Packers pull off most impressive win this season

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Not so deep thoughts from Green Bay’s gutsiest win of the year, 25-14 over the Falcons:

1. This was the Packers’ most impressive win of the year because it was the ugliest.  They trailed by 14 points for the first time in two seasons. They lost another starting tackle, Chad Clifton. They were forced to dramatically change their offensive gameplan in a tough road environment.

So what did the Packers do?  Score 25 unanswered points to close out Atlanta.  They proved they can win any style of game.

2. Atlanta scored touchdowns on their first two drives.  Their next five drives combined to total 15 yards and five punts.  Two interceptions by Matt Ryan then ended the game.  This just isn’t a good Falcons offense, especially with Roddy White at less than 100%.  It was easily Green Bay’s best defensive performance of the year.

3. The Falcons can no longer pound the ball with the lead. Michael Turner (16 carries for 56 yards) isn’t the same guy he used to be. The offensive line has struggled this year for Atlanta, and that’s true in pass protection as well.

4. Matt Ryan has been under pressure often, but that wasn’t really the case for most of Sunday night. He was erratic with his accuracy and didn’t give his teammates enough chances to make plays.  There is no way around it; Ryan has been inefficient this year.  He’s taken a step back, with the rest of the Falcons offense.

This was a great opportunity for Atlanta, and they blew it.

5. Aaron Rogers, you are ridiculous.  396 yards to 12 different receivers on 39 passes, with two touchdowns. He knew when to take big shots Sunday night, and he knew where the pressure was coming from. James Jones — the team’s No. 4 wideout — broke out with 140 yards, including a 70-yard score.

6. Perhaps the most impressive drive of the night was Green Bay’s 12-play, 66-yard, clock-killing field goal march to ice the game with Matty watching from the sideline.  Like Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, Rodgers has become a master of situational football.

7. The Falcons have already dropped two games back in the NFC South. Nothing about this 2011 team is exceptional.  They have been consistently average.

8. It would be a shock if the Packers didn’t make it to November undefeated.  They host the Rams, travel to Minnesota, and then get a bye week.

With all due respect to the Lions, no team looks like a safer bet for a playoff bye than Green Bay.

UPDATE: Here’s Aaron Rodgers after the game

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71 responses to “Packers pull off most impressive win this season

  1. Falcons have been crappy all season just like the Eagles, except the Eagles came with way more hype.

    The 49ers came into the season totally disrespected and looked down upon while the Packers are defending Super Bowl champs.

    The 49ers came back down 23-3 to beat the “Dream Team” 24-23. So how is this win more impressive? The Packers, a good team who should be beating most teams in the league had problems with a bad team but were able to make halftime adjustments and fix them?

  2. “With all due respect to the Lions, no team looks like a safer bet for a playoff bye than Green Bay.”

    The Lions scare me a bit…. Unfortunately, one of two VERY good teams is going to be a wildcard team on the road playing inferior teams with inferior records.

  3. How about Rodgers completing that pass with that little guy trying to tackle him…

    ARod: “Umm… you trying to sack me or something?”

    FalconPlayer: “Man…Falldown or something!”

    ARod: “….nah (throws to Jordy)”

  4. i love my falcons. i thought the defense did a pretty good job containing the packers offense (only put up 25 points) but we traded for julio jones for one reason and thats to put up points and compete with great teams like the packers. putting up 14 points is just not gonna cut it. wheres the explosiveness that jones was supposed to bring to the offense?

  5. If Mike Smith can’t get things turned around real quick, we’ll be 2-5 and that dude will be squarely on the hot seat. I don’t know what’s going on, but everything is off. Ryan had time to throw the ball tonight, but hell, the running game was actually working. We quit running the ball. Why? Ryan wasn’t great, but the picks came off high throws. (The last one didn’t really mean anything to anybody who didn’t have money on the game.)

    I just want to know why this team does not adjust during the game. It’s infuriating for me as a fan. If the Packers can make adjustments, so can we. If we don’t have a Plan B, why are these coaches employed?

  6. i’m a packers fan, and it’s a long season. don’t start talking about a first round by or going undefeated just yet. i do agree about it being impressive though. down 14 points on the road where the falcons are 19 – 2 at home(before last night) and coming out with a win. still a lot to work on packers but it was a nice showing of making adjustments in a hostile environment.

