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Packers overcome 11-point halftime deficit, defeat Falcons

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In a game they desperately needed to win, the Packers did just that, shaking off a double-digit halftime deficit to win 22-21 against the Falcons at Lambeau Field on Sunday.

Packers quarterback Matt Flynn connected with tight end Andrew Quarless on a two-yard touchdown with 12:01 left in regulation for the final margin of victory for Green Bay (6-6-1), which trailed 21-10 at the half. The touchdown was set up after the Packers’ Mike Neal forced Matt Ryan to fumble on a sack, with defensive lineman Johnny Jolly recovering for Green Bay.

The Falcons (3-10) had their chances down the stretch, but they couldn’t quite break through. First, Matt Bryant missed a 52-yard field goal with less than seven minutes left. Then, in the first play after the two-minute warning, the Falcons were stopped on a 4th-and-5 play at the Green Bay 33, as tight end Tony Gonzalez couldn’t haul in a Ryan pass that wasn’t quite on target.

Finally, on Atlanta’s last drive in the final minute, Harry Douglas dropped a pass that would have advanced the ball into Green Bay territory. On the next play, Ryan was intercepted by Jarrett Bush, which sealed the game for Green Bay.

With the win, the Packers are just a half-game behind Detroit (7-6) in the NFC North.

Flynn completed 24-of-32 passes for 258 yards with one TD and one interception for the Packers, who snapped a five-game winless streak. In defeat, Ryan threw for 206 yards with two TDs and one pick on 20-of-35 passing for Atlanta.

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56 Responses to “Packers overcome 11-point halftime deficit, defeat Falcons”
  1. rtp295 says: Dec 8, 2013 5:42 PM

    Defense finally stepped up, and Flynn did enough to get the win. I said it before, Detroit just does not appear ready to take this division. If Rodgers comes back next week, things are going to get nutty.

  2. thepftpoet says: Dec 8, 2013 5:45 PM

    Ta

  3. thepftpoet says: Dec 8, 2013 5:45 PM

    Talent w

  4. thepftpoet says: Dec 8, 2013 5:45 PM

    Tal

  5. dahmergeinteam says: Dec 8, 2013 5:45 PM

    A tremendous win, stitched and cobbled together by my Packers, who have that last gasp of breath still within them. There is no masking the greatness of the Green Bay Acme Meat Packers!

  6. thepftpoet says: Dec 8, 2013 5:47 PM

    Talent wise, the Packers have the worst team in the league.

    They literally have virtually no pieces to build around.

    Congratulations on beating a 3 win team at Lambeau.

  7. brenenostler says: Dec 8, 2013 5:50 PM

    For some reason, Flynn can only play at Lambeau

  8. deltaoracle says: Dec 8, 2013 5:50 PM

    Jarrett Bush becomes a hero. Very strange season.
    To all Mini fans who will offer sarcastic congratulations for beating a 3 win team by one at home I will in turn offer my condolences for losing to a then winless Browns team at home. And Cleveland would only have three wins if not for that one.
    Nighty night, sleep tight.

  9. coltzfan166 says: Dec 8, 2013 5:51 PM

    Yeah, only start Flynn if the game is at Lambeau Field. Road games, start Tolzien.

  10. thesconnienation says: Dec 8, 2013 5:52 PM

    Stuttering Stanley above really has a thing for the Packers. Keep it in your pants son.

  11. trollsetter says: Dec 8, 2013 5:53 PM

    Congrats to the hard fighting Packers. You’re now 1-4-1 without your best player. You just won your season’s super bowl. Enjoy it!

  12. thepftpoet says: Dec 8, 2013 5:55 PM

    Jeremy Ross who the Packers released earlier this season has had 3 kick return TDs in the past 2 games…

    Another great move by Ted Thompson!

    Maybe players just play better when they aren’t surrounded in that terrible environment

  13. 4to12andbeyond says: Dec 8, 2013 5:57 PM

    thepftpoet says:
    Dec 8, 2013 5:47 PM
    Talent wise, the Packers have the worst team in the league.

    They literally have virtually no pieces to build around.

    Congratulations on beating a 3 win team at Lambeau.

    The last time we were halfway healthy, we beat a different 3 win team in Minnesota. Your team. And we never punted. Who has the worst team in the league?

  14. contra74isloosbuthole says: Dec 8, 2013 6:01 PM

    An awful lot of haters out there. Like it or not the Packers are going to be fine. Especially after getting Rodgers and Cobb back. I love it when you idiots say things like without Rodgers this team would be nothing. It is like you prefer to live in a fantasy world where Rodgers doesn’t exist. In the end Rodgers will be back with quite a few years in front of him and the North will belong to the Packers for the majority of those years.

