Originally posted on CBS Atlanta:

By Matthew Asher

Wildcard Weekend has come and gone in the NFL. With just four teams left in their respective conferences, the Falcons finally know they will be facing the Seattle Seahawks on Jan. 13 with kickoff scheduled for 1 p.m. EST.  Now that Atlanta has what should be the optimal opponent, this is a quick look at the Falcons keys to success based on Seattle’s win over Washington.

NEW ORLEANS - DECEMBER 07: Head coach Mike Smith talks with quarterback Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons throws a pass against the New Orleans Saints on December 7, 2008 at the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Saints defeated the Falcons 29-25. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

(Credit, Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Score early and score often

Obviously, in order to win you need to score more points than your opponent does. The Washington Redskins jumped out to a 14-point lead in the first quarter but was shut out the rest of the game as Seattle scored the final 24 points of the contest.

In Washington’s first two drives, the Redskins piled up 134 yards in 20 plays, holding the ball for more than 11 minutes in the first…

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