned. They are mean, nasty, arrogant (a little too overconfident), well disciplined, well coached and probably match up best with us out of all the teams left in the playoffs besides Houston! We will be the underdog based on past operating experience and that’s not a bad thing! With all that being said, games are won in the trenches, no statistic, “expert” analysis, or prediction has ever won or lost a game! We will win and we won’t waiver from our goal of being Superbowl Champions this year!!! Just a side note: Get some rest while you can!!! Go Falcons!!!

Bopro

January 6th, 2013
9:10 pm

Seattle did not look impressive. Why should the falcons fear a rookie QB when none have ever done well in the playoffs? Even in their win, Seattle looked lucky that RG III was hurt. The falcons are in a great position to host an inexperienced team with an unaccomplished coach and a rookie running the show. After beating Peyton and Eli Manning, Breese, Vick, Rivers, Cam, RG III, and Romo, I don’t think Russel Wilson strikes much fear. Of course, we will hear how the Falcons should be terrified. I don’t think so. It’s Seattle that should worry. Watch for Julio and Roddy to have big games and Turner finally being the x factor with a few big runs of his own. Falcons 34 Seahawks 13

backatcha

January 6th, 2013
9:12 pm

Another side note: If the news is true I am glad Aaron Murray is staying one last year to take care of some unfinished business! The road will be much tougher this year, but who wants it easy (besides myself!) Go Dawgs & Go Falcons (God please be w/ us!!!)

yellowfever

January 6th, 2013
9:13 pm

Jet lag will not be a factor, these guys are professionals and will be ready. This game is easy to pick, protect Matt and we win, don’t and we lose. Simple isn’t it.

falcons_in_the_house

January 6th, 2013
9:14 pm

it’s a 10AM game for WEST coast team.. Also, We are getting healthy on D except Abe.. but Seahawks lost their BEST DE Too.. Chris Clemons

E boogie

January 6th, 2013
9:15 pm

I would like to congratulate the Sea-chickens on making it to the Superbowl. Good luck

Mr_Buckhead

January 6th, 2013
9:15 pm

Yeah baby !!!

Bring it on !!!

The co-founder of Microsoft VS the co-founder of Home Depot !!!

Yeah Baby !!! Bring it On !!!

A week off…at the GA Dome…

GO FALCONS !!!!

Najeh Davenpoop

January 6th, 2013
9:17 pm

Matt Ryan has thrown intermediate and deep passes this year a lot better than he has in past years. If this was last year, I’d give the Seattle secondary the advantage. This year, I think things will be different. Don’t know how far the Falcons will go but I think they break their playoff drought on Sunday, and if nothing else I think the passing game comes to play.

Nervous Bird

January 6th, 2013
9:17 pm

The lack of a running game with Tip Toe Turner scares me to death against that Seattle’s front four.
There will be holes made, but they will not be open long enough for TTT to get throuigh tthem. Gotta use Quez more getting to the hole quicker.

JSS

January 6th, 2013
9:21 pm

You never stopped Newton and a team with less weapons… Garcia said it all, this is going to be war, and you’re not going to scare them off of the running game… The general lack of respect for Wilson and the Seahawks on these blogs just reinforces the widely held feeling, it is going to hurt doubly bad…

If the Seahawks show any return to form with a game on the road under their belts (especially the red zone defense), just pray they have jetlag!

Nomad

January 6th, 2013
9:21 pm

Game result will depend on who hungers the most for a victory. Falcons will have past failures weighing on them. Seattle does not. Past performance this year against teams that the Falcons should have beaten leads me to believe that Seattle gets lucky and defeats Atlanta by a small margin.

MarkATL

January 6th, 2013
9:23 pm

I don’t think there’s enough coffee in Seattle to keep the Hawks awake in next week’s game. Falcons will win BIG! :)

LOL at the Aints

January 6th, 2013
9:24 pm

Seahags look pretty good, if the Falcons show up we should win this game,

JSS

January 6th, 2013
9:26 pm

“Weapons?” All due respect to “those weapons,” ask Tom Brady how that works…

Bartow Falcon

January 6th, 2013
9:27 pm

I’m just SOOO glad we don’t have to play Green Bay until the NFC championship game.

seahawks-better-then-ur-team-lol

January 6th, 2013
9:28 pm

when u look at the teams that have beaten other teams with winning records we were the best we traveled the 2nd most miles out of every team in the nfl i think they were the last to have their bi-week and we have the only rookie qtr back still in the playoffs and if u look at the stats the redskins are arguably better then the falcons lol i dont think that the san fran can win against the packers the broncos won a lot of games but they beat a bunch of nobody’s haha were unstoppable time for the rest of the nation to realize it an bow down to the greatness that is the seattle motha ##ckin seahawks!!!

Old Goober

January 6th, 2013
9:28 pm

The lack of a running game with Tip Toe Turner scares me to death against that Seattle’s front four.

Ditto. Most teams would have discarded Turner during the first half of the season. Rogers can get some yards, but he’s too small to be durable. Without a running game, Matt Ryan is dead meat.

LOL at the Aints

January 6th, 2013
9:31 pm

So JSS,, your’re a big Seattle fan of the sudden LOL,,,

backatcha

January 6th, 2013
9:32 pm

Bopro, Brady was in the same predicament 12 years ago. Why we should be afraid, very afraid b/c Seattle is hungry, passionate, confident (overly), nothing to lose & they believe that they can compete w/ & beat anybody! NO inferiority complex from this team! It’s not like New England in the early 2000’s or San Francisco & Dallas in the 90’s. I believe they would rather play Atlanta than San Francisco or Green Bay! Our resume for the “regular” season is quite impressive but everyone in the playoffs start at 0-0! If we win 34-13 it won’t be easy, as a matter of fact, it will be our toughest game of the season. Seattle has the potential to come into Atlanta, and win, so we can’t let complacency & overconfidence slip in! We will not be favored going into this game, but the Falcons “ain’t your ordinary birds” either! Lets get this win Falcons!!! Go Falcons!!!

Dr. Phil

January 6th, 2013
9:32 pm

I recall an ESPN piece on Pete Carroll’s outreach program to underprivileged kids in LA. He dropped those kids like a hot rock when the NCAA came after USC. Too bad coaches don’t go on probation. Carroll is Bobby Petrino in sheep’s clothing.

FAlco1

January 6th, 2013
9:32 pm

The falcons should have no problem with seattle—they are overrated. Playing in the dome, atlanta wins by 13 to get ready for SF in the title game.

Teddy Riley

January 6th, 2013
9:33 pm

I’ve watched most of all the playoff game this weekend and I wasn’t impressed with the quarterbacks with the exception of A. Rogers and Flacco just a little. RGIII is a good quarterback, but still a rookie and had that leg injury. RWIII is a fearless quarterback that can hurt you if you’re not sound in your pass rush or tackling dept. Atlanta will blitz and I’m curious to see what blitz packages M. Nolan has for the Hawks. You know the Seahawks Richard Sherman will probably be matched up with Roddy White. Roddy probably wants Richard Sherman to guard him cause Roddy is very physically agressive with someone that talks trash. Maybe Richard Sherman will try to guard Julio, but that will be an interesting matchup, nontheless. I think Atlanta has more weapons of talent on both sides of the ball. Spoon has the speed and quickness to get to Wilson and I’m glad Willie Moe will be back at full strength-we’ll need him. Falcons 30 Seahawks 27

LOL at the Aints

January 6th, 2013
9:35 pm

Personnaly I think if RG3 had not been injured the mighty Seahawks would probably had their you know what handed to them,, but we’ll never know,,

jimbob

January 6th, 2013
9:35 pm

Seattle does not look as good as any of the teams that have knocked out the Falcons in recent seasons. No excuses, the Falcons should win this game.

Bartow Falcon

January 6th, 2013
9:35 pm

Hey seahawks -better-then-ur team-lol : They have a giant replica of your team logo on the corner of Roswell Rd. and Hiway 41 in Marietta. Make sure you go see it when you come to Atlanta.

technut

January 6th, 2013
9:38 pm

Big difference in this game is our offense and MR2: he’s got the savvy from years of experience and we will go no huddle where Russell still can’t do that…when the game is on the line MR will make plays and RW will make mistakes.

Funny

January 6th, 2013
9:38 pm

I am a Falcons fan, but you Homers amaze me! Seattle will run it down our throat! We can’t run the football and can’t stop the run. Teams that can do this win in the playoff! Just the facts. We lose by a TD or more.

seahawks-better-then-ur-team-lol

January 6th, 2013
9:38 pm

ya they are playin in a dome lol seattle will easily win this one lol live it up ur team beat a couple crappy teams so what u haven’t faced a team like ares we dont need to throw it often were a running team so dont look at the low stat and think its an advantage go ahead an take a look at ur run deffense and are rushing per game now thats an advantage lol live it up now talk ur baby bs about rg-hurtknee and if u think they got lucky well ur dumb cause rg3 isnt the only person on that 52 man roster hahaha cry ur self to sleep little baby bi**h

LOL at the Aints

January 6th, 2013
9:40 pm

Wow, I didnt know there were so many Seattle fans in NOLA,, LOL

Apostle

January 6th, 2013
9:41 pm

The Dirty Birds will fall again…as usual.If you can’t stop the running game in the playoffs you lose.

David Cloud

January 6th, 2013
9:42 pm

Go Falcons! And, AJC, watch the typos… “arse”

MarkATL

January 6th, 2013
9:47 pm

Wow.. are all of these haters really from Seattle, or are these people NOLA folks in Seahawks clothing? You NOLA fans are pathetic. Why don’t stop blogging on here you sore, jealous losers? LOL

Once Recent Reader

January 6th, 2013
9:48 pm

Nervous Bird! I totally concur with your nervousness. I think this is the best Atlanta Team – mostly because I like the new Defensive mentality and play . . .well in most games. Reminds me of a lot of the Patriots bend/don’t break D’s. Now those Pats D’s were later and they did not win the Super Bowl with them, but heck they came a minute away each time against the Giants. I’ll take that!! Davenpoop – haven’t seen you around! Glad to hear you have a “better feeling” this year . .for game 1 at least. JSS – I truly hope they can at least put one of their better games of the Season together for a Playoff. That would be a nice change and a BIG Monkey off the back!

seahawks-better-then-ur-team-lol

January 6th, 2013
9:51 pm

another win for the hawks im lookin forward to the championship round lol falcons are a bunch of losers lol i hope decloud keeps singin tho dudes funny

JSS

January 6th, 2013
9:52 pm

LOL…
I know you’re being your normal snarky self… I’ve been saying since Week 6 that if the Seahawks learned to play on the road, they’d be formidable… That chicken has come home, and it brought hungry friends…

David

January 6th, 2013
9:52 pm

No excuses. Just go do it.

Hawks Pose No Challenge

January 6th, 2013
9:53 pm

Don’t worry about the Seahawks. Their defense is overrated, their team is fatigued, they lack big play superstars, they are a band of mid to late round and undrafted FA misfits and have a rookie QB that’s too short to play in the NFL. This should be a rout!

No doubt the Falcons will continue their play-off success against this road weary and ‘west coast soft’ inferior opponent. Should the game even be played or should they save the jet fuel and forfeit?

Back 2 The Brown Paper Bags

January 6th, 2013
9:54 pm

anyone notice the seachickens are 0-3 in dome games this year ???? lost @detroit @st.louis @arizonia. hmm…………

Old Goober

January 6th, 2013
9:55 pm

The Atlanta Falcons have opened as 2.5-point favorites with the total set at 45.5 when they host the Seattle Seahawks in the divisional round of the playoffs next Sunday afternoon. Covers.com

Essentially, the bettors see this one as an even game, with the Falcons getting a slight nod because of home field advantage.

Hillbilly D

January 6th, 2013
9:56 pm

Just watched bits and pieces of the game but the parts I did see, looks like Seattle has a pretty good OL.

Barry

January 6th, 2013
9:57 pm

Hey Y ‘all:

Our Falcons just have to play FOCUSED, FAST, VICIOUS, AND FURIOUS, CONSISTANTLY, ALL QUARTERS, THESE NEXT TWO WEEKS TOWARD THE SUPER BOWL. Who are we to feel superior to any teamin the NFL. We had to fight to the last minutes of games to achieve the record we have now. We dominated no one on our current schedule. However, when we did focus and played nasty, we destroyed the likes of the Giants and the Redskins. If we do not bring the same fire as we brought to those teams, we will be “Going Fishing” after another playoff loss. I pray that will not be the case. I pray that our Falcon playersbwill not be on the streets partying in Atlanta during this playoff run at home and are studying their opponents, working hard, and being angry at teams in their way in their March to the Super Bowl. THIS IS NOT THE TIME TO PLAY. HIS IS THE TIME TO BE PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL PLAYERS AND A REAL PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL TEAM CAPABLE OF WINNING THE SUPER BOWL. IT IS TIME TO ” RISE UP!!” FALCONS. LET’S. DO THIS IN “ONE HEARTBEAT!!”.

LET’S GO FALCONS!!!: LET’S. DO THIS! !!!! LET’S DO THIS IN ” ONE HEARTBEAT!!!”

RISE UP FALCONS!!! RISE UP FALCON FANS!! “RISE UP!!” IN “ONE HEARTBEAT!!” THUMP!!!!