  15. filthymcnasty1 says: Dec 8, 2013 6:02 PM

    This was a heroic win that once again humiliated hapless and tasteless Viking fans.

  16. txpackfan52 says: Dec 8, 2013 6:09 PM

    @Trollsetter

    Just how many Super Bowls do you think we are going to have this year?

  17. jcbadger34 says: Dec 8, 2013 6:10 PM

    trollsetter says: Dec 8, 2013 5:53 PM

    Congrats to the hard fighting Packers. You’re now 1-4-1 without your best player. You just won your season’s super bowl. Enjoy it!
    ———–

    And you’re 3-9-1…..with your best player. And you’re never going to see your team win a Super Bowl.

    Enjoy it!

  18. beerbratscheese says: Dec 8, 2013 6:16 PM

    If Aaron Rodgers is cleared to play next week, the Packers have to be considered favorites to win the North. I don’t think I like their chances in the playoffs, but I’d rather see them there than the Lions or Bears.

  19. shlort says: Dec 8, 2013 6:39 PM

    The desperation from the Vikings fans on this thread is beyond amusing. Reminds me of the year GB Won the Super Bowl. Lots of negativity from that bunch. I guess having a closet full of purple and not one piece of it says “Super Bowl Champs” on it will drive a bunch of moronic Minnesotans to the brink of insanity. They lose their minds with every Packer win. Must be a sad life when the highlight of your football viewing weekend is an opportunity to post on a story about he Packers and say the Packers suck whether they win, lose or draw.. Hilarious… LOL

    On topic, I think the Game plan was put together well for Flynn. Aside from his fumble and pick, he played a decent game. Sure, the Falcons are on hard times this year for whatever reason, but they have a lot of talent.A win is a win at this point of the season.

  20. axespray says: Dec 8, 2013 6:44 PM

    how pathetic is the rest of our division…
    A ton of playmakers are out with injuries, the best player in the league misses 6 games in the home stretch and no one can run away with the division.

    smh… vikes/lions/bears are pathetic.

    This division was handed to you all on a silver platter – gift wrapped and it could still be won by a injury ravaged Packer team…lol.

  21. qoojo says: Dec 8, 2013 6:54 PM

    I have no confidence in the defense stopping the Cowboys offense. If Rodgers doesn’t play, I think they have zero chance next week.

  22. trollsetter says: Dec 8, 2013 6:56 PM

    It was clear that the Packers put their heart and soul into a glorious 1 point victory against the ferocious Atlanta Falcons. Congrats Packer fans. Hoist another and toast to your glory!

  23. thesconnienation says: Dec 8, 2013 7:01 PM

    axespray says:
    Dec 8, 2013 6:44 PM
    how pathetic is the rest of our division…
    A ton of playmakers are out with injuries, the best player in the league misses 6 games in the home stretch and no one can run away with the division.

    smh… vikes/lions/bears are pathetic.

    This division was handed to you all on a silver platter – gift wrapped and it could still be won by a injury ravaged Packer team…lol.

    ______________________________

    Well said.

  24. iluvbears says: Dec 8, 2013 7:02 PM

    It’ll be sweet when the Packers miss the playoffs by 1/2 game because of the tie against the Vikings.

  25. hazelmn says: Dec 8, 2013 7:08 PM

    In six games the Packers are 1-4-1 against a schedule with a combined record of 32-43-1. The one win was by one point, today.

    This is not a good team by any means.

  26. beerbratscheese says: Dec 8, 2013 7:17 PM

    iluvbears says: Dec 8, 2013 7:02 PM

    It’ll be sweet when the Packers miss the playoffs by 1/2 game because of the tie against the Vikings.
    —————————-

    If the Packers do miss the playoffs, it’ll be the Lions there and not the Bears, because, you know, the Bears LOST to the Vikings!

  27. trapshoot says: Dec 8, 2013 7:19 PM

    Not pretty, but still a win.

  28. Great Caesar's Ghost says: Dec 8, 2013 7:26 PM

    Congrats to the Packers. That organization has a lot of character, top to bottom. They didn’t go tweeting about officiating during their winless streak. Stuck together and played.

  29. GenXJay says: Dec 8, 2013 7:31 PM

    congrats gb fans.
    although, i couldn’t help but notice how all the cheese bay fans look alike in the background.
    to be honest, it looked like thousands of cardboard cutouts of ShAaron.
    ohhhh, that sneaky mark murphy.

  30. shaggytoodle says: Dec 8, 2013 7:43 PM

    trollsetter says: Dec 8, 2013 5:53 PM

    Congrats to the hard fighting Packers. You’re now 1-4-1 without your best player. You just won your season’s super bowl. Enjoy it!
    _________

    Yes but there are 3 games to go with only being a half game back… with a reasonable chance of that player youre referring to starting next week.

