The Packers didn't punt in this game. I think they could have started every drive on third down and still put up 48 points.
One more thing: The two highest-scoring performances in Packer playoff history have come with Aaron Rodgers at quarterback. Suffice it to say, I think "Rodgers hasn't shown he can play well in big games" has been shown to be about as true as ... "Atlanta is unbeatable at home."
I think Green Bay is the favorite easy on the road next week, no matter who wins tomorrow.
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I know I've said this before, but Aaron Rodgers is, for my money, the best quarterback in the league after the two-headed monster of Peyton Manning and Tom Brady. If I'm building a team today and can take any player in the league, Rodgers would be my first pick, given the fact that he has pretty much his whole career in front of him as long as he stays healthy.
We should all take a moment to absorb this one. But my instinct is to suggest that we just watched one of the best postseason performances in a generation. Rodgers completed 31 of 36 passes for 366 yards and three touchdowns, finishing with a passer rating of 136.8. He ran for a fourth touchdown and, by my count, spun out of four would-be sacks with mobility that national observers are only beginning to appreciate. Oh, by the way, Rodgers has now thrown 10 touchdown passes in his first three career postseason games, an NFL record.
The Packer Redemption tour of heartbreaking playoff losses is really in effect. First, we avenged 4th and 26 last weekend with the win over the Eagles. And, with beating Vick last week, and the Falcons this week, avenge the first ever home playoff loss at Lambeau. Oh, and we knocked out the Giants by winning and getting in, taking care of that last NFC title game, ended by a Favre INT.
It's so nice as a Packer fan, not having to hold your breath anymore as your QB gets ready to unload the ball, and waiting for him to screw the pooch. I'll always be thankful for Favre and what he did for us, but, now, we have a guy that can do that, but even better.
This is also the first defense I can remember since the team that won Super Bowl XXXI that I really feel plays hard every play. To be this good with all of the injuries they sustained over the year, is quite impressive.
The only team I really fear the rest of the way is Pittsburgh, since with a running game and Rodgers, I don't think New England has a chance this time around.
Finally, The Packers in 18 games played this season and post season, have not trailed by more than 7 points at any point in any of their ball games. That stat is phenomenal.
Yeah, yeah, yeah, Green Bay played great. I'm going to channel my inner Armond White and not praise the Pack like everyone else here, but trash the Falcons. What a pathetic game. Matty Ice got exposed big-time and looked awful out there. I hate that they abandoned the run when Turner was probably their best chance to win. And all of those turnovers... yuck. How did these dinguses get the #1 seed? The way they played last night made them look like they didn't even deserve to qualify for an XFL playoff game. In short, I hope that bus they ride on in the 'Play for 60' falls off a cliff. I hope Matty Ice gets caught outside in the middle of a blizzard until he gets frostbite all over and literally turns into a big block of ice. I hope the whole city of Atlanta burns down once again. I HATE YOU ATLANTA, I HATE YOU, I HATE YOU, I HATE YOU!!!!!!!!!
Yes, I had money of the Falcons going all the way to the Super Bowl. Why do you ask?
Great, great game by Rodgers. Anyone still want to say he's overrated?
GB has got to be the favorite to come out of the NFC. The only way right now I could see them getting eliminated, barring an injury to a key player, is if they beat themselves. And with Mike McCarty coaching them, that is possible.
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Originally posted by Packman V2 It's so nice as a Packer fan, not having to hold your breath anymore as your QB gets ready to unload the ball, and waiting for him to screw the pooch. I'll always be thankful for Favre and what he did for us, but, now, we have a guy that can do that, but even better.
Exactly this. Plus, it's nice to know that when the other team has the ball we've not only got a good chance of stopping them, but there's significant potential for a big play. I haven't been so happy as a Green Bay fan in a long, long time. McCarty even managed the clock effectively at the end of the first half!
I was right in the fact this game would not good to be as good the last game. Packers just crub stumped the Falcons. Well, everyone is jumping on the Packers bandwagon, I still think the Steelers, Pats or Jets mainly due the fact they know how to tackle. It also wouldn't shock me to see them lose in the next round either.
When Aikman said that he'd pick Rodgers if he was a new GM surprised me. I mean ... Brady and Manning still walk among us. But seeing the Rodgers's stats, I can see the argument.
I think I remember Aikman qualified that before he said it by saying Rodgers has to be considered one of the elite QBs in the league not named Manning or Brady. I'm not sure if he's lumping Eli with Peyton, or just forgot about Eli all together with that statement.
The stat that seems absolutely mind blowing is that the Packers, being the equivalent of a walking MASH unit this year, have lost players with a combined 91 games experience - and are in the NFC Championship game. That's some depth.
This was just an amazing game from a Packer perspective. The first quarter made me think that the Pack was going to give away a hard-fought game. But by the end of the second quarter, with the defense asserting itself, the game seemed pretty safe.
I'm looking forward to, and dreading, next Sunday's matchup. The Packers and Bears are so familiar with each other, so evenly matched (based on their earlier games this season), and the game is in Chicago. It'll be a nail-biter.
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Observations from the sideline:
1.) If you've never seen the Falcons' video to get the crowd going, well...it's got Mace f'n Windu. (NOTE: stadium version has him screaming "RISE UP ATLANTAAAAAAAAA..." and the fans go crazygonuts.)
2.) Atlanta fans, despite their rep for not showing up, were there early on Saturday, and they had the Georgia Dome rockin'. The gimmick was "Project 115"...they wanted the crowd noise to get up to 115 decibels. The field DJ (yep, they've got one) had a decibel meter elevated 4 feet off his turntables, and a field photographer put it on the JumboTron...only got to about 112.
3.) But MAN, did they start leaving early. By the 4th quarter, there was nobody left to boo the Packer fans who started the "GO PACK GO!" chants. Everybody in green and gold migrated down to the empty seats in the first few rows.
4.) Lots of rap played at the Georgia Dome, as you'd expect. (But hell, "Welcome to Atlanta" is a smooth groove.) Yet when Tony Gonzalez went down w/ his injury, we got that "ruby ruby" song by The Smiths. WTF!?
5.) Nobody saw this beatdown coming. Nobody. Even my fellow photographers on the sidelines were wowed.
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Wow. It ain't perfect-- it's missing the halftime show and most of the third quarter-- but it's still by a considerable margin the most-complete version of the First AFL-NFL World Championship Game ever found.