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January 7, 2013

Falcons have history on their side against Seattle

ATLANTA — The Atlanta Falcons have more than home-field advantage to help their chances against Seattle in the playoffs.

The Falcons also have history on their side.

The Seahawks won their wild-card game at Washington and will have to make another cross-country trip for Sunday's game at Atlanta.

According to STATS LLC, the 1989 Los Angeles Rams are the only West Coast team to win back-to-back postseason games on the East Coast — at Philadelphia and the New York Giants. Seattle is trying to become the second team to pull off the feat.

Coach Mike Smith says he hopes last week's bye helps the Falcons have all their injured players back for the game. He says defensive end John Abraham will return from an ankle injury for Wednesday's practice.

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