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Packers’ Jordy Nelson burns Falcons defense deep, scores short TD

The Packers had an early lead after a big play by the team’s most veteran receiver.

NFL: Green Bay Packers at Atlanta Falcons Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

The Green Bay Packers might not have Ty Montgomery or Randall Cobb today in Atlanta, but their offense didn’t appear to miss the two young playmakers on their first offensive drive against the Atlanta Falcons.

Aaron Rodgers opened up the offense by hitting Jordy Nelson on a deep post, picking up 58 yards on a second and ten from the Packers’ 35-yard line. Two plays later, Rodgers found Nelson over the middle in the end zone for a touchdown as the Packers took an early 7-3 lead.

Here’s a look at the route by Nelson on the deep ball:

On the drive, the Packers covered 75 yards in just six plays. Rodgers completed all three of his passes, while Nelson caught those two balls for 63 yards and the score.

The Falcons received the opening kickoff and moved the ball into Packers territory, but were held to a field goal after their drive stalled out. Just three plays after Nelson’s touchdown put the Packers up 7-3, Matt Ryan hit Taylor Gabriel for a 47-yard touchdown bomb to give the Falcons back the lead at 10-7.

Stay tuned for more updates from Atlanta throughout the game.