Atlanta Falcons rise up against Packers
The Atlanta Falcons may be in their new home at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, but during the game versus the Green Bay Packers on Sept. 17, 2017, it was thumping just like previous years in the Georgia Dome. "It was a little louder than the Dome, it was definitely hotter," Falcons running back Devonta Freeman told USA Today.
"New stage, same show. Matt Ryan throwing daggers. Julio Jones slicing through the secondary. Devonta Freeman slashing to pay dirt. Vic Beasley bringing the heat. Matt Bryant good from long distance," according to USA Today.
The Falcons ended up winning that game 34-23. Freeman contributed 100 yards from the scrimmage for the win, while Aaron Rodgers, the Packers quarterback, committed five penalties. In the last three games versus the Packers in previous seasons, the Falcons have scored 111 points and gained 1,224 yards.
"The thing I like about our offense is that you never really know. That's what the brotherhood is about. There are a number of guys who can make you pay. You have to be ready. When your 'up' comes, you've got to go nail it," Falcons coach Dan Quinn told USA Today. In the game, Jones was targeted five times with four catches and ran 66 yards. Matt Ryan, the National Football League's reigning Most Valuable Player, passed for 252 yards. Freeman ran for 84 yards and two touchdowns. Mohamed Sanu made five receptions for 85 yards.
Next, the Falcons will travel to take on the Detroit Lions on September 24. The game will start at 1:00 p.m.