I want to be worried about being over-confident, I really do, but I can't gel it against what I saw of Atlanta against the Seahawks. Seattle should have won that, they just made some incredibly stupid (possibly inexperienced) calls in going for it on 4th and one in the first half as they were so desperate for a TD - but they messed the blocking assignments. If they'd kicked a FG at that point we'd be playing them in Candlestick.
I just didn't see anything from Atlanta that made me worried or where I thought "oh s**t they look good". Seattle laid an egg first half and then came back without playing spectacularly - Wilson just made scrambles when he needed to. Green Bay are a much better and more complete team than Atlanta, they are better on offense and better on defense - they certainly are statistically on defense, and no one can discount Aaron Rodgers, particularly when he had all his weapons available for the first time in the season. I think GB would have ranked higher than Atlanta if they'd been less unlucky with injuries.
We went out and had a statement game v Green Bay, we took it to them and we imposed our will on a very good team. On the other hand, Atlanta couldn't impose themselves on Seattle (who are a very good team as well) despite Seattle starting so poorly. On top of this, Atlanata have not been tested this season beyond the Seahawks game. They played the Broncos early in the season before the Broncos went on a roll and Manning had fully taken over their offense and they played the Giants when they were on the downward slope and disintegrating.
When all is said and done, there's no given win and we need to go out there committed and execute well, but we match up so well to them - we've got the 4th ranked defense after playing 7 winning teams - 2 of which pout high points on us (NE and Seattle) when our defense was exhausted and injury hit.
The key difference is this though: we came out of our game with GB having made a statement win and generated belief. The Falcons came out of the Seattle game with almost euphoric relief. I'll take that mental state of belief all day over relief!
[ Edited by Buchy on Jan 15, 2013 at 11:58 AM ]