When the Falcons and Packers met in Week 12 in the Georgia Dome, Atlanta won 20-17. As the two teams get ready for a rematch in Saturday night’s playoff game, let’s turn to ESPN Stats & Information to review some in-depth elements of the first meeting.
The Packers used five wide receivers on 14 snaps against the Falcons in the first meeting. In all other games, including last week’s playoff victory against Philadelphia, the Packers used five wide receivers a combined 16 times. Aaron Rodgers had success in these formations against Atlanta, picking up the both of the Green Bay’s touchdowns, one on a run and one on a pass. From five-receiver formations in that game, Rodgers completed 77.8 percent of his passes, averaged 10.6 yards per attempt and compiled a 147.7 passer rating.
The Falcons used a three-man rush against the Packers on 34.9 percent of Rodgers’ dropbacks in Week 12. In all other games this season, including the playoffs, Rodgers faced a three-man rush just six percent of the time. Rodgers completed seven of 10 passes for 88 yards and a touchdown, adding 27 scramble yards against the Falcons’ three-man rush in Week 12.
Atlanta’s Matt Ryan was near perfect on passes of 10 yards or fewer against the Packers in Week 12, going 20-of-21 with a touchdown. Although Ryan attempted 66.9 percent of his passes 10 yards or fewer against all other opponents, Ryan threw short on 75 percent of his attempts against the Packers. In that game, he threw for a touchdown and compiled a 109.5 passer rating in those situations.