NFC Divisional Playoff 2017: How Seahawks Can Upset the Falcons

There is no question the Seahawks are a scary team that come playoff time can beat anyone, the good news for the Falcons is that their offense is the best in the league and will be the deciding factor in this game. What will this matchup look like?

Despite allowing more points per game without Thomas this season and having zero interceptions since he went down in Week 13, Ryan doesn't believe the falloff is steep for Seattle. They won 26-24 on a Steven Hauschka 44-yard field goal with 1:57 to go.

Quinn has lifted the Falcons to the No. 2 seed in the NFC, giving them the right to host the Seahawks on Saturday in the divisional round of the playoffs. Running back Thomas Rawls ran for 161 yards and a touchdown against Detroit. Rawls ran with force and seemed to know that holes would be there. With a powerful interior of Mark Glowinski and rookie Germain Ifedi flanking Justin Britt in front of him, Rawls was simply unstoppable. The Falcons, with Ryan having his best season, led the National Football League with an average of 33.8 points per game.

Atlanta ranks 29th in defensive efficiency against the run.

Through all that Julio Jones had another monster season, running back DeVonta Freeman recorded back-to-back 1,000 yard seasons in spite of sharing the ball with Tevin Coleman and all Matt Ryan did was make a case that he's the best quarterback in the NFL. The Seahawks have capable targets in Doug Baldwin, Jimmy Graham and Paul Richardson, who had a combined 17 catches for 189 yards and two touchdowns against the Lions. Atlanta is formidable offensively.

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The pass never got there as Clowney read the play and tipped the ball up in the air before coming down with the interception. Mario Edwards is dealing with an illness, while on the offensive side, left tackle Donald Penn has been declared out.

The mistake too many are making with the Seahawks, I think, is assuming the Falcons are going to win this game handily.

"When you lose guys along the way, it's a bummer for sure, but there are other guys on the roster who ready to step up", Quinn said.

Dan Quinn, the head coach for the Falcons, has confirmed that there will be no shady performances during this weekend's game. Seattle lost in the divisional round a year ago at Carolina, falling behind 31-0 at halftime but making it interesting by outscoring the Panthers 24-0 after intermission. Certainly Seattle will want to control the clock and keep Ryan and his high-powered offense off the field.

"To have that stable of running backs is crucial, especially this time of year, to run physical and to run fast and make plays".

"He looks great, he's in exactly the place he should be on a Wednesday prep day", Carroll said in his weekly press conference. Atlanta is favored in this game and they should be. During last year's playoff matchup between the Seahawks and Carolina Panthers, the Panthers team DJ played a ton of Future during warm ups, including songs off the just-release Purple Reign mixtape.


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