Preview: Packers (12-6) at Falcons (12-5)
NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
Green Bay Packers (12-6) at Atlanta Falcons (12-5)
When: Sunday, 2:05 p.m. CST.
Where: Georgia Dome.
How they got there: The Falcons are the No. 2 seed and had a bye during the wild card weekend. On Saturday, they dominated the Seattle Seahawks, 36-20, at the Georgia Dome. The Packers are the No. 4 seed and beat the New York Giants, 38-13, at Lambeau Field in the wild-card round and the Dallas Cowboys, 34-31, at AT&T Stadium in the divisional round.
What’s at stake: The winner advances to Super Bowl LI on Feb. 5 at NRG Stadium in Houston.
All-time series: The Packers lead, 14-10.
Recent meeting: The Packers faced the Falcons at the Georgia Dome on Oct. 30 and fell, 33-32, in front of 70,165 fans. Quarterback Matt Ryan drove the Falcons 75 yards on 11 plays in 3 minutes, 27 seconds for the game-winning touchdown, an 11-yard pass to Mohamed Sanu with 31 seconds left. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ attempt at a last-second comeback died on the Packers’ 32.
About the Falcons: Atlanta led the NFL in scoring at 33.8 points per game and was second in the NFL in offense at 422 yards per game. Ryan is an MVP candidate, leading the NFL in passer rating at 117.1. He completed 69.9 percent of his passes for 4,944 yards and 38 touchdowns with seven interceptions. His leading receiver, Julio Jones, caught 83 passes for 1,409 yards and six touchdowns. He finished second in the NFL with 27 receptions of 20 or more yards and six receptions of 40 or more yards. The Falcons ranked fifth in rushing, averaging 4.6 yards per carry. Atlanta’s defense ranked 25th overall, 371.2 yards per game, including 266.7 passing yards per game, the fifth most allowed in the NFL.