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(Eds: APNewsNow. With AP Photos.) By GEORGE HENRY Associated Press Last year's playoff disappointment hit so hard that Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith needed to change his staff from the top.
It seems Smith made the right decisions when he hired Mike Nolan as defensive coordinator and Dirk Koetter to run his offense.
Atlanta earned the NFC's No. 1 playoff seed for the second time in three years after Koetter helped quarterback Matt Ryan enjoy a career-best season and Nolan put his players in position to earn 31 takeaways.
Nolan and Koetter both caution that the Falcons (13-3) will face their toughest opponent this season when Seattle (12-5) visits the Georgia Dome for a divisional playoff game Sunday.
Atlanta had a bye last week, while the Seahawks beat the Redskins with a dominating second half in a wild-card game at Washington.
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They share the honors for the best record in the NFL this season at 13-3 with Denver. But, going into Sunday's divisional playoff against Seattle, most of the regular NFL experts say Atlanta fattened up on the easiest schedule in the league.The talking heads are also quick to point out that the Falcons were not only beaten but embarrassed in their playoff appearances the past...
In an encouraging sign for the Atlanta Falcons as they perpare for their playoff matchup with the Seattle Seahawks, Defensive end John Abraham practiced on a limited basis yesterday, and could be available to play Sunday.
Abraham sprained his ankle during their week 17 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a meaningless game that could come back to haunt them.
His injury look very...
The Atlanta Falcons know what it takes to win in the regular season.
When it comes to the playoffs, that's another matter.
Perhaps no team faced a greater burden going into this postseason than the Falcons, the NFC's top-seeded team for the second time in three years. They've yet to win a playoff game under the trio of quarterback Matt Ryan, coach Mike Smith and general...
The Seahawks bandwagon is overflowing and the questions about the Falcons ability to win in the post season keep coming.
The Wildcard round provided us with one really good game and three pretty poor ones.
Here's a first look at the Divisional Round
Baltimore vs Denver - The Ravens were able to beat a young Colts team but it was not an impressive victory. Yes Flacco...
Given the Falcons' recent playoff history, right tackle Tyson Clabo and his mates will stare across the line at the hottest team in the league. ... again. Seattle, winners of six straight, advanced to face the Falcons, who are hoping to end a four-game playoff losing streak that dates back to the short-lived Jim Mora era. Last season, the Falcons faced the streaking New York...
Atlanta Falcons defensive lineman John Abraham and safety
Williams Moore were limited at practice Wednesday as the team prepares for this
weekend’s NFC Divisional round matchup against the Seattle Seahawks, reports
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk.
Defensive end John Abraham, who sprained an ankle during a
meaningless Week 17 loss to the Bucs, returned to practice Wednesday...
Falcons defensive end John Abraham, who suffered a sprained left ankle against Tampa Bay in the regular season finale, will practice on Wednesday, head coach Mike Smith said on Monday.
John Abraham will be participating in practice on Wednesday, Smith said. We will have almost the full boat, but we wont have everybody there.
Abraham suffered the injury in the fourth...
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The Seattle Seahawks are proof that it doesn’t necessarily matter how you look early in the season – it is how you finish that will determine your fate in the playoffs. The Seahawks put a three game road winning streak and a six game overall win streak on the line when they...
It was almost destined to happen. On Sunday afternoon, the sixth best passing offense will face the sixth best passing defense. Two should-be Pro Bowlers face up against two should-be Pro Bowlers. The battle to appear in the NFC Championship Game could come down to two matchups — Seattle cornerbacks Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner against Atlanta wide receivers Roddy White...
Updates. With AP Photos. By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer The Atlanta Falcons have more than home-field advantage to help them against Seattle in the playoffs.
The Falcons also have history on their side.
The Seahawks won their wild-card game at Washington and will have to make another cross-country trip for Sunday's game at Atlanta.
According to STATS LLC, the 1989 Los Angeles...
The Seattle Seahawks and Atlanta Falcons will meet on Sunday in the second round of the NFC playoffs. FOX will carry the game between the Seahawks and Falcons with coverage beginning at 1 pm EST from the Georgia Dome.
Seattle fell behind early last week against Washington but then flipped a switch and dominated the games final three quarters. Atalanta marched to the NFC’s best...
Falcons cornerback Chris Owens (hamstring) and safety Charles Mitchell (calf) missed practice today and safety William Moore (hamstring) and defensive end John Abraham (ankle) participated on a limited basis.
Moore, a starter, missed the final four regular-season games. Abraham, who leads the team in sacks with 10, was injured during the regular-season finale.
In the 2010 playoffs, the Atlanta Falcons got beat by a dominant offensive team in the Green Bay Packers. In 2011, the Giants defense dominated the Falcons offense. This year the Falcons will not be matched up with a team that is as dominant on one side of the football as the Giants and Packers were in past years.
On Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks weathered an early storm...
Even with the surging Seattle Seahawks standing in the way, the Atlanta Falcons are confident they can end their recent playoff struggles.
The top-seeded Falcons look to avoid a fifth consecutive playoff defeat while the Seahawks try to continue their postseason run with a seventh straight victory in Sunday's NFC divisional contest at the Georgia Dome.
Atlanta (13-3) is 56...