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NFL Playoffs Capsule-Seahawks at Falcons

NFL Playoffs Capsule-Seahawks at Falcons

SEATTLE (12-5) at ATLANTA (13-3)

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox

OPENING LINE - Falcons by 3

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Seattle 12-5; Atlanta 9-6-1

SERIES RECORD - Seahawks lead 8-5

AP PRO32 RANKING - Seahawks No. 5; Falcons No. 4

LAST MEETING - Falcons beat Seahawks 30-28, Oct. 2, 2011

LAST WEEK - Seahawks beat Redskins 24-14; Falcons had bye.

SEAHAWKS OFFENSE - OVERALL (17), RUSH (3), PASS (27)

SEAHAWKS DEFENSE - OVERALL (4), RUSH (10), PASS (6)

FALCONS OFFENSE - OVERALL (8), RUSH (29), PASS (6)

FALCONS DEFENSE - OVERALL (24), RUSH (21), PASS (23)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Teams meeting in playoffs for first time. Falcons have won last three games in regular-season series, including wins in Seattle in 2010 and 2011. ... WR Julio Jones had 11 catches for 127 yards and Michael Turner ran for two touchdowns in win over Seattle last season. ... Seattle coach Pete Carroll is 0-3 against Atlanta. Falcons coach Mike Smith is 2-0 against Seahawks. ... Seahawks have outscored opponents 217-74 in six-game winning streak. ... Seattle overcame 14-point deficit, largest of season, in last week's win at Washington for first road playoff victory since 1983. ... Including last week's win, Seahawks have scored more than 20 points in 10 consecutive games. ... QB Russell Wilson's 27 TD passes, including playoffs, are most by rookie in NFL history. He also has rushed for four TDs, all in last four games. ... Wilson had 100.0 passer rating in regular season, only second rookie to reach that mark. Wilson has seven TD passes and one interception in last four games. ... RB Marshawn Lynch tied franchise record with 132 yards rushing against Redskins. Lynch set career high and ranked third in NFL with 1,590 yards rushing. Lynch has rushed for 100 yards in nine of last 11 games. ...Since November 2011, Lynch leads NFL with 2,663 yards rushing, including playoffs. Lynch was chosen for third Pro Bowl. ... RB Michael Robinson had first career postseason TD last week. ... WRs Sidney Rice and Golden Tate share team lead with seven TD catches. Rice had 52-yard TD catch against Falcons last year. ... Seahawks led NFL with fewest points (245) and TDs (25) allowed in regular season. Seattle allowed 203 net yards - 99 passing and 104 rushing - last week against Redskins. ... CB Richard Sherman tied for second in NFL with eight INTs. ... DE Bruce Irvin led NFL rookies with eight sacks. Irvin to start following injury to DE Chris Clemons. ... Another rookie, LB Bobby Wagner, leads Seattle with 139 tackles. ... S Earl Thomas had first postseason INT against Redskins. ... Falcons 0-4 in playoffs since win over Rams in 2004 divisional round. ... Falcons have reached playoffs in four of five seasons, including three straight for first time in franchise history. Falcons are 0-3 in playoffs with Smith and QB Matt Ryan. ... Ryan's 56 regular-season wins as starter are most by any quarterback in first five seasons. ... Ryan set franchise records with 4,719 yards passing, 32 TD passes, 422 completions, 615 attempts and 68.6 completion percentage. Ryan has career-high 99.1 passer rating. ... Including playoffs, Ryan is 33-6 at Georgia Dome. .... Ryan made every start this season for fourth time in five seasons. His only two missed starts came in 2009. ... Falcons 32-1 when Ryan has QB rating of at least 100. ... Ryan has 71.2 rating with three TD passes, four INTs, in three playoff games. Ryan was under 200 yards passing in each of three playoff losses, twice finishing with 199 yards. ... Falcons' 369.1 net yards per game are second best team history. ... RB Michael Turner led team with 10 TDs rushing, fifth straight season with 10 or more TDs. ... Turner's 800 yards rushing set low mark for his five seasons with Falcons, and his 3.6 yards per carry was career low. ... Turner's 62 TDs rushing since joining Falcons in 2008 are second most in NFL. ... Jones (1,198) and WR Roddy White (1,351) are first Falcons teammates to reach 1,000 yards receiving in same season since 1998. White has reached mark team-record six straight years. White's 585 catches since 2007, including playoffs, lead NFC. ... Jones has 133 catches for 2,157 yards and 18 TDs in first two seasons. ... TE Tony Gonzalez selected to 13th Pro Bowl. Gonzalez joined by teammates Ryan and WR Julio Jones on Pro Bowl roster. ... Gonzalez has fifth season with 90-plus catches, most by TE in NFL history. He has NFL-record 14 consecutive seasons with at least 60 catches. Streak began after he had 59 catches with Kansas City in second NFL season in 1998. ... DE John Abraham leads NFL active players with 126 sacks, including team-high 10 this season. LBs Stephen Nicholas and Sean Weatherspoon share Falcons lead with 95 tackles. ... CB Asante Samuel has INT in three straight games. Samuel holds NFL postseason record with four career interception returns for TDs. Samuel's seven career INTs in playoffs tied for sixth in NFL history and rank second among active players. ... S Thomas DeCoud led Atlanta with six INTs, second most among NFL safeties. DeCoud and William Moore (four) were only duo of safeties to each have at least four INTs.

