FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. That's incredible!
Around the Falcons' headquarters, the player to whom coaches most compare Seattle rookie quarterback Russell Wilson is Pro Football Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton, another quarterback smaller in stature.
With the Falcons gunning for their first playoff win on Sunday in their fourth try during head coach Mike Smith's five seasons, defensive players say that controlling Wilson is the key to victory even though running back Marshawn Lynch ranked third in the league in rushing during the regular season.
"The quarterback opens up the door for everything on the offense," safety William Moore said, "so if we can contain him, we'll be all right."
The story of Wilson is the story of the Seahawks' season. The Seattle already had spent big free-agent dollars on quarterback Matt Flynn to lure him away from Green Bay, but the third-round pick who played his college ball at North Carolina State and Wisconsin won the starting job out of training camp.