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Seattle Seahawks (12-5) at Atlanta Falcons (13-3)
Game Day: Sunday 1:30 p.m. ET, FOX
Line: Falcons -2 ½
Series Record: Seattle leads 8-5
Perhaps the least appreciated NFL playoff game in years, this matchup actually boasts more appeal than meets the eye. Atlantas veteran group, in a widely discussed postseason slump, faces a primarily young group in Seattle led by an aging, but rejuvenated, monster in the offensive backfield. This tilt could have all the makings of a clash of opposites, with no clear-cut favorite known.
Seattle enters Sundays contest on a six-game winning streak, including last weeks 24-14 victory at Washington (just please dont call that game Griffin-gate). Quarterback Russell Wilson has become progressively more comfortable, and the Read Option offense seems to help Marshawn Lynch make up for any alleged step he may have lost. However, the surprise for Seattle this year became its top-flight defense, ranked fourth overall. Amazingly, just three teams have scor...
BEST OF MAXIM
Matt Ryan has to shoulder all of the pressure for the Falcons' franchise this weekend.
The Wildcard round brought us some pretty bad games. The marque quarterbacks were on a bye so this week should be a lot better.
Here are the quarterbacks and how they stack-up
1) Manning - Peyton Manning is the MVP of the League this year so he has to be the best QB on the board. He...
The Falcons and Matt Ryan have the worst match-up against Seattle if they want to get their first playoff win.
The Wildcard games disappointed for one reason, quarterback play. That will not be a problem this weekend. The marquee quarterbacks are off their bye weeks and are ready to lead their teams onto the field.
Here is a look at the games and my selection of the winners...
I look good in neon Juan…
Russell Wilson was the only one of the big three rookie QBs to make it out of the Wild Card round last week as the Seahawks will roll into Atlanta this weekend. Atlanta claims they are being disrespected, but that’s what happens when your QB has never won a playoff game. I’m kinda feeling a Seahawks ‘upset’, but I haven’t fully committed to my...
Will Matt Ryan get his first ever postseason victory, or will Russell Wilson continue to steamroll the opposition on his way to his second-plus victory?
Arguably the most intriguing game of the entire weekend (save SF-GB), this is finally the game we have all been waiting for though.
Marshawn Lynch (foot) has been running like a man possessed all season long and he has tasted the...
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has played in three postseason games since being drafted in 2008, he's 0-3, but says he's not feeling the pressure to win.
“I don’t worry about it. I don’t think about it,” Ryan said Wednesday before practice. “My focus is for this locker room and for the guys and the coaching staff that we're all together. We want to...
Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was held out of practice the last couple of days but was back on Friday practicing with the team on a limited basis.
Coach Pete Carroll told reporters Lynch has a sprained foot and is listed as probable, but he will play on Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons.
We already covered Saturday’s games, and here is everything you need to know about Sunday’s games.
Seattle Seahawks at Atlanta Falcons
All year long, I have never been overly impressed with the Falcons. Early season wins against the Broncos and Redskins were the only games they played against teams that made the playoffs. That was before either team found their identity and...
Atlanta Falcons cornerback Asante Samuel is calling himself "Swag 100" for the postseason because he says he's a playmaker. "I'm swag 100% of the time," Samuel told USA TODAY Sports. "In order to have swag, you have to be balling -- doing your thing and making game-changing plays, like I've been doing." "It's all about being a...
Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez says this is his last chance to win a Super Bowl.
"For me, obviously, this could be it," Gonzalez said. "There is no tomorrow. There is no saying, 'We'll get 'em next year.' It's about going out there and trying to finish on the right note."
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Seattle Dominates Second Half
The Seattle Seahawks came into Sunday’s Wild Card match-up riding high, as did the Washington Redskins. After a week of off-field trash talking it finally came time to lace ‘em up. And just as expected, things got chippy early on.
The post whistle activities were in abundance on the torn up grass at FedEx Field. There were many great personal battles...
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...
After the Atlanta Falcons were embarrassed 24-2 in New York to the Giants in the Wild Card round of the 2011 playoffs; their main focus in 2012 was to secure home-field advantage.With the best record at 13-3 in the NFC, the Falcons did exactly that. The Falcons start their quest for a Super Bowl against the battle tested Seattle Seahawks.While Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has an...
The National Football Conference's representative to the Super Bowl is determined tonight in the NFC Championship Game. This has been a highly competitive year in the NFC, but in the end, three teams emerged out of the regular season as favorites to be the NFC representative. Tops among those are the Atlanta Falcons, a team with an explosive offense led by quarterback Matt Ryan...
Time to pass on the Falcons Juan…
NFL Lines Divisional Playoffs – NFL Football Line
Divisional Playoff Games
NFL Game Lines 1/12 – 1/13, 2013
Date & Time
1/12 4:30 ET
1/12 8:00 ET
At San Francisco
1/13 1:00 ET
1/13 4:30 ET
At New England
On to the divisionals
It started with a bang, just not the bang the Seattle Seahawks were looking for.
But being the team that no one picks all year long, the way the Seahawks won this game was in typical fashion of a so called “underdog.”
Yes, we were technically the favorite, but for anyone who knows the history of this team, an away game against anybody is never a gimme, just...