“That’s got to be as loud as it’s ever been in here.”Ryan turned in another dynamic performance in the best season of his career, shaking off a 1 4 record in his previous playoff appearances.In an interesting twist, his lone postseason victory before Saturday was a 30 28 thriller over the Seahawks in the divisional round of the 2012 season.Make it 2 0 over Seattle.After the Seahawks zipped down the field for a touchdown on the opening possession, Atlanta’s young defense largely shut down Russell Wilson Co. The rest of the way.Ryan and the high scoring Falcons took it from there getting a huge boost from a holding penalty that wiped out an 80 yard punt return by Devin Hester.Ryan hooked up with Julio Jones on a 7 yard touchdown and Tevin Coleman for a 14 yard score before finishing off the Seahawks with a 3 yard toss to Mohamed Sanu in the corner of the end zone with just under 4 minutes remaining.Atlanta (12 5) moves on to face either the Dallas Cowboys or the Green Bay Packers, who meet Sunday in the NFC’s other divisional round game.After a 26 24 loss at Seattle during the regular season, the Falcons showed off all their offensive weapons against the Legion of Boom.Eight players caught passes from Ryan, including running back Devonta Freeman on a 53 yard play that included a dazzling fake on replacement free safety Steven Terrell right in the middle of the field.The Seahawks (11 6 1) sure missed Earl Thomas, out for the season with a broken leg.”It’s just really hard to think it’s over,” said coach Pete Carroll, whose team couldn’t follow up a dominating win over Detroit in the opening round.The game turned dramatically on a holding penalty in the second quarter that negated Hester’s return to the Atlanta 7.Instead of having first and goal and a chance to extend a 10 7 lead, Seattle was backed up to its 7.”Just a ridiculously large play in the game,” Carroll said.Especially with what came next. After Thomas Rawls was thrown for a 3 yard loss, Wilson dropped back to pass.
On special teams, Michael Palardy, who handled nearly all of the kicking duties in 2012, will return. He brings a lot of experience, but has been inconsistent. Devrin Young returns as a strong option at kick and punt returner, but Cordarelle Patterson will be missed if he leaves for the NFL early..
Key stats: Started all 26 games for the Buckeyes the last two years. Totaled 102 tackles and 2.0 sacks as a junior in 2016, adding two forced fumbles. Totaled 119 tackles and 1.5 sacks as a sophomore in 2015, as well as four passes broken up. He still goes around the house asking where dad left a screwdriver or something. Berringer wasn’t on many recruiting lists in high school, if only because you needed more than a map to find Goodland. But after missing his junior year with a leg injury, Berringer made his way to Nebraska’s summer football camp..