Matt Ryan and the high-powered Atlanta Falcons offense were able to completely pick apart a wounded Green Bay Packers defense on their way to a 44-21 blowout for a trip to Super Bowl LI.
This NFC Championship game was never in doubt as the Falcons offense was on fire right out of the gate and never slowed down. Atlanta’s opening drive ended with a 2-yard touchdown pass to Mohamed Sanu which was then followed by a Matt Bryant field goal to give them a 10-0 first quarter lead.
Aaron Rodger’s and his banged up wide receivers weren’t able to put anything together at all in the first half and their defense wasn’t helping their case as they continued to let up big plays. Matt Ryan kicked off the second quarter with a 14-yard touchdown scramble and finished it up with a 5-yard touchdown pass to Julio Jones. Atlanta headed into the halftime break with a comfortable 24-0 lead but they wouldn’t let off the gas pedal in the second half.
Almost immediately after the break, Julio Jones broke loose for a 73-yard touchdown as the Falcons continued to run up the score on the Packers. Green Bay finally struck for the first time when Aaron Rodgers found Davante Adams in the end zone to hopefully stop the bleeding for the time being. Atlanta had different plans as they answered that touchdown with a touchdown pass to Devonta Freeman. The Packers answered again however as their offense was seemingly starting to click when Aaron Rodgers hit Jordy Nelson for the touchdown to end the third quarter with a 38-15 score following the 2-point conversion.
Green Bay’s problem was that they never could manage to slow down Matt Ryan and his offense and that proved true again as Tevin Coleman rushed for the Flacons final score of the game to open up the fourth quarter. Aaron Rodgers ended up hitting Jared Cook for a touchdown but a comeback was far too unrealistic and the game ended in a lop-sided 44-21 victory for the Falcons.
Matt Ryan was unconscious in this game finishing 27 of 38 passing for 392 yards and 4 touchdowns as he continues to add to his MVP-caliber season with yet another impressive performance. His favorite target was unstoppable in this game as well Julio Jones finished the game with 9 receptions for 180 yards and 2 touchdowns. Every Falcons offensive player came ready to play in this game and they need to look for a lot of the same in the Super Bowl.
For the Packers, a lot of their team was banged up and that showed as Aaron Rodgers was seemingly doing it by himself finishing 27 of 45 passing for 287 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 1 interception. Jordy Nelson, Davante Adams, and Geronimo Allison were all dealing with their own injuries in this game and that significantly slowed their offense down as they clearly weren’t 100%.
The Atlanta Falcons definitely won’t have it this easy in the Super Bowl against the New England Patriots but they still need to look for their offense to be as hot as they were in this game. As much as their offense needs to contribute, I think they’re biggest challenge will be to slow down Tom Brady and the Patriots as he looks to complete his revenge tour on the NFL with one last win.