NFC Divisionals – Seahawks vs Falcons

Russell Wilson could become one of the few rookies to ever win a second round playoffs game, but to do so, the Seahawks need to beat the Falcons, this Sunday at 1 PM ET at Georgia Dome.

In recent years, Mark Sanchez and Joe Flacco managed to do so, but you can argue Wilson is better, and this Seahawks are better than those Jets and Ravens.

“We haven’t been as solid as we are now,” coach Pete Carroll said. “We’re much more solid in our thinking and mentality and just the resolve about everything we’re doing.”

Atlanta and Matt Ryan are 0-3 in the postseason since the quarterback and coach Mike Smith arrived.

“We’re a much more mature team because of our experiences,” Smith said. “I think you learn from your previous experiences in the playoffs. This is a team that has been very focused from the very beginning of the season and we’ve got a lot of guys who have experienced the playoff atmosphere. They’re going to be able to help some of the younger guys who haven’t.”

“He knows we have to win a playoff game,” White added. “Everybody knows that, and not to put any pressure on him, but I just think that at this point in the season, everybody knows they have to play their best football right now.”

All three teams that eliminated Atlanta and Matt Ryan managed to get into the Super Bowl, so that could be good news for Wilson and the Hawks.

Geoff Johnson

MTS co-founder Geoff Johnson is a lifelong Mets fan, something he can't do anything about. He has a great track record when it comes to wagering on baseball – largely because he's more than willing to bet against the Mets. His career profits are impressive, but not quite as good as his handsome friend Frank Lorenzo. He wishes he hadn't let Frank write his profile.