Monday, October 10, 2011

Falcons start fast but fall to Packers, 25-14

ATLANTA — The Falcons' game plan worked — at least for their first two possessions that lasted almost 13 minutes and produced two touchdowns.
The Falcons were keeping Aaron Rodgers on the Green Bay sideline and minimizing the scoring opportunities for the powerful Packers.

Then, said tight end Tony Gonzalez, "It fell apart."

Rodgers recovered from his slow start to throw for 396 yards and a pair of touchdowns to rally the Packers from the early 14-point hole, keeping Green Bay unbeaten with a 25-14 victory over Atlanta Sunday night.

As Rodgers regained his momentum, the Falcons' offense disappeared. Atlanta managed only 106 total yards after the touchdown drives.

Even after managing only 19 yards in the second quarter, Atlanta led 14-6 at halftime.

"You've got to like the way you're sitting at halftime," said Falcons coach Mike Smith. "I thought defensively the game plan was executed extremely well. You wanted to limit their opportunities and I thought we did that."

Atlanta's offense never regained its footing, even after its defense stopped the Packers on three downs to open the second half.

"From that point on, I don't think we played the kind of football we needed to play to win the ballgame," Smith said.

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