What the Falcons said after pounding the Seahawks in playoffs

That is, if Matt Ryan is on and Julio Jones is healthy. But he's too pragmatic to let it dominate his thoughts.

The game could also mark an end of an era in Atlanta.

The Seahawks allowed 28 first downs to Atlanta and had just 17 of their own. Less than an hour later, he had no idea where the ball from his second postseason win had went, and he didn't care. "He's a jack of all trades", Ryan said. Hester said he expects this was his last game before retirement. That's got to be as loud as it's ever been.

The Falcons are 1-5 straight-up and 0-6 against the spread in their last six games in the playoffs, while the Seahawks are 0-8 SU in their last eight playoff games as the underdog. Completing 26 passes on 37 attempts, Ryan had 338 passing yards and 3 passing touchdowns. Seattle is still a scary team, led by quarterback Russell Wilson, but the defense has showed vulnerabilities we haven't seen in past years. Falcons averaged almost 34 points per game but possible MVP Matt Ryan (4,944 yards, 38 TDs) now faces one of the NFL's all-time greatest secondaries, though does so with a healthy Julio Jones in the arsenal.

It was the most points and yards allowed by the Seahawks in their past five playoff appearances. Atlanta has not lost a game since December 4, and skated into the playoffs with a first-round bye.

Jones had a typical day at the office, drawing a great deal of attention from the Seahawks' defense and being productive, collecting 67 receiving yards and a touchdown. They went on to win five games in a row and finished the season as the AFC West champions and the NFL's No. 2 seed. Seattle did not rush the ball with much success in the first meeting with Atlanta.

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Dan Quinn , the head coach for the Falcons , has confirmed that there will be no shady performances during this weekend's game. The Falcons , with Ryan having his best season, led the National Football League with an average of 33.8 points per game.

How vital? Rather than knocking on the door of a two-score lead, Seattle was backed up to its own 7-yard line. Final score prediction: Atlanta Falcons-31 Seattle Seahawks-24.

"One thing I told the defense is that every game that we argue, every game where on the field it was a bunch of arguing, trying to fight the other team, we lost", Chancellor said, via Stephen Cohen of seattlepi.com. That didn't seem terribly relevant after his dissection of the Seahawks.

Nobody in the Seattle Seahawks locker room was willing to say that a crucial and freakish sequence early in the second quarter cost them a victory at Atlanta. He is now 0-2 as a starter in playoff games attended by the rapper Future, who is the father of Wilson's stepson. Though Arrowhead Stadium is a tough place to win for visiting teams, you wouldn't know that by Chiefs' 1-9 playoff record since 1993. He gets it: Falling 20 points behind, on the road, seriously increases the probability of a quiet return flight to Seattle. Atlanta does have Vic Beasley, who led the league in sacks with 15.5, but he's a speed edge rusher as opposed to the game-wrecking interior linemen that have given Seattle so much trouble this season.

Between Michael, tailback C.J. Spiller and receiver/returner Tyler Lockett, 43 percent of the Seahawks' 333 total yards in Week 6 were produced by players no longer on the Seahawks active roster, and the Falcons still outgained them 362-333 in that game.

"We're a different offense, though", Rodgers said earlier in the week about his team's offensive options. It just depends on the takeaways and who can get first downs, but I want the Falcons to win. "It was no big deal". If Neal, the hard hitter that he is, can create a few turnovers it gives the best offense in football a huge opportunity to put the game away. Ryan shook off some of his postseason ghosts Saturday, but not all.

Four seasons ago, the Seahawks just missed a trip to the NFC title game due to a loss in Atlanta.


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