Packers Knock #1 Seeded Falcons Out

January 16, 2011 | Michael Schwartz

The Green Bay Packers led by Aaron Rodgers played their best game of the year. They put up 48 points on an average Falcons defense. They were clicking on all sides of the offense. Aaron Rodgers went 31/36, 366 yards, and 3 touchdowns. The running game wasn’t as effective as it was against the Eagles but they were consistent with it running it with James Starks 25 times. The passing game was just that good though, 7 different receivers caught a pass. Greg Jennings led the Packers with 8 receptions and 101 yards. Jordy Nelson caught 8 passes for 79 yards and one touchdown. Aaron Rodgers had four receivers with 75 yards or more. This shows that he doesn’t care if he’s throwing to a Pro Bowler or an undrafted free agent. Aaron Rodgers has the highest post season passer rating of all time, 129.4. He reads defenses well and he can escape the pressure and do whatever is needed. He escaped pressure and scored a touchdown. The Packers are very tough to beat when the offense is playing at this level.

The Falcons offense was not as good as usual. The Falcons like to run the ball to set up the pass but Michael Turner only had 39 yards on 10 carries. He had 1,371 during the regular season which is over 85 yards a game and he wasn’t even close to that in this game. Matt Ryan threw 9 interceptions the whole year, but he threw 2 versus the Packers. He also lost a fumble, so he had 3 turnovers himself. The only other turnover was by Michael Jenkins, but the Falcons defense didn’t help the offense by allowing 48 points. The Falcons probably wouldn’t have won even if they hadn’t had all of these turnovers because the Packers were scoring at will. They didn’t make mistakes and that is the biggest thing in the playoffs. If you make mistakes then you will lose the game.

The Falcons defense allowed over 400 total yards to the Packers. The Packers had 28 first downs and they were 8/12 on third down. The Falcons only sacked Rodgers twice and other than those plays there was little pressure. Even when there was pressure Aaron Rodgers did a great job at getting away from it and making a play. The Packers didn’t have to punt the ball once, and that is a rare thing in the NFL. Not every day do you see an offense do so well that they don’t have to punt the ball. The Packers offense knocked out the number one seed and that is going to give them a lot of confidence going into Chicago next week. They know that they can beat the Bears, because they did it in week 17. That was a very defensive game, as I said before, but I can’t see that happening again since the Packers scored 48 this week and the Bears scored 35 points. Both teams have good defenses but they both have very explosive offenses when they click. The game next week will be as exciting as any other game in the postseason.