Nobody expected Atlanta to compete in this one. After all, Green Bay is arguably the best team in the NFL and they had won four straight games heading into this contest.
By halftime, the rout was on, with the Packers racking up 24 unanswered points in the 2nd quarter for a 31-7 advantage at the intermission.
But then something happened – nobody told the Falcons that they were supposed to give up.
Matty Ice came storming back in the second half, tossing 4 touchdown passes to four different receivers (E. Weems, J. Jones, R. White, H. Douglass) with the final score from 2 yards out to Douglass pulling Atlanta within six at the 2:22 mark in the 4th quarter.
After a failed onside kick the Atlanta defense needed a stop. They had three timeouts to burn but were unable to get it done after a 12-yard run on 2nd and 8 by Aaron Rodgers gave the Pack a 1st down and a 41-yard jaunt by James Stark sealed the deal.
Jordy vs. Julio in a Wide Receiver duel
Jordy Nelson had a huge night, with 146 yards and a pair of scores. But Julio Jones came awfully close to breaking Jerry Rice’s Monday Night Football record for receiving yards (289) as the Falcons receiver hauled in 11 catches for 259 yards and a TD.
Matthews Family Reunion
You know you’ve got a gnarly family tree when two men from the same gene pool both play in the NFL.
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Still Ruling the Roost
The loss sets the Falcons back to a record of (5-8), but guess what? That’s still good for first place in the NFC South.
Next week Atlanta will take on an inconsistent Steelers team that just finished wiping the floor 42-21 with the Cincinnati Bengals before traveling to New Orleans and closing out the season at home against the Panthers.