This matchup has two facets that are highlighted by what each team does best.
When running the ball, the Seattle Seahawks should be able to control the point of attack on their way to a fairly successful day on the ground. The Atlanta Falcons ranked 21st in the NFL against the run, allowing 123.2 yards per game.
When passing the ball and protecting quarterback Matt Ryan, the Falcons did a fantastic job, only allowing 28 sacks on the season—especially considering Ryan threw the ball 615 times.
The difference in the trenches will be how each team handles the area that they tend to shy away from.
For Seattle, it is how they protect Russell Wilson in passing situations. For Atlanta, it will all come down to how they run the football.
The Seahawks run defense allowed the No. 1 rushing team in the league, the Washington Redskins, to run for only 104 yards on Sunday, and they should be able to completely shut down Michael Turner and Co.
While Wilson was sacked a surprisingly high 33 times on 393 passing attempts, the rookie was very efficient with his chances this season.
Considering how proficient Wilson was in comparison to the Falcons' lack of a rushing attack, the Seahawks get the nod here.