The Green Bay Packers put on a clinic in the Divisional Playoff game against the Atlanta Falcons tonight.
They played as a team and won as a team. They have effectively knocked the the two NFC Pro Bowl QB’s out of the playoffs. And have continued the trend of not trailing by more than 7 points in the entire season. The first team to do so since the merger in 1970!
The Falcons scored first with a 12 yard rushing TD by Michael Turner. The Packers responded in the 2nd quarter with a pass to Jordy Nelson for a TD. Green Bay then kicked off and Falcons’ Eric Weems set a playoff record of a 102 yard kick off return for a TD. But that’s where the Falcons good fortune ended.
The rest of the 2nd quarter was all Packers, all the time. John Kuhn had a rushing TD, tying the game 14-14. Then Rodgers threw a 20 yard TD to James Jones. And once again, Tramon Williams had a huge play, a Matt Ryan interception turned pick 6, for 70 yards! This was Tramon’s second INT, the first came in the 1st quarter in the end zone.
The 3rd Quarter was all Packers. Aaron Rodgers scrambled for a 7 yard rushing TD. Six minutes later a Rodgers to Kuhn seven yard pass for a TD took the Packers up 42-14.
The 4th quarter started with a Ryan TD pass to Roddy White. White had only 6 receptions for 57 yards and one TD. Packers 42 Falcons 21. The two final scores of the game came from Packers field goal kicker Mason Crosby who had a score from 32 yards and 43 yards. The final score Packers 48 Falcons 21.
The Packers didn’t punt at all during the game. The 48 points is a record for the most points by the Packers in a playoff win.
They were dominating the time of possession, and the defense was again a force. The Packers Defense logged 5 sacks, two by Clay Matthews.
Rodgers’ spectacular day included 31-36, 366 yds 3 passing TD’s and a rushing TD.
Next up: The NFC Championship game against either the Bears or the Seahawks.
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