The Atlanta Falcons opened the new Mercedes-Benz Dome with a huge win over Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. It was a banner night for Matt Ryan and the Falcons in “The House That Arthur Built.”
Falcons Offense Comes Alive, Led By Matt Ryan
If there was any lingering possibility of revenge for the Packers following the loss in Atlanta in the NFC Championship, it was cut short quickly. The Falcons came out and demolished the Packers. Matt Ryan had an awesome showing, going 19-28 passing with 258 yards, and a touchdown. Devonta Freeman had another great night, as he rushed for 84 yards on 19 carries. He also had two touchdowns. Julio Jones looked to be in mid-season form as well, catching five balls for 108 yards total.
Rodgers Good On Stat Line, But It Didn’t Carry Over
You can’t do much better than 343 yards passing and two touchdowns (he was 33-50 attempts wise), but that stat line didn’t exactly carry over on the field. He was pressured all night long, and got hit hard on multiple occasions. The running game was non existent for the Pack, as Ty Montgomery only had 35 yards on ten carries. He did have one touchdown. Davante Adams had a good night receiving as he was a yard short of the century mark, on eight total receptions.
Aaron Rodgers was uncomfortable all night long and it showed. He was sacked multiple times, and when the Falcons weren’t sacking Rodgers, they were making him uncomfortable. Vic Beasley hit Rodgers hard a couple times, one causing a backwards lateral, which was scooped up for a score by Desmond Trufant, who also had Rodgers’ one lone interception.
Falcons Improve To 2-0 Heading To Detroit
The Falcons are off to a 2-0 start this year. They head up to Detroit for what looks like a winnable game. DE Vic Beasley will be out for a month with a leg injury, but this shouldn’t hurt the Falcons detrimentally in this game. Matt Ryan will look to continue the success that he’s had as of late, and Julio Jones should get close to the century mark receiving again. They’ll go up against Georgia graduate Matt Stafford this weekend at Ford Field.