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Live Blog: Green Bay Packers vs Atlanta Falcons

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In a battle for the NFC Championship title, the Green Bay Packers head down to Atlanta to face Matt Ryan and the Falcons. Check out our live blog below. Feel free to comment along with us!

Connor Dolan January 22, 20173:16 pm

Falcons get on the board first! Shovel pass caught by Mohamed Sanu with 8:24 left in the first quarter.

Connor Dolan January 22, 20173:17 pm

7-0 Falcons as Matt Bryant sends the PAT through the uprights.

Ryan Green January 22, 20173:22 pm

The Packers’ D had no response for Matt Ryan and co. on the first drive. Let’s see the response by Rodgers.

Connor Dolan January 22, 20173:25 pm

Jordy Nelson is one of the toughest guys in the NFL for sure

Connor Dolan January 22, 20173:27 pm

Mason Crosby misses a 41 yarder that would’ve made the game 7-3.

Ryan Green January 22, 20173:29 pm

On that third down the Falcons rushed 5 but rookie LB Jones forced Rodgers to throw the ball out of bounds. Difference in the game so far is the Packers inability to get to Matt Ryan and third down, while the Falcons get to Rodgers.

Connor Dolan January 22, 20173:32 pm

Packers defense really struggling. Ryan has all the time in the world and wide receivers are open all over the field. Great start to the game for Sanu as well.

Connor Dolan January 22, 20173:35 pm

Austin Hooper is wide open…then he breaks a tackle…and then three more tackles… Are we seeing a repeat of Green Bay’s defense from weeks 8 through 11.

Connor Dolan January 22, 20173:36 pm

It’s not even one receiver that’s always finding an opening. Matt Ryan has a reception to SIX different players in only the first quarter

Brendan Ball January 22, 20173:38 pm

A score here might make the Packers next possession a must score situation

Ryan Green January 22, 20173:40 pm

Matt Bryant increases the Falcons lead to ten.

Connor Dolan January 22, 20173:42 pm

First quarter finishes Falcons 10, Packers 0.

Connor Dolan January 22, 20173:50 pm

Just as the Packers offense starts looking good and gets to the red zone…Ripkowski fumbles

Ryan Green January 22, 20173:51 pm

The Packers go all the way down the field to see their drive disappear with a Aaron Ripkowski.

Ryan Green January 22, 20173:51 pm

Want to know where they are going to spot this ball. Looked like fumble was recovered out of the end zone and then Collins rolled into the end zone.

Ryan Green January 22, 20173:53 pm

I guess they ruled that Collins was in the end zone when he recovered the ball, resulting in a touchback.

Ryan Green January 22, 20173:55 pm

If the Falcons score a touchdown here, it will be a three score lead, with no sign of stopping the Falcons.

Ryan Green January 22, 20173:56 pm

That will be a large deficit for even Aaron Rodgers to overcome.

Brendan Ball January 22, 20173:56 pm

The Packers defense looks lost right now

Connor Dolan January 22, 20173:56 pm

Packers should change their offensive plan to only throwing Hail Mary’s. Seems like the only way they have a 100% chance of scoring.

Brendan Ball January 22, 20174:00 pm

That honestly might be game

Connor Dolan January 22, 20174:01 pm

Wow. Half the packers defense just watched Matt Ryan scramble in for that touchdown. You can literally pick out six guys just standing around in the replay

Ryan Green January 22, 20174:01 pm

Has the fat lady sung already?

Connor Dolan January 22, 20174:01 pm

17-0 Falcons

Ryan Green January 22, 20174:03 pm

We are talking about this game being over, yet there is still over 7 minutes to go in the 2nd quarter. That’s how bad it has been for the Pack attack.

Ryan Green January 22, 20174:08 pm

Falcons selling out with the blitzes on third down. It works again. Packers have to punt.

Ryan Green January 22, 20174:14 pm

A gaffe by the Falcons on a handoff to Gabriel, as the ball falls to the ground. Gabriel picks it up, even though it was in Jake Ryan’s hands for a split second.

