What an awesome matchup in the NFC Championship Game this year! We have two of the league’s hottest teams in the Packers and Falcons, who are in the midst of eight-game and five-game win streaks, respectively. The game will also feature two of the best QB’s in the NFL. In the last eight games, Aaron Rodgers has thrown 21 TD’s and just 1 INT, while Matt Ryan has completed 15 TD’s without an INT. There should be plenty of points scored in this one.
Atlanta may be the surprise team in this tournament. They are explosive on offense, averaging 33 points per game during the regular season. In their last seven games, they have been even better, averaging over 36.5 points per game! Ryan throws the ball all over the yard, and has unbelievable weapons in Julio Jones, Mohammed Sanu, and Taylor Gabriel. We don’t like those matchups for the Green Bay secondary, which has been really banged up. Then throw in TE’s Levine Toilolo and Austin Hooper, and the receiving skills of RB’s Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman, and they present some real problems for the Packers. Atlanta also has the better rushing attack, and Coleman will be in the fold this time. He didn’t play in the first meeting between these teams. Defensively, the Falcons are much improved and are turning the ball over. They had three sacks and two INT’s last week against Seattle, and as a result of playing the mobile Russell Wilson, may have a good plan in place for Rodgers and his ability to extend plays.
That sounds like a lot of positive stuff in favor of the Falcons. But let’s remember, Rodgers may be the best player in the NFL right now, regardless of position! His physical skills are obviously outstanding, but it goes beyond that. His demeanor, particularly in pressure situations, is unmatched, and this team is riding on his back right now. Rodgers is hoping to have Jordy Nelson back, but Randall Cobb has returned and been a valuable target. Rodgers does an excellent job of using all his receivers, and that includes TE Jared Cook, who has come on strong in the postseason. What will be different this week is for the first time in the playoffs, Green Bay won’t have the most explosive offense on the field. They will have to play ball control and keep Ryan and company off the field, which could mean a bigger role for WR turned RB Ty Montgomery.Add to My RFN