JSS

January 6th, 2013
9:58 pm

ORR…
Like I said, it is going to be a war… They (Seattle) fumble occasionally, but they turn other teams over and play fantastic in the red zone defensively… And if you cannot run the ball, they amp up pressure… That is a recipe for disaster… Lesser teams (Carolina and Tampa 1st game) have done more with less against the Falcons…

MarkATL

January 6th, 2013
9:59 pm

Come on haters!! Is that all you got?? LOL

J-425

January 6th, 2013
10:01 pm

Yes, I’m a homer at heart but the Seahawks will be prepared for anything the falcons can throw at them. We (Seattle) do not have 1 week aspect of our game. We too have beaten Brady & Romo. We have also beaten Newton, Rodgers, AD, Da Bears, and the “Greatest Team in the League” (via East Coast media) the 49ers. The falcons are a great team but they are in for one big eye-opening experience. No team is tougher or hotter than the Seahawks.

seahawks-better-then-ur-team-lol

January 6th, 2013
10:02 pm

you falcon fans know your scared keep runnin your mouth cause thats what scared ppl do when they know they are gonna get there there heads knocked off its alright tho,,, you guys did ur best ^_^ better luck next yr hahahahaha its not your teams fault you have to play seattle… i say we we win 30-17 ask 49ers if the hawks are weak or the packers… or the pats… or Chicago your dust in the wind already baby girl your living on borrowed time lol get used to facts kids were taking it this year and you all know it if you admit it or not

JSS

January 6th, 2013
10:04 pm

What Bags doesn’t say is that was Week 1, 4, and 8… What’s their record been since falling by 4 pts in Week 8?

Once Recent Reader

January 6th, 2013
10:04 pm

I hear you JSS. This Falcon Team did better than I expected, but boy were they hard to watch some of those games. They found ways to win and could turn it ON and OFF frequently in games. But we did have some pretty nice games . ..KC, San Diego, most of Denver, Philly, and NY Giants of course. They played pretty consistently in those games. I won’t mention the squeakers against what many thought were not very good teams:) Don’t want to see that Falcon squad!

Back 2 The Brown Paper Bags

January 6th, 2013
10:05 pm

you are the one runnin the big mouth ! go right ahead and try to turn it to your favor. thats all you got !

Once Recent Reader

January 6th, 2013
10:05 pm

Oops . . . .I slipped and wrote something I normally stay away from. “They” had some pretty nice games . . . not We. I’m not receiving a paycheck from Arthur Blank so I gotta watch my pronouns:)

jo

January 6th, 2013
10:06 pm

The seachickens lose today’s game if rg3 stayed a bit healthier. Seattle is not better than the redskins and we beat them. As long as the falcons dont play like they did against Tampa, they should win. This is not to disrespect the coffee boys but mediocre was how they played today…

Jordan77

January 6th, 2013
10:08 pm

Right now Snelling is the better RB to start over tippy toe turner. He fights for yards and makes positive yardage. Turner should have been cut after last year. We have better coaching over last year with the new coordinators. I see a close game Falcons 24 Seahawks 17.

1990_Champs_GT

January 6th, 2013
10:08 pm

Seahawks, Skins or Vikings… It really didn’t matter on Friday, and it doesn’t matter now.

They must beat whoever it put in front of them. If they win one, they won’t lose again.

If they lose one, they will lose the coach too.

DJANGO

January 6th, 2013
10:09 pm

A confident fan base doesn’t have to discredit the opponent.
sounds like a lot of nervousness.

JSS

January 6th, 2013
10:09 pm

@ Hillbilly…
They can run block for sure… Wilson covers up some pass blocking issues against pressure packages… They look worlds better than when Tavaris Jackson was playing back there…

Back 2 The Brown Paper Bags

January 6th, 2013
10:10 pm

@jss – dont matter. winless in domes…..

Marc60

January 6th, 2013
10:10 pm

Falcons fans sounding just a “little arrogant”. What have the Falcons ever accomplished?

Answer: Zilch

seahawks-better-then-ur-team-lol

January 6th, 2013
10:11 pm

lol were the best team in the playoff and everyone knows it we beat the most teams with winning records and we did it convincingly lol ^_– be ready to scream at your tv’s like cheerleaders being raped lol im already counting this game as a win for seattle im lookin passed these weak ass falcons believe it… you wana say we only beat redskins cause rg3 was hurt well theres more then him on that roster so try again you queefs

Back 2 The Brown Paper Bags

January 6th, 2013
10:13 pm

out of those dome losses, i wonder how many false start penalities there were…..

MarkATL

January 6th, 2013
10:13 pm

Seahawks would have lost if RG3 was playing at full strength. They caught a break when RG3’s leg gave out. Don’t expect Atlanta to play the same way Seahawks fans. Not to mention the Falcons will be playing at full strength. Don’t worry Seattle fans. There’s always next year. LOL

David Steinbrueck

January 6th, 2013
10:13 pm

Falcons flying on hotttttt air/ SEAHAWKS SOARING ON THEIR OWN THEMALS

LOL at the Aints

January 6th, 2013
10:14 pm

Fair enough JSS, we might get our A handed to us, I just dont see it, Weapons, we shall see,

btwarren

January 6th, 2013
10:14 pm

Falcons should win this game, if they execute properly. They must tackle, missed tackles have cost them big runs,which is why they statisticaly are not good against the run. With out these explosive runs they have otherwise faired pretty well. Hence the low scoring against average.
Falcons can not come up 1 yard short on 3rd downs or even 2 downs for that matter. Converting 1st downs on second and short is where they need to be. When falcons convert at high rate, they win. We see what happens when they don’t. Losses vs Tampa and at Panthers.
Must have the lead, if we are playing from behind late in the game, hawks will run Lynch all over us.
Must win turnover battle.

The Falcons must play the way they have all season, the only difference is that they must play with intensity which they have shown they can in all their big prime time games this year, Broncos on Monday night, Saints on Sunday night, big game against Giants. When the falcons don’t play with intensity they can get methodical at times. Having a great scheme is great, but sometimes you need to hit someone in the month and not let them back up. Make some big plays when necessary and WIN

jo

January 6th, 2013
10:15 pm

Amazed at seachicken fans talking smack here on this blog. I guess thesy didn’t see today’s game. The chickens are 50% real and 50% hype. The falcons actually won every “measurement” game this year. Granted they did lose when it didn’t matter much buti think a playoff game will matter. Falcons win 27-19.

Back 2 The Brown Paper Bags

January 6th, 2013
10:15 pm

what in the hell have the seachicken done ???? not a damn thing !!

Back 2 The Brown Paper Bags

January 6th, 2013
10:18 pm

and oh yeah, their little book end pass rusher may have a acl problem ! :grin:

JSS

January 6th, 2013
10:18 pm

Bags, you lost 2 games in a Dome…

Joe 12-Pack

January 6th, 2013
10:20 pm

The only thing about the Seahawks that worries me is the Falcons taking them too lightly.

JSS

January 6th, 2013
10:20 pm

Save all that trash talking for those easily swayed by propaganda D3 bloggers…

Back 2 The Brown Paper Bags

January 6th, 2013
10:22 pm

we will see how handles dome noise the best. at least we are the home team……

seahawks-better-then-ur-team-lol

January 6th, 2013
10:23 pm

falcons can not stop the run lol and your defense is sh!t lol nuff said you lady’s r weak

JSS

January 6th, 2013
10:24 pm

Oh yeah at MCR (where ever you are)…
125.6 QBR and another playoff win plus 2 more TDs… Guess who?

Back 2 The Brown Paper Bags

January 6th, 2013
10:25 pm

who handles….

The Great Gazoo

January 6th, 2013
10:25 pm

Counting on Seattle to MAYBE be fatigued from a cross country plane flight? Or an”emotional” win that physically drained them? (really? no injuries against the Skins, Clemmons is playing next week) Grouping Wilson together with similar QB’s (laughable)! That is really grasping at straws.
Gonzalez is the only thing that will throw a wrinkle at the Seahawks.

This column is weak.
Falcons are going down!

E from Riverdale

January 6th, 2013
10:26 pm

Just hope the Falcons play discipline football and stay in their lanes. Defensive ends do not slice in.

The Great Gazoo

January 6th, 2013
10:28 pm

Jet lag?
I wonder if it occurs to anyone that the Seahawks might just move their travel day up one day?

JSS

January 6th, 2013
10:29 pm

rajahaan

January 6th, 2013
10:29 pm

Hawks fan here, stationed at JBLM, just south of Seattle, and because of this, see Seahawks games every week on TV. A couple of observations:

1) They enjoy their status as some sort of remote outpost team that no one ever sees. They play with a chip on their shoulder.

2) Wilson is the real deal. Completely unflappable. If you think he’s going to make a bunch of rookie mistakes, you’re wrong.

3) The defensive secondary is massive, and play with bad intentions.

Yes, Hawks will win this one, and it will be not because the Seahawks are tired or make rookie mistakes, it will be because they contain Wilson and collapse the pocket on him. The Rams did that a week ago in the season finale, and just about won the game.

1 yard and a cloud of dust

January 6th, 2013
10:36 pm

Schultz:
I hate to be the bearer of sad and debilitating news this far in advance but the party will officially be over when the clock hits “00:00″ this next Sunday. My odds man in Seattle likes the Falcons but says the Fleahawks are 2013’s “Destiny Darlings.” Look for them to complete the Fantasy Year of 2013 with a first Super bowl win. My heart is with the Falcons (since the very first game) but my wallet had the say-so this go ’round. I got the Fleahawks straight up for … well, let’s say it’ will pay off my auto loan.

DJANGO

January 6th, 2013
10:36 pm

MarkAtl

Didn’t RG3 leave in the Atlanta game?

The Great Gazoo

January 6th, 2013
10:38 pm

Dr. Phil ~ Pete Carroll is still as active in his foundation “A Better LA”today as he was when he was coach at USC. Are you aware of the scope and the numbers of lives his program affects in a positive way 365 days of the year? Have you ever helped a person you never met in such a way?

You don’t know what you are talking about…

The Great Gazoo

January 6th, 2013
10:39 pm

DJANGO

January 6th, 2013
10:40 pm

Don’t forget the Ray Edwards Intel.

TWO GOOD DOGS

January 6th, 2013
10:41 pm

WATCHING SEATTLE LAST WEEK AND THIS. I’M JUST NOT IMPRESSED. THE SPORTSCASTERS GO CRAZY OVER THIS AND THAT BUT IT’S ALWAYS WHO YOU ARE PLAYING. I DON’T EXPECT US TO ROMP. BUT I DON’T SEE THEM SURPRISING US. THEY STILL HAVE A ROOKIE QUARTERBACK THAT THEY HAVE TURNED LOSE FOR BETTER OR WORSE. HE MADE SOME HORRIFIC PLAYS A GOOD TEAM WOULD HAVE DESTROYED HIM. WASHINGTON WAS NOT THAT TEAM. WE ARE THAT TEAM. HE RUNS WHEN HE SHOULD PASS AND THEN JUST RUNS. HE’LL HAVE TO PAY FOR LEAVING THE POCKET. I SAY WE JUST STAND HIM UP , HE’S STILL A ROOKIE AND WILL DEFINITELY MAKE MISTAKES. WE HAVE TO TACKLE WELL AND RYAN HAS TO DECIDE WHICH GUY HE’S GOING TO BE THIS WEEK. AND FORGET TURNER. JUST FORGET TURNER. DID I SAY FORGET TURNER?

Najeh Davenpoop

January 6th, 2013
10:45 pm

“Seahawks would have lost if RG3 was playing at full strength. They caught a break when RG3’s leg gave out. ”

In fairness, this also applies to the Falcons’ win over the Redskins when RG3 left with a concussion. Falcons would still be the 1 seed even if they had lost that game, though.

The Beast cometh

January 6th, 2013
10:50 pm

Woe to you o Atlanta Falcons
For Seattle sends the beast with wrath
Because he knows that time is short
Let him who hath understanding recon the number of the beast
For it is a human number
It’s number is 24

We’re coming for you Atlanta!

bullrusher1

January 6th, 2013
10:50 pm

Key Matchups:
Spoon vs Lynch. Gotta tackle on 1st hit, shut down the Skittles man.
Roddy and Julio vs Seattle CBs. Seattle has great defense, but they still can’t double everyone.
Turner vs Himself. I still believe Turner can burn just a little more, I just hope he believes it.
Falcons O-Line vs Seattle D-Line. Ryan is the best QB in the league with time.
Asante vs Sydney Rice. No other WR for Seattle will burn you like Rice will.
FalconsFans vs Russell Wilson. Get to your seats early, make some noise, and don’t let him hear the play that he’s calling.

RISE UP ATLANTA!!!!!!!!

Nathaniel Diaz

January 6th, 2013
10:53 pm

hmmm I wonder what you stupid Falcon fans were thinking when you lost to Greenbay in the playoffs! you thought you could beat them! well you were wrong now it’s time for The Seahawks to dominate your crappy team! GO SEAHAWKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mora less Petrino

January 6th, 2013
10:53 pm

I don’t know what comment to make about this!

http://tmblr.co/Zes7Ntb7lLHe

loose caboose

January 6th, 2013
10:54 pm

JSS has no life..

Nathaniel Diaz

January 6th, 2013
10:54 pm

people stop relying on your falcons to win you were just lucky this season because of the bounty situation for the saints

The Grinch

January 6th, 2013
10:54 pm

Wow, the media perception of the Falcons is pretty rough. I think the Falcons biggest advantage going into this game is that they’re a freakin’ better team. Throw in homefield advantage and a bit of rest (despite Smitty’s idiotic decision to play the starters 4 quarters and get Abe injured) and we should win by four at the very least, more likely 7-10. However, we all know how unpredictable the NFL is from week to week. I just can’t believe the lack of confidence in what is pretty clearly a better team. The Redskins aren’t all that but if RGIII hadn’t been playing at 50% they would have wiped the field with the Seahawks. They still could have done it if they’d started Kirk Freakin’ Cousins the whole 4th quarter.

Doug Rice

January 6th, 2013
10:57 pm

The SeaHawks didn’t exactly roll over a team with a one legged quarterback. This version of the Falcons is tougher than the past editions. If Atlanta can just hold on to the rock and not give up any easy points they will be in the NFC title game.

Nathaniel Diaz

January 6th, 2013
10:58 pm

and you stupid fans dont get it that your dumb falcons team keeps choking!!!!!!! so watch what you say!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

JSS

January 6th, 2013
10:59 pm

@ 10:54…
Ha ha, and your contribution to the conversation was just earth shattering!

