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GameDay: Packers vs. Falcons

GREEN BAY AT ATLANTA (Sunday, NBC)

WHEN: 8:20 p.m. est Oct. 9th
WHERE: Georgia Dome
TV:  Al Michaels (play-by-play) & Cris Collinsworth (analyst) for NBC
RADIO: Wayne Larrivee (play-by-play) & Larry McCarren (analyst) for AM-620 and Packer Radio Network
INTERNET: Cheesehead TV Gameday Live Blog

PACKERS:

QB AARON RODGERS became 1st player in NFL history with 400+ pass yards (408), 4 pass TDs & 2 rush TDs in game last week. Has completed 82 of 108 (75.9 pct.) for 1,023 yards with 7 TDs vs. 1 INT for 122.6 rating in 3 starts vs. Atl. (incl. Div.). Has won 10 starts in row (incl. playoffs) & has 100+ rating in 8 of those 10.

FB JOHN KUHN had rush TD & rec. TD in Div.

WR GREG JENNINGS has 17 catches for 307 yards (102.3 per game) & TD in 3 meetings (inc. Div.). Since start of 2007 (incl. playoffs), has 45 rec. TDs, 3rd most in NFL. WR JORDY NELSON aims for 3rd in row vs. Atl. with TD (incl. Div.).

In Div., CB TRAMON WILLIAMS had 2 INTs, incl. 70-yard INT-TD. CB CHARLES WOODSON had 30-yard INT-TD last week. Has 11 INT-TDs, tied for 2nd most in NFL history. Holds franchise record with 10 def. TDs (9 INT, 1 FR). Since start of 2006, his 9 INT-TDs are most in NFL. Woodson & S MORGAN BURNETT tie for NFL lead with 3 INTs.

LB CLAY MATTHEWS had 2 sacks & FR in Div.

FALCONS:

In reg. season, QB MATTRYAN is 2-0 vs. GB, completing 40 of 54 (74.1 pct.) for 391 yards with 3 TDs vs. 1 INT for 104.8 rating. Falcons are 16-0 when Ryan has 100+ rating.

In past 2 reg. season meetings, RB MICHAEL TURNER has 231 rush yards (115.5 per game) & 2 TDs. His teams are 23-1 (.958) when he has 21+ att. Since joining Atl. in 2008, has 42 rush TDs, 2nd most in NFL.

WR RODDY WHITE has TD in 3 of 4 vs. GB (incl. Div.). Since start of 2007, has 397 receptions, 2nd most in NFC.

TE TONY GONZALEZ has 1,090 catches & needs 13 to move into 2nd all-time (MARVIN HARRISON, 1,102).

WR JULIO JONES had career-high 11 catches & 127 yards last week. Leads NFL rookies with 24 catches & 342 rec. yards.

WR-KR ERIC WEEMS had 102-yard KR-TD in Div.

DE JOHN ABRAHAM aims for 4th meeting in row with sack (incl. Div.). Has 104.5 sacks, 2nd most among active players.

From the Dope Sheet:

THE DOPE ON THIS WEEK’S OPPONENT:

  • Packers vs. Atlanta Falcons:
  • All-time regular season: 12-12-0
  • All-time, postseason: 2-1
  • All-time, in Atlanta: 5-8-0
  • Streaks: The teams have split the last 12 meetings.
  • Last meeting, regular season: Nov. 28, 2010, at Georgia Dome; Falcons won, 20-17
  • Last meeting, postseason: Jan. 15, 2011, at Georgia Dome (2010 NFC Divisional Playoff); Packers won, 48-21

COACHES CAPSULES

  • Mike McCarthy: 57-34-0, .626, (incl. 5-2 postseason); 6th NFL season
  • Mike Smith: 35-19-0, .648 (incl. 0-2 postseason); 4th NFL season
  • Head to Head: Smith 2-1
  • vs. Opponent: McCarthy 1-2 vs. Falcons; Smith 2-1 vs. Packers


PACKERS VISIT FALCONS FOR NATIONALLY TELEVISED CONTEST

  • Green Bay travels to Atlanta for a nationally televised contest against the Falcons on Sunday night, the Packers’ second prime-time contest in the first five weeks of the season.
  • This will be the the third meeting between the teams in the last year, a first in the history of the series. Green Bay traveled to Atlanta in Week 12 last season, a 20-17 Falcons win. The Packers headed back to Atlanta for an NFC Divisional Playoff contest on Jan. 15 and emerged victorious, 48-21. The 48 points were a franchise-playoff record and the margin of victory was tied for the second largest in team postseason annals.
  • This will be the third time in five games that Green Bay will face off with a team from the NFC South (New Orleans, Week 1; Carolina, Week 2).
  • For only the third time in the past 45 seasons (1998, 2007), the Packers are off to a 4-0 start, one of only two teams in the league (Detroit) with an undefeated record through Week 4.
  • Green Bay is 2-0 on the road this season, having won back-to-back contests at Carolina and Chicago in Weeks 2-3. That brought the Packers’ mark in September road games under Head Coach Mike McCarthy to 8-2 (.800), a winning percentage that ranks No. 1 in the NFL since 2006.
  • Including playoffs, the Packers have won five straight road contests and seven of their last 10, but they face a stern test this week. Since 2008, Atlanta has a 21-4 mark (.840) at home, No. 2 in the NFL over that span behind only New England (22-3, .880).
  • Including postseason games, the Packers enter Sunday's contest on a 10-game winning streak, the team's longest since a 12-game streak in 1961-62.
  • Green Bay has an all-time record of 16-5 (.762) in Sunday night contests.
  • Sunday’s contest will be just the third regular-season meeting between the teams in Atlanta over the past 19 seasons. It is only the third time that the Packers have visited Atlanta in back-to-back seasons, with the other instances coming in 1982-83 and 1991-92.

