Yawn, right? Right.
Welcome to the obligatory, contractually obligated post in which I tell you that the most important injury during Championship Sunday has reached its inevitable pre-game conclusion, one that we saw coming on Monday. John Abraham is officially active.
Of course, as we’ve repeated with many words all week, there’s a vast chasm between being active, and being effective. A week ago after suffering an ankle injury needlessly during the Falcons’ meaningless regular-season finale, Abraham was useless, lasting only 15 plays. Russell Wilson was then allowed to run freely in the Seahawks’ backfield, often buying himself time whenever he pleased to find targets deep and sustain drives. The result as a 20-point Atlanta lead that evaporated quickly in the second half, with Seattle scoring 21 unanswered points. Another post-season Falcons collapse was only narrowly avoided.
I still have so very little faith in Atlanta’s ability to even limit Colin Kaepernick with a hobbled Abraham, as this is a defense that’s been burned far too often this year by quarterbacks who are both fast, and strong-armed.