Seahawks vs. Falcons: 5 Keys to a Seattle Upset

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Seahawks vs. Falcons: 5 Keys to a Seattle Upset
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Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks have a great upset opportunity in the 2013 NFL playoffs.

Playing on the road against Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons, Seattle looks for a berth in the NFC Championship while preventing the Dirty Birds from their first postseason win since 2004.

During the Ryan and Mike Smith era, which began in 2008, Atlanta is 0-3 in the playoffs despite consistently impressive regular season success. The Seahawks are in the postseason for a second time under Pete Carroll and 2012 is the team's first winning campaign since 2007—winning the NFC West at 7-9 in 2010.

Fielding one of pro football's best defenses and rushing offenses, Seattle matches up quite well with the NFC's No. 1 seed. And the preview ahead leaves Atlanta vulnerable to a meltdown this weekend.

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