Nathaniel Diaz

January 6th, 2013
11:01 pm

seahawks have a better team than you just watch you losers

The Beast cometh

January 6th, 2013
11:02 pm

I hope you all enjoyed your nice cushy week off. You’ll have a bunch more after next week. The Beast will not be denied. Russell Wilson will have you cursing into your mugs of lager as he runs away from defenders. Defenders. That’s where we really dominate. Especially our DB’s. Your QB better be very careful. See you next week, Falcons. Better say your prayers.

Nathaniel Diaz

January 6th, 2013
11:04 pm

ok all im going to say is regular season doesnt really matter because when your in the playoffs you have to get hot at the right time for instance like THE SEAHAWKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ALL YOU FANS NEED TO JUST WATCH AND SEE SO STOP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

mrwizud

January 6th, 2013
11:06 pm

Seahawks are better….Roddy, Julio, Tony G….scary…Matty Ice not so sure

loose caboose

January 6th, 2013
11:08 pm

truth is earth shattering…go find a girlfriend to take up your spare time, instead of being a miserable, nay sayer…conversation? world acording to JSS…you are pathetic…

Dogham

January 6th, 2013
11:10 pm

Falcons are in for a rude awakening. Seattle gave up 24+ points only twice this year…..Atlanta did it five times. Seattle beat the Panthers in Carolina…..Atlanta did not…..Seattle beat Dallas by 20 points….Atlanta won by 6. Seattle won their home game vs Arizona by 58 points….Falcons beat the same Cardinals team in Atlanta by 4. Seattle just beat the #1 rushing team in NFL….Falcons can barely run the ball. Atlanta won 4 games against teams with winning records….Seattle has won 7 games including the Redskins against teams with winning records….you can try to spin this however you want, but Seattle is going to come in and shut down the Falcons and Matty Ice will have another playoff disappointment on his shoulders.

bowfan

January 6th, 2013
11:12 pm

did anyone notice MeAngelo Hall avoiding tackling M.Lynch? The Falcons D will not have that aversion.

JSS

January 6th, 2013
11:15 pm

And we see that the “little boy” bloggers are out tonight… You can’t keep it on football, so the “usual” playbook of name calling and user-name stealing is being pumped of your septic tank brain… Have fun with that…

bowfan

January 6th, 2013
11:15 pm

I really like Jeff’s point 4 about mobile QBs. Seems to me the one QB who gave ATL the most trouble was Cam Newton who, due to his size, was hard to bring down. That shouldn’t be a problem with Wilson.

loose caboose

January 6th, 2013
11:18 pm

JSS is my hero…

okeetee

January 6th, 2013
11:20 pm

“I’m hoping for the best, but it seems like every year we draw the hot team.”

….that is simply not true! We drew the Arizona Cardinals 4 years ago on the road and they were anything but the “hot team!” In fact, we were jumping up and down with joy for drawing them in the first round……they had limped into the playoffs with a .500 record and had just lost to New England by 45 points the week before I think! Then we drew the Packers 2 years ago…..another team that barely made the playoffs, in fact would not have made the playoffs that year if not for a stupid punt return by the Eagles that beat the Giants and put them in the playoffs at the last minute! Then we got the Giants last year who also limped into the playoffs and in all 3 cases we just played bad football and were out coached as well! I think we’re much more focused and prepared this time around AND we’re up against a ROOKIE quarterback! You can’t tell me he’s not going to make some big mistakes! More so than Ryan.

Growler

January 6th, 2013
11:24 pm

Well here the thing about the oh-woe-for-lack-of-a-running argument: They don’t need one. For most recent reference, see the Detroit Saturday night game. At this point in his career Matty can manage the game in the air, pick his spots and — hopefully — someone can break a few long runs in the midst. Defensively, the fact this is the only divisional series game that isn’t a rematch is advantage Falcons. Nolan and co. will cook up schems to confuse the Seahawks and Wilson, cause an INT or two. They did it to both Mannings and Brees this season. The Seahawks are playing great, but they aren’t the 2010 Packers. Falcons should win by a TD.

Dogham

January 6th, 2013
11:25 pm

Atlanta beat 2 teams that made the playoffs….Denver and Washington……Seattle beat 5 teams England, San Francisco, Green Bay, Minnesota and Washington.

DawgDad

January 6th, 2013
11:25 pm

What the Falcons did in years past matters – nothing at all. I mean, does what the Giants did last year mean ANYTHING at this point in the playoffs? Of course not. The Seahawks just won a playoff game and guess what? The Falcons had the week off and get to play them at home. So what exactly is the value of having won a playoff game? Not nearly as much as earning the bye. All that matters now is who wins Sunday (might want to keep Ryan and Koetter in quarantine this week).

Lynch is a load and will rack up some yards, and Wilson will make a play or two. Seahawks won’t get the gift points, though, and the rookie will make some mistakes. Falcons will bring their A-game. Falcons 27, Seahawks 16.

Dogham

January 6th, 2013
11:25 pm

Atlanta beat 2 teams that made the playoffs….Denver and Washington……Seattle beat 5 teams England, San Francisco, Green Bay, Minnesota and Washington. Seahawks 31 Atlanta 17

JSS

January 6th, 2013
11:26 pm

Newton being hard to bring down had little to do with that 70 yard zone read play… He was never touched…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mYWAHOE9GI

okeetee

January 6th, 2013
11:28 pm

“the Fleahawks are 2013’s “Destiny Darlings.” Look for them to complete the Fantasy Year of 2013 with a first Super bowl win.”

….so your saying a team with a rookie quarterback is going to win 3 road playoff games and THEN beat either Peyton Manning or Tom Brady in the Super Bowl??? Give this clown a urine test!

Growler

January 6th, 2013
11:30 pm

Okeetee: “Then we drew the Packers 2 years ago…..another team that barely made the playoffs”

Okeetee that’s a kind of silly comment. Yes they squeaked in as a 6th seed on strength of victory tiebreaker, but they were 7-3 in their last 10 games and lost those 3 by a combined 11 points. They were hardly a soft 6th seed like this year’s Bengals and Vikings.

btw, Falcons playoff losses have come to Warner, Rogers and E. Manning. All have won Super Bowls. Russell Wilson isn’t there quite yet….

FarTrain

January 6th, 2013
11:31 pm

Quite a parallel here between the Atlanta and Washington teams. The Nationals and the Braves both choked in the playoffs and went nowhere. Now the Redskins are already out in just one game and the Falcons will follow that same path come next game. They are actually mirrors of each other’s mediocrity.

freebird28

January 6th, 2013
11:34 pm

since 1966 all I want is to see Dirty Birds keep on flying high!

Seahawks

January 6th, 2013
11:35 pm

Next is Falcons under Hawks feet

Back 2 The Brown Paper Bags

January 6th, 2013
11:36 pm

what have the supersontics and the mariners ever won ?1?! nothing ! a least we have won an world series ! seattle aint shit !

loose caboose

January 6th, 2013
11:37 pm

JSS… you don’t talk football..you spew your hate time and time again again seem to feed off it. nobody likes you so go back to YOUR team blog an stop showing your AZZ ! BTW…time I looked little boy, you wrote the book on “name calling”…loser…

JSS

January 6th, 2013
11:40 pm

Aaron Rodgers hadn’t won a Super Bowl before 2010, he was 1-1 in the playoffs before he went all Doug Williams 1987 on the Falcons D… It just depends if they decide to take the air of the Falcons offense with a running game and playing from the front… The GA Dome is no longer than the old RCA Dome or Soldier Field at full throat… Said it before, a running game travels… They better come with a better plan “than the Rookie will make mistakes.”

Growler

January 6th, 2013
11:40 pm

BTW, dunno if it’s been said here but Falcons are geneally 2 point favorites in Vegas (some sports books have then at 2.5). That should tell you there’s an overall lack of respect for them.
btw Falcons haters: it’s OH-so-easy to do! You’ve got it pretty easy, after all. But will any of you show up next week if they win and admit you were wrong? Not holding my breath for that, if it happens… We’ll see.

Back 2 The Brown Paper Bags

January 6th, 2013
11:40 pm

what have the supersontics and mariners ever done ?!?! nothing ! so why in the hell are you boasting ?!?!

JSS

January 6th, 2013
11:43 pm

@ 11:33PM…
Like I said FAKE, you’re a “little boy blogger.” All this week, it is all you mail-order testosterone addicts have going… BIG TALK!!!

okeetee

January 6th, 2013
11:44 pm

“Okeetee that’s a kind of silly comment. Yes they squeaked in as a 6th seed on strength of victory tiebreaker, but they were 7-3 in their last 10 games and lost those 3 by a combined 11 points. They were hardly a soft 6th seed like this year’s Bengals and Vikings.”

….I stand by my statement! They squeaked into the playoffs! The Giants had the tie breaker with the Packers, but that loss to the Eagles when they decided to kick to the best punt returner in the league with 2 minutes to go and leading by 5 points or something…..cost them the game and the playoff spot! It allowed the Packers to get in. Now, the Falcons may have lost to the Giants that year, too! But I’m just saying football is a funny game! That stupid “tuck” rule GAVE the Patriots one of there Super Bowls! In football, one play, one penalty, one bad call…..can make or break your season!

mgm

January 6th, 2013
11:45 pm

Can you say deja vous all over again. Seattle is the hot team. Last week I said that it looked like Seattle was on a mission and they would play Atlanta. Both are still true. I think the bottom line of whether or not the Falcons win will rest on three things. Can Matt Ryan play a good playoff game. In the past he hasn’t played well enough to win. Can the Falcons force a turnover or two and stop the run. I think Ryan will play well. I don’t think the defense will be able to contain the Seahawks. So as much as I hate to say the Falcons will lose in a 24 – 17 and Seattle will be the fourth straight team to go to the Super Bowl after feasting on the Falcons. If that happens, then what. The Atlanta curse bites as it always seems to do. The greatest run for the franchise ever but nothing to show for it. I sure hope not.

JSS

January 6th, 2013
11:49 pm

Dang, you might want to rethink that Supersonics swipe… They at least had an O’Brien trophy in the case before sneaking out in the middle of the night…

Growler

January 6th, 2013
11:49 pm

JSS wouldn’t normally bother responding to you, but since you brought up a reasonsably valid point, I’ll point out that Rogers is 26-6 in the regular season (27-5 without the “Fail Mary” in Seattle) since that Super Bowl win, and is generally regarded as the best QB in football now, so it’s kinda silly to go “oh but,” about 2010. He was obviously over the hump by then.
As for the Seattle running game.. well, yeah, good point. But look at all those games this season where the QB threw multiple INT’s. They were not flukes. Not saying for sure it will happen to Wilson, but if it does and makes them one-dimensional, Seahawks are toast in the Dome just like Broncos, Saints, Giants, etc.. before them.
G’night. We’ll see who’s around here next week…

loose caboose

January 6th, 2013
11:50 pm

JSS Lets see…errr…last time I looked we are playing the Seahawks, not GB ….idiot

ciscokid

January 6th, 2013
11:53 pm

relax–the falcons will have no problem with the seahawks–the atl D will shut down their running game and will get 2-3 INTs. Atl rolls 27-10 and gets ready for green bay.

JSS

January 6th, 2013
11:53 pm

I love when user-name thieves dig their own graves on a blog… Nothing like watch a fool commit “blog-a-cide!”

Psssst, this isn’t D-Led unmoderated hell hole!

Attention!!!! JSS is not a Falcon fan

January 6th, 2013
11:55 pm

The woman, oops I meant man is not a Falcon fan with absolutely NO life. Please put him on ignore…

JSS

January 6th, 2013
11:57 pm

Ask Georgia Peach, ijonathan, blah blah blah about not showing up after a silly playoff game… You folks talk the talk, but nobody is going hide from a sports columnist blog…

loose caboose

January 6th, 2013
11:58 pm

JSS.. Why don’t you tell everyone who your real team is instead of being a coward and breaking balls to everyone else ? You ARE a Puss cake ? Fess up big boy… be a man.

The Beast cometh

January 7th, 2013
12:02 am

Seahawks 23 Chicago 17
Cardinals 0 Seattle 58
Seahawks 50 Bills 17
49ers 13 Seattle 42
Rams 13 Seattle 20
Seattle 24 DC 14

You’re next, Atlanta

Seattle 42 Atlanta 10

Can Seahawks win in Atlanta?

January 7th, 2013
12:02 am

Scoreboard

January 7th, 2013
12:04 am

FALCONS 59
shehawks 3

Back 2 The Brown Paper Bags

January 7th, 2013
12:05 am

ijonathan was here a couple of days ago…….

Thomas Brown

January 7th, 2013
12:05 am

______________________________
DawgNole January 4th, 2013 6:13 pm

“Half of me pulled for the Dawgs, half for the Noles–depending on the game situation. Mixed feelings, torn, and still don’t know who I’d pull for if they play again.”
______________________________

DawgNole January 5th, 2013 10:38 pm

_________________________________________________
“You’re the only one who appears to have an issue with that.”
_________________________________________________

JSS

January 7th, 2013
12:06 am

Wilson hasn’t thrown “multiple INTs” since Week 5 in St. Louis… And only 4 in his last 9 games… You don’t really want to talk about multiple INTs (especially at home), Ryan’s results against a physical and similar defense (see Arizona) was a disaster… That is not “hating,” they manned up Roddy and Jones and the LBs were physical the entire game…

JSS

January 7th, 2013
12:10 am

When you fess up to being a “little boy blogger” then we all can bow down to how you have those multple user-names and the same tired diatribes… Did it hurt when got the “email?”

loose caboose

January 7th, 2013
12:11 am

Roddy has a clean bill of health, so does Robinson…Abe ? not sure. Out side of that fact. Falcons look good.

Thomas Brown

January 7th, 2013
12:11 am

How is it in the Land of Fruit and Nuts, out there in California, JSS ?

Back 2 The Brown Paper Bags

January 7th, 2013
12:12 am

clemons has a torn ACL….:mrgreen:

Back 2 The Brown Paper Bags

January 7th, 2013
12:13 am

Back 2 The Brown Paper Bags

January 7th, 2013
12:14 am

matt ryan free to take his time and throw all day……

JSS

January 7th, 2013
12:19 am

“Land of fruits and nuts?” You talking about Byron or Fort Valley?

