Noteworthy: Intent on running the ball more effectively against the Falcons, coach Mike McCarthy used Taylor, a better blocking tight end, more than Bostick. He didn’t call for many deep shots down the field but when he did, Nelson made a good play on an underthrown ball from Flynn for a 46-yard completion that set up a third-quarter field goal. Had Flynn put more on the throw, it might have been a touchdown. … Bostick and Jones each had a drop. … Lacy was on his way to another heavy workload until he sprained his right ankle at the end of the first half and gave way to Starks for the first two series of the third quarter. … Dietrich-Smith gamely went the distance on an ankle he sprained in practice on Wednesday. He took out two defenders on a 16-yard screen to Lacy in the first quarter but also got beat badly by defensive tackle Corey Peters for a red-zone sack on third down in the second quarter that forced the Packers to settle for a field goal.
Noteworthy: Jolly played his best game of the season with five tackles, including one for a loss on a critical fourth-quarter play, batted down his first pass of the season and recovered a fumble. Despite leading the defensive linemen in playing time, Raji came away without a sack for the 32nd straight game. His last sack came on Nov. 24, 2011. Boyd was active over Jerel Worthy for the second straight game and the rookie fifth-round pick played more than the first-round pick, Datone Jones. … Neal and Perry both had solid days rushing the passer, while Neal came up with the big play -- the fourth-quarter strip sack of Matt Ryan that Jolly recovered. Hawk was the only available inside linebacker left after Brad Jones (ankle) and Lattimore (knee) were knocked out of action. … Richardson, who previously had played only 22 snaps on defense this season, may have wrestled a starting safety job away from Jennings with a solid performance after the coaches benched Jennings late in the second quarter. Bush had played only 42 snaps on defense since Week 2 but got the call in the dime package because dime back Hyde replaced House in the nickel. Williams played all of his snaps on the outside, leaving Bush and Hyde to cover the slot receivers/tight ends. That put Bush in position to make two key plays late in the game, the fourth-down break up of a pass to Tony Gonzalez and the game-clinching interception.
Top special teams contributors (25 total plays): Bush 21, House 21, Lattimore 20, Taylor 20, Richardson 16, Victor Aiyewa 15, Bostick 15, Hyde 14, Jennings 13.