Rodgers continues to light up postseason

Aaron Rodgers has started three postseason games for the Green Bay Packers, and the team has averaged 38 points in those games. Rodgers is 2-1 in his postseason career as a starter, with the only loss a 51-45 shootout loss to the Arizona Cardinals in last year’s Wild Card Round.

With three passing and a rushing touchdown Saturday, Rodgers has now thrown or rushed for 12 touchdowns in his three postseason games. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that’s the most combined pass and rush touchdowns in a player’s first three postseason starts. The record previously belonged to Daryle Lamonica with 10.

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Rodgers finished the game 31-36, an 86.1 completion percentage, the fifth-highest completion percentage all-time in a playoff game. It’s the second-highest in a 300-yard passing game, trailing only Kurt Warner’s 87.9 mark, set, of course, in last year’s aforementioned Cardinals Wild Card win over the Packers.

One tip to whoever plays the Packers in next week’s NFC Championship. You’ve got to bring a little pressure at Rodgers. This postseason, Rodgers is 33-38 with five touchdown passes and no interceptions when facing four or fewer pass rushers.

Don’t think that third down is any deterrent for Rodgers, either. He was 10-10 on third downs against the Falcons. He’s the first quarterback this season, regular season or playoffs, with a perfect third-down completion percentage in a game with at least 10 pass attempts.

Matt Ryan

RyanAs good as Rodgers and the Packers were, Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons offense were quite the opposite, struggling on their home field. The Falcons had four turnovers in the loss, after having just eight turnovers in eight regular season games at home this season.

The problems for Ryan surfaced when he threw outside the numbers. Ryan had a 27.1 passer rating throwing there, completing just half of his pass attempts with two picks. But he had a 123.7 passer rating throwing inside the numbers, completing over 92 percent of his passes.

Unfortunately for Atlanta, Ryan threw more passes outside the numbers than inside.

The Falcons are the third number one seed over the last four seasons to be knocked out in their first playoff game. That’s a reversal from recent history. From 1990-2006, the number one seed was 17-0 in the Divisional Round.

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Atlanta drops to 6-10 all-time in the playoffs, the fourth-worst record in playoff games in NFL history, ahead of only the Browns, Bengals and Chiefs.

While this game was quarterback driven, let’s not leave out the milestone that Packers kicker Mason Crosby’s fourth-quarter field goal hit. That gave the Packers 48 points, breaking the team record for points in a playoff game, set last year in the Wild Card loss.