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2013 NFL Divisional playoff schedule: Falcons kick off Sunday action early

Atlanta will be featured in the first of two divisional matchups on Sunday. Here's what you need to know about each.

Otto Greule Jr

The Falcons will finally get their shot at winning a playoff game under their current regime early on Sunday afternoon. Atlanta is set to kickoff against Seattle at 1:00 p.m. ET, with FOX providing the coverage of the NFC showdown.

At 13-3 the Falcons head into their first playoff game of the season as the No. 1 seed in their division. Mike Smith and Matt Ryan are 0-3 in the postseason since coming to Atlanta in 2008, but the mood around the organization seems to be much more optimistic about their chances this weekend.

Rookie quarterback Russell Wilson continues to lead the Seahawks to average 25.8 points per game, also in large part to the dominant running of Marshawn Lynch. Can Atlanta slow down the momentum Seattle is riding after a huge comeback victory over Washington?

Houston will face off against New England in Foxborough to wrap up the action this weekend. The finale of the divisional round gets underway at 4:30 p.m. You can find this matchup on CBS. Both teams finished the year 12-4, each allowing 20.7 points per game. We can probably expect somewhat of a shootout to close out Sunday. Expect being the key word. The Patriots crushed the Texans 42-14 back in Week 14.

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