Thomas Brown

January 7th, 2013
12:21 am

loose caboose

January 7th, 2013
12:23 am

Let me tell you slick…JSS… you are a jackass when anyone calls you out and you say I have a part in It .. Jeff can ban me…fine …but YOU. Dude, you are indeed sick.You dish it out but of corse can’t take it.. Shame on you…Spew your hate eles where…WE are tired of your negative BS…BTW…the people who use your name…funny as hell !! Get over it little boy !

Mike S.

January 7th, 2013
12:23 am

I have a bit of a bad feeling with this matchup. The Falcons have lost the last three playoff games to the eventual Super Bowl representative. Two of them won the Super bowl. Arizona missed it by a last minute TD pass from Big Ben. In other words, they hit the hot team early and werent just losing any old playoff game.

Seattle is looking like that hot team right now. They have quality wins over NE, Dallas, Minnesota, Green Bay, Chicago, drilled SF a couple of weeks ago right after SF beat NE, and now a win @Washington. The only team hotter than Seattle going into the playoffs is Denver, not the Falcons. The Falcons need to do more than take them seriously. They need to play this game like they are facing the Super Bowl Champ, because the just might be.

JSS

January 7th, 2013
12:24 am

L.A. was fine, Fishbone was awesome as usual… Went to the Troubadour and saw BMRC play a special show… Always good to see friends and old co-workers…

The Beast cometh

January 7th, 2013
12:26 am

Back 2 The Brown Paper Bags

January 7th, 2013
12:27 am

the 12 man will help win this. we will be wobbling in the dome !

loose caboose

January 7th, 2013
12:27 am

JSS…who cares…

Thomas Brown

January 7th, 2013
12:29 am

Mike S.,

Correct. The general consensus is that Seattle has the better defense, can run the football, and they answered the question about being on the road today, while the general consensus about the Falcons are that we cannot run the football, have a worse defense than Seattle, and that we got our guys banged up trying to win that meaningless game that sends us into the Play-Offs not only as a loser to a poor team, but having done so playing the Starters to the end.

loose caboose

January 7th, 2013
12:29 am

I thought it was a football blog ? ERRR..

Back 2 The Brown Paper Bags

January 7th, 2013
12:29 am

12th man…. :oops:

JSS

January 7th, 2013
12:32 am

I’ve been taking it for years (the blog abuse), your problem is that you can’t dish it creatively… That is why you can’t follow simple rules… That’s a “real” character flaw! Keep shoveling “slick,” I know better than to get into a ditch before it is shore up!

loose caboose

January 7th, 2013
12:35 am

JSS … now why would someone post a social activity on a Falcons blog …hmmm DANG… you are a special person JSS !!

loose caboose

January 7th, 2013
12:37 am

You are the best…how can I be like you ???

P B Orr

January 7th, 2013
12:38 am

I like this matchup. Wilson sailed passes over wide open receivers time and again. Even though Washington only had about 80 yards over the last three quarters, Seattle won by only 10. They should have won going away. Nolan’s surprise look D will confuse the hell out of the rookie and you can expect some picks. He doesn’t throw for yardage and if you contain him outside, he’s neutralized. I’m also not that worried about the run with the safeties coming up and D-block completely healthy. Meanwhile on defense, the Seahawks are rather slow in the secondary, if in fact tough. They have not faced our receivers nor have they faced a Matt Ryan. Griffin had them completely flummoxed before he caved. My biggest worry is Ryan picking up the inevitable blitzes. I’m sure he’ll be working on that all week. And guess what? No ice storm in the offing, so practice should be good.

JSS

January 7th, 2013
12:38 am

Tiny bubbles just going over the multiple user-name thief’s head… “Special” indeed…

rfall

January 7th, 2013
12:40 am

kicking game favors falcs. seahawks kicker haushka will not be at full strength

Hotlanta Falcons

January 7th, 2013
12:41 am

Hate to say it, but I’m not liking our odds on this one folks. Seattle is the hottest team in the NFL, and we can’t get too cocky. They have the most talented QB, best running back, and scary defense.They are running on all cylinders right now. Atlanta had a pretty easy schedule this year compared to SEA. I agree that that the winner of this game is probably going to be in the Superbowl.

loose caboose

January 7th, 2013
12:42 am

JSS 12.24 = crap

Back 2 The Brown Paper Bags

January 7th, 2013
12:43 am

rfall

January 7th, 2013
12:40 am

kicking game favors falcs. seahawks kicker haushka will not be at full strength
yeah, along with clemons, thats a big deal. field goals and pressure from one side looms big now !

JSS

January 7th, 2013
12:50 am

ORR…
Belichick threw the kitchen sink of looks at the Seahawks… He still carried them that day (he was not going to let Lynch beat him)… It’s online, go watch that game… He brought them back from 2 scores down…

Oh, far as for the overthrows, what was his efficiency in the last two quarters?

Tap Out

January 7th, 2013
12:53 am

I’d rather play Seattle instead of a healthy RGIII. Had RGIII not gotten injured or had been anywhere close to 100%, the Redskins would have won by 20 points.

Sigh

January 7th, 2013
12:58 am

I really wish that people wouldn’t steal the troll’s names around here….JSS and DJANGO, in particular. We all know JSS as the resident troll, and I, for one, like to see him crap himself. And DJANGO is the banned Choke, who is a coward and a liar, so PLEASE don’t post under their names.

The Beast cometh

January 7th, 2013
1:07 am

You bros are going to be mad. The Beast and the Legion of Boom is coming to pay you girls a little visit. You guys haven’t had to deal with the kind of hurt the Hawks dish out, week after week.

You bring the noise (we like that!) and we’ll bring the boom. This is how we roll: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8FQAoXm3b8

JSS

January 7th, 2013
1:08 am

“Resident troll” in a blog environment rich with the likes True Falcons Fan, Yo Vince, Thomas Brown, Larry, Ray, Esquire and that ilk, you call someone that? Ha ha, yeah right!!!

Oh, but I forget, you folks think “phil” is a “Saints fan.”

cjdatl

January 7th, 2013
1:09 am

I knew we would have beaten Minnesota and Washington. Seattle? Not so sure.
Hopefully I will survive the weekend without a heartache.

loose caboose

January 7th, 2013
1:12 am

I do not post under any name…but it makes me disipointed when a ……well someone calls me out’t and will never clean their own house…JSS is nothing but a trouble maker…he has to get what he gives…and he can NOT take it …

509 Seahawk

January 7th, 2013
1:14 am

Your Falcons have not played an opponent like the Seahawks this season, your schedule was WEAK you nearly lost to us last season…and your barely beat a lot of those WEAK opponents..and NONE of those teams were as physical as the seahawks will be…prepare for disappointment

Gritsfalcon

January 7th, 2013
1:15 am

Thanks for the article Jeff. And thanks for being POSITIVE! I am really worried that if the fans and media get down-in-the-mouth about HOW GREAT the Seattle club is alleged to be it will effect the crowd at the Dome Sunday afterward hurting the Falcon’s Home Field Adv.

In so far as strategy is concerned: Think about the words of Eagles’ defenseman about Michael Vick in the NFC Championship game a few years ago: “….we watched film all week and their wasn’t one game Michael Vick won with his arm! ” The Eagles dominated. Same philosophy here. Put 8 in the box; eagle space two linebackers, one on each side of the D-line; Samuel on one corner; Robinson on the other; DeCoud playing a high safety postion. MAKE RUSSELL WILSON beat us with HIS ARM! Not his legs! The only game he remotely did that this year was in the come back win over Chicago. But even there he got a bunch of yards running!

Listen Atlanta, RISE UP! Be Positive! The Falcons CAN win this game! Seahawks aren’t supermen!!!

Let’s ROCK and DEFEND the Dome ! Sunday @ 1pm!!!

Thomas Brown

January 7th, 2013
1:38 am

JSS so California is a good place for you, then with all your co-workers out there and with all your relatives out there in the Land of Fruit and Nuts where no one gives one rats’ behind about football. And, what this about your friends in California ? I thought you didn’t care one iota about having any friends, besides your cat.

Go_Hawks

January 7th, 2013
1:49 am

The SEAHAWKS are the hottest team in the NFC right now. Our secondary with best cover corner in the NFL (Sherman) and last year’s pro bowl in Browner, combined with Pro Bowl starter in Earl Thomas will keep the Hawks good receivers (Jones and White) in check. My concern will be can our linebackers and SS Chancellor keep TE Tony Gonzalez in check. Losing Clemons will hurt but its the NFL. Next!!

Everyone talks about the Falcons offense…but what about their mediocre at best and some may argue, their awful rushing defense? No way can Falcons stop RW3 and the Beast Mode. The power run, the pistol, and the read option….too many ways to gain yards on the ground. I see the Hawks keep it on the ground with ball control and occasional passes to Michael Robinson, Golden Tate, Sidney Rice, Zach Miller, and Doug Baldwin. We will gain 200+ yards on the ground again and squeak out a close game.

Just sayin….

intelibird

January 7th, 2013
1:49 am

Falcons 42, Seahawks 17.

houstondawgfan

January 7th, 2013
1:58 am

With all the seahawks talk on the internet and all the sportswriters jumping on their bandwagon and stating they will win easy in ATL. I’m a little lost, Atl is not a slouch as well, I hope Matty and company blow them out at half time… Sunday will show if Atl is ready for the next level.

dj

January 7th, 2013
2:10 am

Falcons will have a tough game with the Seahawks and the dreaded “Atlanta Curse”

JSS

January 7th, 2013
2:12 am

Ha ha, Thomas Brown, there is nothing quite like you when you try to decry places and people… I don’t care about most of you… There are even some AJC bloggers who I “tip my hat” too! Unfortunately, they are few and far in-between these days… Son, if think people in the entire state of California don’t care about football, well you’re further off that rocker than suspected…

Don’t feel bad, it is big enough to hold your ego within the borders… It can even hold fruits like Ronald Wilson Reagan and nuts like Dan Issa!!! Bwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!!! Isn’t for the stalkers of 18-22 to be getting all “geeked up?” 32 years and counting!!!

Thomas Brown

January 7th, 2013
2:37 am

Seattle will run the ball, yes. But, will you pass the ball ? Falcons will not run the ball, no. Can Seattle do anything to stop the Wide Receivers and Tight End – no. This game has all the ear-markings of a shoot-out, despite Seattle’s defense. Against Washington’s non-existent pass defense, Russell Wilson did not do to Washington what Matt Ryan will to Seattle. You’ve got a problem matching-up Russell Wilson with what Matt Ryan does, which is pass the football to 3 big-time targets. Expect Atlanta to line-up and throw the football. If the game boils down to Matt Ryan passing vs Russell Wilson, Wilson expects to win because he runs the ball ? Better not fall behind, if that’s your strategy. We expect to get the lead early, putting Seattle behind. Your success is on your defense, not Russell Wilson as an NFL QB. At 5′ 11″ a QB from NC State who transferred to Wisconsin where he was not 1st Team or even 2nd Team All-America, I hardly think Seattle fans have ventured 2,700 miles I-90 to I-29 to I-24 to I-75 to tell us that Russell Wilson is an NFL Quarterback and Matt Ryan isn’t.

You don’t match-up at QB in a huge fashion. Is Russell Wilson, a baseball player with a small NFL contract who quit his college NC State to play on a better team his senior season at Wisconsin, with 500 yards rushing 2012, Jim Zorn, Dave Krieg, or Matt Hasselbeck ?

Matt Ryan will have over 200 more yards in the air than Russell Wilson’s running and throwing total. How you going to overcome that ? By out-rushing us by 50 yards ? I have never been much impressed by the knowledge of anyone out there on the topic of football.

2,700 miles.

If you had multiple drivers, switching-off, you’d spend 3 days getting here.

Oh, you’re not planning to come to the game at the Georgia Dome since the flight is too long and costs too much ? Well, you don’t go to the games in Seattle either, so why act like you’re some big fan of the team in here telling us how

RUSSELL WILSON matches-up favorably with Matt Ryan ?

I don’t think so, and never will be. Washington has no pass defense, none. Atlanta ball-hawks in the secondary.

Thomas Brown

January 7th, 2013
2:45 am

No, JSS is not a fan of any team. You’ve got that wrong.

Falcon 228

January 7th, 2013
2:48 am

It’s our year. Falcons 34 Seahawks 10. Can’t win if they can’t score.

DARYLE

January 7th, 2013
3:40 am

Be scared yall….only good thing you have going for you is that Seattles Clemmons is hurt on that D line. Seattle is going to beat you…they are not not not the same team that barely beat Green Bay and Pat’s….they switched it all up…RIP ATL

Stinger2

January 7th, 2013
3:56 am

Jeff: JSS posts are just plain nasty. Why do you let this trash continue to be posted on your blogs?

seahawks

January 7th, 2013
3:57 am

This will be a very good football game. The Falcons do have some advantages especially the rest factor. I disagree about the receivers being the advantage. The Seahawks secondary is the best in the league. Browner was a pro bowler last year and wouldve been this year if he didnt do a knucklehead thing. Sherman will be all pro. The Redskins threw at him twice and he almost/should’ve picked one. Earl Thomas is an all pro safety and has amazing range. Kam Chancellor has some weaknesses but will lay the wood and defends the run well. Seattle is the best running team right now in football. It will be close. The biggest loss for the Hawks was by 7 and if they had the trainging wheels off the offense like they did the 2nd half of the season this game wouldnt even happen till the NFC Championship. This will be a damn good football game.

seahawks

January 7th, 2013
4:00 am

Pretty comical to think that the Falcons will light up the Hawks. Nobody has scored over 20 points in a long time against the Hawks. The only teams that beat the Hawks this year did so because they ran the football except Detroit and they won not because of Calvin. Roddy and Julio vs. Sherman and Browner will be epic they havent faced a secondary like this ever because there hasnt been a secondary this good since the 49ers of the 90’s with Merton Hanks, Deion, etc.

