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NFL.com Excerpt On The Final Four.


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Referring to GB:

"For the Falcons, though, it was the game that established them as a legitimate contender, finally burying the idea that Atlanta was too soft to hold on against the league's toughest teams."

AH, NO!

 

 

NFC: Green Bay Packers at Atlanta Falcons (3:05 p.m. ET, FOX)

 

If you are a fan of defense, a defensive coordinator or a former linebacker from back in your pee wee days, it might be best to avoid this game. Everybody else in America should be delighted, though. No two quarterbacks in the NFL -- and that includes Brady -- are performing at the level of Rodgers and Matt Ryan this season. They were one and two in passing touchdowns during the regular season, with 40 and 38, respectively.

When these teams met in Week 8, Ryan and Rodgers combined for seven touchdown passes, 534 yards and no interceptions. Do you remember when the question was if something was wrong with Rodgers? This was the first game of the season when he looked fully like himself. The Falcons prevailed in that game, 33-32, when Ryan threw the winning touchdown pass with 31 seconds left. It was the start of the Packers' four-game losing streak that plunged them into the hole from which they had to "run the table" to make the playoffs. For the Falcons, though, it was the game that established them as a legitimate contender, finally burying the idea that Atlanta was too soft to hold on against the league's toughest teams. The Falcons worked in the offseason with a group of Navy Seals about how to get one percent better -- as the NFC's second seed, they are much more than that.

The Packers are, obviously, a much-improved team from then. They have won eight games in a row, Rodgers has thrown just one interception since Nov. 20 and their shootout win over the Cowboys came without the services of Jordy Nelson. There is the chance Nelson, who has multiple cracked ribs, could return for this game, although it is clear that Rodgers does not fear rifling his passes to others.

But the Falcons are better, too. They have the league's top scoring offense and they were able to outmuscle the Seahawks, displaying a physical brand of football that belies their image as a finesse team. Their tandem of Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman combined for 25 rushes for 102 yards. Perhaps even more surprising was the defense, which had two takeaways and three sacks against the Seahawks. Vic Beasley racked up a league-high 15.5 sacks during the regular season, and the unit as a whole is peaking: In the last five games, the Falcons have allowed just 19 points per. The task of containing Rodgers, though, was made more difficult with the season-ending biceps tear suffered by defensive end Adrian Clayborn on Saturday. The challenge, as the Cowboys can attest, is that Rodgers is even more dangerous out of the pocket.

Both of these defenses rank in the bottom third in terms of points allowed. But really, who wants to see defense in this game anyway? With the Patriots dominating the AFC, the NFC felt like the more wide-open conference all season. It seems appropriate that it likely will be decided by a shootout.

  • By Judy Battista
  • NFL Media reporter
  • Published: Jan. 16, 2017 at 09:17 a.m.
  • Updated: Jan. 16, 2017 at 05:08 p.m.
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Not as bad as I thought it would be. If it is a shootout, I think we will win. Although Rodgers has weapons, they aren't close to the weapons that Ryan has in this offense. Our defense needs to play the game of their lives and leave the rest to Ryan and the Falcons Air force. We droppin bombs

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14 minutes ago, FalconinPA said:

Not as bad as I thought it would be. If it is a shootout, I think we will win. Although Rodgers has weapons, they aren't close to the weapons that Ryan has in this offense. Our defense needs to play the game of their lives and leave the rest to Ryan and the Falcons Air force. We droppin bombs

But the writer called GB one of the leagues toughest teams when the Falcons played them.

GB is over-matched in this one.

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