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NFC Title Rematch Shows Falcons Still Own Packers

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Falcons Still Have Edge Over Packers In NFC Title Rematch

The game everybody was waiting for, the NFC title rematch from last year. The Falcons beat the Packers twice last season, and they beat them again last night. After a hard-fought battle last week against the Chicago Bears, the Falcons came out swinging. Both sides of the ball had some good moments, and they showed flashes of last year’s team. The Packers did have some injuries on their offensive line, but Aaron Rodgers can always make something out of nothing. Regardless of the circumstances, the Falcons came out victorious in the NFC title rematch 34-23. Here are some takeaways from the game.

Defense Building Off Of Last Week

Last week, the Falcons defense had their ups and downs as a unit. There were numerous missed tackles and assignments on certain plays. This week, it was a different story. The Falcons gave Aaron Rodgers problems in the pocket, and it went on all night. The defense was creating constant pressure on the Packers line which made Rodgers escape at times. You could tell the Packers were missing their two starting linemen with the way Rodgers was moving. The secondary also had a good game. Rodgers didn’t throw a touchdown until the 4th quarter, and the game was over by then. Many people had questions about this defense, especially heading into the game. You can say that those people have their answers now. This defense is legit.

Offense Bounces Back

Another thing people had questions about was the offense. The Falcons looked very conservative and non-explosive in last week’s game. Many thought that Steve Sarkisian called a bad game, and last night he proved them wrong. Sarkisian had the offense looking like last year’s historic offense. Julio Jones was quiet in the matchup with the Bears, but this week he had over 100 receiving yards. The run game wasn’t effective in week one, but Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman both had good games. The offensive line still looked shaky, but it was a big improvement from last week as well. If the offense can continue to play like this, expect them to be just about as good as they were in 2016.

Injury Bug Hits Hard

The Falcons suffered a couple of injuries in the game. Courtney Upshaw left the game with an ankle injury and didn’t return. Vic Beasley left with a hamstring injury and also did not return. Those are two key pieces on the defense, but the Falcons have depth as well. Hopefully, the injuries aren’t too serious, but we’ll have to see when coach Dan Quinn speaks. On offense, the Falcons lost lineman Ryan Schraeder to a concussion. The team is already thin at that position, so if he clears the protocol before next week’s game everything should be fine.