Gonna chime in with a few thoughts of my own. Seahwkgal knew this was coming.
RussB wrote: I dont see why everyone fears them so much. Matt Ryan's history shows he isnt good in the playoffs and they are very inexperienced and one dimensional in my opinion. Even without earl this D will still probably contain them and can hold them to alot less points. This is a very close game in my personal opinion and it all just depends on whether the offense and wilson show up.
Matt Ryan's history in the playoffs is decent... and far from Peyton Manningish choke status.
2008 rookie season - lost to Cardinals 30-24 who advanced to Super Bowl - 26 of 40, 199 yds, 2 TD, 2 INT
2010 - lost as #1 seed to GB 48-21 who won Super Bowl - 20 of 29, 186 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT Blame the D... Green Bay was 7 for 7 with no punts.
2011 - lost to NYG 24-2 who won Super Bowl - 24 of 41, 199 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT. The Giants defense also beat Tom Brady.
2012 - lost as #1 seed to SF 28-24 in a game the D was staked to a 17-0 lead
- 30 of 42, 396 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT. 115 RTGSo tell me again... why all the hate on Ryan? He most certainly shouldn't carry the blame for these losses.
Hawk-Lock wrote:I don't fear them. But at the same time, I don't think anyone fears us.
That would be correct. I'd rather play Seattle than anyone in the NFC other than Detroit. It makes our road easier and Dallas' road harder. Let Dallas play the NYG/GB winner. Not trying to be a douche, just my opinion.
iigakusei wrote:Could they beat Atlanta? Absolutely, But they will have to play much better than they have the past month.
Yep. Nobody is unbeatable... but based on how Seattle has played the last month, I like our chances. Atlanta is a 1 pt pick 2 loss vs KC away from being on the same 6 game winning streak as GB.
When it comes to the Falcons, I think the operative word is respect. That offense is LEGIT. Keep in mind, we barely beat them last time in OUR HOUSE with EARL THOMAS.
IMO, they will score 30+ on us right now. The only way to beat them is our offense is going to have to have a flawless game:
They are far from unbeatable, but don't underestimate how good a team they have become.
For those discounting their defense, I have a name for you: Vic Beasley. That defense has improved a lot, and Quinn knows our predictable offense cold. He will be ready to expose Terrell.
Loud dome, excited team, excited fan base...this is their best shot to win it all. They will be rested and fired up.
Well said... and Beasley is a beast. Led the NFL in sacks. Playing for the Falcons? Never thought I'd hear that. He's our #1 pick from 2015... and Neal our #1 this year is a mini Kam. Quinn needs a few more pieces but the D is starting to come together and has played much better since the bye.
This Falcons team played the NFL's toughest schedule and went 11-5 with 5 losses by a combined 22 points. This is the best Falcons team of the Matt Ryan era and is our best shot.
2012 is a distant memory. All that we have left from that team is Ryan, Julio, Babs the DT, our K, P, and long snapper. Definitely not the same team.
I'm excited. More than I have ever been.