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NFL playoff schedule 2013: Falcons host Seahawks for right to face 49ers

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The Atlanta Falcons host the Seattle Seahawks for the right to face the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game. We take a look at the game, and provide an open thread for discussion.

Kevin C. Cox

A day after the 49ers wrapped up their spot in the NFC Championship Game, the Seattle Seahawks and Atlanta Falcons will square off in the Georgia Dome looking to fill the other half of the Super Bowl undercard. A Seahawks win means the 49ers host the NFC Championship Game, while a Falcons win would send the 49ers to Atlanta with a trip to New Orleans on the line.

The Falcons opened as a three point favorite, and the line has hung around there for the most part. A couple odds-makers have dropped it to 2 1/2, but otherwise not much has changed. The Falcons enter the game as the top seed in the NFC, but they are not getting a ton of love, including from yours truly. They are obviously not a bad football team, but they have not struck me as any kind of dominant force. And it is reflected by odds-makers, who had both the 49ers and Packers as better odds to win the Super Bowl.

On the other side you've got the Seattle Seahawks. While the Seahawks struggled early on the road, losing five of their first six road games, they have won two subsequent road games, as well as a "neutral site" game against the Buffalo Bills in Toronto. The Seahawks are not a great team, but they are playing with supreme confidence right now.

Whichever team the 49ers face next Sunday, it will be interesting to see how the spread plays out. Against the Falcons I could see the Falcons being slim favorites because of the home field advantage, but no more than a point or two. In fact, I could see the 49ers even ending up as slim favorites. If the Seahawks win, the 49ers would be favored, but again, I would not expect an incredibly big number given the Seahawks run as of late.

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Game Date/Time: Sunday, Jan. 13, 10 a.m. PT
Location: Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA
TV Schedule: FOX
NFL odds: Falcons -2.5
NFL picks: Seahawks, 24-20