Rapid Reaction: Green Bay Packers

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- A few thoughts on the Green Bay Packers' 43-37 win over the Atlanta Falcons on Monday night at Lambeau Field:

What it means: And some people were worried about a letdown game. The Packers showed there'd be nothing of the sort after their Week 13 win over the New England Patriots. Perhaps this was why quarterback Aaron Rodgers called this the most mature team he's been on since he became the starter in 2008. The Packers showed that from the outset and jumped to a 31-7 lead. In first half of the past six home games, they have outscored their opponents 182-30 and have led at the intermission by an average of 25.3 points. At 10-3, they held on to first place in the NFC North by one game over the Detroit Lions, who come to Lambeau Field in Week 17.

Stock watch: Rising -- That 0-for-4 performance in the red zone against the Patriots was so last week. The Packers, who made red zone execution a major focus in practice leading up to Monday's game, scored touchdowns on their first four red zone trips against the Falcons before finally having to settle for a field goal on their fifth trip, which came late in the third quarter.

Falling -- The Packers haven't had to punt much, so it's hard to blame them, but they had trouble just lining up for their first punt of the game, which came in the third quarter. The punt team was still scrambling to get in place when Brett Goode snapped the ball. Fullback John Kuhn appeared to be looking at the sideline as it happened, which allowed Eric Weems to run by him and pressure Tim Masthay into a 31-yard punt.

No keeping up with Julio Jones: Even with cornerback Sam Shields in the lineup, the Packers had no answer for Falcons receiver Julio Jones, who caught 11 passes for 259 yards, the most passing yards a receiver has ever put up against the Packers. The previous high was 244 (on 11 catches) by Calvin Johnson on Jan. 1, 2012. Jones opened the second half with a 79-yard catch and run on the first play from scrimmage to set up a Falcons touchdown. He added a 22-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter before leaving with a hip injury. Shields was active after not practicing all week while recovering from the concussion he sustained against the Patriots, but he left the game in the fourth quarter and was replaced by Davon House.

Game ball: This could go to Rodgers seemingly each and every week, so it's often tempting to try to find someone else. Not this time, even though running backs James Starks (10 carries for 75 yards) and Eddie Lacy (13 carries for 73 yards) deserved consideration. But not on the night of Rodgers' 100th career start. Rodgers not only tied Brett Favre's record through 100 starts (68-32) with the victory, but he also set the NFL record for most passing yards in a quarterback's first 100 starts, with 27,522. Rodgers came into the game needing 293 to break Tony Romo's record of 27,485. He eclipsed that on his 60-yard touchdown pass to Jordy Nelson with 10:38 left in the game. He finished with 327 yards passing and three touchdowns without an interception.

What's next: The Packers will hit the road on a short week and play at the Buffalo Bills (7-6) on Sunday.