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Did you know Bill Belichick has deep ties to Navy football?

Did you know Bill Belichick has deep ties to Navy football?

Sports Uncovered is a six-part weekly podcast series that explores the stories that took the national sports world by storm. The newest episode, The Bill Belichick You Don't Know, explores the lesser-known side of the New England Patriots head coach.

On the outside, New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick seems pretty easy to read. A man of few words -- at least to the media -- Belichick has made it clear that he has two things he cares about above all else: football and winning.

However, there is another side to the six-time Super Bowl-winning head coach that most may not be aware of. On the latest Sports Uncovered podcast by NBC Sports, 'The Bill Belichick You Don’t Know’ takes a look at some lesser-known stories, facts and passions that Belichick has.

Among them all, one thing many may not know about the Patriots head coach is that he has deep ties -- and a strong love -- for Navy football. Yes, despite his longtime rivalry with the Baltimore Ravens, Belichick does indeed have a soft spot for some football in the state of Maryland.

Belichick's connection to the Naval Academy football team stems from his father's history of coaching at the program. Steve Belichick, who passed away in 2005, spent 30 years as an assistant coach while also teaching classes at Navy.

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During that time, Bill Belichick became embedded in his father's world of football. Spending time so close to the team, he carried a close personal connection to the team and school. Being the football genius that he is, the head coach can still recall specific moments, players and uniforms from games that took place over 40 years ago.

Though Belichick now resides in New England, his relationship with Navy Football is as strong as ever. As NBC Sports' Peter King showed in 2019, Belichick and his father's legacy will remain in Annapolis forever as the school has a special archive named the "Belichick Collection."

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There, football books dating back 100 years can be found, and read. For a family dedicated to football, it's the perfect touch.

For as long as he is the head coach of the Patriots -- and even after -- Belichick may not be the most popular person in the state of Maryland. However, his lesser-known side shows that he does have at least one positive connection to football in the state. 

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The most memorable moments between Bill Belichick and the Ravens organization

The most memorable moments between Bill Belichick and the Ravens organization

Sports Uncovered is a six-part weekly podcast series that explores the stories that took the national sports world by storm. The newest episode, The Bill Belichick You Don't Know, explores the lesser-known side of the New England Patriots head coach.

Bill Belichick and the Ravens have been attached at the hip for longer, and more deeply, than people might assume. 