    Don’t be so sour, justt cuz your playoff hopes evaporate by Halloween.

  31. idratherbedeadandcoldthengreenandgold says: Dec 8, 2013 7:48 PM

    The Packers didn’t beat the Falcons , the Falcons beat themselves.

  32. filthymcnasty1 says: Dec 8, 2013 7:57 PM

    The Packers are relevant, and 1/2 game out of first place in the Black and Blue Division.

    Viking fans are simply blue, as in melancholy .

  33. whatjusthapped says: Dec 8, 2013 7:57 PM

    One would think in a week where the Packers had to overcome a double digit deficit to win, the Vikings lose (again) on the last play of the game, the Viking trolls would wait before posting their gibberish.

    Finishing in the basement of the NFC North for two out of the last three years cannot be fun but your jealousy is really starting to show.

  34. trollsetter says: Dec 8, 2013 8:14 PM

    What’s with all the Viking talk? I think we’re in agreement that the Packers put on a performance of the ages. Their complete domination of the dangerous and aggressive Atlanta Falcons was truly awe inspiring. Packer fans should be honored to root for such a lion heart.

  35. packerfansarefat says: Dec 8, 2013 8:25 PM

    Good win Pack!! You just fell further back in the draft…..oh, wait….you all are still delusional enough to think your going to the Super Bowl this year…:lol.

  36. trollsetter says: Dec 8, 2013 8:26 PM

    shaggytoodle says:
    Dec 8, 2013 7:43 PM
    trollsetter says: Dec 8, 2013 5:53 PM

    Congrats to the hard fighting Packers. You’re now 1-4-1 without your best player. You just won your season’s super bowl. Enjoy it!
    _________

    Yes but there are 3 games to go with only being a half game back… with a reasonable chance of that player youre referring to starting next week.

    Don’t be so sour, justt cuz your playoff hopes evaporate by Halloween.

    xxxxxxxxxx

    Annunciate son.

  37. packerfansarefat says: Dec 8, 2013 8:26 PM

    Did I mention how funny and chubby you all looked again today with your snowsuits on….

  38. stellarperformance says: Dec 8, 2013 8:44 PM

    Great game, great crowd, great atmosphere. Knowing the Lions lost makes it special. Knowing that no matter how badly the Packers have been playing this year, the Vikings remain in our rear view mirror, as usual, makes it a little more special. How does it taste Viking “fans?”

  39. egyptdog31 says: Dec 8, 2013 8:44 PM

    It’s crazy that Rodgers could miss basically 6 games and the Packers are still in it. If Rodgers comes back this week, they have a shot. Unbelievable. And for those who say the Pack sucks without Rodgers, they do….but with Rodgers they are by far the class of this division.

  40. dahmergeinteam says: Dec 8, 2013 8:47 PM

    McTasty is right, our Packers are not tasteless.

  41. trollsetter says: Dec 8, 2013 8:49 PM

    stellarperformance says:
    Dec 8, 2013 8:44 PM

    Great game, great crowd, great atmosphere. Knowing the Lions lost makes it special. Knowing that no matter how badly the Packers have been playing this year, the Vikings remain in our rear view mirror, as usual, makes it a little more special. How does it taste Viking “fans?”

    xxxxxxxxxx

    The taste is exquisite, thank you very much. I’m really happy for you regarding all the greatness. The performance of both teams was also great. Quite a nail biter from two of the better teams in the NFC.

  42. shaggytoodle says: Dec 8, 2013 9:01 PM

    trollsetter says

    xxxxxxxxxx

    Annunciate son.

    ____________

    Awesome comeback, nearly as great as the one the Ravens had today…

    Happy Trolling.

  43. twolvesvikings says: Dec 8, 2013 9:04 PM

    To pack fans that are so thin skinned and defensive of their love. Have you seen how many packer trolls there are on the vikings feeds?

    Your team WITH Rodgers is mediocre at best. Bad defense, bad o-line, etc. By all means keep cheering for mediocre seasons while not improving your team with high draft picks. We will just be in waiting to take over the NFC North while you have your down years.

  44. gbpshareholder says: Dec 8, 2013 9:05 PM

    Keep Calm and GO PACK GO!!!!!

  45. dahmergeinteam says: Dec 8, 2013 9:12 PM

    My lamp shades appreciate the largess of Packers fans.

  46. dcviking says: Dec 8, 2013 9:44 PM

    stellarperformance says:
    Dec 8, 2013 8:44 PM

    Great game, great crowd, great atmosphere. Knowing the Lions lost makes it special. Knowing that no matter how badly the Packers have been playing this year, the Vikings remain in our rear view mirror, as usual, makes it a little more special. How does it taste Viking “fans?”

