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Facing Atlanta QB Matt Ryan

Nov. 6, 2013 11:21 AM
 
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The Green Bay Packers know a little bit about what they're going to face this Sunday in Atlanta with Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan. They played him at Lambeau Field in 2008, when Ryan was a rookie. He stole the show that day from Aaron Rodgers, who played despite sustaining a shoulder injury the previous week at Tampa Bay. Ryan completed 16-of-26 passes for 194 yards and two touchdowns with one interception in a 27-24 victory. The Packers haven't seen him since, but they're well aware of Ryan's record at home. In three years, he has lost just one game as the starter at the Georgia Dome. Packers defensive line coach Mike Trgovac knows a little more about Ryan. He was the defensive coordinator of the Carolina Panthers in 2008 and faced Ryan twice in NFC South games. Yesterday, he offered his memories of playing against Ryan, who has led the Falcons to the best record in the NFC at 8-2. "The thing that impressed me the most about him was you can tell he's a guy that's so good at all the little details of the game," Trgovac said. "The first time we played them was in Carolina, and he was a rookie that year. We always had packages set up for (playing against) the no huddle, but they were doing it mainly at home. But we told our guys, this is a mature kid so let's make sure we've got our no-huddle calls down. "And they came out and did the no huddle with him -- at Carolina, on an away game, as a rookie -- and he took them right down and scored on us. I don't think they had another score on us all day but for them to have the confidence in a rookie to do the no huddle away from home, it was pretty apparent of how they felt about him. I was very impressed with him in the two games we played them." Ryan went 1-1 against Trgovac's defense that season, losing at Carolina 24-9 and winning 45-28 at home. -- Rob Demovsky, rdemovsk@greenbaypressgazette.com http://twitter.com/RobDemovsky

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