"Chips Report" from Packers Week 14 Win vs. Falcons

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offensive line were the heroes in Green Bay's 43-37 win over the Atlanta Falcons.

Our weekly "Chips Report" will always include two blue chips (outstanding, exceptional play), two red chips (good, although maybe not great) and two cow chips (dud performances). From the Green Bay Packers' 43-37 win over the Atlanta Falcons on Monday Night Football...

 

Blue Chips

  • Quarterback Aaron Rodgers—Making his 100th career start, Rodgers set several league records through 100 starts and extended a few more by avoiding an interception for yet another game at Lambeau Field. Having to settle for more checkdown passes due to the Falcons Cover 2 zone defense, Rodgers still averaged an impressive 9.1 yards per pass attempt. On the night he completed 24 of 36 passes and three touchdown passes, good for a passer rating of 123.3. Rodgers also added five rushes for 28 yards, including a couple for first downs, one of them on the final drive of the football game as the Packers ran out the clock. His abiity to extend plays with his legs remains impressive.
  • Packers offensive line—The Packers offense was nearly unstoppable, finishing with over 500 total yards of offense (502 to be exact) and 28 first downs, due large part to the men blocking up front. On the ground, the offensive line opened up holes for 6.0 yards per rush while allowing only a single sack in pass protection. The unit is playing terrific as a whole and each of them deserves recognition, but outside of one holding penalty, T.J. Lang dominated the competition.

 

Red Chips

  • Running back James Starks—Not to take anything away from Eddie Lacy, who also had a very good night, but Starks had his best performance in weeks and ended up leading the team in rushing, finshing with 75 yards and 7.5 yards per carry. Starks spelled Lacy on several occasions and scored the first touchdown of the game to give the Packers a 7-0 on the opening drive. He also carried the football the final four plays of the game before the Packers could go into victory formation, including a 41-yard dash up the left sideline and also alertly stayed in bounds as the Packers attempted to milk the clock.
  • Linebacker Clay Matthews—Matthews still has a few moments at inside linebacker where it's obvious he's still learning the position, but his playmaking ability cannot be denied. At the time, his blocked kick on a 53-yard field goal attempt as the clock expired at halftime seemed insignificant as the Packers held a 31-7 lead, but it ended up being more important than anyone could have imagined. Matthews also came up with the Packers' only sack of the evening and was the only Packers player credited with two quarterback hits in the box score. He finished with five tackles.

 

Cow Chips

  • Defensive back Micah Hyde—On two separate occasions, Hyde went for the batted pass and missed, leading to big gains by the Falcons. The first time, Julio Jones took a completion for a first down. The second time, Hyde didn't get to his zone responsibility quick enough to prevent Eric Weems from catching a third quarter pass for a touchdown. A 15-yard face mask penalty in the third quarter also set up a Falcons field goal. At this point, Casey Hayward took over the primary nickel cornerback position.
  • Cornerback Sam Shields—It didn't help that Shields missed most of the week of practice after suffering a concussion against the New England Patriots, but he was a big reason Jones was able to rack up more than 250 receiving yards on the Packers. His most costly mistake led to a touchdown, getting beat by Jones for a touchdown in the fourth quarter to help the Falcons pull to within 10 points. The Packers coaching staff eventually pulled Shields in favor of Davon House to match-up on the bigger Jones. The rest of the Packers secondary was only mariginally better.

 

Brian Carriveau is the author of the book "It's Just a Game: Big League Drama in Small Town America," and editor at Cheesehead TV and its "Pro Football Draft Preview." To contact Brian, email [email protected].

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4thand1's picture

December 08, 2014 at 11:28 pm

My biggest cow chip goes to the pass rush. non existent tonight.

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jmac34's picture

December 08, 2014 at 11:35 pm

didn't help that wrs were so open that Ryan was able to throw it quickly for big gains

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TommyG's picture

December 09, 2014 at 05:14 am

This probably did more to neutralize our pass rush more than anything else.

