Falcons move to 2- 0 after Defeating the Green Bay Packers 34- 23
With a sold out crowd in the 1st ever regular season Falcons game in their new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the fans had something to cheer about when the Falcons put on an offensive clinic.
With a rematch of last year’s NFC Championship, the Packers and Falcons took the field as the showdown game of week 2. What many anticipated as a scoring frenzy from both offenses, really became a one sided as the Falcons offense started fast a refused to let off the gas pedal.
The Packers defense had no answer for Matt Ryan and co. After the Packers showed major improvement last week with holding the Seattle Seahawks to 9 points, they had a little more difficulty containing Matt Ryan and the Falcons offense.
In the 1st quarter, the Falcons orchestrated a 9 play 86 yard drive that resulted in a 3 yard TD by Devonta Freeman putting the Falcons up 7-0! In response, the Green Bay Packers had an 11 play 75 yard drive that was capped off with a 2 yard TD run by Ty Montgomery to tie the game at 7-7.
In the 2nd quarter, the Falcons drove down the field on a 10 play 87 yard drive that was kept alive by 3rd down catches by Sanu and Hardy that gave Freeman a 2 yard TD run that put the Falcons up once again 14-7. After back to back punts by Green Bay and a interception by Desmond Trufant, allowed the offense to go on a 34 yard drive that ended in a TD catch by RB, Tevin Coleman putting the Falcons up 24-7 at halftime!
Since the Falcons got the ball to start the game, the Packers received it to start the 2nd half. A sack by Vic Beasley Jr, during the Packers 1st possession of the 2nd half, forced Aaron Rodgers to throw a lateral pass that was picked up by Desmond Trufant and ran into the end zone for a Falcons TD extending the lead to 31-7!
Following the turnover the Packers responded with a 11 play 65 yard drive that resulted in a 28 yard field goal by Mason Crosby making the score 31-10. 2 50+ yard field goals by Matt Bryant helped the Falcons get to 34-10.
In the 4th quarter, Rodgers began to get in a rhythm and helped make the score look more respectable by running 13 unanswered points on the scoreboard to bring the final score to 34-23. In the second half, The Falcons defense began to take over with their pass rush that resulted in multiple sacks and a fumble that ultimately helped the Falcons run way with this game.
With this victory, the Falcons move to 2-0 on the season and validate that last year wasn’t a fluke. Next week the Falcons travel to Detroit to face the Lions at 1pm looking to improve their season record to 3-0.