Ryan Green January 22, 20174:15 pm

Falcons finally have to punt and the Packers will start with it at the ten.

Connor Dolan January 22, 20174:18 pm

Two minute drill for the Packers. Let’s see if they can create something before halftime

Ryan Green January 22, 20174:21 pm

If the Packers could score here, they get the ball to start the second half and could make this a game again. However, Rodgers go down and a long third down is coming up. Looking harder and harder to get back in this game.

Connor Dolan January 22, 20174:24 pm

Aaron Rodgers interception. And here we thought it was just the Packers defense that was playing awful today.

Ryan Green January 22, 20174:24 pm

He chucked it up for Nelson but it acted like a punt on the third and 21.

Ryan Green January 22, 20174:25 pm

Falcons get a chance to go down the field here with three timeouts. Already past midfield.

Connor Dolan January 22, 20174:28 pm

Devonta Freeman juking guys out of their socks right now

Ryan Green January 22, 20174:30 pm

After that Matt Ryan scramble they burn 7 seconds off the clock before they call timeout. Poor clock management even up 17.

Ryan Green January 22, 20174:31 pm

For he second time this drive a Green Bay DB has a football go off their hands.

Ryan Green January 22, 20174:31 pm

For he second time this drive a Green Bay DB has a football go off their hands.

Ryan Green January 22, 20174:32 pm

Julio Jones TD!

Ryan Green January 22, 20174:33 pm

He barely gets his right foot in bounds to increase the Falcons lead to 23. Still not yet confirmed but looks like a TD.

Ryan Green January 22, 20174:34 pm

TD confirmed!

Ryan Green January 22, 20174:35 pm

Matt Bryant through the uprights to make it a 24 point lead. An absolute embarrassment of a first half by the Packers.

Connor Dolan January 22, 20174:35 pm

24-0 Falcons at half. I think its time to watch an episode of The Bachelorette on DVR…at least that way I can see one Rodgers brother score.

Connor Dolan January 22, 20174:43 pm

Key first half stats

First Downs: Packers – 6, Falcons – 20
Third Down Conversions: Packers – 1/4, Falcons 7/9
Total Yards: Packers – 127, Falcons 325
Turnovers: Packers – 2, Falcons – 0
Matt Ryan: 2 Passing TDs, 1 Rushing TD. 22/32 passing
Aaron Rodgers: 1 Int. 12/17 passing
Connor Dolan January 22, 20174:44 pm

Key first half stats

First Downs: Packers – 6, Falcons – 20

Third Down Conversions: Packers – 1/4, Falcons 7/9

Total Yards: Packers – 127, Falcons 325
Turnovers: Packers – 2, Falcons – 0
Matt Ryan: 2 Passing TDs, 1 Rushing TD. 22/32 passing
Aaron Rodgers: 1 Int. 12/17 passing
Connor Dolan January 22, 20174:53 pm

Packers start the second half with a three and out.

Connor Dolan January 22, 20174:55 pm

Julio Jones with a massive play. Potential touchdown but there’s a flag on the field

Connor Dolan January 22, 20174:56 pm

Holding on the defense. Penalty declined, so Julio Jones has a 73 yard touchdown.

Ryan Green January 22, 20174:58 pm

If this game was not over at half time it is definitely now.

Ryan Green January 22, 20175:00 pm

If you are the Packers, injuries have been a big reason for this defensive collapse, but you wonder if you put some more emphasis on it in the offseason, what could have been this year?

Connor Dolan January 22, 20175:01 pm

Did the Packers send out the local Green Bay Pop Warner team today?

Ryan Green January 22, 20175:01 pm

Speaking of injuries: Ty Montgomery heads to the sideline surrounded by trainers.

