The Seahawks took care of business this week by beating the Redskins on an ugly, uneven FedEx Field. It wasn't pretty, and though I certainly wouldn't call it a Pyrrhic victory, the Hawks likely do lose the services of their top pass rusher in Chris Clemons with what looks like a torn ACL, and may have to look to the free agency wires for a kicker after Steven Hauschka injured his ankle and could barely hobble onto the field to kick in the 2nd half.
As ESPN's Pat Yasinskas points out, the Falcons aren't facing the same injury situation as Seattle. He notes, "The bye week gave defensive end John Abraham time to rest an ankle injury and cornerback Dunta Robinson time to get over a concussion. Strong safety William Moore, who missed the final four games of the regular season with a hamstring injury, returned to practice Saturday and should be at full strength for Sunday."
On offense, the Falcons boast a fearsome duo at wide receiver with Roddy White and Julio Jones, have a top-tier quarterback to throw them the football in Matt Ryan, several very solid running backs in Michael Turner and Jacquizz Rodgers, and the still-effective Tony Gonzalez at tight end. No rest for the weary in Seattle's defense, and after dispatching an injury-affected Redskins' offense, will now must turn their focus to shutting down Atlanta's top weapons.
As for the rest of the field, on Saturday, the Baltimore Ravens will travel to Denver to take on Peyton Manning and the Broncos, and Green Bay will head to San Francisco to take on the Niners. Following the Seahawks' early game matchup with the Falcons, the Texans will travel to Boston to take on the Patriots.
Here is the divisional round schedule (all times Pacific):
Baltimore Ravens @ Denver Broncos - 1:30 p.m.