CHARLES ODUM, AP Sports activities Author
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The excessive-scoring offenses of the Atlanta Falcons and Inexperienced Bay Packers seem poised to offer a memorable ship-off for the Georgia Dome.
Issue within the groups’ leaky defenses, and Sunday’s NFC championship recreation might surge previous the unusually excessive over/beneath of 60½ factors set by the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook.
The Falcons led the NFL in scoring . Even so, they realize it gained’t be straightforward to maintain up with the scoring tempo set by quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the Packers.
“It’s apparent they’ve received a stud at quarterback,” Falcons left deal with Jake Matthews stated Tuesday. “We’ve performed a variety of nice groups with nice gamers at quarterback. … No matter it takes, we simply need to put up as many factors as we have to.”
Matthews stated the weekly message from offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan is “I don’t know if we’re going to need to win 6-three or forty-37.”
Of these options, forty-37 seems to be the extra probably goal, partially as a result of the Atlanta and Inexperienced Bay defenses don’t dominate the statistics like their offensive counterparts.
Shanahan is a number one candidate within the San Francisco 49ers’ teaching search.
The sport would be the Falcons’ farewell to the Georgia Dome, which can be demolished within the offseason. The Falcons will transfer into the $1.5 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium subsequent season.
The Falcons and Packers completed the common season ranked twenty eighth and thirty first, respectively, in cross protection. The Falcons allowed 25.four factors per recreation to rank twenty seventh, just a few spots under the Packers (24.2) at twenty first.
The Falcons beat the Packers 33-32 in Atlanta on Oct. 30. Atlanta led the NFL with 33.eight factors per recreation.
Inexperienced Bay linebacker Nick Perry stated the aim can be to stop massive performs.
“They’re very explosive,” Perry stated. “Once we take a look at the movie, we now have to ensure we don’t surrender these explosive performs. The whole lot lives off that. They’re good at what they do. We’re going to take a look at the movie and go over it and ensure we forestall as a lot as we will of these guys giving up explosive performs.”
The Falcons superior with a 36-20 divisional playoff win over Seattle final week. Inexperienced Bay’s offense additionally rolled in a 34-31 win over Dallas.
Regardless of the unimpressive season totals, Atlanta allowed fewer than 20 factors in 4 of its final six common-season video games.
However none of these video games have been towards Rodgers.
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