The Divisional Round of the National Football League playoffs features three rematches of games this past season and just one game where the two teams haven’t played yet. That is the game that is going to produce the most fireworks though as I think we are looking at an upset with the Seattle Seahawks on the road to face the Atlanta Falcons. I really think Seattle is just too good and their defense too strong for an Atlanta team that has had major playoff struggles.
The Seahawks did struggle in the first quarter of their Wild Card win over the Washington Redskins but after Robert Griffin III got hurt again, Washington was done. Seattle though has the ability to stop quarterbacks that aren’t that mobile and Matt Ryan is not a runner by nature. The Seahawks should be able to contain the Atlanta running game and with their tall defensive backs will be able to control the Falcons passing game. I’m sure fans in Atlanta don’t like hearing that but the Falcons have to win a playoff game before they prove anything to me.
Marshawn Lynch has been a beast all year and showed it again this past weekend and will be hard to stop. It just shapes up to be a game where the lower seed comes in and pulls off an upset. It may also lead to a rematch in the NFC Championship Game with the Green Bay Packers. That would be a treat to see just to get the storylines around it and I really hope it does happen.
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