Packers rally to beat Atlanta, Finley humbled
By Brian E Murphy, PackersInsider.com senior editor
~ATLANTA, GA. -Aaron Rodgers threw for 396 yards and two touchdowns in his return to the Georgia Dome. James Jones showed he’s still a threat as he caught a 70-yard touchdown with three minutes to go in the third quarter to give the Packers their first lead in the game and lead them to their seventh 5-0 record in team history. The Packers won the NFL Championship the previous six times they started 5-0.
Rodgers also completed passes to 11 other guys to tie a team record by hitting 12 different receivers.
Last week, the Packers put up 49 points. After the game, tight end Jermichael Finley complained that the Packers needed to get him the ball more, him being the playmaker.
Tonight in Atlanta, Ryan Grant’s early fumble helped put the Packers in a big hole, trailing the Falcons 14-0.
But the general, Aaron Rodgers, calmly led the Packers back and eventually a win over Atlanta, 25-14.
Along the way, Finley dropped a perfect 3rd and long pass for a touchdown, on a throw that hit him right in the hands, between the two 8’s.
He also dropped a key 3rd down pass later in the game, although it was a big shot to the head he took. And he couldn’t haul in the pass to him on the 2-point conversion which would have put the Packers up 17-14 instead of 15-14.
The only bad news from the game was the apparent hamstring injury suffered by the anchor at left tackle, Chad Clifton. With right tackle Bryan Bulaga already out hurt, this forced the Packers to have rookie Derek Sherrod move in at right tackle, and caused Marshall Newhouse to move over to the important left tackle spot.
It wasn’t pretty initially, but the youngsters did alright for themselves after awhile, and they look like the Packers might be fine with the kids at the bookends.
No word on how long Clifton will be out, but Bulaga was feeling better last week and was itching to get back in now. He might be ready next week, and might be needed as there are no real backups at OT if it’s down to Newhouse and Sherrod again. Mark Tauscher might be meeting his personal trainer early Monday morning to get him back in shape. Tony Moll was given a look last week, but wasn’t offered a contract.
However, Dom Capers adjusted his defense, and the troops pitched an impressive shutout of Matt Ryan’s offense after those first two Falcon drives that put them up 14-0.
So the Packers move to 5-0, and will welcome the 0-4 St. Louis Rams to Lambeau Field next Sunday at noon in hopes of going to 6-0. The Lions will try and move to 5-0 Monday night at home when they host the Bears. How long as it been since Packer fans rooted for Chicago, and Devin Hester?