Falcons fans, you might want to cover your eyes because we’re about to run through some of the statistical lowlights from Sunday night’s 25-14 loss to Green Bay. These are courtesy of ESPN Stats & Information.
The loss snapped Atlanta’s 23-game winning streak in contests the Falcons led at halftime. That had been the longest such active streak in the NFL. The Steelers (15 straight) now take the active lead and the Saints (10) are second. The Falcons are 29-2 when leading at the half since coach Mike Smith arrived in 2008. The last time Atlanta lost after leading at the half was against Denver in Week 11 of the 2008 season.
Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers entered the game as the league’s leader in play-action completions, yards and touchdowns. He had some success with play-action passing against the Falcons, but it depended on which running back was on the field. When James Starks was in the backfield, Rodgers was only 1-of-5 for 11 yards. When Ryan Grant was on the field, Rodgers was 4-of-6 for 123 yards and two touchdowns.
Remember all that talk about how the Falcons would throw the ball downfield more this season? Well, much like the first four games, it didn’t come to fruition against the Packers. On passes of 11 yards or more, Matt Ryan completed 3 of 12 for 50 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions. On throws of 10 yards or less, Ryan was 15 of 20 for 117 yards with one touchdown.
Ryan fell to 21-3 in his career in regular-season home games.