ATLANTA -- Falcons defensive end John Abraham didn't make it to halftime against Seattle. His left ankle will have to allow him to play a lot longer than that in the NFC Championship game if Atlanta is going to have a chance to slow down the 49ers and quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
Abraham, who wasn't in a talkative mood after the dramatic 30-28 victory over the Seahawks on Sunday, said he'd be ready to go against the 49ers. "I'll play," he said.
But the ankle Abraham badly twisted in the final regular-season game against Tampa Bay was recovered enough for him to be at only about 80 percent going into the Seattle game, and he was obviously in discomfort after retweaking it in the second quarter.
That means the Falcons' training staff will be putting in plenty of time this week trying to get Abraham ready to go.
Falcons coach Mike Smith said at his Monday news conference that he expects Abraham to be able to practice at some point this week.
The Falcons obviously need him. Atlanta had trouble getting to or tackling Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson, and Kaepernick is a bigger challenge -- quite literally.
This season, Abraham tallied 10 sacks, the seventh time in his career that he has been in double figures. His high is 161/2 with the Falcons in 2008.
Michael Turner had a 33-yard run, and change-of-pace back Jacquizz Rodgers broke free for a 45-yard gain as the Falcons produced a season-best 167 yards on 26 carries against the Seahawks.
Seattle tackled poorly, and the Falcons exploited rookie pass-rush specialist Bruce Irvin, who was filling in for the injured Chris Clemons. But the game was still a breakthrough, especially for Turner.
Turner battered for 15 yards on his first carry and finished with 98 yards on 14 tries. The diminutive Rogers countered with 64 on 10 runs.
Before the game against the Seahawks, it had appeared that time had passed Turner by. He finished the regular season with just 800 yards and a 3.6 average per carry.
A point of emphasis for the Falcons was re-establishing the run and stopping the Seahawks' Marshawn Lynch. They did just that, holding Lynch to 46 yards on 16 carries.
Bryant, who had been released by Tampa Bay after the previous season, is 95 for 108 on field-goal tries with Atlanta. His 49-yarder with eight seconds left against Seattle was his sixth game-winning kick and his third this season.