LINE — Falcons by 3
SERIES RECORD — Seahawks lead 8-5
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.
LINE — Patriots by 9 1/2
SERIES RECORD — Patriots lead 3-1
LAST MEETING — Patriots beat Texans 42-14, Dec. 10, 2012
LAST WEEK — Texans beat Bengals 19-13; Patriots had bye.
TEXANS OFFENSE — OVERALL (7), RUSH (8), PASS (11)
TEXANS DEFENSE — OVERALL (7), RUSH (7), PASS (16)
PATRIOTS OFFENSE — OVERALL (1), RUSH (7), PASS (4)
PATRIOTS DEFENSE — OVERALL (25), RUSH (9), PASS (29)
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Teams meet for first time in playoffs after four regular-season games since Texans entered NFL in 2002. ... Patriots are AFC East champs and earned No. 2 seed by beating Miami 28-0 in regular-season finale after AFC South champion Texans lost to Indianapolis 28-16, dropping Houston to No. 3 seed and costing it a bye. ...Texans and Patriots allowed same number of points, 20.7 per game. Patriots led NFL in scoring with 34.8 average, Texans eighth with 26. ... Houston is in playoffs second straight season after missing them in first nine. ... Texans lost three of last four regular-season games, starting against Patriots when Tom Brady threw four touchdown passes. They barely edged Bengals despite an advantage of 420 to 198 yards and a time of possession of 38:49 compared to 21:11. ... Texans RB Arian Foster's 425 yards are most in first three playoff games by any player in NFL history. His 140 yards in wild-card win over Cincinnati made him only player with at least 100 yards rushing in each of first three playoff games. ... QB Matt Schaub threw for more than 4,000 yards for third time in four seasons. In last five games, starting with loss to New England, he's thrown one touchdown pass and four interceptions. ... Schaub completed 350 passes, Foster ran 351 times. ... WR Andre Johnson led AFC with 1,598 yards receiving on 112 catches, had eight receptions for 95 yards against Patriots. He made four for 62 against Bengals. ... Backup TE Garrett Graham, sidelined in first game against Patriots, should play after making three catches, two for first downs, against Cincinnati. LB Brooks Reed and RT Derek Newton also should play after missing earlier meeting.