Packers Wilt Late, Fall to Falcons 33-32

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Matt Ryan

The effort was there. The result wasn’t.

The Green Bay Packers may have just played their best game — at least offensively — of the 2016 season. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough, as they fell to the Atlanta Falcons by a point, 33-32.

Per usual, it was a tale of two halves. This week, the first half was the winner for the Packers. They put up 24 points there and followed with just eight in the second half. That has been a pattern for the Packers throughout the season — play well for one half, do nothing in the other.

If this team could ever plays two full halves of football, they might be pretty good. Instead, they’re just another middle of the road NFC team.

Aaron Rodgers, in my estimation, played his best game of football this season against Atlanta. Rodgers finished 28-of-38 for 246 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. He also added 60 rushing yards, which led the team.

And that’s not saying much, since Fat Mike decided to hand the ball to his running backs just 13 times on the day. Fullback Aaron Ripkowski actually led the way with six carries for 34 yards.

That’s not really an effective offensive game plan though, is it?

Buuuuuuuuuuuuuuffoooooooooooooooon!

In the end, the Packers’ defense just couldn’t stop Matt Ryan and the Falcons, even with a hobbled Julio Jones (3 for 29).

The Falcons were consistent throughout, putting up points in each quarter and Ryan finished with 288 yards and three touchdowns versus no picks. You could say that was the difference in the game — the Packers defense’s inability to do much of anything.

They had no turnovers, just two sacks and let backup running back Terron Ward average 7.7 per rush.

Must not have watched any film on that guy…

Still, Rodgers had a chance to win it at the end. Despite his somewhat return to form, he stayed true to form at the end.

When you look at the list of quarterbacks with the most game-winning drives, you’ll notice Aaron Rodgers is not anywhere close to the top.

So while he looked good for the most part, Rodgers did what he normally does when tasked with winning a game for the Packers.

He failed.

So who are these Green Bay Packers? Just another mediocre NFC club right now.

The good news is, the NFC is full of mediocrity, so that might be good enough.

About The Author

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.

46 Comments on "Packers Wilt Late, Fall to Falcons 33-32"

  1. Karl

    At least it was entertaining. Nice to see more receivers getting a chance, even if it does take an injury to get them on the field. Secondary performed as well as could be expected, considering. Here’s to hoping Gunter can shine. We can’t have a chump wearing #36!!!

  2. MJ

    This one falls on the defense. In the second half they were not able to make any stops. Each Falcon’s pass was stealing 8-10 yds. The pass def was broken and they advanced at will.

  3. Joey

    I think you are wrong. MM was hell bent on running the ball in the 2nd half when that hadn’t worked all game. Rodgers was doing just fine dishing the ball out. After all, ATL was the 31st ranked pass D and the 9th ranked running D. We should have won that game with an aggressive passing offense. Instead we waited over 25 mins in the second half to show up on the scoreboard.

  4. PF4L

    Julio Jones was hobbled, had no catches in the 2nd half, a decoy more or less. Lets get that out of the the way.

    Now….when, Sanu is killing you on the Falcons final drive, and they get in the red zone. It might be a good idea to put someone on him, besides Jake Ryan. Julio is doubled by Gunter and Dix over the top as Sanu runs an up route up the middle against Ryan. Ryan proceeds to let Sanu run by him at the 2 yard line, and doesn’t follow him in. Leaving Sanu uncontested for a game winning td. Sure glad they had Julio shut down.

    Sometimes you just deserve to lose the game. This was one of those games.

      • Empacador

        Guarded optimism. Janis, Davis and Allison all performed today too. Before anyone crowns Adams as the next Jerry Rice, let him play like he has the last 2 games the rest of the season. Until he produces a body of work proving he isn’t the liability he has been, I still don’t trust that guy.

  5. John Smith

    Jake Ryan does not belong anywhere on the field. He is just bad, when Clay matthews gets back, they should put him back to inside linebacker because Matthews has not been a good pass rusher this season.

  6. You have to question why the Packers do not know or appear to care when players are hurt or hobbled on the opposing team. Happened in this game with Julio and the 2014 NFCC game with Sherman and Thomas. You would think someone in the organization should be watching the telecast or the oppositions sideline to keep track of players during the game not at full strength. It would be good to pass that info on to players and coaches. Maybe someone does pass the information on and no one is in control to make adjustments? The defense should have adjusted to Julio’s leg injury at least till he shows he can beat your man coverage.

  7. Any one point loss and there are bound to be tons of woulda coulda shoulda. Much of it quite right I am sure. But, even as a Vikings fan, I will say the following:

    1. Looked like the 2014 Rodgers. Hopefully only due to the weak pass D of the Falcons but, still.
    2. Gutty performance overall.
    3. Despite a decimated secondary and a high powered opponent the fungus actually did much better than expected vs. the pass.