Draggin' Fly

January 7th, 2013
4:40 am

I was in Seattle for a week back in November. There was literally a crazy guy on every street corner. The fastest guy I saw wearing Seahawks gear had tourettes and was running up Pine Street cussing.
There Was a guy at Pike Street Market who could do a mean shovel pass with a dead fish, however.
There was a Starbucks on every block. Suggest the Hawks load up on caffeine before that long flight from SeaTac. Five losses on the road? Scary..

mr oxmyx

January 7th, 2013
4:48 am

go ahead falcon fans. just keep looking past the seahawks. keep on planning for your matchup with either the 49′rs or green bay. ha. seattle has beaten them both this year.

ronhen24

January 7th, 2013
5:36 am

Russell Wilson is still a ROOKIE, poised or not. If Mike Nolan can dial up something for Peyton and Eli Manning, Drew Brees and Philip Rivers, I am quite sure he has something in the arsenal for Wilson. Be patient and watch the FALCONS go to work.

d

January 7th, 2013
5:40 am

Has anyone “WATCHED” the Falcons play this year??? Especially the last game???? Falcons are unlucky, always seemed to be playing the hottest team in the playoffs and no difference this year.
Hate to say this but the Falcons playoff streak continues this year and they lose to Seattle. Their defense is still one of the worst in the NFL, maybe next year when Coach Nolan has one more year to improve it…..
D

Eric C.

January 7th, 2013
5:45 am

The Beast cometh @ 1202 am

And what upper echelon QB did the seahawks face in those 6 games???

Clobbering SF was impressive…but don’t forget SF was coming off a MNF road win at New England.

I think Seattle is a very good team, but they are not GB from 2010.

drew

January 7th, 2013
5:52 am

I hope all of the confident Falcons’ fans posting here are right. And I hope we’re not who I think we are. We’ll find out Sunday.

Buddy Landel

January 7th, 2013
6:36 am

The Beast cometh

January 7th, 2013
12:02 am

Seahawks 23 Chicago 17
Cardinals 0 Seattle 58
Seahawks 50 Bills 17
49ers 13 Seattle 42
Rams 13 Seattle 20
Seattle 24 DC 14

You’re next, Atlanta

Seattle 42 Atlanta 10
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

You failed to mention Seattle’s score against the mighty Miami Dolphins. Why is that?

CF-Faclons Fan

January 7th, 2013
6:48 am

The Falcons lost the past three playoff games (two on the road) to Eli Manning, Aaron Rodgers, and Curt Warner. Yes Wilson is impressive, but he made several mistakes yesteday and was fortunate that they actually won the game – It could have gone 21-3 Skins, late 2nd QTR very easlily after his fumble. The Falcons make very few mistakes, and have some experience now. I was not that impressed with the Seahawks, in fact I feel better now than I did before the game yesterday. Running up the scores in the regular season does not translate to championships – just ask Pete Carrol when he was at USC. Go Falcons.

JSS

January 7th, 2013
6:51 am

Stinger2
January 7th, 2013
3:56 am
“Jeff: JSS posts are just plain nasty. Why do you let this trash continue to be posted on your blogs?”

The same reason he allows you to stalk “Sonny Clusters” for the last season. More than half of the posts on here are by a (FAKE) JSS. Moreover, “nasty” is laughable. You folks launch homophobic, socially deviant tirades, and just plain palabra responses but are always trying to push buttons. And like with your constant defense of the things that were obviously going to keep the Braves from being relevant in the last post-season, it is the same here… You are one figurative slum lord bloggers, you’d throw a cheap carpet or fresh coat of paint on house but never replace aging or defective foundation or subfloor. Then you try passing it off on some poor person for excessive rent…

Enjoy the game on Sunday, it was nice this weekend to sit back and watch 4 games. 4 games with actual defense played. Actual running games were displayed. And the teams that were exposed better spend their off-seasons fixing their problems…

CF-Faclons Fan

January 7th, 2013
6:53 am

And another thing or two – the Faclons defense is much better than it was in 2010. It is better coached, and is more opportunistic. They keep teams from scoring, and take the ball away. Very much like the defenses that NO, GB and NY had when they won their Superbowls. The Falcons MUST have a player step up and become a major force for us for these next three games, William Moore or Spoon, or even one of the big guys in the middle. Go Birds.

Getaway

January 7th, 2013
6:58 am

seahawks-better-then-ur-team-lol – “you falcon fans know your scared keep runnin your mouth cause thats what scared ppl do when they know they are gonna get there there heads knocked off …”

So that’s why you’re here runnin your mouth..

The Real Falcon

January 7th, 2013
6:58 am

Talk is cheap! Seattle will fail!

Buckeye

January 7th, 2013
7:02 am

dogs,

Sorry about the Lady Gym dogs going down (oops) with Oklahoma.

RiseUp

January 7th, 2013
7:07 am

falcons win this game easy—take it to the bank. The ATL D will dominate! ATL 30 seattle 10! Rise up!

Tundra Dude

January 7th, 2013
7:11 am

Imo, there’s nothing like a playoff game, on the road, in a noisy dome, to cool a hot team down.
I’d guess Seattle will score about 17 points, 20 max.

Buddy Landel

January 7th, 2013
7:13 am

Getaway- I gave up trying to read his/her posts long ago. There is literally NO punctuation. Is anyone else tired of the media harping on Russell Wilson’s “block” on Lynch’s run yesterday? He barely touched the defender’s back.

Another playoff loss

January 7th, 2013
7:14 am

Failcants will lose and lose big. All that talk about going to the Super Bowl is a joke. Even if by luck your sorry team beats the Seahawks, they will not get past Green Bay or the niners.

Buddy Landel

January 7th, 2013
7:15 am

How about Tony Dungy saying Joe Webb would play a great game and Minnesota would beat Green Bay. Not a surprising forecast by him, as he’s the same person that said Aaron Murray would be the #1 overall pick.

Buddy Landel

January 7th, 2013
7:16 am

another playoff loss- who did the Saints play this past weekend?

THWGT

January 7th, 2013
7:17 am

I’m just not sure we can win with our current Defense… I like Mike Nolan but he’s still handicapped by Smith’s WTF defensive scheme. We have no pass rush, can’t stick to gaps and stop the run, have the same issue with getting off the field on third downs.

Nativebird

January 7th, 2013
7:18 am

Got to stop the run, and keep Wilson in the pocket.

JSS

January 7th, 2013
7:18 am

Nothing like AJC blogs, small minds never follow the rules…

(FAKE) JSS
January 6th, 2013
11:33 pm
“Can someone tell me where I left my tampons at, I saw something red on my panties today. eh?”

(FAKE) JSS
January 6th, 2013
11:44 pm
“Love huge cum loads in my mouth especially if there’re warm. eh?”

(FAKE) JSS
January 6th, 2013
11:47 pm
“Wow, just found out my prostate is internally bleeding from the severe pounding I received from my gangbang boys. eh?”

and to Stinger 2…
The mentality that supports and cultivates “cesspool” blogging is always on display:
loose caboose
January 7th, 2013
12:23 am
“Let me tell you slick…JSS… you are a jackass when anyone calls you out and you say I have a part in It .. Jeff can ban me…fine …but YOU. Dude, you are indeed sick.You dish it out but of corse can’t take it.. Shame on you…Spew your hate eles where…WE are tired of your negative BS…BTW…the people who use your name…funny as hell !! Get over it little boy !”

Nothing like “blog-a-cide!”

Larry

January 7th, 2013
7:23 am

Really…the need to quote that which is in plain view for all to see?

Feeling more insecure, JSS?

Sad, man….really sad!

Jfreak13713

January 7th, 2013
7:23 am

This is the kind of team that can push a team liket Altanta around on offense and defense. I know the Falcons have the better offensive talent and they will probably win the game in the end but if you think the Seahawks are just going to be pushed around you haven’t watched them play much. I suspect the Falcons will win a close game 21-17.

However, they will face the Packers in the NFC Champ game! San Fran has rookie 2nd yr / rookie starter going aginst Mr. Discount Double Take! Pakcers roll San Fran 38 – 21.

Go Falcons!

Rick Patel

January 7th, 2013
7:28 am

Flaccid Falcons will falter & fail as soaring Seahawks surge toward Superbowl.

Answer This

January 7th, 2013
7:29 am

What will the excuse be this time when we win? 18 weeks and running u negative Nancys have shown up to bash and attack! When we win what will you say then? Go find your rock and crawl back under it! You know who you are!

Samuel

January 7th, 2013
7:29 am

There’s no easy way to get to the big dance and I’m not betting on Seattle’s jet lag. Here’s what I know, the Falcons have the talent on their team to get this done. Play like you played all year long. I think our running backs have enough in the tank to get the job down. I didn’t see a lot of check down plays from the Redskins, but Matt will be in charge of that huddle and get us out of bad plays; if need be. Rogers can be used out in open space, especially when their coming with the blitz. It will be Harry Douglas against Trufant and I believe harry can win some of those battles. Tony Gonzales will be the key player here. Once we get him rolling, I think it will open up one on one coverages for White and Julio Jones. The Falcons have thieves on their defense and sooner than later Ashante Samuels will be focused and get a pick. Go Dirty Birds.!!

vesaversa

January 7th, 2013
7:33 am

The Seahawks haven’t impressed me any The Falcons should beat them easily.

loose caboose

January 7th, 2013
7:37 am

JSS…Larry said it best, no one likes you…NO ONE…

Super High Flying Falcon's.

January 7th, 2013
7:46 am

Our BIRDS are better, than,their birds. GOO FALCON’S. RISE UP. ALL THE WAY, TO THE SUPERBOWL..THIS IS THE YEAR OF THE FALCON’S.

Iluvnutella

January 7th, 2013
7:49 am

Factor 5 is the most telling. Lynch runs wild, we lose……..

GTT

January 7th, 2013
7:56 am

Jason Snelling. Play the man, because he produces and doesn’t go down at first contact as Turner does.

"Chef" Tim Dix

January 7th, 2013
7:59 am

The question will still remain unanswered at 4:30p this Sunday: who starts in left field when the season opens?

Atlanta 12th man

January 7th, 2013
7:59 am

Legion of Boom is on the way. Travel fatigue is a dumb expectation. It’s 2013, I think they travel comfortably. 12th man is gonna ‘Rise Up’ in your face!

"Chef" Tim Dix

January 7th, 2013
8:00 am

Legion of Boom: Xcellent handle. Trademark it.

JSS

January 7th, 2013
8:05 am

Ha ha, “dishonesty,” you are such a liar! I gave my Falcons season before Vick was shown the door by the Feds! You’ve been telling that “lie” to yourself so long that you’ve burned it into own brain!!!

And again, you just have the mental runs, I gave you an out over two seasons ago… You couldn’t be smart enough to take it…

And when you got the chance to walk away, you still came back… Now go and look at “pathological” and pick up a mirror and see the true definition of the word…

Larry

January 7th, 2013
8:07 am

Jeff Schultz,

First, nice read.

Second, you recently banned this guy “choke” because, and I paraphrase, his only purpose on here was to belittle all things Falcon (particularly Matt Rayn) while never offering anything positive, constructive, worthwhile, meaningful or in any way contributing to your work or this blog in the best interest of the Falcons or the AJC you are paid (well, I’m sure) to represent.

So, please tell us, how is this “JSS” character (you know, the one who signs off “kiss my black a.ss”) is any different that “choke” and why haven’t you applied the same standard of participation.

I can promise you this, the respect meter will reach a new high for you if and when you have the courage to stand up for this city, team and blog patrons that suport and follow your work.

lars

January 7th, 2013
8:08 am

GO SEAHAWKS!!!

JSS

January 7th, 2013
8:12 am

I loved it when your lack of restraint manifests itself… What time was it when you went on that “infamous” rant on sodomy? Was it 11:43PM? No Larry, what is “your purpose?” Phony piety is not a virtue!

Larry

January 7th, 2013
8:13 am

JSS,

Should a poll be taken here of who in fact is a ,whom between us would receive the most votes?

Now, find the quote from me in 2006?

And there’s absolutely nothing abou you JSS that could make me walk away. In every physical, intellectual and financial attribute I am your superior…which, if I may add, means nothing as this describes just about every blogger on here.

No one likes you, JSS! No one!

GATarheel

January 7th, 2013
8:13 am

Do not undersestimate this team. Playing on the road does not phase this team. They won in Washington and Chicago. Their defense is ranked 4th overall. Wilson is a good QB, do not sleep on them. The Falcons have a tendency to that and lose. The corners are big and can handle Roddy and Julio. Seahawks are playing with a big chip on their shoulder.

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

35 jashultz
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!

The Ghost of Norm Van Brocklin

January 7th, 2013
10:45 am

Win or lose, we are still better off as a franchise in the long run than we have ever been.

Item – The QB that replaced the Dawg-Killer has led the team to record breaking winning seasons.

Item – The QB we shipped to Houston when we made the Dawg-Killer a “Falcon for Life” has his team in the Divisional Playoffs.

Item – Meanwhile, the Dawg-Killer has an uncertain future, and no current Head Coach.

Say what

January 7th, 2013
10:47 am

JSS: “You folks launch homophobic, socially deviant tirades, and just plain palabra responses but are always trying to push buttons.”

No one else has a problem with the “folks” you keep referring to. Yet so many have a problem with you. It’s you, buddy. I’m sure I speak for the majority when I say, “why don’t you just leave? You are not wanted here.” You are like a guy who walks into a bar where everyone is watching the home team and you start trashing them. All that does is piss everyone off and ruin the experience. Then again, that seems to be your goal. Pathetic, man.

Answer This

January 7th, 2013
10:52 am

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.”

And we CONTINUE to ask why are you here? You make points for each of us!
WHY ARE YOU HERE? You speak such the internet bully blog on here but your words are hallow and shallow just like you! Go away man just go away!

Answer This

January 7th, 2013
10:53 am

@ Jeff Schultz

Is it just the other 1000 bloggers on here Jeff? Or does this guy seem to get away with the same stuff that Choke got away with?

COME ON MAN!!!!!