  7. 396 yards to 12 different receivers on 39 passes.
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    Should be….”396 yards to 12 different receivers on 26 completions”

  8. Great Game Packer Nation. After the first two Drives the Defense really turned it up and shut them down.

  9. Matt Ryan = Mark Sanchez.

    Sad but true.

    Bad news Falcon fans. As long as he’s at the helm, you’re no better than a .500 team. He’s those dreaded words you don’t want to hear….

    “Game Manager”…

  10. Impressive win. Admit it or not you are seeing a well tuned machine at work that is scary. Easy schedule for the rest of the season, and one of the best offensive team, down right scary.

  11. It would be a shock if the Packers didn’t make it to November undefeated. They host the Rams, travel to Minnesota, and then get a bye week.

    With all due respect to the Lions, no team looks like a safer bet for

    “Don’t you put that evil on me, Ricky Bobby!”

  12. I must admit I was worried down 0-14. I can imagine that the pre-game speech in the Atlanta locker room was very motivating … and we managed to overcome that storm. A lesser team could have caved in. Whew!

    I think the GB defense decided they had to turn the tide and they sure did. Hooooooooraaaaaaay!

    Well, we have two games that will probably be less challenging and then a bye week. Lord willing, Chad Clifton and Bryan Bulaga and Tramon Williams will all be back to full health for San Diego.

    I’m hoping we get ahead enough in the Rams game so some other guys get in the game. Vic So’oto is a great talent and it would be great to see the first series with him and Clay both chasing down the QB.

    Sure wish my dad were alive to see this era.

  13. Wow, even as a season ticket holder and life long Packers fan I was amazed at the performance tonight. Gutty, gritty, and well executed.

    The coaches made the proper adjustments and the players kept their collective cool, even when trailing by two TD’s.

    Aaron Rodgers succeeding Favre is looking even better than the Young/Montana transition. #12 is absolutely amazing.

    It’s a great time to be a Wisconsin sports fan – Brewers winning in NLCS, Badgers #4 in AP polls, and Packers 5-0 and rolling.

  14. The only way the Packers aren’t the number one seed is if Rodgers get hurt. They are insanly deep and look incredibly focused for a team with a hangover. I cant even find the energy to put on pants when im hungover…..

    Go pack go!!!!

  15. “Aaron Rogers, you are ridiculous.”

    Seriously? Applying a coined Hester phrase (by bears play-by-play man jeff joniak) to a packer player?

    As a bears fan, I laugh at your idiocy.

    If I were a packer fan, I’d be pissed you were unoriginal enough to jack a bears slogan.

  16. “With all due respect to the Lions, no team looks like a safer bet for a playoff bye than Green Bay.”
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    With all due respect to common sense, it’s still only week 5.

  17. There is no reason this team can’t be 14-2 at the minimum. That’s only if the Lions get a win against them. I’ve been a Lions fan since I was born and while I still believe the schedule is easy enough for them to get at least 12 or 13 this year, they won’t get two against the Pack.
    If the Bolts, Bears, Raiders, or Giants don’t pull off an upset they’ll be 15-1 or 16-0. No doubt in my mind.

    But to be fair that’ll give my Lions (most likely) San Fran or Washington (HA!) so they’ll at least get a win in the playoffs.

  18. Jesus Rosenthal… John Madden never gushed this bad over Brett Favre. You wanna crown they a**es, crown em! The truth is the Packers muddled through a game against a bad Falcons team. Secret to Aaron Rodgers is to flush him from the pocket with pressure and crack him hard when he runs. He is not durable and will not want to play anymore if it is just pitch and catch.

  19. The Falclowns are terrible and they suck ballz. I’ve been saying this for months now. They got tons of help from the officials last season and they scraped by in at least 5 of their victories. They go no better than 9-7 this season and probably a lot worse than that.

    Thank you Packers!!!

  20. “The 49ers came back down 23-3 to beat the “Dream Team” 24-23. So how is this win more impressive? The Packers, a good team who should be beating most teams in the league had problems with a bad team but were able to make halftime adjustments and fix them?”

    @Biggiep

    Apologies from all of us. You beat the more impressive opponent. Niners are the team to beat it would seem.

