The first drive of the game was a disaster for the Packers, who allowed Atlanta to march down the field quickly and score the game’s opening touchdown. They also lost defensive lineman Mike Daniels to a hamstring injury on the series, taking the defense’s emotional leader out of the game.
The Packers actually had an encouraging start on offense, however, as quick passing and some tough running from Ty Montgomery helped even the score at seven. The Packers did see Jordy Nelson leave the field with a quad injury, though, and the game started to go off the rails in the second quarter, during which time the Falcons outscored the Packers 17-0.
The worst sequence was late in the quarter, with the Packers having just forced the Falcons to go three-and-out. Martellus Bennett was flagged for pass interference on a pick play, negating a huge gain by Randall Cobb. Then a Packer was called for a false start, and Aaron Rodgers threw an interception on the very next snap. The Falcons drove down for another quick touchdown just before the half, pulling them up to a 24-7 lead.
So far, Rodgers is just 10 of 18 for 85 yards and an interception, playing behind a pair of backup offensive tackles. Meanwhile, Matt Ryan has completed 13 of 20 passes for 201 yards and one score.
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