JSS

January 7th, 2013
10:54 am

In the year 2029, typical Virtual Falcons related blog will always include…
“Dawg-killer reference”
Even when the player was not referenced previously…

Isn’t there an ointment for that?

Rodster

January 7th, 2013
10:56 am

Let’s hope the dirty birds can stuff the Seahawks.

JSS

January 7th, 2013
10:59 am

“Is it just the other 1000 bloggers on here Jeff?”

You Rabble-Rouser, Old Thom Watson would be proud of that mob mentality…!

flagboy?

January 7th, 2013
11:01 am

first paragraph. . .”The have lost four straight since”. . .should be “they” i’m guessing. . .or “the falcons”

. . . can’t help it. not trolling.

JSS

January 7th, 2013
11:04 am

@ 10:47…
“It’s you (remove the comma) buddy.”

Mob mentality is kinda like that, not my issue (or should it be Jeff Schultz’a)… It is his blog…

DP

January 7th, 2013
11:05 am

Don’t like this matchup for the Falcons. The Falcons can’t run the ball against anybody and the Seahawks can rush the passer and have an outstanding secondary. The Falcons can’t stop the run and the Seahawks can run it down your throat with Lynch. I think Seattle is tougher on both lines of scrimmage and that will determine the outcome of the game.

JSS

January 7th, 2013
11:05 am

“Schultz’s”

Adogg36

January 7th, 2013
11:10 am

Ur boy steaven A. On first take steve hating on on roddy white.
Wow!!!!

Kane337

January 7th, 2013
11:19 am

Great points Jeff. Hope the Falcons can pull this one out. RiseUp!

True Falcon Fan

January 7th, 2013
11:41 am

Remember “Doug Clark & the Famous Hot Nuts” —- Ya’ll remember the song “My Ding-A-ling”

My ding-a-ling whoes gonna play with my ding-a-ling

JSS – is playin you guy’s like his “Ding-A-Ling” —- You folks are falling into a “BlackHole” with this guy/psyhco…The best way to make this guy go away is simple “Let him Go” —- pay him NO mind!!!! He may move back to SF or was it LA….

Go Falcons — SeaHawks next

JSS

January 7th, 2013
11:51 am

“Ya’ll remember the song “My Ding-A-ling”
You should have spent less doing the “shag” at house parties… Poor Dave Bartholomew and Chuck Berry must be wondering how you’re crediting the song they made famous to some Carolina Beach band…

Answer This

January 7th, 2013
12:00 pm

@ True Falcon Fan

You are so correct! Looks like the 2013 JS Blog is much the same as the 2012 JS Blog. Go figure!

Anyway about these Falcons, I know that we have some hidden jewels that we will produce in this game. I am looking at alot of Wide Receiver Screens and when those aggressive DB’s begin to bite on those, look for the Ice Man to go up top to Julio! I also have some ideas that we will use our out of the backfield screen passes as a BIG part of our running game. Still dont see us getting much from MT33 (although I hope I am DEAD WRONG) but I do see Quizz as well as Snelling making a differnece running the ball if given the chance ( and chance does not mean only 5 touches out of the backfield running).
About that D! Now this is where we get downright picky. I have to say that I do believe that Spoon will be eating for the next 2 weeks! This guy will have that motor running and our DLine has alot to prove. I think we get what we got from them in the first Tampa game that everyone said the MuscleHamster would run all over us. I do believe that Lynch will have a decent to good day, but I also believe that we will spy Wilson and give him fits with differnet looks. I think if we spy him correctly and not let him get outiside the pocket and make plays with his feet or do those dump off passes to the TE like he did the Skins then we will win by double digits. If he is able to play outside the pocket we win, but gosh it will be a tougher game than we want. A few things I noticed about the game with the Skins was that Wilson did not have a good first quarter and the Skins went away from doing what got them 14 points. They stopped running the ball and wanted RGIII to win the game for them. Not smart. I say if something works for us ( like the passing game) then Seattle sees the passing game alot on Sunday! Dont go away from it! Take big notes here as well. Seattle only put up 13 points in three quarters! I can say the reason that the got the other 11 points was because the Skins could not move the ball and get field position, and Seattle ended up with a short field the whole 4th quarter. Good D by Seattle but they also put up good D against a one leg QB! I say this much. When we win on Sunday many will overshadow this win and tell us how Seattle was over confident against a one-leg QB and therefore we should have beat a rookie QB on the road coming from the great northwest. The talk will go to San Fran or GB and how they will have a much more potent attack from a vet like Rogers or a Vet Defense like the 49ers have. Go figure, almost as bad as what is allowed to be said from specific people on the blog, but hey, Falcons have proved the naysayers wrong all year, maybe, just maybe Schultz steps up and proves me wrong……….dont wait on it right? LOL.

Lets RISE UP NATION……..We start today with the 12th man!!!! The Falcons Nest needs to rock from today until Sunday at 4!

True Falcon Fan

January 7th, 2013
12:24 pm

Doug Clark and the Hot Nuts, also known as Doug Clark and his Hot Nuts, The Hot Nuts and, since the death of Doug Clark in 2002, Doug Clark’s Hot Nuts, is a rhythm and blues, rock and novelty band that has played party and club dates for more than fifty years. Starting in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, they became famous on the college circuit in the southeastern United States in the early 1960s for their risqué song lyrics and jokes, and for allegedly performing in various states of undress. Their signature song was Hot Nuts. Other songs that they were known by included: My Ding-a-Ling, Big Jugs (based on Big Bad John), He’s Got the Whole World by the Balls, Baby Let Me Bang Your Box, The Bearded Clam (is a delicacy that won’t be found in the deep blue sea), Gay Caballero and Two Old Maids. It has been said that the Hot Nuts were the inspiration for the Otis Day and the Knights group in the movie Animal House. Their first album had a picture of the band on the cover, with Doug Clark “flipping the bird” to the audience. All of the Hot Nuts albums were on the “Gross” label, a subsidiary of Jubilee Records created solely for the band. Even though Jubilee published a line of “party” records with risqué material, the Jubilee name did not appear anywhere on the Gross albums. Doug Clark and the Hot Nuts influenced contemporary artists such as Too Short and Ol’ Dirty Bastard.

True Falcon Fan

January 7th, 2013
12:27 pm

Yo check the record re: Doug Clark & Hot Nuts — meant no dis-respect to my friend “Chuck Berry” — however the Hot Nuts band did record their version of the song known as “My Ding-A-Ling” — You are wrong again!

Go Falcons — SeaHawks next

Skip Bayless

January 7th, 2013
12:28 pm

You’ll see

True Falcon Fan

January 7th, 2013
12:32 pm

Yo Skip is that really you? Big “D” is SOOoo much better without “YOU”! However the Kaboys could use some help……..

True Falcon Fan

January 7th, 2013
12:34 pm

@12:00 Thank You!

You make very good points!

Go Falcons — SeaHawks next

warfalcon

January 7th, 2013
12:43 pm

NO MORE BAD GAMES,LETS GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

just sayin'

January 7th, 2013
12:50 pm

12th man ‘fans’ don’t leave at halftime…gonna be some unhappy folks having spent all that money to only stay for the half time show…by the way, who is the half time show?

JSS

January 7th, 2013
12:51 pm

Check your record again, it was a “main stay” of Berry’s set play list all the way back in mid 1950s… Bartholomew wrote and recorded the song way back in 1952! It was main stay song for many R&B artists who played the old Chittlin circuit… Doug Clark and his group didn’t drop it on vinyl until 1961… 9 years after it was originally recorded and popular on R&B radio… And more than 7 years after Berry started playing in 1954 when was with Johnnie Johnson… Do you even know who Dave Bartholomew is? SMH

Skip Bayless

January 7th, 2013
12:51 pm

Half time show is Robotic Frisbee Dogs on Hover Bikes

David Bergman

January 7th, 2013
12:53 pm

I was at the redskins game and Im a falcons fan. what the falcons need to do is to stop the Seahawks running plays, On passing plays the redskins line men would get to the Seahawks QB (his name escapes me) but he would roll out of the pocket and either run it or throw it out or pass the ball, the redskins would block all of his passers when he would roll out of the pocket then he would run it which was a grave mistake that redskins couldn’t learn before it was to late. falcons defence needs to watch Seahawks QB when he rolls out of the pocket, they need to trap him force him to throw it and will cause a interception. Seahawks got nothing on Passing but shut down the run they got nothing on offence.

just sayin'

January 7th, 2013
1:01 pm

wow, gonna have to dvr that halftime….wonder who’ll intercept right before the half?..thomas or sherman, ala williams, a couple of years ago..

True Falcon Fan

January 7th, 2013
1:02 pm

No dispute Chuck Berry made/recorded a song called “My Ding-A-Ling” — “Dragon Breathe”!

Doug Clark & Hot Nuts made/recorded a song called “My Ding-A-Ling” too — “Gragon Breathe”!

In fact the song sound very similar…..

I sure Berry & Bartholomew their percentage cut!

Yo “Dragon Breathe” —- Spanky you ARE WRONG again!

Now get back in that “Grotto” with your sorry ashes “Harlequin” & all your “Griffin’s”!

Thomas Brown

January 7th, 2013
1:08 pm

JSS January 7th, 2013 7:18 am

“Nothing like AJC blogs, small minds never follow the rules…”

JSS January 7th, 2013 9:52 am

“Jeff Schultz knows that was posted… You’re out of this loop, “you understand?”

Jeff Schultz January 7th, 2013 9:05 am

“close to banning others for invoking race”
__________________________________

JSS has his 8:22 am post removed because it is a racial post, stating that we can kiss…
JSS posts that WE cannot follow the rules on here, and JSS states that Jeff Schultz knows what was posted by JSS at 8:22 am this morning which Jeff Schultz had to remove from our blog.

And, JSS tells us that we’re out of the loop on that, that JSS states his post at 8:22 am this morning was not a racial post.

Which is it JSS ?

We, sir, will not allow such posts on this blog and it absolutely is a racial post which you wrote in here at 8:22 am this morning in a fit of rage telling Larry that what he said you said was not allowed because it is a racial post. And, you run right back in here and tell us all, we can kiss…

JSS

January 7th, 2013
1:13 pm

Why would Berry get a cut? He didn’t compose or write the song… Bartholomew did, pre-1968 music the money goes to the publishing rights holder…

Don’t worry, keep worshiping at Carolina Shag parties… You still got some penny loafers? Only thing you can say for Doug Clark is that his group inspired the “Otis Day and the Knights” scene for the writers at National Lampoon… Meanwhile, Berry is in the Rock-N-Roll Hall of Fame… Dave Bartholomew is in there too!!! “I found my thrill” boom, boom, boom, de boom… “Watching TFF make a musical and football fool of himself on the AJC blogs!” Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh yeah!!! :-)

Titletown Falcon Fan

January 7th, 2013
1:13 pm

The Seahawks secondary was vulnerable all night…RG3 just could not plant and make the throws. I am not one of those who think Falcons will just streamroll them but there is absolutely no reason to be nervous or fearful.

Besides, those corners have not been the same since someone hid the Adderall from them!!

PlanB

January 7th, 2013
1:27 pm

We have a good team with some weak spots. The other teams do too. This all boils down to whoever wants it the most & gets a few breaks. I do wish we had our RB’s (after initial passing blocks) go mid field across the line of scrmidge instead of sending them out wide. a Rodgers had a field day with that in his game with Minn.

SeenThisB4

January 7th, 2013
1:28 pm

Seahawks 24
falcan’ts 3

DGS

January 7th, 2013
1:30 pm

Well…

Transplanted Seahawk,, spent the last two seasons living near Tampa, so I get coverage of the Falcons….but I still return for the occasional game (full disclosure: I appeared with the Blue Thunder Drum Line as Santa Claus a the Dec 23rd game)

You poor, poor ATL fans really have no idea what you’re in for.

First, the idea that dome noise is going to bother the Seahawks. As I said, I’ve appeared at the games on Christmas Eve as Santa. And I was there on Dec 23rd. I used to serve aboard an aircraft carrier that launched jets. It was louder _inside_ CenturyLink Field than on the flightline of the carrier. And that stadium has had a reputation for over a decade for being the place where false starts are born – consistently the most opponent false start penalties called against visitors of any venue. Trust me, guys, they know noise and are used to it.

As for your receivers matching up wth our corners… hmmm. Last time I checked, there were only six secondary backs who were 6-4 or taller – and three of them were on the Seahawks. They don;t just cover you, they smother you. Long reach, long wingspan, built for a division where they’d have to face Larry Fitzgerald twice a year. No quarterback all year has really lit the secondary up the way you think that you believe it will happen. But let’s call that even.

The fact is, we know you’re going to pass. We’re going to be keying on it. Because you have no run game. What made Washington’s run game effective in the first quarter was it was still out of the option. But when the option wasn’t available and Washington shifted into a more traditional drop-back passing attack, look what happened – lights out. You have no run game. So we know you will be passing.

Your only x-factor is Tony Gonzalez. He’s the wrinkle that will have the defensive coaches working tonight and tomorrow. But it’s a solvable wrinkle.

On defense, you can’t stop the run.

Yes, you had an admirable season. But against the softest schedule this year, you had to eek out multiple wins in the last few minutes. You became complacent in your final game of the season, and while I keep hearing the words “game that didn’t matter”, it was a game where your coach played his first team all game long.

And you still lost.

At home.

Can you win? Of course. It’s the NFL, and “Any Given Sunday” still has some cachet. But those who dismiss Russell Wilson as “just another clueless rookie quarterback,” who dismiss the defense that allowed the fewest points this season as “a bunch of high round draft pick and free agent wannabes” and the Seahawks as “a mediocre team that doesn’t deserve to even be in the playoffs” are missing probably the most important fact of all.

As of yesterday, that rookie quarterback, that group of free agent wannabes, yes, that mediocre team has more playoff wins this season (ONE) than your vaunted current group of champions does under this entire coaches’ tenure..

Talk is cheap.

But, hey, what do I know? I’m just Santa Claus.

