Despite the Green Bay Packers’ many recent playoff collapses, the franchise has had quite the string of success in the last several years. This weekend, the Packers will play in their fourth NFC Championship Game in the last ten seasons, and their second in the past three. In addition, they are returning to a site where Aaron Rodgers had arguably the best performance of his career, playoffs or otherwise.
In the 2010 Divisional Playoffs, Rodgers completed 31 of 36 passes for 366 yards, 3 touchdowns, and no picks. That was good for a passer rating of 136.8, his highest of any single playoff game, and he also added a touchdown on the ground.
This week, Rodgers will have an opportunity to put up another legendary performance against a Falcons defense that is not highly-regarded. However, he faces an Atlanta offense led by the likely NFL MVP, Matt Ryan, whose regular-season passer rating (117.1) and yards per attempt (9.3) each lead the league by a significant margin.
Sunday should be a fun one. Here’s how and when to tune in.
#4 Green Bay Packers (12-6) vs. #2 Atlanta Falcons (12-5)
Sunday, January 22, 2017
3:05 PM Eastern Time (2:05 PM Central)
Commentators: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman
Local: Packers Radio Network, Sirius/XM channel 225
National: Westwood One Sports, Sirius/XM channel 88
Falcons favored by 5.5 points
Over/Under total: 61
Playoffs: Packers lead 2-1
Last meeting: Packers 48, @Falcons 21 (2010 Divisional Round)
Regular season: Packers lead 15-13
Last meeting: @Falcons 33, Packers 32 (2016 Week 8)