In what looked like a potential blowout ended up coming down to the wire as the Green Bay Packers (10-3) held on to beat the Atlanta Falcons (5-8) 43-37. The Packers once again jumped out to a big lead, leading the Falcons 31-7 at halftime. But, thanks a huge effort from Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones, who finished the game with 11 catches for 259 yards and a touchdown, the Falcons were able to rally back, getting within six points with just over two minutes left in the game. But, thanks in part to a huge James Starks run, the Packers were able to run out the rest of the clock and hold on for the six point victory.
Meat and Potatoes
This game was a tale of two halves. The first half was completely dominated by the Packers, as the offense could do whatever it wanted to. The defense also played great in the first half, shutting down the Falcons offense and only holding them to seven points. But, the defense started to look like defenses of past Packers teams, allowing huge chunks of yards and unable to get off of the field. But, thanks in part to Aaron Rodgers and Jordy Nelson; the Packers were able to hold off the Falcons furious rally.
Player of the game
While Aaron Rodgers is almost a lock for the league MVP, some of his credit should go towards Jordy Nelson. What Jones was for the Falcons is what Nelson was to the Packers. Nelson enjoyed a great day against the 32nd rated pass defense in the NFL, torching the Falcons for 146 yards and two touchdowns. Whenever the Packers needed a big play, Rodgers found Nelson and ultimately sunk the Falcons ship.
Stat of the game
The Packers once again showed the entire league that they can beat teams in the air and on the ground. Both Eddie Lacy and James Starks rushed for over 70 yards and a touchdown. In total, the Packers rushed the ball for 179 yards, almost double of what the Falcons were able to do.
Even though the end of game wasn’t pretty, the main thing for the Packers was that they were able to leave Lambeau with a victory. Not only did this victory keep the Packers one game ahead of the Detroit Lions in the NFC North, it also kept them tied with the Arizona Cardinals for the top spot in the NFC. I thought this game was going to be close, but that Falcons comeback was a little too close for comfort. Next weekend, the Packers travel to Buffalo to take on a Bills team that is still fighting for their playoff lives. Another home game, another win. The “Frozen Tundra” is looking once again like a major home field advantage.