P.S. And technically, we already know how to beat a team from the South when we didn’t supposedly have any talent. Don’t believe me? Ask some of your friends from NOLA if they remember what a “BeastQuake” is.

JSS

January 7th, 2013
1:31 pm

Poor out of the loop Thomas Brown… He removed the post, and do you notice the post which I took the manufactured quote post from is gone as well… You just can’t get it right, son the Sandinistas would have eaten you for lunch!!!

@ Jeff Schultz…
You have poor Thomas Brown all emboldened, please give him some more red meat before he strokes out in front of his keyboard!

JSS

January 7th, 2013
1:33 pm

@ Jeff Schultz…
Thomas Brown wrote:
“We, sir, will not allow such posts on this blog”

You have a ghost writer now?

Answer This

January 7th, 2013
1:41 pm

Hey STB4! Wow where you been man? Who do the Aints play this week…or do they have a bye until August?

tidog

January 7th, 2013
1:54 pm

It wouldn’t matter if Vince Lombardi Packers were coming or Chuck Noll Steelers. Enough is enough there are no excuses to be made and it darn well doesn’t matter wherethe “wise guys” set the line. This is a must win post season for the organization.

Failcons Destroyer

January 7th, 2013
1:58 pm

I’m quite amazed at some of the comments I read here from the Failcon fanbase.
Most of you are being quite dismissive when it comes to recognizing what your precious Failcons are up against come this Sunday so I’ll lay it out for you.
Six weeks ago the Seahawks went into Chicago and mauled a pretty good Bear team in front of the fans there who appeared to be stunned at what had just happened to them.
We came home and hung a 58 / 0 number on the Cards the following week.
Following that rout the Hawks travelled to Toronto to bully and stomp the Bills easily…another road win from a team that most had doubts could win on the road.
Then the big one…The Seahawks completely demolish the Forty-whiners on national tv 42 / 13 and leave ‘whiner coach Jim Hairball in such a state of disarray he refused to shake hands with Pete Caroll following the game. A petty and childlike move to say the least.
The Seahawks then close out the regular season with a very convincing win over a Rams team that beat the Forty-whiners once and tied them the other.

At this point the Hawk’s are managing to garner a modicum of respect from some of the sportswriters around the country and have the un-divided attention of ALL the coaching staffs in their path.
Jeff Schultz …..Not so much.

The fact that we held the Redskins scoreless after the first quarter while our offense basically had their way with the ’skins defense for three quarters should give y’all a clue as to what’s a-comin’ your way very soon. And for those that claim that we only won because RG III was hobbled you need to remember that he doesn’t play defense.

This I will guarantee you Failcon fans….
The Seahawks hae earned the respect they deserve from the coaching staff in Atlanta and I’m positive that they are taking this game VERY seriously.

We’ll be here doing our homework and studying on ways to beat you that you Failcon fans have never dreamed of.
When we start chewing up huge amounts of real estate using the read option with Marshawn (The Beast ) Lynch and Russell Wilson don’t try to say you weren’t fairly warned.
When your WR’s are left laying on the field with the wind knocked out of them by our monster corners and safeties don’t say you weren’t fairly warned.

When Matt Ryan is pounded to the turf multiple times by our D-line corner blitzes and totally dissappears under the massive weight and size of Big Red Bryant don’t say you weren’t fairly warned.

Seahawks 27 ….. Failcons 13……Go Hawks!

Thomas Brown

January 7th, 2013
2:00 pm

If it was not a racial post as you whine now it wasn’t, when you wrote it in a fit of rage at 8:22 am in reply to Larry who said your original post was a racial post, then why was it removed ?

I’ve never seen a more racial post on these blogs in my lifetime, and I’ve posted here since AccessAtlanta days back when they were called Forums, not Blogs, which was 30 years’ ago.

If it’s not racial, then why did you insist on ADDING BACK to what Larry left-out, the ENTIRE exact racial post you stated you originally wrote in here, which Jeff Schultz missed when you wrote it the 1st time ?

If it’s not racial, then why does it have a racial bias directly in the 4th word JSS ?

I’m tired of it JSS. You come in here where Falcons are talking about the most important Play-Off Game in the Entire Arthur Blank Era, against a good team with a top-notch running game, mobile quarterback, and a tough defense against both the run and the pass, and

ALL YOU DO

is to change the subject to be ABOUT YOU.

So, if it’s not racial, then post it again. You should have no problem pasting that racial post again, since you can recall to Larry exactly precisely what exact 5-word racial post you posted to Larry, correcting Larry to not leave out the 4th word.

Go ahead, since it’s not racial.

St Simons

January 7th, 2013
2:10 pm

Our passing game will get their yards. This game comes down to

one matchup – R Wilson vs Mike Nolan. I like our chances.

St Simons

January 7th, 2013
2:12 pm

just think, if this was WIlson/Carroll vs B van Goober.

that would be ugly, fugly even. But its not..

Thomas Brown

January 7th, 2013
2:13 pm

Russell Wilson is a little 5′ 11″ with 4.5 speed NFL Quarterback on a good team with a great running back and great defense.

Russell Wilson compared to Matt Ryan ?

Night and Day difference.

B in Seattle

January 7th, 2013
2:16 pm

Seahawks fan here. I don’t know who some of these other supposed Seahawks fans are on this board, but some of them sound like rude trolls. If you’re a troll, get off the board. Have some class, for cryin’ out loud. Seahawks do have a chance to win in Atlanta, but missing Clemmons plus having jet lag from travelling so far after this week’s game in DC will be a factor. If the Seahawks can establish a strong running game, I believe the Hawks win. Our defense might bend, but they probably won’t break (they make good adjustments), so the Falcons’ offense does have a test coming up. The Falcons have to stop Lynch and make Wilson beat them with his arm and his running. This Seahawks team is unlike any we’ve had in the past. It’s exciting times having a team that can win on the road. Looking forward to a tough and close game with the Falcons. Good luck next Sunday! By the way, it was awful seeing RGIII go down like that yesterday. What were they thinking??

JSS

January 7th, 2013
2:24 pm

Poor Thomas Brown…
Because it wasn’t “racial” in my original post… Larry changed it and made it a racial matter… It and the insipid comment you dropped in about making it “about” me; go back to 10:54PM and see where this bunch of chirping started… You folks are cowardly, you claim others are, but it was nothing but football… And you’re gonna do what you always do… You’d laugh at an execution if someone had the poor taste to let you in…

JSS

January 7th, 2013
2:28 pm

Dang Thomas Brown…

Does Al Gore and the guys at Livermore know you invented the Internet? Wow, you predated BBS!!! Outstanding!!!

Thomas Brown

January 7th, 2013
2:32 pm

BS it’s not racial when it refers to race in the 4th word of the 5-words.

Thomas Brown

January 7th, 2013
2:33 pm

If it’s nothing but football, why did you tell Larry to kiss your

Answer This

January 7th, 2013
2:39 pm

@ B in Seattle
Welcome to the Nation Blog! I know you are cheering for the enemy but you came in this blog with much class! Lots of respect and props!
Our receivers are hungry and I think we eat this week. Our D must stop that Beast Lynch! We are Rising Up!

Thomas Brown

January 7th, 2013
2:43 pm

I did not pre-date BBS. Shows you what you know. I was BBS. I had 2 BBS.

__________________________________________________________________
“It wasn’t “racial” in my original post… Larry changed it and made it a racial matter.”
__________________________________________________________________

Larry did not post to Larry at 8:22 am this morning and state to Larry that he got the correct exact quote wrong, and then correct Larry with the EXACT racial post at 8:22 am this morning.

That was YOU. And, when you corrected Larry at 8:22 am this morning, you added back-in the racial reference in the 4th word.

You actually think you can weasel your way out of this, but before you tell someone else in your miserable life to kiss

You’ll think twice.

You’re a LIAR.

JSS

January 7th, 2013
2:44 pm

Who knew that I’d meet the guy who invented the internet on a Jeff Schultz blog? Before that, the guy who bypassed the whole R&B era of music too!!! Just outstanding!!! LOL (might as well end the lie like one of the best!)

SuperbowlFalcons

January 7th, 2013
2:51 pm

Please let R. Wilson block for Lynch against us Falcons. Please let him feel the pain of Moore, Robinson, Spoon, Abraham and company. Please let him run the read option down the middle or corner without sliding for his little 3 yards while SPOON, Moore, Decou, Samuel is lurking across the middle. Come back here Sunday and lets talk about the horrific hit Russell Wilson took at the hanks of the D-BLOCK. Better yet see ya at the game.

Thomas Brown

January 7th, 2013
2:54 pm

JSS January 7th, 2013 2:24 pm

“You folks are cowardly, you claim others are, but it was nothing but football”

SuperbowlFalcons

January 7th, 2013
2:55 pm

OOPS. I meant Hands of the D-Block

Jeff Schultz

January 7th, 2013
2:58 pm

The next person who brings in race gets banned.
There.
That ought to do it.

Atlfalconsfan0125

January 7th, 2013
3:17 pm

Anyone home?

JSS

January 7th, 2013
3:18 pm

“Weasel out?” Dude, you have NO idea what you’re talking about… This stretches back nearly 7 years ago in November of 2006 when people like Larry came on to the old comment system for web columns of Jeff Schultz, Terence Moore, and Steve Wyche’s daily with their bigot rants and yes “racial” comments regarding the former QB here… When confronted online, they ran to supposedly “cute” user-names referring to diseases or aliases…

As for the comment I made before I left for 3.5 weeks in Mexico in October to November, it remaiins “KMBB” and it remain that… And is has nothing to do with race or skin color… It has everything to do with a “big butt!” Like I said, Larry, being the malcontent that he has remained. He has a “Matt Ryan just has to win” chip on his should, and for 4 long years he’s suffered the ignominious “walk of shame” because the wonderboy couldn’t get it done!!!

Now, after his sodomy tirade of September 18, 2011, I took some advice from a columnist to heart… I told him to stir clear of me, I don’t seek him out… He acts like he forgot his tirade, he hasn’t and if he has, he needs to be getting some neurological tests instead of blogging… Now back after Week 3 in September 2012, he came out and has actively tried to instigate matters… I told him to go away, he said “no.” He’s made his bed. let him lay down in it, I’m just biding my time… He’ll melt down like he always does…

Your problem is getting to be just as silly… You keep edging in with that gravy-train commenting… Have an original thought, if you can’t do that, well shame on you…

Answer This

January 7th, 2013
3:20 pm

Why keep giving him chances Jeff? Just ban him now! Problem over! Does JSS have pictures or something?

JSS

January 7th, 2013
3:21 pm

@ Jeff Schultz…
You need to forward the post from 3:19 to Thomas Brown, he needs gets his fallacies straight! His needs to keep his nose out of stuff not of his concern…

Atlfalconsfan0125

January 7th, 2013
3:28 pm

The time that we all have been waiting for is here. And Ill tell you what, this is the easiest matchup from the previous 3. We dont have a HOF QB to worry about.

Failcons Destroyer

January 7th, 2013
3:33 pm

“” So as impressive a season as Wilson has had, he doesn’t present a challenge the Falcons haven’t seen.”"

Yes he does Jeff….If only for the simple fact that you admit, you haven’t faced him, yet…

He’s faster than all your LB’s and most of your DB’s.

He scored 3 rushing TD’s against the best D in football (Forty niner’s).

He has 26 regular season TD passes a tie with Peyton Manning for the rookie record.

So yes, he does bring to the table many things that ALL the other QB’s you mention didn’t bring, and then some.

Seahawks 27 …..Failcons 13….Go Seahawks !

Atlfalconsfan0125

January 7th, 2013
3:34 pm

@ JSS

Do you think the Seattle travelling across nation twice in as many weeks will have any effect on their performance? I think the better option would have been for them to camp out somewhere in the east coast (Carolina, maybe?)

Say what

January 7th, 2013
3:34 pm

Answer This, my thought exactly. I certainly would have by now.

Atlfalconsfan0125

January 7th, 2013
3:43 pm

Whats up with all the bickering on here usually? Its a football blog talk football and learn to deal with opposing views.

Bogus Bill

January 7th, 2013
4:19 pm

Why is beating Matthew Stafford considered significant? Everybody beats that “U”GA moron.

JSS

January 7th, 2013
4:45 pm

The West Coast teams have traveled East better than in the past… The 49ers stayed in Youngstown, OH between the Vikings and Jets games.. They split there, they came to NE and roughed up the Pats, but Seattle thumped on the back side… Kind of a double edged sword, Seattle is kinda different…

They lost that game in Miami, flew back to the West Coast, and then went to Chicago just had a war with the Bears (W), then destroyed the Cardinals, and flew back to Canada (including a run though Customs both ways) and crushed the Bills, went back to West coast and lit up the Niners… They seem to travel really well…

spencer

January 7th, 2013
4:57 pm

All I can say is this. As a rookie MR got schooled by possible HOFer Kurt Warner, then the last two years by elite QBs (Rodgers and Manning) with more experience than MR had — both in terms of NFL experience and big games. If he loses this one, to a rookie low-round QB, he will be branded forever as a guy who cannot win a big game under any circumstances. The opportunity doesn’t get any better, the stage no bigger; but the flip side is if he doesn’t get it done, where does that leave us for the future? Nowhere.

Mbird

January 7th, 2013
5:06 pm

RW1 will bird-up on the mighty ducks, er, falcons. Talk is cheap and your #1 status is about to be minced by Sea-town’s coffee grinder. So looking forward to the conversation next Monday. . . .

JSS

January 7th, 2013
5:22 pm

Rodgers only had one more playoff game than Ryan when they met in 2010… That was a non-factor… Warner hadn’t seen a playoff game in more than 7 years… The only one I give any props on was that beat down in the Meadowlands…

Ben

January 7th, 2013
5:57 pm

Seattle corners are good, but they will be tested by our WRs. They have WRs like Jones and White, and throe in Tony, it becomes a match up problem. Seattle will also have to find a answer for Harry as well. They won’t be able to play man to man on Jones and white for long, when the safeties has to help, that’s when they will be exposed.