    You know, Falcons are a play-off caliber team, most likely their division winner to be, and were at home. In a dome — not the Packer ideal field. So, I am very glad the Packer fungus lost but there is no shame in this loss. You guys even covered!

  8. Wednesday MM will cut a back-up TE to make it appear any and all concerns are fixed. Then on Friday he will have a groundskeeper fired for wishing the team good luck on their next game. If history repeats itself. But, you know, he probably knows worse losses are coming so maybe he will save his usual tricks for later in the season.

  9. Pack Attack

    I just want you to know killer that i scroll right past you comments. Anything you have to say is of little merit to me and everyone else here

  10. gort

    I was somewhat impressed that the Pack was in the game and pleased that it wasn’t an embarrassment. The rushing offense still sucks. Today’s rushing defense highlights the need to put big play Clay back inside. His hammy and the result of lost starts have been a long term problem when he plays his favorite position on the outside. He is far more effective, doesn’t get owies, doesn’t lose starts, and therefore is better for the team on the inside. This one goes back to the coaches. They need to do their job and put the correct players in the correct position.

  11. MMTTDCSUCK

    I was very happy with my reaction to this loss. Mostly because as long as Buffoon and TT are here, I cannot expect too much from the Packers anymore. This team gutted it out, played pretty fair IMHO and, if coached by someone better (on O and D) most likely would have won . . . As I have stated many times, the Packers DO NOT MAKE adjustments or make poor ones at halftime . . . today is no different. I knew that they would come out and shit the bed . . . and they did. The other team comes out after halftime with a totally new plan . . . and it fucking worked. At no time did I believe we were out of this game though. Rodgers played well today (thank goodness). But I knew with all of my heart that Dom Capers would blow it, right along with MM’s play calling. I was not disappointed with my assumptions. Like PF4L stated earlier that the defense just gave them openings for Sanu and AJ HAWK V.2 just lets Sanu go right by him at the 2 yard line for an uncontested TD, that is coaching, and an unawareness that pervades all of the players in the middle of the field every game; unless Matthews is there. I want Murphy to start doing his fucking job, and find a way to get rid of these coaching posers . . . BTW, I went through the fucking 70’s and 80’s starting as a young adult in the mid seventies! I have seen the shit! I am NOT SPOILED! I just see these fucking ne’er do wells running this program right back into this scenario. Why in the fuck do some of you people still think this crazy motherfucker of a coach is good? He sucks! TT “The Frugal GM” sucks! . . . and Dom Capers proved once again at the end of the game why he sucks! Mark Murphy needs to do his job now.

    • icebowl

      AJ Hawk V.2….
      That’s a good one MM etc suck !!!
      I suffered right along with you through the dark years young man…. the cold sweat nightmares of The Fridge busting through the D on the goal line still haunt me ….

      We may be nearing the end of the Green’s golden years.

      • MMTTDCSUCK

        Thanks ICEBOWL! You are most likely correct, if Mark Murphy does not do his job soon . . . because the other three certainly have not been . . . we will be one of the NFL also rans’ again.

    • Packers fan

      1. MMTTDCSUCK I think it’s time to move on from MM. He’s a great guy not a good coach. A couple months ago, I praised him. Now I am starting to realize he is overrated like TT. MM is like Andy Reid. Horrible Clock Manager. MM to the Packers is what Andy Reid was to Philly (and the Chiefs). Andy Reid is who MM reminds me with. Both are horrible game managers (Mike Tomlin is a horrible game manager too), horrible clock managers, and passive play-calling. The Packers offense better play like they did yesterday against the Falcons. That’s how Aaron Rodgers should play going forward.

      2. MMTTDCSUCK another thing I want to tell you, if you give Aaron Rodgers the Seahawks/Vikings/Broncos defense on this team, we are SB champions. We should be 5-2, not 4-3, that shows Capers gotta go. We have to much talent to be 4-3.

      3. MMTTDCSUCK if you go on twitter, you can see Skip Bayless say stupid things about Aaron Rodgers. Here is one stupid tweet he said about Aaron Rodgers: “R-E-L-A-X, Aaron. Your Packers just fell to 4-3.” And here’s another one he said about Aaron: “Bet you Aaron Rodgers’ teammates won’t love the way he showed up Davante Adams by motioning he should’ve broken off his route on last play.” Instead of stupid Skip Bayless continue saying dumb things about Aaron Rodgers, he should be bashing the defense (including Capers), TT, and MM.

      Your thoughs MMTTDCSUCK. Please reply in bullets.

