Feasting On Dirty Birds
I blogged earlier that the Packers need to win ugly to beat the usually pristine Atlanta Falcons. It turns out all the ugliness came from the Falcons. Other than an early Greg Jennings fumble and the kickoff return for a touchdown by Eric Weems the Packers were flawless.
And in doing so the Packers solidified the label of "most dangerous team in the playoffs."
After the Weems return the Packers bounced right back with a 92 yard drive that tied the score at 14. Then came the Tramon Williams interception. Then another touchdown. Finally Williams again for a pick-six. Ball game.
In that crucial stretch of the second quarter the Packers did everything right. They made Matt Ryan look average, took the crowd out of the game and eliminated Michael Turner from Atlanta's offense. No ugliness was needed.
Of course, there was so much more. Aaron Rodgers absolutely ripped Atlanta's defense with 366 yards and three scores. James Starks built off last week's performance with 66 rushing yards. The Packers sacked Ryan five times and forced a fumble. The Falcons were uncharacteristically flagged seven times along the way as the NFC's best team imploded in the final three quarters.
Next is the NFC Championship Game and with the way the Packers have played in the last four games you sense that whether it's at Chicago or Seattle the Packers have proven they can beat anybody, anywhere. Exactly what you would expect from the most dangerous team in the playoffs.