THE PACKERS-FALCONS SERIES

  • For a series that began with the Packers cruising to a 56-3 victory over the then-expansion Falcons in their first meeting in 1966, it has evolved into a closely contested rivalry. Including postseason, the Packers lead the series, 14-13.
  • Since the 1990s, Atlanta-Green Bay clashes have proven memorable. In 1994, the Packers defeated Atlanta in the final NFL game in Milwaukee (Dec. 18). QB Brett Favre’s lunging, 9-yard TD scramble on the game’s final play sealed the 21-17 victory.
  • A year later, the Packers and Falcons crossed paths in the postseason for the first time - on Dec. 31, 1995, in Lambeau Field. With RB Edgar Bennett rushing for 108 yards, the NFC Central champion Packers pulled out a 37-20 victory with the aid of a 76-yard scoring punt return by rookie Antonio Freeman.
  • Last season, Green Bay topped Atlanta, 48-21, in an NFC Divisional contest at the Georgia Dome. The 48 points were a franchise playoff record for the Packers, and it was only the second time that a No. 6 seed topped a No. 1 seed in the NFC since the league went to a 12-team playoff format in 1990.

Official Injury Report:

GREEN BAY PACKERS
Status Report
OUT T Bryan Bulaga (knee), S Nick Collins (neck), DE Mike Neal (knee), LB Frank Zombo (shoulder)
DOUBTFUL TE Andrew Quarless (knee)
QUESTIONABLE LB Brad Jones (hamstring)
PROBABLE T Chad Clifton (knee), WR Donald Driver (shin), RB Ryan Grant (kidney), LB Jamari Lattimore (shoulder), CB Patrick Lee (back), LB Clay Matthews (quadricep), TE Ryan Taylor (shoulder), CB Tramon Williams (shoulder), CB Charles Woodson (foot, knee)
Practice Report
OUT (DEFINITELY WILL NOT PLAY)
Wednesday S Nick Collins (neck), DE Mike Neal (knee)
Thursday S Nick Collins (neck), DE Mike Neal (knee)
Friday S Nick Collins (neck), DE Mike Neal (knee)
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday T Bryan Bulaga (knee), WR Donald Driver (shin), LB Clay Matthews (quadricep), TE Andrew Quarless (knee), CB Charles Woodson (foot, knee)
Thursday T Bryan Bulaga (knee), LB Clay Matthews (quadricep), TE Andrew Quarless (knee), CB Charles Woodson (foot, knee)
Friday T Bryan Bulaga (knee), T Chad Clifton (knee), LB Brad Jones (hamstring), LB Clay Matthews (quadricep), TE Andrew Quarless (knee)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday T Chad Clifton (knee), LB Brad Jones (hamstring), LB Jamari Lattimore (shoulder), CB Patrick Lee (back), TE Ryan Taylor (shoulder), CB Tramon Williams (shoulder), LB Frank Zombo (shoulder)
Thursday LB Brad Jones (hamstring), LB Jamari Lattimore (shoulder), CB Patrick Lee (back), CB Tramon Williams (shoulder), LB Frank Zombo (shoulder)
Friday WR Donald Driver (shin), LB Jamari Lattimore (shoulder), CB Patrick Lee (back), CB Tramon Williams (shoulder), CB Charles Woodson (foot, knee), LB Frank Zombo (shoulder)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday RB Ryan Grant (kidney)
Thursday T Chad Clifton (knee), WR Donald Driver (shin), RB Ryan Grant (kidney), TE Ryan Taylor (shoulder)
Friday RB Ryan Grant (kidney), TE Ryan Taylor (shoulder)
ATLANTA FALCONS
Status Report
OUT DE Cliff Matthews (knee), C Todd McClure (knee)
QUESTIONABLE DE John Abraham (hip), DT Jonathan Babineaux (knee)
PROBABLE S William Moore (neck), LB Stephen Nicholas (calf), CB Christopher Owens (ankle), TE Michael Palmer (ankle), RB Jason Snelling (concussion), WR Roddy White (thigh)
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday DE Cliff Matthews (knee), C Todd McClure (knee), TE Michael Palmer (ankle), WR Roddy White (thigh)
Thursday DE Cliff Matthews (knee), C Todd McClure (knee)
Friday DE Cliff Matthews (knee), C Todd McClure (knee)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday DT Jonathan Babineaux (knee), S William Moore (neck), LB Stephen Nicholas (calf), CB Christopher Owens (ankle), RB Jason Snelling (concussion)
Thursday DT Jonathan Babineaux (knee), S William Moore (neck), LB Stephen Nicholas (calf), TE Michael Palmer (ankle), WR Roddy White (thigh)
Friday DE John Abraham (hip), DT Jonathan Babineaux (knee)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Thursday CB Christopher Owens (ankle), RB Jason Snelling (concussion)
Friday S William Moore (neck), LB Stephen Nicholas (calf), CB Christopher Owens (ankle), TE Michael Palmer (ankle), RB Jason Snelling (concussion), WR Roddy White (thigh)
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