Well its about time!
The Packers were able to snap their three game losing streak against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday at Lambeau Field in Green Bay. The Packers came through with two scores through the air, one on the ground and an interception returned for a touchdown. It was by far the most complete game the Packers have played in quite some time, and it surprisingly came hot on the heels of firing their long time head coach, Mike McCarthy. Instead, it was former Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin who led the team out of the tunnel, and towards victory on Sunday as the interim head coach.
At first, this game started as another mundane Sunday for the Packers, as the Falcons received the ball first and marched down the field for a touchdown. Two controversial Falcons receptions on this same drive caused Joe Philbin to use his two challenge flags early. “Early” might actually be an understatement, as Philbin used both within the first minute and four seconds of the game, which is a new NFL record.
Now if thats a good record or not, I’ll leave it up to you.
Speaking of records, the Packers went on to score 34 unanswered points after Atlanta’s initial drive. This itself wasn’t a record. However, in doing so quarterback Aaron Rodgers surpassed Tom Brady’s record for most pass attempts without an interception on a touchdown pass to Randall Cobb in the third quarter. Rodgers ended his day with 196 yards and two touchdowns, amounting to a quarterback rating of 103.1. This was the seventh game this season that Rodgers has posted a passer rating over 100.
Other notable statistics include running back Aaron Jones being a monster again. He had 17 carries for 78 yards and a touchdown, as well as three catches for 28 yards. His longest pick up of the day was a 29 yard touchdown run, which literally happened right after FOX NFL analyst Charles Davis wondered out loud why the Packers don’t use Jones more. Speak it into existence, boys!
Cornerback Bashaud Breeland had himself a day again with an excellent interception returned for a touchdown and a comeback-preventing fumble recovery. Linebackers Clay Matthews and Kyler Fackrell caused quite a ruckus for Falcon’s quarterback Matt Ryan in the second half, each registering a sack on the man. Also, its worth noting cornerback Jaire Alexander is continuing to be a tough matchup. For the most part, he held his own against Atlanta’s elite wide receiver, Julio Jones. Of course, Alexander could also thank the frigid Wisconsin air and Matt Ryan’s miscues for some of his successes today. But hey, a win is a win right?