The Atlanta Falcons try to overcome history as well as the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. There will be plenty of big names and big plays in this payoff tilt. It is easy to focus on the marquee match-ups. The Falcons' trio of receivers pitted against the Seahawks secondary. Marshawn Lynch barreling down on the Falcons' questionable run defense. Headhunters and headline-makers abound on both teams.
These will all be important, but the small things are what will decide this game.
There will be things that are beyond the control of either team. Factors from on and off the field will play a hand in deciding the victor. The right mindset and proper technique will play a more important role than big arms and big hits.
For every play that makes the highlight reel, there are a dozen smaller ones that pave the way.
With that in mind, here are the 10 keys to Atlanta defeating Seattle.