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Packers 30 Falcons 16: How it Happened

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The Green Bay Packers handled the Atlanta Falcons on Monday night to improve to 4-0 and head into a much-needed bye week.

The Packers did what they needed to do to get a win at home and stay unbeaten against the banged up and winless Falcons.  Here’s how it went down.

No Receivers?  No Problem!

Much was made about the Packers not having their top two wide receivers for this game.  The first three offensive snaps for the Packers were passes, for those who wondered if Aaron Rodgers would try and hide behind the run game.

Seven snaps and a touchdown pass to Aaron Jones for an early 7-0 lead.  Jones had 32 rushing yards and two receptions on the drive.

On the next drive, the Packers again got down to the goal line and if Darrius Shepherd simply reaches the ball over the goal line, it’s a quick 14-0 lead.  Instead, he’s brought down short, bringing up 4th down and the run up the middle out of the shotgun. . . didn’t pan out (surprise, surprise).

All Gas, No Break

Following a second touchdown drive, the Packers managed to get the ball back with 1:30 left in the first half, which is, of course, too much time to give to Aaron Rodgers and the offense.

The Packers promptly marched down field and found the end zone as Robert Tonyan logged his second of the night.  They went into the locker room with a 20-3 lead.

Robert Tonyan. . Again?

The Packers have had injuries this year but the bad news for their opponents is that someone is always ready to step up.  This week, it was tight end Robert Tonyan.

Tonyan finished with three touchdowns on five receptions and has a touchdown in three-straight games.

No one is going to mistake Tonyan for Davante Adams but turning in three touchdowns will certainly help the cause with other top pass catchers out.

Closing It Out

The Falcons helped as much as they could with Matt Ryan missing many throws late to put the Packers offense back on the field but the Packers made the plays they needed to in order to get the win and close it out.

It wasn’t a blowout but the offense and defense turned in some big plays and showed that they can do it week in and week out, at home or on the road.

Top Performers

  • Robert “Big Bob” Tonyan with three touchdowns on the night leads all comers in this category
  • Aaron Rodgers nearly put up a perfect passer rating on his way to 327 yards and four touchdowns on the night.  Still no interceptions all season
  • Aaron Jones with 100 total yards and a receiving touchdown
  • Za’Darius Smith with three sacks and four QB hits

Needs Some Work

  • How many games is tackling going to make this list?  Way WAY too many missed tackle

 

A week off now and then on the road against Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

 

 

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