The Packers’ linebackers can’t match their speed, particularly in the passing game. Both teams are going to have to hold serve when they have the ball. When pressured, Rodgers has a 49.1 completion percentage, compared to 70.7 percent when not pressured, per Pro Football Focus. However, the opportunistic Patriots defense forced two Green Bay turnovers, which helped engineer a comeback win.
Atlanta took on Denver in Super Bowl XXXIII in 1999.
“That pumped me up beyond belief to hear that was as loud as they’ve ever heard it”, Quinn said of the Seahawks” game. To me, the idea of the Steelers returning to the Super Bowl and Steelers fans being able to brag about that is a nightmare. Forty of the 58 current Packers have postseason experience.
The trio have combined to win seven Super Bowl titles with Brady and Rodgers having also been named Most Valuable Player of the NFL’s regular season and championship game. Atlanta ended the regular season at 11-5 and wound up playing both games of the NFC playoffs at home in the Georgia Dome.
#2 First Quarter Kings?: The Packers defense has given up plenty of points, but they have been great in the first quarter during the 8-game win streak. It’s your get off and it goes into your strain, your technique, you want to make sure you’re in concert with the other guys – three, four, five, however many are rushing.
The Falcons went 14-2 in one of the most successful seasons in franchise history. Green Bay prevailed 34-31 last week over the Cowboys in a classic.
It feels redundant, but there’s nothing left for Aaron Rodgers but swaths of superlatives. Here are a few more: A popular Atlanta restaurant had to publicly apologize for agreeing to host a Packers rally ( “offering aid and comfort to the enemy”, one aggrieved radio caller complained).
While this is a shot at Falcons fans, it’s also a swipe at the organization.
And Rodgers will get his yards against a Falcons defense that isn’t great at pressuring the quarterback, despite the presence of Vic Beasley Jr. and Dwight Freeney. Rodgers’, through two games, is 63.9.
There were three moments where the Packers had a chance to slow down Jones, but he managed to fight through all of them. The Falcons had a Top 5 rush offense this season, Green Bay finished eighth-best against the run this season.
Let’s be clear though, while Rodgers has played well this season, he’s been by no means exceptional by his own high standards.
Coming off the best performance of what has largely been an up-and-down career, Matt Ryan has his Atlanta Falcons on the brink of Super Bowl LI.
The Falcons rank 25th overall and are slightly better against the pass (23rd), but are brutal against the run (31st). The Packers and Falcons are looking to avenge championship game losses, plus great quarterbacks, frightful pass defenses and Game 2 turnarounds.
The Packers are a clutch team. But the Packers wouldn’t have survived without two clutch kicks from Mason Crosby. A league-record 10 players caught at least two touchdown passes. They’ll challenge the Falcons to defend all of those offensive weapons.
Then there was his “friendly” wager over Sunday’s game with his counterpart in Brown County, Wisconsin.