Young Defense Is Key to Atlanta Falcons Avoiding One-and-Done in the Playoffs

January 9, 2017   ·     ·   Jump to comments

A prolific passing game under MVP candidate Matt Ryan propelled the Atlanta Falcons to the No. 2 seed in the NFC.
Those achievements are nice and all, but they won't mean much if this year's Falcons team is closer to the 2010 version that got rolled by the Green Bay Packers and less like the 2012 edition that beat the Seattle Seahawks on their way to the NFC Championship Game.
While the offense has been the story of the season for the Falcons, their talented but inexperienced defense will determine whether they move on.
It's those same Seahawks the Falcons will face Saturday in the divisional round in what could be the last game ever at the Georgia Dome after Seattle blasted the Detroit Lions 26-6 on Saturday night.
The teams met back in Week 6 in the Emerald City, with the Seahawks prevailing 26-24 in a wild affair that saw the Falcons come storming back from a 17-3 halftime deficit with three third-quarter touchdowns before coughing up the lead...

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