Sunday, January 16, 2011

NFL Playoffs: Packers, Rodgers Shoot Down The Falcons

Pardon Atlanta Falcons fans if they have visions of 30 years ago. The 1980 Falcons had the best record in the NFL heading into the playoffs but had nothing to show for it. Danny White led the Dallas Cowboys to a come-from-behind win in the Divisional Playoff. Do you remember? This will help. Vin Scully and George Allen were in the booth for CBS Sports. (Thanks

30 years later the Falcons had the best record in the NFC, home field advantage throughout the playoffs and will have nothing to show for it.

The Green Bay Packers destroyed the Falcons 48-21, or should I say Aaron Rodgers did it.

The Packers quarterback could do nothing wrong. Aaron Rodger went 31-of-36 passes (86.1 percent) for 366 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions for a 136.8 passer rating. On third down Rodgers was off the charts going 10-for-10 on third down for 151 yards, with eight of those throws going for first downs as the Packers finished the night 8-of-12 (66.7 percent) on third down.

How many times did Rodgers' legs help avoid blitzing Falcon defenders?

"Aaron Rodgers was excellent today." Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said. "His ability to play a run/pass mix, especially in the first three quarters, was impressive. In or outside the pocket, he was on fire."

"I just got into a rhythm not only throwing the football but moving around in the pocket." Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said. "It’s just a special night.”

Here's the highlights from the Georgia Dome. (Thanks Sports)

Photo Courtesy: Evan Siegle/Green Bay Press-Gazette

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