The Atlanta Falcons made a December visit to the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field. Both defenses have dealt with a numerous amount of injuries this season. The Packers came into the game dealing with the big story of the firing of their head coach. The Falcons came into the game trying to end the season with some hard fought games. The Falcons took home their fifth straight loss to the Packers, 34-20
The offense looked to get their mojo back at the beginning of the game. On the first drive of the game the offense had the most efficient drive in the past month. The drive was filled with controversy and seemed to be the start of a very interesting game.
Matt Ryan connected with Julio Jones twice on the sideline and both passes drew a challenge flag. Both challenges were lost and the Packers lost all their challenges for the whole game in the first minute and 30 seconds of the game.
The rushing attack improved significantly in this game. In the last two games, the offense had 50 rushing yards combined. They ended this game with 107 rushing yards on the day.
The drive ended with a Jones touchdown and the Falcons only score until the fourth quarter. Jones became the first in the NFL to reach 1400 receiving yards in five straight seasons. In total, Jones had 8 catches for 106 yards and 2 touchdowns. He had 63 of those yards on the first drive alone.
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The offense became completely unproductive for a majority of the rest of the game. There were penalties, dropped and overthrown balls that canceled big potential plays. Ryan gave up a pick six in the second quarter and by halftime the Falcons had given up 8 penalties for 66 yards.
The defense had a good amount of pressure on Aaron Rodgers throughout the game. They ended the game with four sacks of Rodgers. One of the sacks came from the newly signed Bruce Irvin, giving him his first sack as an Atlanta Falcon.
Rodgers broke a record, previously held by Tom Brady, completing 359 consecutive attempts without an interception. The record seems to be very lucky for Rodgers seeing that there were two potential interceptions in the hands of Deion Jones that he dropped.
The return of Jones has sparked production on the defensive side of the ball though tackling and missed turnover opportunities still dominate the Falcons defensive game.
The Falcons are now confirmed to end with their first losing record since 2014. They will play the Arizona Cardinals at Mercedes Benz Stadium on December 16 as they hope to get a win to take into the final two weeks of the season.
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