Nobody would have guessed the Green Bay Packers would hold the Atlanta Falcons to under 300 total yards last Sunday after surrendering 561 yards against the Detroit Lions Thanksgiving Day.
To everyone’s surprise, the Packers held Atlanta to just 277 yards on offense.
What stood out from those statistics was only 83 of those yards were rushing. The Packers had given up more than 200 yards rushing in their previous two games. Coach Mike McCarthy has said time and again, defense starts with stopping the run. It appears that statement backed him at the right time.
At the breaking point of the Packers season, the defense finally came alive to rescue the Packers’ playoff hopes. They pitched a shutout in the second half and created two turnovers. Those turnovers helped spark the offense into scoring 12 points to oust the Falcons and put a seal on the final score. Datone Jones sent a sounding message last week that seems to be the attitude in the Packers’ locker room:
“Without belief, there is no hope. If we don’t make this push, we might as well buy our plane tickets right now to go home.”
They certainly showed that attitude in the second half of last Sunday’s game. Hopefully, they can carry the momentum to Dallas this coming Sunday.