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Packers Struggle In Loss To Falcons

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Packers Struggle in NFC Championship Rematch

The Packers were handled by the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday Night Football to the tune of 34 to 23. Though they opened with a 75-yard touchdown drive, Green Bay struggled much of the night offensively. Aaron Rodgers had a difficult time getting on the same page as his receivers. The injury bug reared its ugly head again. Additionally, the defense had a hard time trying to cover the wide receivers of the Falcons. It all adds up to a loss, as the Packers struggle led to their third loss in two years when visiting the Dirty Birds.

Rodgers Struggle, Packers Struggle

It comes as no surprise that the Green Bay Packers tend to win games when Aaron Rodgers excels. Rodgers started the game off hot, orchestrating an 11 play 75-yard touchdown drive finished by Ty Montgomery. However, the following three drives would end in punts and the fourth with an interception. On top of the miscues, Rodgers would have two big plays to Randall Cobb erased by questionable penalties.

The start of the second half did not go smoothly for the Pack either. Atlanta took advantage injury-riddled offensive line, strip sacking A-Rod and returning the fumble for a touchdown. In a late attempt at a comeback, Rodgers was able to tack on a few touchdowns. However, it was too little too late. He would finish the day with 343 yards passing, a pair of touchdowns, an interception, and a fumble.

Packers Injuries

The injury bug finally came out of hiding during the Falcons and Packers Sunday Night matchup. Prior to receiving a target, Jordy Nelson had to come off the field with a hamstring injury. After picking up a bigger role, Randall Cobb would have to step off the field with a shoulder injury. The Packers offensive line took another hit with Jahri Evans suffering a groin injury. That makes the fourth offensive lineman to go down with David Bakhtiari and Bryan Bulaga.

Defensive leader Mike Daniels suffered a groin injury that forced him to sit out the majority of the game. With Montravius Adams unavailable, the Packers become even thinner on the defensive line. Safety Kentrell Brice did not return to the game after what is being reported as a groin injury on ESPN’s Injury Report.

Secondary First to Fry

The Atlanta Falcons carved up the Packers secondary early and often. Damarious Randall gave up big gains to Julio Jones to open the game for gains of 19 and 34 yards. When it was not Jones, it was Mohamed Sanu who stepped up with five receptions for 85 yards. Quentin Rollins and Davon House also had their struggles in coverage. The bright spot for the cornerbacks was rookie Kevin King who posted a grade of 85.4 according to Pro Football Focus. He did not allow a completion in four passes his direction.