The Divisional Round concludes today as the Ravens and 49ers will get opponents for next weekend.
One of the big themes of this weekend is the legacy game. Nowhere is that more clear than in Atlanta. This is a legacy game for the entire franchise from the owner to the general manager to the head coach to the quarterback. The Falcons have been consistently good over the last five years. They have assembled one of the best rosters in the league. Mike Smith has been one of the best coaches. Matt Ryan has been one of the best quarterbacks. This group is 0-3 in the Playoffs. A loss today would be a second one and done as the NFC's top seed in three years. The group would likely be remembered as chokers. Everything is also in front of this crew to be remembered as great.
Fortunately for Atlanta, I really like how this sets up for them. Everybody seems to be on the Seattle bandwagon. Whenever everybody is with the road underdog, that is usually trouble. As much love as the Seahawks are getting, their play of late has not been that good. They struggled to get by the Rams two weeks ago at home and were about to be run out of the building last week in Washington had Robert Griffin III's injury not gotten worse. You also have a second straight week of traveling cross country and an early start for a West Coast team. If everything was equal, I might like Seattle, but I think this is a case where seeding makes the difference. I'm taking Atlanta.