      • MMTTDCSUCK

        I agree with you PACKERS FAN. Skip Bayless is an asshole. Aaron Rodgers can be an ass, but Dropvonte Adams did not come back to the ball. Should Rodgers have called him out in front of people? probably not. Rodgers has been doing that more and more the last few years, and I blame the coaching staff and player procurement lackey TT for this. Rodgers frustration level must be off of the charts. A big yes to Rodgers calling out those fucking buffoons MM, TT, DC and Mark Murphy . . . He is most likely the only one who can without losing his job.

      • icebowl

        “Your thoughs MMTTDCSUCK. Please reply in bullets”….

        LMFAO….
        What is this a friggin grade school assignment…? You don’t post much do you “PACKER FAN”.?

  12. Mike

    Ended up better than expected, when I saw who was out in addition to who’s already out I thought this was gonna be a blowout. Seems like Rodgers had that edge today and looked better. Injuries or not, it’s still the same old d and will continue to fail more often than not in clutch situations.

    Martinez and Ryan are not very good but they were drafted so that’s what we can look forward to for years to come. So many first round picks on d and the only one that seems to do their part is hhcd. No lass rush at all without clay and he can’t do it alone. Love Daniels but again he needs some help.

    Offense looked better but the end of the game was typical. 31 seconds and 2 timeouts and we gain all of 7 yards. Nelson getting shaken up kinda screwed it up but why. It go for the first down, use the timeout and at least extend the game a few more plays. They did it perfect to end the first half and choked at the end. I’d bet if the pack scored and left Ryan 31 seconds and 2 timeouts, they woulda won or at least got Bryant out there for some kind of attempt.

    Looks like the road to the super bowl will be via a wild card and 3 road games. Possibly all domes (Atlanta, Dallas, Minnesota) or the yearly NFC west matchup (Seattle this year)

  13. ay hombre

    Wow did people turn on Ryan and Martinez in a hurry.

    I like what I saw. Keep in mind the injuries.

    Time to bet the Pack to win it all come Tuesday morning. Whatever price they’re at will be as good as it will get going forward.

    Here come the Pack.

  14. PF4L

    I see some people posting that the game turned out better than expected, and i felt the same way.

    But look at where we’ve come. Were playing one of the worst defenses in the league, we lose, and were saying it went better than expected. I’m guilty of it also.

    But that’s what this has come to. The 2014 team would have won this game by 17-21 points. Kinda sad when you think about it.

  15. icebowl

    Impressed by first half…
    Saw a different team with opening drive of second half…
    Is it overconfidence, lack of motivation or MMs comments (or lack of) that drives this too frequent pattern…????

  16. LLBodyOdor

    Considering the injuries, the Packers should have been blown out and weren’t.
    Kudos to the coaching staff for the game plan and getting them ready to play.

    Blaming the QB because they didn’t drive down to kick a field goal at the end is ridiculous.
    He was playing with a bunch of scrubs.

  17. Kato

    I see a lot of people complaining about coaching. I am not saying the coaching staff is above blame, and they do deserve some criticism. Their second halves of games this year have been piss poor. Let’s also keep in mind that this team has been decimated by injuries, and have counting on major contributions from players that they weren’t expecting to play a lot going into the year. They certainly weren’t looking at Don Jackson and Ladarious Gunter being at the top of their respective depth charts in week 8. My question to the people who think MM should be fired: who is out there available that is better? Or even a coach that has a job? I bet you are struggling to answer that question.

    • PF4L

      Kato……

      That’s the same thing that bears fans have been saying for years about Cutler. “Who do we have that’s better?”

      No one, if you DON’T TRY. Trust me, the bears won’t have anyone better at the end of the season, but he will be let go. Saying we have to keep someone because we don’t have anyone better, is what losers say. Do you really think a new coach can’t get us in the playoffs with Aaron Rodgers in the NFC North? Then lose in the playoffs like McCarthy has? Any coach could do that. If we get in, and lose in the playoffs again this season, that will be 6 years straight, enough is enough.

      As far as injuries, everyone has injured players, that’s why men in the NFL, don’t use it as an excuse. Seems like we did pretty well on offense without Cobb and Montgomery. We didn’t use all our injuries in 2010 as an excuse did we?

  18. Zwoeger

    What whas I thinking that the Fatman might think out of the skinner box? Two? successes with those sideway passes and he keeps doing it despite the outcome further on. Well as most of you I do’nt expect any thing good any game with this pigeon.

  19. Empacador

    Listening to the Mike Heller show on the drive home this afternoon, you wouldn’t believe the number of homers staunchly defending McCarthy and company. It’s like reading a Packers sanctioned website, these people are deluded. Dey tink we goin’ to da Superbowl ya der hey! Just happy to make the playoffs year after year, good job coach! Yesterday’s loss was a springboard to 13-3 and the Superbowl. When did weed become legal in Wisconsin?

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