FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons have more than home-field advantage to help them 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. STATS’ research included teams from Seattle, Oakland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego and Arizona.
The Falcons claimed the top seed in the NFC with a 13-3 record. They also held the top seed two years ago before losing at home to eventual Super Bowl champion Green Bay. They lost last year’s playoff opener at the Giants to fall to 0-3 in the postseason under coach Mike Smith.