    ——————————

    You seemed really concerned with how Vikings think things taste.

    From what I can see, Packer fans don’t really seem to care about how anything tastes…

  47. filthymcnasty1 says: Dec 8, 2013 10:12 PM

    Because the Packers are favored by a higher power, Packer fans get to continue watching their team play meaningful football games.

    So nice.

  48. usdcoyotesfan says: Dec 8, 2013 10:54 PM

    The most amazing thing? Jarrett Bush made an interception. And a game-winning one.

    Whew…

  49. contra74 says: Dec 8, 2013 10:59 PM

    One win in 7 weeks and the packer fans break out the war drums hahahaha. This means ticket prices will go up from .30 cents to .40 cents on the dollar.

    Nice to see the bandwagon back.

  50. 4to12andbeyond says: Dec 8, 2013 11:12 PM

    twolvesvikings says:
    Dec 8, 2013 9:04 PM
    To pack fans that are so thin skinned and defensive of their love. Have you seen how many packer trolls there are on the vikings feeds?

    Your team WITH Rodgers is mediocre at best. Bad defense, bad o-line, etc. By all means keep cheering for mediocre seasons while not improving your team with high draft picks. We will just be in waiting to take over the NFC North while you have your down years.

    —————–

    Congratulations, your level of delusion is higher than most Vikings fans, which is no mean feat.

    In case you hadn’t noticed, we are missing our starting left tackle, leading pass catcher, starting tight end, one of our best cover guys, and the best player in football. This is our down year, or at least as much of one as we’re going to have anytime soon. Good job taking over.

  51. icebowler says: Dec 9, 2013 12:15 AM

    Even when he’s not doing our games, Troy Aikman can’t help himself getting his anti -Packers digs in. Just before halftime in the Seattle vs. SF game there was an offensive interference call for a pick play. Troy says ” The Packers do it as well as anybody and they never seem to get called for it.” I think his bosses at Fox must have told him to cool it this year because he hasn’t been as bad as previous years when calling a Packer game. So now he’s getting his digs in in other games. What a sneaky turd Aikman is!

  52. gtodriver says: Dec 9, 2013 6:14 AM

    stellarperformance says:

    Great game, great crowd, great atmosphere.
    _______________________________

    Great game?

    One point win over a 3 win dome team in at home in the snow?

    Great crowd?

    Someone posted on one of the other threads that there wouldn’t be an empty seat…

    There were 3,200 unsold tickets to the game. How many other seats were empty because no one wanted to buy the other tickets that had already been purchased?

    How does it feel to be a fan of a team that has never sold 100% of their stadiums capacity?

    Great atmoshphere?

    I guess if you think Green Bay is a great atmosphere, that must be because you’re used to the atmosphere of Wausau…. ;)

  53. mp4pack says: Dec 9, 2013 8:40 AM

    If anyone had asked me about this time of year in 2010 I likely would have said the Packers have had too many injuries, don’t have enough talent, aren’t tough enough. Might as well lose out and get a good draft pick. A couple months later they were hoisting the Lombardi trophy. (For you Viking trolls, that’s this really shiny silver trophy with a football on top that they give a team for winning something called the “Super Bowl”). I’m fully aware of this team’s deficiencies, but in today’s NFL getting to the dance and getting hot at the right time can be all it takes.

  54. cobaltdriver says: Dec 9, 2013 9:37 AM

    stellarperformance says:

    Great game, great crowd, great atmosphere.
    _______________________________

    Great game?

    One point win over a 3 win dome team in at home in the snow?

    Great crowd?

    Someone posted on one of the other threads that there wouldn’t be an empty seat…

    There were 3,200 unsold tickets to the game. How many other seats were empty because no one wanted to buy the other tickets that had already been purchased?

    How does it feel to be a fan of a team that has never sold 100% of their stadiums capacity?

    Great atmoshphere?

    I guess if you think Green Bay is a great atmosphere, that must be because you’re used to the atmosphere of Wausau….

    You mad girl? Got dumped Friday night? Got cramps?

  55. skippynj says: Dec 9, 2013 10:25 AM

    Falcons are so lame. Playing down for the Clown-weak.

  56. vikingfansrobese says: Dec 9, 2013 11:14 AM

    One win in 7 weeks and the packer fans break out the war drums hahahaha. This means ticket prices will go up from .30 cents to .40 cents on the dollar.

    Nice to see the bandwagon back.

    Nice to see C-ntra back…didntthey have a computer at grandmas house this past weekend?? Bet you raced to school before class started just to post that intelligent post.

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