Found January 09, 2013 on
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 56-24 in five seasons under coach Mike Smith, but 0-3 in the playoffs over the previous four. The Falcons have totaled 441 yards and allowed 884 while being outscored 72-23 in their last two playoff contests, including a 48-21 loss to Green Bay two years ago when they also held the NFC's top seed.
Though the Falcons' playoff futility has been a dark cloud hanging over Smith's otherwise successful tenure, they believe they've learned from the past playoff.
"We're a much more mature team because of our experiences,'' Smith said. "I think you learn from your previous experie...
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It’s no secret that Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman is one of the finest trash talkers in the NFL. He did his share of it during the widl card playoff game against the Redskins and, lucky for us, two things happened: 1. Trent Williams got mad enough to confront Sherman after the game and punch him in the face. 2. Richard Sherman was mic’d up. We get to hear 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...
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...
Ian Rapoport reports that the Seattle Seahawks will sign DE Patrick Chukwurah.
Chukwurah has been the leader in sacks for the past two seasons while playing in the United Football League.
The Seahawks also brought in Aaron Maybin, Ray Edwards, and C.J. LaBoy for tryouts, but Chukwurah wound up beating all of them out for the job.
The move was made after they lost DE Chris Clemons...
The Seattle Seahawks are set to sign veteran kicker Ryan
Longwell in an effort to add a replacement to their roster in case Steve Hauschka is unable to suit up this weekend, reports Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.
NFL.com's Ian Rapoport confirmed Tuesday that the team will
sign veteran kicker Ryan Longwell.
Longwell was a 15-year veteran entering the 2012 season, but
he has not...
The former Boston College quarterback has had his share of criticism. Matt Ryan was known as a clutch player in college, his comeback against Virginia Tech throwing two touchdowns in the final two minutes in 2007 caught NFL executive’s eyes.
However, the postseason hasn’t been kind to Ryan and 2012 will the second time in Ryan’s career that the Falcons will have entered as...
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...
The slowmotion video that surfaced of Washington Redskins offensive lineman Trent Williams punching Seattle Seahawks defensive back Richard Sherman after the Seahawks defeated the Redskins last week did not do the incident justince. It has been brought to our attention that not only was the incedent caught on film, it was caught on the mic that Sherman was [...]
Of all of the games this weekend, this might be the hardest one for me to write because I think it’s going to be the best game of the lot. On one hand you have the hottest team in the NFC right now fresh off of an upset win in Washington. On the other, the team with the best record in football and a quarterback with an amazing track record at home. Something has to give as the...
Russell Wilson vs. Matt Ryan. One guy is a rookie, kind of that “other guy” in the Rookie of the Year discussion, but when you watch him, maybe he is “the guy” of the same discussion. The guy who has led the Seahawks to a surprising 11-5 record and, as of late, has his team playing [...]
It’s finally here! Let’s be honest, we all knew we would be here come January. The only question was the seed number and whether or not we can finally get over the playoff hump. This week I want to give you my thoughts on the game and discuss the different factors at play. In my biggest installment of the Friday Blitz this season, I call out Atlanta to RISE UP!