GAME: Seattle Seahawks (8-1, 1st, NFC West) at Atlanta Falcons (2-6, 3rd, NFC South). TYPE. Regular season. WEEK: 10. WHEN: Sunday, 10:05 a.m., Georgia Dome. MEETING: 15th (Seahawks lead 8-6). STREAKS: Seahawks W 4, Falcons L 2. HEAD COACHES: Pete Carroll, Seattle; Mike Smith, Atlanta. LINE: Seahawks by 5½. TV: FOX. RADIO: ESPN 710 AM, KIRO 97.3 FM.
This is hardly the profile of a Super Bowl aspirant: In the past two games, the Seahawks played two teams, St. Louis and Tampa Bay, with a combined record of 3-14. Seattle required a last-play stop to win the first one (Rams) and a record 21-point rally to barely beat the other (Buccaneers) in overtime. Five of the Seahawks' eight wins have been achieved by a TD or less and they haven't dominated since waxing now 0-8 Jacksonville 45-17 Sept. 22.