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Falcons to Host Seahawks for NFC Divisional Round

Posted Jan 7, 2017

The Falcons will host the Seattle Seahawks next Saturday at the Georgia Dome at 4:35 p.m. ET

The Falcons will host the Seattle Seahawks on Jan. 14 at the Georgia Dome.

Atlanta earned a first-round bye when they locked up the No. 2 overall seed in the NFC, while Seattle defeated the Detroit Lions 26-6 in the Wild Card Round.

Next Saturday’s contest will be the second meeting between the Seahawks and Falcons this year. Seattle won the first contest 26-24 at CenturyLink Field, a game that came down to the wire.

The Falcons had success in the air the last time they faced the Seahawks, with Matt Ryan throwing for 335 yards and three touchdowns. Julio Jones had one of his best regular-season games in Seattle when he caught seven passes for 139 yards.

Here’s a snapshot of Seattle:

On offense: Their offense has had an up and down season. But while some of Russell Wilson's numbers haven't been up to par with previous seasons, he is still dangerous, as he showed Saturday night versus Detroit. Seattle's biggest issue heading into the Wild Card Round was their running game, where they had struggled to replace Marshawn Lynch's production. The Seahawks were 25th in the league in rushing this season, averaging less than 100 yards per game. Even more troubling, they averaged just 3.9 yards per carry.

Against the Lions, the Seahawks rushed for 179 yards, with RB Thomas Rawls leading the way with 161 yards and one touchdown.

WR Doug Baldwin was Seattle’s leading receiver with 11 receptions for 104 yards and one touchdown.

On defense: They've been really good, as usual. They finished as the No. 3 scoring defense in the league, giving up just 18.2 points per game. Richard Sherman and the Legion of Boom may get the most mentions, but Bobby Wagner has been all over the field for this unit. Wagner led the NFL in tackles this season, with 167. He finished with 18 more than the runner up. He's part of a front seven that have been very difficult to run on this season. The Seahawks gave up just 3.4 yards per carry on defense, the best in the NFL.

Seattle held the Lions to 49 yards on the ground, with the Seahawks not surrendering a touchdown.

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