Perhaps the NFL’s best coach of all time, Belichick has had a great impact on Baltimore football, even when he’s not been actively on the team’s staff. 

He was an assistant coach for the Baltimore Colts and coach Ted Marchibroda in 1975, his first ever coaching job in the NFL. After a few stints as an assistant coach, he moved on to the Giants where he led one of the most successful defensive teams in NFL history to two Super Bowls. 

There’s no shortage of memorable moments between the famed coach and the Ravens, and here are a few that stand out: 

The 1996 NFL Draft

Belichick was the head coach for the Cleveland Browns from 1991-1995 before the Browns’ move to Baltimore. Even with Art Modell’s assurances that he’d be the head coach in Baltimore too, where Belichick started his career, he was fired in early 1996. 

But while the Ravens’ first draft in the NFL was one of the best drafts of any team in NFL history, it couldn’t have happened without Belichick. 

He made a trade in the 1995 season, still as the coach of the Browns, with the 49ers that gave the Ravens two first round picks in 1996. The Ravens’ first pick ever, their own pick, went to the selection of Jonathan Ogden at fourth overall. 

Later in the first round, with the pick Belichick had traded for, the Ravens selected linebacker Ray Lewis. 

 

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Ed Reed

Belichick perhaps had no greater admiration for a Ravens player than Ed Reed. That manifested itself on one play against the Colts. 

Reed had studied Peyton Manning’s tendencies and found out that a pump fake indicated where Manning wanted to throw the football. He intercepted a would-be touchdown in that week’s game. 

Reed’s play still sticks out in his mind.

“Best play I’ve ever seen a free safety make,” Belichick said.

Tom Brady was understandably worried about Reed in his career, and both he and Belichick have marveled at Reed’s ability for years. 

Brady once had “Find 20 on Every Play” written on his quarterback armband.

2007 Ravens/Patriots

The Ravens nearly ended the perfection of Belichick’s best team of all time. 

On Monday Night Football late in the 2007 season, Belichick took his unbeaten Patriots to M&T Bank Stadium to face the Ravens. There, one of the wildest finishes in the storied rivalry took place. 

The Ravens thought they had the Patriots stopped on 4th down on three separate occasions as the Patriots drove for the game-winning touchdown, but each time had to replay the down. 

Belichick’s Patriots escaped with the win as the end of the Brian Billick era in Baltimore was set in motion, which led to John Harbaugh’s hiring as coach.

2012 Justin Tucker winner

In one of the least proud moments of the rivalry, the Ravens knocked off the Patriots 31-30 on a last-second field goal by Justin Tucker early in the 2012 season. 

Late in the game, Harbaugh was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct after coming onto the field, while yelling, “I was trying to call timeout!” That led to a “manure” chant by Ravens fans that Al Michaels noted on the NBC broadcast. 

The Ravens got the ball back and marched into Patriots territory, where Tucker’s game-winning kick sailed seemingly directly over top of the right upright. As Vince Wilfork ran screaming toward the officials, Belichick ran off the field and tried to grab the arm of an official who was running off the field.

At the time, the NFL’s referees were in the midst of a lockout and replacement referees were the biggest story of the season.

“Deflategate”

The Ravens, at least publicly, denied any involvement in their role in the “Deflategate” controversy. But according to documents released in August of 2015, the Ravens were the ones who let the Colts know about deflated footballs. 

After a 35-31 loss in the divisional round, Ravens special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg called Chuck Pagano, then the coach of the Colts, to warn him about the condition of the footballs in New England.

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2019 Lamar

In what was the future of the rivalry, Lamar Jackson and the Ravens handed the Patriots their first loss of the 2019 season. 

Jackson threw for 163 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 61 yards as the Ravens won 37-20. It was the Ravens’ most notable win of the season to that point and the win that propelled them to a 14-2 finish.

And, as it turns out, it was Belichick’s last game against the Ravens with Brady at the helm and the turning of the page in the rivalry to the next chapter.

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