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NFC West

NEW ORLEANS, LA - DECEMBER 26: Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons throws a pass against the New Orleans Saints at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on December 26, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Saints defeated the Falcons 45-16. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

The Seahawks’ Keys To Victory Against The Atlanta Falcons

Seattle needs to pressure Matt Ryan, stop his star receiving duo of Julio Jones and Roddy White, run the ball like they have all season and score touchdowns in the red zone.

01/12/2013

LANDOVER, MD - JANUARY 06: Chris Clemons #91 of the Seattle Seahawks receives attention after being injured on a play against the Washington Redskins during the NFC Wild Card Playoff Game at FedExField on January 6, 2013 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Without Chris Clemons, Gus Bradley Has To Come Up With Ways To Pressure Matt Ryan

Seattle’s defensive coordinator seemingly hates to blitz on the road — the Hawks rarely do it. But if they are going to get some pressure on Ryan, he is going to have to pull the trigger.

01/11/2013

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 30: Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons points out the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense at Georgia Dome on December 30, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Pressure Is On The High-Flying Falcons As They Host The Seahawks

Matt Ryan is still looking for his first playoff win, and he will have to continue his great play if he is going to get it against a streaking Seattle team.

1090 The Fan–01/10/2013

SEATTLE, WA - OCTOBER 14: Kicker Steven Hauschka #4 of the Seattle Seahawks kicks a field goal against the New England Patriots at CenturyLink Field on October 14, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Seahawks Make Short-Term Fixes For Long-Term Needs

Ryan Longwell reportedly will take over kicking duties for the injured Steven Hauschka, and the Hawks have replaced Chris Clemons for now. But they need to address kicker and the pass rush more permanently after the season.

01/09/2013

LANDOVER, MD - JANUARY 06: Chris Clemons #91 of the Seattle Seahawks receives attention after being injured on a play against the Washington Redskins during the NFC Wild Card Playoff Game at FedExField on January 6, 2013 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Chris Clemons’ ACL Injury Makes Bruce Irvin The Main Rush Man Now

The loss of Clemons against Washington means Irvin, the team’s surprise first-round pick, must step up against Atlanta.

1090 The Fan–01/08/2013

Bruce Irvin (Getty Images)

Seahawks Rally For First Road Playoff Win In 30 Years

The Seattle Seahawks overcame a 14-0 deficit and a poor performance in the red zone to knock off the Washington Redskins and move on to play the Atlanta Falcons next Sunday.

01/07/2013

KANSAS CITY, MO - AUGUST 24: Head coach Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks stands with players during the National Anthem prior to the NFL preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on August 24, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

This Is Just The Beginning For Pete Carroll’s Seahawks

No matter what they do in these playoffs, the Seahawks are built for long-term success and will be a factor for years to come.

01/06/2013

ST. LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 30: Head Coach Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks watches from the sideline during the game against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on September 30, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Rams beat the Seahawks 19-13. (Photo by David Welker/Getty Images)

Seahawks’ Success Spawns Logical Pursuit Of Assistant Coaches

Coach Pete Carroll predicted his top aides might be sought by teams looking for coaches, so he surely was not surprised when the Philadelphia Eagles came calling about defensive coordinator Gus Bradley. And he would not be surprised if offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and assistant head coach Tom Cable get calls either.

01/05/2013

SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 27: Running back Roy Helu #29 of the Washington Redskins rushes against K.J. Wright #50 of the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on November 27, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Seahawks Have Seen Redskins Before, And Beaten Them

Washington is a lot like the San Francisco team that was blown out by Seattle two weeks ago, but the Hawks will have to stop the running game and beat Jim Haslett’s exotic blitzes.

01/04/2013

SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 30: The Seattle Seagals perform prior to the game against the St. Louis Rams at CenturyLink Field on December 30, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Seahawks Are As Healthy As It Gets For Playoffs

The biggest injury to watch in Seattle’s game against Washington is Robert Griffin III’s sprained knee.

1090 The Fan–01/03/2013

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