  21. asublimeday says: Oct 10, 2011 1:27 AM

    “Aaron Rogers, you are ridiculous.”

    Seriously? Applying a coined Hester phrase (by bears play-by-play man jeff joniak) to a packer player?

    As a bears fan, I laugh at your idiocy.

    If I were a packer fan, I’d be pissed you were unoriginal enough to jack a bears slogan.

    _________________________

    You’re really looking for something to be pissed at if this bothers you. Save your time–if you want to be mad, be mad at your offensive line.

  22. reddskeletor says:
    Oct 10, 2011 2:07 AM
    Matty (Vanilla) Ice is the lamest, most ridiculous nickname on the face of the earth.
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    Atlanta was the lamest team on the face of the earth without Matty Ice. Rodgers doesnt even have a nickname, he just wears the “belt”.

  23. chuckyd317 says:
    Oct 10, 2011 12:20 AM
    You can get to Rodgers, you can hit him, you can sack him… but you can’t stop him…
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    Unless you knock him out of the game, as Detroit did last year. You can stop him, you hit him enough, believe me. He hasnt entered that area just yet, way too early , people. Not hating, you still need a balanced running attack. He will run on the wrong person..way too many fast db’s with malevolence on their minds….but he’s got guts.

  24. Matty Puddle is playing against the Black and Blue Division this season and not the NFC West of last year.

    The Bears could be the third playoff team from the NFC North.

    Time to start paying attention to the Packers and the rest of the division.

  25. The Packers are looking terrific right now, but it’s too early to be talking byes or undefeated seasons. While the receiving and secondary groups are incredibly talented and deep, the Packers are thin almost everywhere else, and one or two key injuries could be huge.

    Perhaps the most impressive player in yesterday’s game was Sam Shields. The Falcons repeatedly tested him in one-on-one situations, and Shields was always with the receiver. He’s not always breaking up every play, but when the corner is right there when the ball comes, it’s much harder for the receiver to catch. Shields is a quality player who can be depended on. You can’t say that about too many corners.

  26. I’m a Lions fan, and I will say that the Packers are the best team in football right now, and it’s not even a close race. They are dominating games, not just winning them. They are winning in the trenches on both sides of the ball. They’ve beaten some really good teams in convincing fashion.

    The NFC North is by far the best division in the NFL.

    Much respect to Green Bay. The Turkey Day may well be an instant classic.

  27. @ biggiep

    He stated it was the Packers’ most impressive win of the season, not the most impressive win in the league.

    “1. This was the Packers’ most impressive win of the year because it was the ugliest.”

    Try reading past the headline.

  28. Matty Spice is a better nickname.

    Not taking away anything from the Packers. They are awesome, no doubt. But the Falcons just aren’t that good.

  29. With all due respect to the Lions, no team looks like a safer bet for a playoff bye than Green Bay.
    =====================

    Great line. So subtle, most people didn’t even see it for the dig at the media/lions fans for overhyping their team that it was.

  30. asublimeday says:
    Oct 10, 2011 1:23 AM
    Rosenthal, at least try to hide your pro-packer bias. After all, you’re somehow an amateur journalist now.
    =======================

    I always love this post.

    Down 14-0, the Packers score 25 unanswered points on the road against a team some picked to go to the Super Bowl.

    YOU try writing an article about that team and that game that DOESN’T sound complimentary.

  31. Can’t wait for that Lions vs. Packers matchup. It’s going to be a barnburner.

    And what has happened to Atlanta? They may end up finishing in the basement of their division if they don’t turn things around. This is surprising for a team that finished as the #2 seed in the conference last year. The Falcons just don’t look like a very good team right now.

  32. The Packers scared me at first but then Rodgers settled in and took over. Rodgers always looks so calm, even behind 14. That kind of confidence goes a long way, he knows his team can do it even with his OLine injured. Farve is so far in the rear view mirror no one can even remember who he is.

  33. Latest interview with Brett Favre:
    Reporter: Brett,the Packers are 5-0… are you happy for them ?
    Brett: I am… I’m a little surprised they’re not 6-0 right now with that talent.
    Reporter: Brett, the Packers have only played 5 games.
    Brett: With that kind of talent, the Packers should be doing things never done before.
    Reporter: Brett, how about that 70 yard TD to James Jones ?
    Brett: The throw was high but I’ve said all along that James Jones is the best receiver I every played with.

