NFL Divisional Round Proposition Picks: Seahawks vs. Falcons

Wide receiver Julio Jones #11 of the Atlanta Falcons can't make the catch on fourth down as cornerback Richard Sherman #25 of the Seattle Seahawks defends at CenturyLink Field on October 16, 2016 in Seattle, Washington. That was also the game in which Michael Bennett hurt his knee midway through the third quarter.

Ryan has had a spectacular year, finishing the regular season with 4,944 passing yards and 38 touchdowns with only seven interceptions.

Falcons coach Dan Quinn is determined to make sure he's not the story in Saturday's NFC divisional-round playoff game against Seattle, his former team. CBS will get the night game in Foxborough between the Texans and Patriots. I don't think he will, but I'm not going to pretend like it can't happen.

The Atlanta Falcons come into Saturday's Divisional Round playoff game as a 4.5-point favorite over the Seattle Seahawks.

"Maybe there's something there, but I know that what we're going for is more important than any extra emotional motivation", Chester said. If the Falcons' improving front-seven can slow down Thomas Rawls in the Seattle backfield, then Atlanta has a chance to win this game going away to reach the NFC Championship next weekend. "This is now. We've just got to strap on and go out and play ball". I'm here to play football. If Seattle can't keep their run game going as well as protect Wilson, the Hawks could be in for a long day in the dome.

New York Giants: Keys to victory vs Packers
But if the Lions pull the upset, the Packers or Giants will be headed down to Georgia to take on the Atlanta Falcons. McCarthy said he's "hopeful" veteran wide receiver Randall Cobb can play Sunday against the Giants .

"It's no pressure for us", said Jones, who finished second in the league in receiving yards this season with 1,409. The Seahawks' offensive line is coming off its best performance, springing Rawls in the wild-card round. "We have a real good understanding of who we are and how we want to play".

Stats That: Quarterback Russell Wilson has won 64 games (including the postseason) in his career, which is the most ever by a passer through five seasons. "You can see just the benefit of the years together and the benefit of being in the same scheme for two years". Never mind that Ryan has never really been able to lean on a great defense. Despite going 13-3 as the starter, Prescott had a ton of support from his stellar offensive line and running back. "What I can tell you is Matt's a far different quarterback today than he was a few years ago".

One would expect this kind of answer from a two-time Pro Bowler that has emerged as one of the most disruptive defensive forces in the NFL. The Falcons led the National Football League in scoring while winning the NFC South, but a loss in their playoff opener would lead some critics to conclude they were just another regular-season fad that was not built for the postseason. And when you do that, call it the same way for both teams. Well, it was a Mike Smith-led team then, but you get the idea. Atlanta held four of last six opponents under 20 points.

Quinn, in his second season as Falcons coach, was the defensive coordinator during Seattle's two trips to the Super Bowl. The secondary will be tested greatly against the Falcons' No. 3-ranked pass offense. A loss against the Seahawks will confirm that the Falcons are a team that's only risky in the regular season for many. Sherman pointed the finger at Jones for some pre-snap shenanigans.

  • Douglas Reid