Regardless of the records, this game was circled on both Seattle’s and Atlanta’s calender when the schedule came out earlier this preseason. All will remember the epic Seahawks’ comeback from 20 down (twice) in the second half, only to give up a field goal on the final drive of the game and lose it 30-28.
The Seahawks remember and they know they should have won the game. But Carroll and crew will swear it’s just another championship opportunity in a 2013 season in which they are 8-1, not a quest for revenge. The Falcons remember too, but they are staring at a horrifying 2-6 record, four games out of the South.
Still, Seattle coming back into the Georgia Dome should be electric and basically represents the last chance for Atlanta to start their comeback run this season. For Seattle, it represents another shot at showing they can win on the road and what better way than confronting their nightmares in A-Town.
If Seattle gets it done, they’ll not only become 9-1 and continue their march towards home-field advantage where they’ve now won 12 in a row, they’ll also crush the only team left that haunts them. The dirty birds would be done in the playoff race, almost surely.
On the other hand, Atlanta isn’t afraid of Seattle, not at home and not after that game last season. If they find a way, it should vault them back into the Wildcard race at least. A win over the NFC leaders would give them a lot of confidence going into the second half of what is a decently favorable schedule.
Either way, with Seattle likely missing three of its’ offensive linemen (including both Pro Bowlers Unger and Okung) and two of its’ receivers, this is going to be a war.
Atlanta can smell blood and they need to find it to save their 2013.