Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports photograph
The burning of Atlanta
Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011: It was a night all Packers fans remembers fondly
Not many gave the Green Bay Packers, the number six seed, a chance in hell against this Atlanta Falcons team that was the number one seed in the playoffs.
That was before people really knew who Aaron Rodgers was or what he was capable of doing.
He showed the nation that night that he belonged in the conversation about elite quarterbacks.
Not only did he lead the charge against the Falcons that night, but the win helped propel this team through the rest of the playoffs and on to a Super Bowl win.
Rodgers was 31-of-36 on the night as he constantly squirmed out of pressure and found receivers all around the field.
Rodgers and the Packers played the Falcons tight throughout the first half as Atlanta took a 7-0 lead. But Rodgers moved the Packers down the field early in the second quarter hit Jordy Nelson for a six-yard touchdown to tie the game.
Atlanta kick returner Eric Weems then took the kickoff back for a touchdown to give Atlanta its second and final lead of the night.
Rodgers would once again move the Packers down the field for a one-yard touchdown by John Kuhn that tied the game at 14-14.
Five minutes later, Rodgers hit James Jones for a 20-yard touchdown with 48 seconds left in the half as the Packers took a 21-14 lead.
With the Packers holding the momentum, Rodgers opened things up in the second half. He ran for a seven yard TD and then threw a seven yard TD pass to John Kuhn before Mason Crosby tagged on two field goals in the fourth quarter to round out the Packers’ scoring in their 48-21 demolishing of the Falcons.