After going on the road and knocking off the Redskins last week, the Seahawks will attempt to win back-to-back road playoff games when they face the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. The winner will advance to the NFC Championship game.
Seattle will enter the game having won eight of their last nine games. While the Seahawks were able to overcome a slow start to beat the Redskins, they will have to face the Falcons without defensive end Chris Clemons. Clemons, who leads the Seahawks in sacks, will miss the rest of the season after suffering a knee injury against Washington.
Despite the loss of Clemons, the Seahawks defense will still pose a challenge for Atlanta. The Falcons ranked sixth in the NFL in passing yards per game and will go up against a Seahawks pass defense which also ranked sixth in the NFL. Atlanta struggled to run the ball this season, averaging 87.3 rushing yards per game, good for 29th in the league.
Offensively, Seattle is likely to rely on their rushing attack, as they have all season. The Seahawks are third in the NFL in rushing yards per game, and will face a Falcon defense that finished 21st in rushing yards allowed. Seattle opened as a 3-point underdog, but that line has shifted to as little as one point since.
A win would send Seattle to the conference championship for just the third time in team history.
Game Date/Time: Sunday, Jan. 13, 1 p.m. ET
Location: Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Ga.
TV Schedule: FOX