  34. Some take-aways from yesterday’s game:

    1) This was the Sam Shields at the end of last season….welcome back

    2) Sherrod gained valuable game experience and as dreadful as it seemed to start he got better as the game went on. That should help ease, not erase, some preseason fears about his ability.

    3) They may not have “ran” the ball well but the screen pass has been effective. Something we haven’t seen in a while. Just like Holmgren when the screen was an extension of the run.

    4) Don’t care what it looks like but a “W” on the road is all that matters.

    Go Pack!

  35. What was with those ridiculous dances the Falcons were doing after ever good play in the first half? It kinda looked like they were trying to mimick “ripping” off Rodgers’ belt.

    If that’s the case, it’s probably not the smartest thing in the world to taunt the defending champs and a team with so much talent in the first half.

  36. biggiep says:Oct 10, 2011 12:22 AM
    “The 49ers came into the season totally disrespected and looked down upon while the Packers are defending Super Bowl champs.”

    Probably cause that six year veteran 1st overall draft pick of a QB still can’t read a blitz, can’t run an NFL offense unless it’s a kid’s book, meanwhile you’ve got a rookie with no off-season and no weapons to work with putting up 400 yards passing every week, maybe it’s cause your team plays in the NFC west, who knows…

    All we know is your team are no where near The Packers.

  37. I wonder if Rowdy Roddy White STILL thinks the FalCONs are better than the Packers. This guy needs to put his head in the toilet to take a dump because all the crap comes out of his mouth.

  38. Rodgers has the cool of Tom Brady and killing style of Peyton Manning.

    If they continue to play at this level, I don’t see anyone stopping them from going to this year’s Super Bowl.

  39. Lost in all the hype is the fact that the Packers looked very beatable against a mediocre Falcons defense.

    Their oline, even when healthy, is vulnerable in pass protection and can’t get much push on rushing plays no matter who they line up against. It was a problem for them last year, but Rodgers masks so much of it with his mobility that they usually get away with it.

    All it takes is one team that can set the edge and get a rush up the middle, and I can see this Packers offense getting into big trouble. And believe me, with the oline playing like it is now, there are more than a few teams in the NFL who can execute that gameplan.

    The Patriots looked even more unstoppable in 2007, and we all know how that turned out.

  40. I’m still confused by why the 21 yard pass to Douglass was overturned early in the fourth quarter. He clearly caught the ball and made two steps before getting knocked out of bounds. At which point the ball came out after he hit the ground. If that had been in the middle of the field that would have been deemed fumble.

    I’m curious what others thought when they saw it because I thought it was catch before hand and the replays confirmed moreso what I saw.

    I don’t know if that changes who wins the game but it would have given the Falcons a spark they needed.

  41. mikeb723 says: Oct 10, 2011 12:27 AM

    i love my falcons. i thought the defense did a pretty good job containing the packers offense (only put up 25 points) but we traded for julio jones for one reason and thats to put up points and compete with great teams like the packers. putting up 14 points is just not gonna cut it. wheres the explosiveness that jones was supposed to bring to the offense?
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    Don’t fault Jones too much. Sam Shields, while not completely assignment sure, can run with any WR in the league. It’s almost better if he doesn’t have to think about the play and can just chase guys around.

    On of my favorite moments last year was the first game against the Eagles. DeSean Jackson was running a fly route and surely thought he was open. He wasn’t. Sam was running stride for stride with him on his hip. When they showed the slow motion replay it looked like Jackson did a double take, almost like he was saying, “WTF are you doing there?”

  42. jrmbadger says:
    Oct 10, 2011 9:36 AM

    What was with those ridiculous dances the Falcons were doing after ever good play in the first half? It kinda looked like they were trying to mimick “ripping” off Rodgers’ belt.
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    I thought so at first, too, but then I decided it was mostly Weatherspoon and it looked like he was pulling a spoon out of a holster and then using it to eat a bowl of cereal or something? I think later Bishop did something similar to mock him.

    For two teams that haven’t played each other that often, there seems to be some bad blood between them. It would be fun to play them every year for awhile.

