Green Bay Packers vs. Atlanta Falcons:
Here is my unfiltered game day blog post of comments, observations and first impressions.
The Packers steamrolled the Falcons in the divisional round of the playoffs last season. Much to the amusement of Aaron Rodgers and the Packers, Atlanta WR Roddy White has hinted that the Falcons were actually the better team. This one should be a lot of fun.
Inactive for the Packers today are:
CB Davon House, S Nick Collins, LB Frank Zombo, T Brian Bulaga, TE Andrew Quarless, DE Mike Neal, LB Vic So’oto.
Falcons DE John Abraham (hip) is out. That’s a significant loss for Atlanta.
When I pulled up the 620 WTMJ streaming window, the Brewers postgame show was still going on. No summary of McCarthy’s pregame interview in this space tonight.
Packers vs. Falcons – First Impressions – First Half:
Hawk gets dragged three yards by Turner on the second play of the game. Hawk just doesn’t look explosive at all this season.
Turner’s lower body should have its own zip code. It’s massive.
I said in our predictions post that getting off the field on 3rd down is key to this game. Not a good start at all on that first drive. And where exactly was Woodson going on White’s TD catch?
Grant fumbles. Can’t remember the last time that happened.
Tacklers bouncing off Turner, the Falcons controlling the clock, the Packers turning the ball over during a nice drive…this looks an awful lot like last year’s regular season loss to the Falcons.
Hawk couldn’t even slow Turner down on the TD dive. There’s just no explosiveness there. He looks sluggish.
Clifton goes down with a hamstring injury. Not a good situation when both of your starting tackles are out.
I prefer Crabtree over Williams as the blocking back in passing situations.
Slocum needs to teach Cobb how to signal for a fair catch.
On the 3rd and 12 at the end of the half, I told my wife there’s no way Rodgers will stand in the pocket and look to the end zone. I thought it would be a dumpoff pass followed by a field goal. Of course, Rodgers stands in the pocket and hits Finley at the goal line. And Finley dropped the pass. Doh!
The Falcons ran a good number of tricky reverses and screens in the first half. Lets see if the Packers wise up to those types of plays and make the Falcons take them on straight up.
Big stop by the Packers defense. I’m thinking the Falcons take some shots downfield their next possession. Packers are keying on the run now.
Crosby nails a 57-yard field goal. Then he turns to the camera and says “Take that, Jersey Al.” In all seriousness, McCarthy took a huge risk going for the field goal and it paid off. Nice work.
Shields gets physical and wins the battle with Jones downfield. Very impressive. The DBs need to step up because there is very little pass rush coming from the front seven.
Touchdown Jones! Jones has played well since talking about his lack of playing time. Finley…not so much. He needs to come down with that 2-point conversion pass.
Nice slide Matt Ryan. God forbid you try and pick up a first down. Ryan should not be allowed on the team bus tonight. He should have to walk home.
So someone finally taught Cobb how to signal for a fair catch, he gets popped anyway, and there’s no flag? Lame.
Rodgers connects with Cobb and has thrown to 12 different receivers. This offense is humming as the third quarter ends.
Some serious YAC on that TD catch by Jennings.
McCarthy with a good challenge and the Falcons have to punt. Now put this game away, offense!
Finley with another drop. The Falcons are able to hang around.
Bishop with a sack and Matthews with pressure on the next play results in an interception. NOW put this game away.
The Packers have two backup tackles in the game and still are able to run the ball and kill the clock.
Crosby’s FG should be the dagger.
Bush’s interception is the dagger. The ball bounced off Roddy White’s hands. I wonder if he still thinks the Falcons are the better team?
Great win for the Packers tonight. A ballsy win. Things not going your way early, Clifton goes down, Finley dropped a few passes and you still find a way to win. This team still has some holes to plug, but 5-0 sure feels good.
Oh, one more thing: Nice work Sherrod and Newhouse. The next man up philosophy is still in effect in 2011.
Oh, and one more thing: Big second half by the defense. Hopefully it carries over into next week.
Adam Czech is a a freelance sports reporter living in the Twin Cities and a proud supporter of American corn farmers. When not working, Adam is usually writing about, thinking about or worrying about the Packers. Follow Adam on Twitter. Twitter .