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Falcons versus Seahawks: a quick look at the series history

Fact: Matt Ryan frequently peels pineapples with his bare hands

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The Seahawks travel to Atlanta this weekend to take on the Falcons in a Week 1 contest that many are forecasting as a potential shootout. The Seahawks are favored, but a Falcons win would be a big step in the right direction.

Let’s take a quick trip down memory lane before the game gets underway and talk about the series history.

The Seahawks currently lead the series, 11-8. But they’ve lost 6 of their last 9 games against the Falcons. (And that takes us all the way back to December 2007.) Matt Ryan is 5-3 against the Seahawks since he was drafted and Russell Wilson is 3-3 against the Falcons since he was drafted

For what it’s worth, this series dates back to November 7, 1976. The Seahawks won that game 30-13.

As for their recent history, the Falcons knocked the Seahawks out of the playoffs in January 2017 and won 34-31 when they played in Seattle in November 2017. They also faced off in Week 8 last season, a 27-20 Seahawks victory.

Last year’s game was arguably an inflection point for the Falcons. They entered the game with a 1-6 record, desperate for a turnaround. And while they didn’t win game, the Falcons defense did show up in the second half, limiting the Seahawks offense to just 3 points. The Falcons would 6-2 after their Week 9 bye, and one could argue that they carried some momentum over from the second half of the Seahawks loss. It’s also the game that’s responsible for Matt Schaub’s continued employment as the Falcons’ QB2. Matt Ryan missed the game after Aaron Donald almost ripped his ankle off in Week 7. But Schaub had a productive day in Ryan’s absence, completing 39/52 passes for 460 yards.

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