Quiet

January 7th, 2013
5:59 pm

Look at Seattle’s defense and the double shot of running from Lynch and Wilson may shock a rested team. Just don’t throw away the win last week. Down 14 and coming back and shutting down DC after the first quarter was a big step in front of a hostile crowd. The skins defense after the first quarter did nothing to slow down Seattle.

Quiet

January 7th, 2013
6:07 pm

The rest of the NFL has questioned the DB’s of the Hawks all year. When one of their best went out on suspension another rookie took his place. 2 DB’s at 6′2″ or taller the height is underestimated by opposition offenses.

People are saying that the Hawk lost one of their best linemen. A rookie was drafted to be on the line and came in and did very well as a replacement yesterday. This a young team that is easily underestimated.

Bleed red

January 7th, 2013
6:21 pm

6.2 just ant enough we bigger and faster the SEA TRASH WILL STINK IT UP THIS WEEK END

Bleed red

January 7th, 2013
6:24 pm

You can’t say one good thing about your LBs terrible terrible in pass coverage Tony G has a big day

Kay

January 7th, 2013
6:26 pm

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 consistently.

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. 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 one of the best secondaries they’ll see. 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…

amused in seattle

January 7th, 2013
6:45 pm

The most imortant numbers I see are 0-3 in the playoffs. About to be 0-4. Too much pressure

JSS

January 7th, 2013
6:46 pm

But you can great things about their safeties, ask Vernon Davis

jamillione

January 7th, 2013
6:49 pm

i look at this game as what it’s worth. the falcons are a diva team …meaning they show up when the lights are on so they can shine.
week 1 the talk was about kc being a playoff team and much improved= falcons in a route,
week 2 the chargers are gonna run away with the afc west=falcons route,
week 3 denver is a superbowl contender= falcons pick off peyton like four times n whoopass
mike vick gone get the eagles back on top of the nfc east= scored on our first five possesions
rg3 going to give the falcons all they can handle= falcons win
dallas can tie for first= dallas gets crunched
the bucs are hot=falcons crushed their heat
the saints are back in the playoff hunt pick off brees 5 times
the giants are the team to beat = a arse whooping
now the seahawks are the hottest team in the league=coons in a route

Buddy Landel

January 7th, 2013
6:54 pm

spencer- Matt Ryan doesn’t face quarterbacks. He faces defenses.

Iced Vein Wilson

January 7th, 2013
8:29 pm

did u see the Falcons on this page ? http://www.nfl.com/stats/team

Get ready for the fifth straight post-season loss!

ColdHardFacts

January 7th, 2013
8:39 pm

1) Since Week 8, Seattle is 8-1 and Atlanta is 6-3
2) Seattle has the best Strength of Victory in the NFL while Atlanta had the easiest Schedule
3) Russell Wilson has more playoff victories than Matt Ryan

That said this game should be pretty awesome. Both teams match up so well. The outcome of this game will still be undecided by the two minute warning in the 4th quarter. For those calling for an Atlanta blowout, Seattle has the best scoring defense in the NFL and all of their losses this season were within one score. It will be a close one.

Things to watch:

Seattle’s front four. Their ability to pressure Matt Ryan will be the most important matchup. If they give Ryan too much time to throw, not even the Seattle secondary will be able to continually keep up with the WR weapons of Atlanta. With Chris Clemons out, Bruce Irvin will get the start at DE. It will be interesting to see if he can last a whole game without getting fatigued as he has only been a situational pass rusher all season. Also, Clemons was much better against the run than Irvin so look for Altanta to run more, especially in the second half, to test Irvin’s endurance and ability to stop the run.

Harry Douglas and Tony Gonzalez. While Seattle is known for a strong secondary, their Nickle D has been soft in the middle of the field. Drag routes and slants from the slot have been used with a lot of success against CB Marcus Trufant. Also, skilled TEs have had success against Seattle’s Linebackers, especially in the Red Zone. Look for Atlanta to exploit this despite the weapons they have available on the outside.

Seattle’s Pass Protection. Rookie JR Sweezy hasn’t been great in pass protection this season and it has shown in the last two games in which he has gotten the start. Wilson has been sacked 11 times in those games. With Atlanta’s ability to dial up crazy blitz packages- like the kind that caused Peyton Manning to throw three picks in a quarter- look for Seattle to struggle early in pass protection. If Seattle can establish the run early then they can use play action to help neutralize the blitz.

Atlanta’s run Defense. They are the 21st ranked run defense and allow nearly 5 yards per carry. They’ve also given up 16 touchdownson the ground. Seattle has found success with the read option. While Atlanta has experience against it based on the quarterbacks they’ve faced, they gave up over 100rush yards to Cam Newton ina game this season. Look for Seattle to run early and often and use the play action to counter Atlanta’s pass rush. I expect the Falcons to use schemes to try and disguise their coverages so they don’t have to line up to sell out the run. Matt Ryan and company could help out by putting up lots of points and try to force Seattleto abandon the run in order to catch up.

Can’t wait for Sunday, this will be a great game!

Failcons Destroyer

January 7th, 2013
9:24 pm

++You can’t say one good thing about your LBs terrible terrible in pass coverage Tony G has a big day++

@ Bleed Red,

Tony G is too old and too slow to have a “big” anything against the Seahawk D.

jdubnptown

January 7th, 2013
9:36 pm

The Falcons can’t stop the run. Marshawn and Russell should be able to keep moving the chains and control the clock. Falcons passing attack is impressive and few teams have slowed it down. Matchup wise however, if anyone has a chance it’s Seattle with their big physical corners (that will throw off timing patterns) as they press at the line. Also with safety Earl Thomas floating around with great speed to help break up the long ball. Game should be really close an exciting. Prediction: Seattle 31 Atlanta 27. (Credit Atlanta’s offense…Seattle has given up 25 points or more in a game only once this season)

Answer This

January 7th, 2013
10:10 pm

I guess that hollow threat did nothing to JSS. As soon as Schultz post he mentions what you asked him to not talk about in the post immediately after you gave the warning! Wow go figure!

Belgaron

January 7th, 2013
11:28 pm

Seattle fan here just to school you a bit on your update. Las Vegas point spreads are not about who is expected to win or lose, they are about evening the action between the options. So making them 2 point favorites means they expected more action on the Seattle side so they are trying to even it out by dropping a point off the usual 3 points a home team gets when otherwise they are comparable. It really means nothing about who they expect to win, it’s just about where they expect people to place their bets.

When it comes to the game, Seattle has essentially faced a comparable team twice in the St. Louis Rams albeit not quite as disciplined as the Falcons but improving. The home field and the early east coast kickoff will help Atlanta but Seattle is capable of scoring a touchdown on any drive and it has a very good defense that does not give up many points. Seahawks were only a couple touchdowns away from being 13-3 themselves, and if Wilson had started the season playing as well as he’s playing right now, they would have done just that.

JSS

January 7th, 2013
11:37 pm

Answer This
January 7th, 2013
10:10 pm
“I guess that hollow threat did nothing to JSS. As soon as Schultz post he mentions what you asked him to not talk about in the post immediately after you gave the warning! Wow go figure!”

Ask Jeff Schultz, he reviewed and released it… Maybe he knows the background and knows the difference between “baiting” and answering lies…And he wasn’t giving me the warning, I know the score… Take your blinders off…

Buck Foston

January 8th, 2013
12:55 am

Hawks didn’t play all that well and won by 10 points. they were a fumble and an overthrow away from a 24 point win.

Falc1

January 8th, 2013
1:45 am

without clemons, seattle will not be able to stop the ATL offense! Ryan will light it up for big points—ATL rolls 30-17!! next week, ATL upsets san francisco for the nfc title!!

Answer This

January 8th, 2013
10:51 am

And get your nose out his A$$, its brown enough!

Answer This

January 8th, 2013
10:52 am

And if you took the “BAIT” you are a bigger fool than you continue to show on here! Like I said you got pictures or something. rules are different for you!

Chad

January 8th, 2013
1:54 pm

I would agree with some of the posts on here, but really “lucky” that RGIII was hurt? I agree that with him not being able to run helped but let’s give credit where credit is due. Seattle lost it’s best pass rusher and I didn’t see Washington start to dominate on the offensive side of the ball with Albert Morris, Pierre Garcon was pedestrian after the first quarter. Now on to Atlanta, I agree a much more accomplished QB running the show and a HOF TE and 2 excellent receivers, but runningback is an issue and the Hawks DB’s have been shutting people down and don’t forget when Jones and White are getting shut down and you try to go over the middle you have 2 of the hardest hitting defenders in the game in Cam Chancellor and Earl Thomas, and don’t forget Earl Thomas’ speed probably the fastest guy on the field at any given time. I will stop short of making any predictions for this game as I don’t want to jinx the Seahawks but those of you that think Atlanta will win by more than 3 points had better go back and study their opponet for this week. I am sure that there is no one even on the Falcons that would predict some of the lopsided scores that people on this post are predicting. Let’s Bring it On!!! Go Seahawks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kennyd

January 8th, 2013
3:23 pm

This is it ! It’s time for the Falcons to RISE UP and earn the respect …………….. Go Falcons !!!!!!

dooney

January 8th, 2013
3:32 pm

Lets quiit going back and forward about this .The Falcons will do what they always do get everybody hopes up and let them down.Its teams like the Seahawks that will come in here and blow Atlanta off ther field .Stop Turner aleast twice keep a eye on that hall fame tight end with no superbowls and you beat the falocons all the time. Rodey and Jones will not step up because the Seahawks will have so much presure on Matt he will fall apart.Remener this comment because it will go down in history.

Josh

January 8th, 2013
3:40 pm

The Seahawks secondary will push Atlanta’s WR’s around the field. Gonzales will have to have a big day in order to beat the hawks.

Go Hawks!

Ed

January 8th, 2013
4:17 pm

Hey Jeff what happened to your prediction of the Hawks: But sorry. I’m not buying in. The Seahawks (3-5 on road) will be a one-and-done wild card.

Read more here: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2012/12/25/2414278/jeff-schultz-nfl-playoffs-about.html#storylink=cpy

dawgbone

January 8th, 2013
4:18 pm

Mike Turner runs for over 100 yards, the Birds win….MT has to let his heart move his feet! Rise up!

Narddog

January 8th, 2013
5:48 pm

Secondary Seatle
Linebackers Seattle
D-LIne Even
QB Even
WR/TE Atlanta
RB Seattle
Special Even
Coaching Seattle

Michael

January 8th, 2013
10:55 pm

Keep telling yourself that Atlanta fans! Found this Atlanta site on purpose! Hawks are going to absolutely dismantle the Falcons. Jones and White are going no where against 2 CB’s that are just as tall and just as fast and loads stronger than them. Your running game is horrendous, OL is DECENT at best, your pass rush is nothing to write home about, I do like the secondary but we won’t be passing much since it would be very unwise for us to get into a shoot out with you guys. Lynch rumbles for 135, 2 TDs while Wilson tosses 2 more. Ryan tosses 2 picks and 2 touchdowns, Rodgers gets another TD on one of those stupid wheel routes you guys run. Although, I like Rodgers, hes a weapon. Atlanta falls once more. Seattle 28-24 Atlanta. Hawks Swoop the Falcons!

Brad

January 9th, 2013
6:24 am

The Seahawks seem to be on a mission. They should have beaten the Redskins by another two touchdowns. They played a lousy game on the road and still won easily. Look out Falcons, theirs a new bird in town.

Seahawk99

January 9th, 2013
7:59 am

Go Hawks. You can’t score if you don’t have the ball. Beast Mode all day long. I challenge the Falcons to slow down the Beast. Our defense is nothing the Falcons have faced all year, we will bust you in the mouth.

Seahawk99

January 9th, 2013
8:09 am

Falcons are pretenders not contenders. Beast Mode all day long. Control the clock and Falcons can’t score very simple concept. Go Hawks Falcons are just a bump in the road to our travels to SanFrancisco next week. Go Hawks!!!

Beast

January 9th, 2013
3:10 pm

All I have to say is BEAST MODE! Falcons better jump out to an early lead or Lynch and Wilson will run rough shod all over the Dirty Bird. 221 yds rushing against the 4th ranked rushing D last week vs. Redskin. How many do you think they’ll put up vs. under-sized Falcon D that ranked 24th vs. rush? Dirty Bird will take a dirt nap on Sunday. Hawks by 10.

HAWKS RULE

January 9th, 2013
7:57 pm

Hey y’all, get ready for an ol southern whoop’in! Correct me if I’m wrong but arent you folk best known for Paula Dean’s cooking? I hope all of you Falcon Fans watched the Redskin game and saw just how physical the Seahawks Defense is before, during and after each play. Lynch is a beast and you will see him run the ball down your throats. We are the real deal and we will step over you and Paula Dean on our way to the Superbowl!!!! Good day

HAWKS RULE

January 9th, 2013
8:11 pm

Q-What does a public library and the Georgia Dome have in common?
A-They both smell like butt and are full of sleeping transients

Rick

January 10th, 2013
12:11 pm

Just watch #25 Richard Sherman…another Sherman conquering Atlanta…

Jerry

January 10th, 2013
4:46 pm

The Seahawks have been in close games all year, losing by an average of 4 pts/game in those 5 losses; #1 is out the window, they have plenty in the tank. The home field advantage is what the Falcons make out, ball is in their court on that one. #3 Yes Russell Wilson is mobile, but he actually has a higher QBR rating from inside the pocket. He threw 22 of his 26 TD passes has a 117 passer rating from there. He uses mobility at the right time and usually stays out of harms way. #4 Is a battle between two great WR’s and Seattle’s great CB’s. This match up could determine a large part of the game. #5 Beast Mode can’t be stopped. The Seahawks only look less daunting because they are named the Seahawks. This team is just as hot or hotter than any of the Falcons previous playoffs opponents. Have fun with another early exit, good regular season though.

John

January 11th, 2013
8:07 pm

Game Prediction: PAIN….for the Falcons…..WIN….for the Seahawks 27 to 13