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aj's picture

December 08, 2014 at 11:35 pm

It was a disappointing effort in the second half from the d, they need to know that the game isn't over at the half. The secondary struggled as a whole in the second half, and the pass rush really had a bad game. Luckily, we escaped as it was obvious the energy the team had was lacking compared to last week. Our offense performed well, but I felt Rodgers did miss a few throws. Overall not our best game, but a w is a w.

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badaxed's picture

December 08, 2014 at 11:38 pm

Cow chip for capers for poor coaching.
Cow chip for Mc McCarthy for those sucking noises he makes when at the podium.

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TommyG's picture

December 09, 2014 at 05:15 am

I wanted to hear somebody ask "Mike, what the heck did you say at halftime? Whatever it was, don't ever freaking say it again!".

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lucky953's picture

December 08, 2014 at 11:40 pm

I couldn't understand the lack of adjustment to Jones' dominance. House matches up much better due to size, but it seemed they were unwilling to jam Jones and disrupt his route running. On the other hand, I think Revis would have trouble covering Jones right now. Completely agree with disappointing pass rush. Ryan was pretty comfortable back there. What a great play by Nelson and Rodgers on that 60 yarder! Sweet.

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Otto's picture

December 08, 2014 at 11:42 pm

I think the Packers D was expecting them to rollover like dogs (or Bears to more exact). Sloppy, lazy D.

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Horse's picture

December 09, 2014 at 12:09 am

They collectively gave up 12 more yards to Julio Jones than Patrick Peterson did. Jones is a 34" armed 225 lb. physical monster that cost the Falcons 5 picks. Thankfully he does not have the body control of Jordy Nelson.

The problem with pushing takeaways is that players take risks to try to make them happen. Shields at 5' 11" in particular tries to go full Woodson too often. When those miss it's costly.

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Mojo's picture

December 09, 2014 at 12:13 am

The biggest cow-chip - having to get a first down at the end of the game to run out the clock. One on-side-kick recovery or quirky turnover by GB and the Falcons have a chance to win the game. It never should have come to that.

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Horse's picture

December 09, 2014 at 12:41 am

Of course! All games should be blowouts! Really good teams never have to execute to win at the end of games. /sarcasm off

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TommyG's picture

December 09, 2014 at 05:20 am

Blue - The O-Line. Opening up holes for runners and buying AR so much time he could've shopped for open receivers on Amazon.

Red - Quarless. Somebody had to step up. Last week Adams did that, this week the TE made some plays that had to be made.

Cow - WTF happened at half-time???? Whatever was said or adjusted was the wrong thing!

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RCPackerFan's picture

December 09, 2014 at 06:39 am

To add to Hyde's Cow Chip. He made a good play by batting down a pass. Problem with that was he batted down a pass in which Shields likely would have intercepted. Shields undercut it perfectly. Also there was a pretty good chance that Shields could have taken it the distance for a pick-6.

To pile onto that, the very next play the Falcons score a TD.

I think they need to look to go to Hayward more and Hyde less...

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egbertsouse's picture

December 09, 2014 at 08:15 am

Hayward wasn't any better IMO.

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RCPackerFan's picture

December 09, 2014 at 09:01 am

Hayward was a lot better then Hyde. Hyde was really, really bad last night.

Hayward i think gave up 2 catches? That I can remember anyways.

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Evan's picture

December 09, 2014 at 09:29 am

100% - I saw that too. Shields would have been gone.

Speaking of INTs, how many INTs has Tramon "dropped" this season? Has to be at least 4.

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RCPackerFan's picture

December 09, 2014 at 01:19 pm

I don't remember on that play if anyone was in front of him, but with his speed, i don't think anyone would have caught him.

Yeah, Williams has dropped a lot. I can think of 3 off the top of my head.

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egbertsouse's picture

December 09, 2014 at 08:17 am

Cow chip: Capers for the pass defense. Dom, the 2011 season just called, it wants its defense back.

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4thand1's picture

December 10, 2014 at 10:39 am

They can have the one that played one bad half over the last few games.

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BubbaOne's picture

December 10, 2014 at 01:13 am

Cow Chip to Brian for giving CM3 credit for blocking the FG attempt when it was Brad Jones.

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