  43. garyman1 says:
    Latest interview with Brett Favre:
    Reporter: Brett,the Packers are 5-0… are you happy for them ?
    Brett: I am… I’m a little surprised they’re not 6-0 right now with that talent.
    Reporter: Brett, the Packers have only played 5 games.
    Brett: With that kind of talent, the Packers should be doing things never done before.
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    Funniest thing I’ve read all season!!!!!

    “I’m a little surprised they’re not 6-0 right now with that talent”

  44. couldntthinkofaname says:Oct 10, 2011 4:30 AM

    asublimeday says: Oct 10, 2011 1:27 AM

    “Aaron Rogers, you are ridiculous.”

    Seriously? Applying a coined Hester phrase (by bears play-by-play man jeff joniak) to a packer player?

    As a bears fan, I laugh at your idiocy.

    If I were a packer fan, I’d be pissed you were unoriginal enough to jack a bears slogan.

    _________________________

    You’re really looking for something to be pissed at if this bothers you. Save your time–if you want to be mad, be mad at your offensive line.
    _________________________

    And your QB who likes to throw to the other guys.
    I’d shut up and keep my fingers crossed that the Bears eke out a big win tonight….otherwise you may be looking up from the basement in a few more weeks. You’re halfway downstairs already…

  45. Wow, kudos to all lions fans on this post! How refreshing it would be to spend the next ten years having a real rivalry with fans that are not complete idiots flapping their traps and spewing nonsense about how great their teams are with one superbowl trophy between the two of them. Yes, Vikings and Bears fans I am talking about you! Good luck Lions keep winning and let’s get it on turkey day and for years to come, you certainly have the talent and apparently the common sense to talk some intelligent trash while we watch our teams battle it out for NFC supremacy.

  46. sonvar says:
    I’m still confused by why the 21 yard pass to Douglass was overturned early in the fourth quarter. He clearly caught the ball and made two steps before getting knocked out of bounds. At which point the ball came out after he hit the ground. If that had been in the middle of the field that would have been deemed fumble.

    When a receiver is going to the ground out of bounds, he has to maintain control of the ball until he is down. It appeared that was the case initially, but the replay showed the ball was coming out before Douglas hit the ground.

    sschmiggles says:
    Lost in all the hype is the fact that the Packers looked very beatable against a mediocre Falcons defense.

    Looked “very beatable” to who? After Atlanta’s first two drives, the Pack scored 25 unanswered points, and put enought pressure on “Matty Ice” to force two drive-killing picks. If one disregards the first quarter of the game, it would appear that the Falcons had their collective asses handed to them.

  47. lol “Very beatable”?

    First off, every team is beatable, Packers included. But every single team they’ve faced have attempted to to run your little formula there. Last night was not proof that such a gameplan necessarily works, but quite the opposite. He posted nearly a 120 passer rating while under near-constant duress. He only needs a couple of seconds.

    He posted his best season figures in ’09 while being sacked 50 times, one of the Packers’ worst offensive lines in history. They went 11-5 and were a missed penalty call from making it to the divisional round of the playoffs that year (and their defense is the only reason they would’ve lost, not the offense).

    The Packers are not unstoppable, no team is (2007 Patriots?) however the term “very beatable” just exposes your ignorance. And bias.

  48. As a Saints fan, I am a little disappointed their valiant effort that fell short on fourth and one was not even mentioned in any of the posts. I give full credit to the Packers and think they are playing the best ball right now. I think the only thing that will make them lose is themselves. . . when one day they just get tired of winning.

    Rodgers is a great QB, he fires that ball like a baseball pitcher and the receivers latch on like they have suckers on the palms of their hands. I don’t know of any team other than the Steelers, Pats or even my Saints, who have a realistic chance of beating them. I enjoy the game because of players like Rodgers, Brees, Manning and Brady.

  49. As things stand right now, the only thing that might hold the Packers back from making the playoffs is losing Rodgers to a season-ending injury (and another concussion would be a serious concern too.) Don’t knock it—it happened to the Patriots when Tom Brady went down a couple seasons ago.

    Can the Packers make and win the Super Bowl? It would take a healthy Rodgers, and a Pass Defense more improved from the one they have currently. Granted, they looked better in the secondary this game against Atlanta, so there’s hope that they’re improving a little. They still need more pressure though.

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