Seattle Seahawks CB Richard Sherman likely to shadow Atlanta WR Julio Jones

Houston Texans defensive end Jadeveon Clowney rushes against Jacksonville Jaguars center Brandon Linder during an NFL football game in Houston. Houston’s best hope in this weekend's playoff game

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.

"You still have got to go do the right things". Some refs just let you play, too. "It's one of those games you store away, but it doesn't have anything to do with what's going on now". This is going to be a fun game, but we are taking the more experienced team here. "He's a worker. He works the whole game". "You take those lessons and now you apply them and you are better for it".

Wild Card weekend brought some much needed rest to the Atlanta Falcons. While Seattle is stout defensively, this is a home game for the Falcons. Falcons coach Dan Quinn promised that the organization would not be "going down that road".

This is a rematch of a Week 6 game which the Seahawks won in Seattle, 26-24. If the Seahawks shadow Julio Jones with Richard Sherman again, that's fine: The Falcons have other weapons, and with no Thomas, Ryan will be able to find them. In the first meeting, Thomas had one of just seven interceptions Ryan threw all season. The Dome will officially close next month to be replaced as the Falcon's home field by the new, state-of-the-art Mercedes-Benz Stadium beginning next season. They're just competitors. They're kind of like us. We've just got to be technically sound and do our job. "We're not quite sure about that yet". Instead, QB? Matt Ryan's pass fell incomplete, allowing the Seahawks to seal the win. He's got a terrific opportunity against a Seahawks team that has struggled all year to find its identity.

The Superbook is tagging Jones with an O/U on receiving yards of 95.5 for Saturday, Baldwin at 72.5.

He has great help in the backfield where he can hand the ball off to not one, but two above average running backs. Collectively, the Falcons' offence was second in total yards and led the National Football League with 540 points, 71 more than second-place New Orleans.

"Last year, when he came in, we started off really good but we didn't play well in the division", Allen said. You can " t fool him.

Titles or not, Saban knows people remember last game
It's in the tone of linebacker Ben Boulware's seething over "four or five uncontested plays" that determined last year's outcome. That said, Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts has had issues with fumbling all season, putting the ball on the ground 11 times .

Jones was asked if he thought he was interfered with on the play. That works out in our favor and should produce one of the better matchups we've seen this winter. If we do that again, it will be easy for them.

In the last four years the favored team has only lost SU twice in the divisional round, going 14-2 SU.

The Seahawks' best chance to contain Ryan, in fact, might be their own offence. Atlanta also boast a 1000+ yard rusher. All will be back on Saturday.

The symmetry is hard to miss.

"Fortunately for the Seahawks, (Russell) Wilson improved when pressured in the latter half of the season".

A 30-28 loss to the Falcons in the divisional round of the NFC playoffs stung and lingered. I understand that argument, but personally, I don't even want to see the Falcons get the NFC Championship game. Seattle's offensive line has been an issue all season, and though Atlanta's defense gave up plenty of points and yards, it does feature the league leader in sacks (15.5) in Vic Beasley Jr. All eight Falcons home games were over the over-under total so expect another high-scoring shootout in what could be the final game at the Georgia Dome.

He is the only Seahawks player with a designation on the report, which is mandatory each Friday before games, as everyone else on the 53-man roster is considered ready to play.

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