In The 2017 NFC Championship Game in Atlanta this year, the final score was Falcons 44 Packers 21. This game was to decide who would represent the NFC in Super Bowl LI. The Falcons thrashed The Packers to advance to The Super Bowl.
The Falcons are coming off of a much anticipated road win in Chicago. While at times it wasn’t as pretty as we’d like for it to be… it was indeed a win. A win in the NFL is hard to come by. Matt Ryan had 321 total yards and threw an 88 yard TD to Austin Hooper. The most explosive play of the game, giving Falcons fans what they wanted to see. It would be their first game that “mattered” since The Super Bowl. With a record of now 1-0.. the Falcons look to capitalize on this win and pick up steam. Getting the first win at home in the newly minted Mercedes Benz Stadium would be another win that Falcons fans and players are definitely wanting to get. It won’t be without a fight though.
Last week, The Packers put up an impressive defensive performance against The Seattle Seahawks. They held Russell Wilson and The Seahawks to only 9 points. After a subpar showing last year, The Packers defense showed that they’d improved and gotten some key players back healthy and in rotation. Wilson was held to 14 of 27 attempts for just 158 yards. Green Bay’s offense held the ball for 39 minutes. Rodgers would hit quick passes and runs to Nelson, Randall Cobb and Montgomery. Aaron Rodgers would end the day at 28 for 42 attempts, total 311 yards- (includes the 32 yard TD to Jordy Nelson) 1 TD and 1 interception.
With Atlanta opening up as the 2.5 home favorite.. the margin for victory is very small between these two teams.
Quarterbacks- Both Rodgers and Ryan had a solid day at the office- both at just over 300 yards on the day. These two QB’s have become more evenly matched over the recent years. This definitely is a competition to keep your eyes on.
Receivers- Look to see more from Julio Jones in this game. He’s always done well against the corners and defense as a whole in Green Bay. He had a monster game against them earlier this year in the Ga Dome. On the flip side, Rodgers will most definitely have Nelson involved as his number one receiver- this looks to be a good match up as well.
Running back’s- We ran the ball a lot in Chicago. Look for more of the same but a mix with our 2-headed monster with Freeman and Coleman. With Eddie Lacy gone you will continue to see Ty Montgomery come on strong to pick up where Lacy left off and then some. This will be another good matchup to watch.
Defense- Much to be said about the defense on both teams. One could argue that the defense played a huge role in winning both games for both teams. Look for Matthews, Daniels and Perry to try pressure Matt Ryan and force turnovers or sacks. Brooks Reed and The Falcons defense helped to save the day and the game on Sunday with the sack on Glennon and the goal line stand. Atlanta’s young and speedy defense may prove to be too quick for Rodgers offense and company.
The home opener for Mercedes Benz Stadium and Sunday Night football against quite evenly matched opponents has all the makings for a great game!