Published: Tue, January 24, 2017
Research | By Kayla Price

Falcons should win classic with Packers

Falcons should win classic with Packers

In the Falcons' 44-21 demolition of the Green Bay Packers, Ryan did not simply remove the remaining doubt regarding his postseason credibility. Kid Reporters Alan Cole, who lives in Georgia, and Wilson von Bohlen, who lives in Wisconsin, discussed the matchup.

Championship triumph propelled the Patriots to a record ninth trip to the Super Bowl, while Atlanta walloped the Green Bay Packers 44-21 in the NFC Championship game earlier on Sunday to earn a shot at their first league title in their Super showdown in Houston on February 5.

Aaron has refused to comment publicly and told the New York Times that he did not know if his brother would attend Sunday's game.

SHAKY DEFENSES: If defense wins championships, these teams wouldn't have gotten almost this far. "That's helped us win games". Even holding the other offense to field goals will go a long way. The pass wasn't on target - one of the few misfires by Ryan - so Sanu had to reach backward with one hand and make an acrobatic grab. If Falcons GM Tom Dimitroff held any feelings similar to Accorsi about the second seed's ability to deal with Rodgers' heat that produced 21 touchdowns against one interception during the winning streak, defense-minded head coach Dan Quinn probably uttered something similar to Fox.

"If this has taught us anything, it's how important home-field advantage is", Aaron Rodgers said. However, I believe that turnovers are an advantage for Green Bay. Behind the strong play of Rodgers, the Packers had reeled off eight straight wins, including two in the postseason, to dig themselves out of a 4-6 hole and win the NFC North division.

And what misery it was prior to the Packers defeating the Carolina Panthers 30-13 in the NFC Championship game that day. Falcons' quarterback Matt Ryan led the way, completely 27 of 38 passes for 392 yards and four touchdowns.

A fourth-round pick out of Eastern Michigan in 2009, Lang has developed a deep connection with the team and community in his eight seasons in Green Bay.

No need to implode the Georgia Dome.

But when it comes to the tradition and history of the two franchises, the Packers have a decided edge.

All of that came against the hottest quarterback in the league in Rodgers, the miracle man who told his anxious town to relax at 4-6 and then put together eight straight wins.

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But as a defensive coordinator, Bradley helped build a stout defense that led the Seahawks to a Super Bowl championship in 2013. Bradley now enters an interesting situation in San Diego where he again has some talented pieces, but also glaring holes.

Rush just three or four defenders against Rodgers and he can make quick, accurate throws to keep the chains moving, or look for creases to run for a first down. Matt Ryan may be an MVP candidate based on his spectacular season, but Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman give Atlanta the best one-two combination at the running back position in the NFL. "I think that was a point of emphasis for us during the off-season and for myself personally".

Alan: Rodgers can do some incredible things at the end of games, but he can't do anything without the ball.

Though the Cowboys offense was able to fight back and erase a dominant Packers lead, one thing Dallas wasn't able to do throughout the game was rush the passer. Midway through the first quarter, the game was slipping away from them, and the decibel count was rising.

As for keeping the ball, the Falcons were fifth in the National Football League in rushing yards per game in the regular season, with 120.5. They showed up at the ideal time and they are a key part of this victory.

We can't downplay what a win over Green Bay today means for Atlanta. The Packers have the eighth-best rush defense in the NFL.

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers sits on the bench during the second half of the NFC Championship Game against the Falcons.

The Packers are a clutch team.

"I looked at the tape when Atlanta won by one point", Butler said. Crosby is 92.9% on field goals and has never missed an extra point in the playoffs. Football fans know that Rodgers can always stir up some late-game magic.

Brady credited his team's versatility for the reason the Patriots have had such a wonderful season.

McCaffrey, who attended Valor Christian High School in Highlands Ranch and is the son of former Broncos wide receiver Ed McCaffrey, was signed to the Packers practice squad on December 20.

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