Sunday, November 28, 2010
Rapid Reaction: Falcons 20, Packers 17
By Pat Yasinskas
ATLANTA -- I'm heading down to the locker room for interviews and will be back in a bit with a full column. But, first, here's Rapid Reaction on Atlanta's 20-17 victory against Green Bay.
What it means: The Falcons are 9-2 and no team in the league has more wins. This was the kind of victory -- against a very good team -- the Falcons needed if they truly want to be viewed as the class of the NFC.
Hero: Matt Bryant. Atlanta's kicker made a 47-yard field goal to give the Falcons a victory. Bryant actually made the kick twice. He made it while still kicking after the Packers called a timeout to ice him. Then, he followed it up and made it again.
Unsung hero: Eric Weems. He had a nice run on Atlanta's final kickoff return. He also drew a face-mask penalty at the end of the drive that gave the Falcons 15 extra yards and very good field position.
What I liked: Atlanta's overall defense. It wasn't perfect by any means. But the Falcons held Aaron Rodgers and the Packers to 17 points on a day when they could have had a lot more.
What I didn't like: Atlanta's pass rush. The Falcons barely touched Rodgers all day. On the final play of the game-tying drive with just under a minute left, the Falcons didn't even try for pressure. They only sent two pass rushers.
What's next: The Falcons travel to Tampa Bay next Sunday.