If the game had been a Little League Game, the mercy rule would have been applied. If it was a high school game, the Falcons cheerleaders and mom’s would have been crying at the staggering thumping the Green Bay Packers (12-6) put on the number 1 seed, Atlanta Falcons (13-4).
Aaron Rogers put on such a dominating performance for his Packers (31/36, 3 passing TD’s, 1 rushing TD, 137 passer rating) it will go down as one of just a handful of comparable performances. Only the great, future Hall of Famer Kurt Warner have put up better numbers in a playoff game. Rogers was quoted after the game stating, “This probably was my best performance, the stage we were on, the importance of this game. It was a good night.”
In dark contrast, Matt Ryan wishes he had stayed home. Ryan came into the game with a staggering 20-2 home record as starting QB for the Falcons. Ryan statistics were just as bad as Rogers were so outstanding (20/29, 1 TD, 2 INT including a pick six and an INT in the Packers end zone). Ryan also fumbled a QB sneak attempt that GB recovered.
GB never punted the ball. GB had one TO that led directly to the Falcons first TD. GB promptly marched 81 yards for a TD. All-Pro Eric Weems returned the pursuing kick off back for a gorgeous TD return. GB, after fumbling their kickoff out of bounce on their on 8 yards, simply took 10 plays to cover the 92 yards.
At this point, most experts knew the Falcons were in trouble. Michael Jenkins fell down on dome turf in the end zone allowing Tremon Williams to enjoy another INT in his own end zone. Rogers lead the Packers on another 80 yard plus drive for another TD, 21-14 Packers.
The game turned on the next Falcons possession. The Falcons moved the ball to the GB 36 yard line and called their final time. ATL could have attempted a 53 yard FG but instead got greedy. ATL tried to get a few more yards by rolling Ryan out to his left. Tremon Williams knew the Falcons needed to play towards the sidelines and simply jumped the rout for a staggering “pick six” on the final play of the first half.
The second half was a mere formality. The Packers scored on two more long TD drives. GB scored 35 straight points before ATL was able to add a garbage TD in the 4th quarter.
The Falcon faithful will almost certainly scream for Matt Ryan’s head. The reality is the Falcons will be a playoff team for many years to come which is well beyond their history. While this loss is tough to swallow after a 13-3 season and home field advantage, this blogger will predict the Falcons return to the playoffs next season. Hopefully, the growing pains this year will become playoff fruition next year.
Mark Anthony Williams
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Written by Mark Anthony Williams
Hi Sports Fans, I am the Sports Director for WYXC-AM in Cartersville, GA. I earned 7 Varsity Letters in High School. I played in college level basketball leagues throughout college. I am a 7 handicap golfer. I work out 4 days a week. I hope you enjoy my blogs. Your feedback is invaluable to me. Mark Anthony Williams