Primetime Packers Primer: NBC26 previews Packers at Falcons
Sep 17 2017 by Dustin Murphy
All the Packers No. 1 receiver wore for protection against the Falcons was a traditional quarterback flak jacket with some added padding rigged up by the medical and equipment staffs, and the only thing that really hurt Nelson was the final outcome, which was the Packers' second conference title game loss in three years.
The Packers have won three of the last four regular-season meetings against Atlanta.
Not that Rodgers has any influence over how well Ryan plays on Sunday night, but it's no secret the quarterback who plays better will go a long way in deciding the outcome. And never was that weakness exposed more than in the NFC title game against the Falcons. If Daniels can continue to dominate and the nitro package can help keep the Falcons in check, Green Bay will be in a good position to win.
Give me an under the radar name on Green Bay's offense or defense who could make a difference in this game.
If there's any more changes before kickoff it will likely be related to the health of the Packers' offensive line, as tackles Bryan Bulaga and David Bakhtiari are both questionable and Jason Spriggs is out with a hamstring injury.
Also listed as questionable are defensive lineman Mike Daniels, safety Kentrell Brice and defensive lineman Montravius Adams. The Packers like to hit Cobb on short quick routes so he can make a move and get in the open field. Offseason re-acquisition Davon House looks to get the lion's share of the duties in covering Jones. He's must feed Julio Jones within the flow of his game calls. The defense as a whole held the Seahawks to just nine points, the fewest allowed by the Pack in Week 1 since a 28-6 win against Detroit in 2001. QB Matt Ryan has averaged 351.6 yards passing last three games against Packers, with 11 TDs, one interception.
#4 Playoff atmosphere expected: The Packers have practice at tackling some raucous road environments. Mike McCarthy'sPackers are hopeful that the third time will be the charm, as they look to exact some revenge and spoil the Falcons' debut in their new home.
NBC will broadcast the game nationally, and locally on NBC26 at 7:30 CDT from Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Practice hasn't always made flawless though.
But the Packers defense - often maligned in the latter years of the Bart Starr regime - showed up big in stopping Andrews.
Still, it will be something the Green Bay Packers Pro Bowl receiver and the rest of Aaron Rodgers' pass-catchers will have to account for Sunday night in Atlanta.
Sacks killed several promising drives early in Green Bay's win last week.
Before half time, running backs Tevin Coleman and Devonta Freeman both gained big chunks of yards after the catch, pushing the Falcons down the field in a hurry and setting up Ryan's touchdown pass to Jones with seven seconds left.
The weekend is almost here, which means the "Sunday Night Football" matchup between the Falcons (1-0) and the Packers (1-0) is nearly upon us.