For the second consecutive season, the Atlanta Falcons have home-field advantage in the NFL Playoffs. The Falcons a hot New York Giants team last year, this time they host a red-hot Seattle Seahawks team.
The Seahawks enter the game having won six consecutive contests, including their wildcard matchup against the Washington Redskins. The Seahawks, behind rookie quarterback Russell Wilson and arguably the best defensive secondary in the NFL; are one of the favorites to win the Super Bowl. They employ a power-running game and physical defense.
Wilson is also getting some recognition as a quarterback who has the potential to become one of the elite players at his position.
As a third-round pick in this year’s draft, Wilson did not come with the same fanfare or acclaim as two of his fellow members of the draft class. Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck and Redskins signal caller, Robert Griffin III went No. 1 and 2 respectively. All three quarterbacks made the playoffs but only Wilson survived the first round. Now he (Wilson) has a shot at reaching the NFC Championship Game to face the San Francisco 49ers.
Standing in the way is a Falcons team with Matt Ryan leading the charge.
Ryan has all of the tools and statistics that it takes to join the elite quarterback group that houses only Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and the Manning brothers---Peyton and Eli. What Ryan does not have is a Super Bowl appearance on his resume.
If he reaches the Super Bowl, Ryan will be able to breathe a sigh of relief. If Ryan does not reach the Super Bowl, it will be yet another strike against him. Simply put, Ryan is playing for a spot in the upper-echelon of quarterbacks, a place that could perhaps end with his name in Canton, Ohio for the Hall of Fame.
Despite the pressure, Ryan should have one of his best games. Ryan will not be the downfall of the Falcons against the Seahawks, their iffy defense that will do them in.
Prediction: Seahawks win 30-21.
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