Morning Buzz: Falcons are the final hurdle
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As the Packers prepare to take on the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC championship game, and Aaron Rodgers mania sweeps the nation, it’s instructive to remember that this team will needs its role players to step up and make plays.
Eric Baranczyk and Pete Dougherty have some spot-on stuff regarding that very subject in their weekly film review.
For the Packers to advance to and win the Super Bowl over the next three weeks, they’ll have to do it in shootouts. In that kind of game just one or two stops, or a drive or two that end in field goals rather than touchdowns, can be the difference as long as Rodgers and his offense keep putting up points.
So it was Sunday in the Packers’ 34-31 upset of Dallas in the divisional round of the playoffs. In this game, the Packers got a handful of key plays from guys whose roles have varied since the start of the season in September: Micah Hyde, Nick Perry and Joe Thomas.
Bob McGinn’s scouting report on the Atlanta Falcons is not to be missed.
Two personnel men and an assistant coach on offense for a recent Falcons opponent all said defensive end Adrian Clayborn ranked as the team’s second-best pass rusher behind Vic Beasley.
“He had some mismatches inside,” said one scout. “He had rush feel and could play very physically. He gave them nasty toughness. I read things out of there where they were trying to get tougher, and I’m sure he was a big part of changing that.”
He spoke in the past tense because Clayborn suffered a season-ending torn biceps Saturday in his third play of the 36-20 victory over Seattle in an NFC divisional game.
“That hurts them,” the scout said. “He set the tone. Won’t wow you athletically. But he brought it.”
It only takes one or two plays to change a game, and that’s exactly what Nick Perry did against the Cowboys. Michael Cohen has the goods.
Another week, another record that Aaron Rodgers could set.
I wrote up three storylines for Packers fans to watch leading up to Sunday’s game.
Tom Silverstein and LeRoy Butler break down the Cowboys game and look ahead to the matchup with the Falcons.
Every day during the playoffs, I hop on Facebook Live and chat with fans about all things Packers. Tuesday’s session is below:
The Falcons placed a pass rusher on injured reserve Tuesday:
Elsewhere, Geoff Schwartz has a fantastic write up of the big play from Aaron Rodgers to Jared Cook. Geoff spoke with Bryan Bulaga, Lane Taylor and T.J. Lang about what was said in the huddle and how the play was drawn up.
Former Packers linebacker Brady Poppinga also has a great breakdown of the big play:
Justis Mosqueda took the time Tuesday to break down every slot pressure Rodgers faced against the Cowboys.
FiveThirtyEight says, yes, that game was as great as it seemed:
Jimmy Fallon was at it again last night.
Kay Adams gives the Packers' offensive line some love on Good Morning Football:
ESPN’s Damien Woody likes the Packers on Sunday:
Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan reportedly will become the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers whenever the Falcons’ season ends. Mike Silver of NFL.com believes there’s a good chance a Packers personnel executive will be joining him as general manager.