Freddie the Falcon rides an ATV at the Georgia Dome before the NFC Divisional playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks on Jan. 13, 2013. (Getty Images)
ATLANTA -- Inside the Georgia Dome, it's the calm between two storms.
Behind the heart-stopping win against the Seattle Seahawks, ahead the coming battle against the San Francisco 49ers. In between, a bit of T.L.C. for the turf beneath it all.
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The entire field is scrubbed clean, the Falcons logo is painted, and the NFC Divisional playoff logo replaced with the NFC Championship logo.
"There's only two stadiums in the country that are going to host a championship game next weekend," said Georgia Dome spokesman Jason Kirksey. "That's us and Foxboro. I feel pretty confident that every other NFL stadium would like to be in our shoes and host this."
Foxboro, Massachusetts is the home of Gillette Stadium -- home field of the New England Patriots, and host stadium of the AFC Championship, also taking place next Sunday.
The thick plastic turf is filled with pieces of rubber, made from old tires and tennis shoes. The process the crews are going through this week doesn't happen after every game, but this isn't just any game - it's one game away from the Super Bowl.
"I've heard that Atlanta doesn't have great fans, and I've heard the national media say that," Kirksey said. "But I just don't believe it. If you hear that deafening sound inside this facility - there's no way you could say anything close to that."
This is actually a very quiet week for the Georgia Dome. There are usually all sorts of events through each week, but there are no events scheduled for the Dome between last week's Divisional playoff game and this weekend's NFC Championship.