Behind Enemy Lines: Falcons' run game dominant

Aaron Nagler
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Every day this week, we’ll round up some of the best content on the Packers' opponent in Sunday’s NFC championship game, the Atlanta Falcons.

Julio Jones practiced today and “looked good” according to his coach:

Another Falcon has won another award:

Matt Winkeljohn, writing in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, takes a look at the Falcons' run game against a “stout” Packers run defense.

From Winkeljohn:

Coleman didn’t play when these teams last met. Ward led the way, rushing for 46 yards on just six carries, one for 26 yards. He and Freeman combined for a modest 81 yards that day, when quarterback Matt Ryan added nine.

That might not work, especially if the Packers outrush the Falcons again, although much of Green Bay’s 108-90 edge came because quarterback Aaron Rodgers broke out for 60 yards on six runs.

“One of the things that stands out on tape is the way they finish,” said Matthews, the left tackle.

The Packers won’t play them the same way down-to-down.

“Some defenses are read defenses. Other defenses are penetrating where they just want to attack at the line of scrimmage and kind of react after they get up the field,” Levitre said. “They do a little bit of both.”

Speaking of Atlanta’s running game, Deadspin also took a look:

The Falcons' pass catchers have been incredibly dependable:

Atlanta head coach Dan Quinn talked about the matchup with Green Bay:

PFF breaks down how the Falcons can beat the Packers:

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