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Packers D forced Falcons to be one-dimensional

Nov. 6, 2013
 
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The Falcons seemed to abandon the run during the 25-14 loss to the Packers on Sunday night.The home team scored touchdowns on its first two possessions as running back Michael Turner combined for 10 rushes for 36 yards and a touchdown. He carried the ball just six more times for 20 yards throughout the rest of the game. Some of that was on the Falcons, there was plenty of time to hammer the ground game, even when it fell behind. But the Packers played a hand in the decision, also. The reason it worked was we had him going right where we wanted him to go, defensive coordinator Dom Capers said. Hes most effective when he can plant his foot and go north and south. And he had a run or two where that was the case. But I thought our inside guys, our defensive linemen played good technique for the most part. I thought our linebackers did a good job. What happened on those plays was we spilled him, we had him going east and west, but we missed the tackle on him. I think hes a hard guy to tackle no matter where he is. But its much easier to tackle him if hes running to the sideline than if hes going straight downhill on you because he can lower those pads and give you no surface to hit on. Capers said the Falcons were turned into a one-dimensional team. " We were able to break their rhythm and not let them keep the rhythm they had those first two series," Capers explained. "I thought we did a good job of stopping the run. Obviously in a game like that, I think I charted something like 13 runs in the first half and they had six in the second half. So the game became more of a one-dimensional game. "We controlled the down and distance better and we were able to get pressure on the quarterback and come up with a couple of interceptions. I think they converted one third down in the second half compared to when they went 4 out of 5 in the first couple series.

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