Connor Dolan January 22, 20175:05 pm

Maybe the Packers are losing intentionally so they don’t have to be embarrassed even more by the Patriots offense

Connor Dolan January 22, 20175:10 pm

Touchdown DaVante Adams. Packers get on the board

Connor Dolan January 22, 20175:10 pm

Kick is good. Falcons lead 31-7

Ryan Green January 22, 20175:11 pm

So now that we have a ball game…

Connor Dolan January 22, 20175:14 pm

Delay of game on the kick off… that’s a new one

Ryan Green January 22, 20175:18 pm

If the Packers can get a stop here, score a touchdown, make an extra point, get a stop, score a touchdown, make an extra point, get a stop, score a touchdown, make an extra point, get a stop, and kick a field goal, the score would be tied.

Ryan Green January 22, 20175:19 pm

Meanwhile, Julio Jones with a great catch through traffic.

Connor Dolan January 22, 20175:19 pm

Crazy catch by Julio Jones…can’t believe he held onto that

Connor Dolan January 22, 20175:23 pm

No way that’s pass interference?

Ryan Green January 22, 20175:23 pm

In 1987 Bernie Kosar threw for 489 yards in a playoff game against the Jets, to set the single game passing yards in a single postseason game. Matt Ryan is putting that record in jeopardy today. 367 yards so far and we are not even in the 4th quarter.

Ryan Green January 22, 20175:26 pm

Devonta Freeman wins a tug of war battle with Morgan Burnett for a potential touchdown. He was ruled down at the half yard line. Falcons will challenge.

Ryan Green January 22, 20175:28 pm

The call is reversed and the Falcons extend their lead.

Ryan Green January 22, 20175:29 pm

The ball clearly broke the plane. Falcons 37, Packers 7 following the missed extra point.

Ryan Green January 22, 20175:32 pm

Rodgers showing some fight with a 28 yard scramble up the middle.

Connor Dolan January 22, 20175:33 pm

Seems like half of Roger’s incompletions come from dropped passes by his receivers

Ryan Green January 22, 20175:35 pm

TJ Lang goes down with what looks like a serious injury to the knee.

Ryan Green January 22, 20175:35 pm

Collins picks off Rodgers! But on the replay it looks like it hits the ground.

Connor Dolan January 22, 20175:38 pm

Pass is incomplete. No interception after review.

Connor Dolan January 22, 20175:38 pm

To their credit, the Packers are consistently plagued by injuries in recent years and still find a way to be somewhat successful (I wouldn’t count today’s game though)

Ryan Green January 22, 20175:42 pm

Packers in the Red Zone now and Rodgers continues to scramble, as no receivers are getting open.

Ryan Green January 22, 20175:43 pm

Touchdown Jordy Nelson! Packers plan to go for two.

Ryan Green January 22, 20175:44 pm

The Packers get the 2-point conversion on a Ripkowski inside handoff. Falcons 37, Packers 15.

Connor Dolan January 22, 20175:44 pm

What’s surprising is that the Falcons don’t even have a great pass defense. They were ranked 27th in passing yards against per game. Thats how bad the Packers are playing now

Ryan Green January 22, 20175:46 pm

Packers’ onside kick recovered by Mohamed Sanu. For a second it appeared he was gonna take it to the house, but he was tripped up from behind.

Ryan Green January 22, 20175:46 pm

End of Q3. Falcons 37, Packers 15.

Connor Dolan January 22, 20175:51 pm

HaHa Clinton-Dix seems to be the only Packers defender who hasn’t made a mistake tonight. Maybe the only Packers player to not make one.

Ryan Green January 22, 20175:53 pm

Touchdown Falcons! About as easy as they come.

Ryan Green January 22, 20176:13 pm

Green Bay gets a garbage time touchdown but fails to convert the 2pt-conversation. Falcons 44, Packers 21

Connor Dolan January 22, 20176:13 pm

Rodgers is letting his emotions show clearly as he gets a personal foul after a face mask and cheap shot

Ryan Green January 22, 20176:33 pm

Final score: Falcons 44, Packers 21. The Atlanta Falcons will be playing in Houston in two weeks for the Lombardi Trophy.