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Seattle Seahawks rookie DE Bruce Irvin ready to step into a starting role

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Seattle Seahawks defensive end Bruce Irvin celebrates his team's victory on the sidelines after an NFL wild card playoff football game against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md., Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013. The Seahawks defeated the Redskins 24-14. (AP Photo/Richard Lipski) (The Associated Press)

Going back to his hometown of Atlanta this weekend is secondary for Seattle Seahawks rookie defensive end Bruce Irvin.

Getting a chance to make his first NFL start — and in the playoffs, no less — is far more important.

With Chris Clemons done for the season due to a knee injury, Irvin will get the start Sunday when the Seahawks face the Falcons in the divisional round of the NFC playoffs.

Irvin was used mostly in pass rush situations during the regular season and the result was a Seattle record for sacks by a rookie with eight. He added another sack in last week's playoff win over Washington.

Irvin says he's ready to be a starter. He says he's learned throughout the season from Clemons and is ready to take over for the rest of the playoffs.