The Packers entered this game severely handcuffed in the secondary, yet they held Julio Jones to 29 yards after he amassed 259 at Lambeau 2 years ago. Yes, Jones was gimpy tonight, but he still played.
The Falcons other weapons won the game. Mohamed Sanu caught the game winner and had 84 yards. And Matt Ryan was Aaron Rodgers’ equal.
Rodgers? 28-for-38 and 4 scores. Ryan? 28-for-35 and 3 scores.
Devonta Freeman was held to only 35 rushing yards, but scored twice, once on the ground and once off a pass. The Calcons did what they do. They averaged 33 points. They scored 33. The top scoring offense in the league got theirs with all the puzzle pieces playing a part.
“I mean they have weapons,” said defensive back Micah Huyde. “They are just like any other team in the NFL. They have weapons. They have receivers, Titans, and backs that can make plays. Especially with an elite quarterback, it is tough. They can see the match ups and they study film just like we study film on their team. They got in certain formations to match up against some of our guys so it was difficult. We did not execute today, hopefully we can watch film and get better.”
“Man that offense is great,” said cornerback Demetri Goodson. “I think we played well enough to win, but it just comes down to making those plays at the end.”
If there’s an area of deficiency to point an accusing finger at tonight, it was the pass rush. Without Clay Matthews, Green Bay had just 2 sacks today. They came on back to back plays, but other than that, Matt Ryan stood upright to deliver the ball. They needed more pressure.
“There is no excuse why we didn’t,” said defensive lineman Mike Daniels. “It is back to the drawing board. Go on the plane, watch the film, study it again tomorrow, and get ready for Indianapolis. With a guy like that you have to get hits on him. You have to get him moving and we will correct that and bring it next week.”
Next week the Packers face Andrew Luck, who has been sacked a league-high 25 times.