Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 1/11/13
After beating the Redskins in the Wild Card round of the NFC Playoffs, the Seahawks travel again to Atlanta.  Waiting on them is the no.1 seeded Atlanta Falcons led by Matt Ryan and a bevy of receivers itching to prove to people that they can an will win in the Playoffs.The Seahawks are coming off a good win against the Washington Redskins.  Even though Robert Griffin III was injured early in the game, Russel Wilson and the Seahawks still had to fight back from a 14 point deficit to move on to the next round.  The Seahawks dominated the ground game by rushing for over 200 yards against the 'Skins.  If the Seahawks want to win in Atlanta they will need Marshawn Lynch to control the ground and eat up the clock.The Falcons are coming off their first-round bye and are hoping to put all the pre-conceived notions of playoff failure behind them.  In order for the Falcons to obtain a victory Sunday afternoon, they are going to have do several things on offense and defense.The first is protecting the ball.  If the Falcons can limit their mistakes and keep themselves from turning the ball over then they should be able to control the clock and keep Russel Wilson and Marshawn Lynch on the sidelines.The second is stopping Marshawn Lynch from achieving "Beast Mode".  If the Falcons defense can contain Lynch, then the secondary should also be able to contain the receivers of the Seahawks from getting open on play-action passes.The last thing is ball distribution.  The Seahawks have a great secondary.  If the Falcons want to pass the ball like they have all year, Matt Ryan is going to have to distribute the ball to all of his receivers and try not to key on one specific receiver during this game.  I believe Tony Gonzales will be key if the passing game is to be successful.  Ryan will have to use him early in order to get the Seahawks defense to concentrate their efforts him and then throw deep to Julio Jones and Roddy White. If the Falcons can do all this, they should be able control the game and finally get Matt Ryan and Mike Smith their first Playoff victory as Falcons.Falcons win 27-20
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