Falcons Are Still Pretenders
The Green Bay Packers didn’t have their A game, but it was still enough to beat the Atlanta Falcons 25-14 Sunday night, proving once again the Falcons are pretenders.
The Packers erased an early 14-0 deficit behind the passing of Aaron Rodgers, who threw for 396 yards and two touchdowns. His counterpart, Joe Montana… I mean, Matt Ryan, threw for only 167 yards and was intercepted twice.
It should be noted — mostly because some dickbag Falcons fan noted it to us before the game — that Matty Ice is now 22-3 at home. This record only counts regular season wins of course, since Ryan has never won shit in the playoffs.
Anyway, after looking like they were going to get pounded in the first quarter, the Packers defense stemmed the tide and turned in a solid effort, especially in the second half, to shut down the overrated Falcons offense. In addition to making Ryan look like Curtis Painter, the Packers also bottled up running back Michael Turner, limiting him to 56 yards.
Although they still rarely put pressure on the quarterback — Desmond Bishop had the team’s only sack — defensive coordinator Dom Capers seemed to open his defensive playbook for the first time all season in the second half. The result — the Falcons put zero points on the board after jumping out to their 14-0 lead.
While the defense was shutting down Johnny Unitas… I mean, Matt Ryan, Rodgers was spreading the ball around, hitting 12 different receivers. The bulk of the damage was done by James Jones and Greg Jennings.
Jones had five catches for 140 yards and a touchdown and Jennings had four for 82 and a touchdown.
If there was a dud on the Packers, it was tight end Jermichael Finley. One week after bitching about not getting the ball enough, Finley dropped at least three passes that hit him right in the hands, including one in the end zone.
Maybe Rodgers should have hit him in the mouth.
Nonetheless, the Packers still did enough to handle a mediocre Falcons team to move to 5-0.
Not that we want to get your hopes up, but each time the Packers have started 5-0, they’ve won a Super Bowl or NFL Championship.
Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.