Matt Ryan passed not one touchdown, not two, not three, but four touchdowns in the Falcons blowout win over the Green Bay Packers. Ryan threw two touchdowns to Jones, also Sanu and Freeman each got one also. I predicted that the Falcons were going to win, but not like this. Not only did the Falcons play elite, but Green Bay played mediocre. What does that mean? A 44-21 Falcons win, that’s what it equals. We know the outcome, but lets dig deeper into the “Why They Won and They Lost” report of the Packers @ Falcons game.
Why the Atlanta Falcons won…
- Matt Ryan threw four touchdowns. FOUR TOUCHDOWNS! That in its self is impressive. Ryan played better than his “usual”, he threw no interceptions and had a 71% completion percentage, which is above his average. Ryan averaged 309 yards per game this season, and Ryan threw almost 400 yards against the Packers. Ryan just outperformed, and that will almost always equal a win for the Falcons.
- Julio Jones played like the real Julio Jones. He showed up and torched the Packers secondary. Jones caught 9 passes for 180 yards and 2 touchdowns. Jones has a habit of performing like a all-star wide receiver stud in one game, then become seemingly invisible in the next game. The Falcons had better hope he plays in the Super Bowl like he did against the Packers.
- Early lead. For the Falcons to come with a victory, they had to gain a lead early and quick. No matter which team it is, they will not be confident with a 2 point lead if Aaron Rodgers has the ball. Scoring 31 unanswered points from the beginning is how you beat “r-e-l-a-x”.
Why the Green Bay Packers lost…
- 493. 493 is how many yards the Packers allowed the Falcons to gain in the Conference Championship. You cannot beat a team if you allow 493 yards and 44 points. It is as simple as that, the Packers defense did nothing in that game, they did not even turnover the ball. You cannot win, no matter how good Aaron Rodgers is.
- Aaron Rodgers was the top rusher for the Packers. He rushed for over 40 yards and the next closest runner for the Packers had 17 yards. You have to be able to run the ball in January. The Packers ran the ball 17 times, while they threw the ball 45 times. That is lopsided play, (mostly because they were behind) but also allowed the defense to cheat on the passing game.
- On the three touchdowns that the Packers did convert, it took them an average of 12 plays per drive. That takes a while, and the Packers needed to score fast. The Pack had some big plays, but they could not score touchdowns fast. This is why it was a lost cause for them to even make it a close game by the end.
Well, there is the “They Won and They Lost Report” of the Packers @ Falcons game. Remember, be the best Sports Fan you can be.
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