Aaron Rodgers, Packers Overcome Poor Defense To Beat Falcons

| by Daniel Yancelson

Aaron Rodgers threw for 327 yards, three touchdown passes and no interceptions to survive a career night from Atlanta Falcons’ receiver Julio Jones. The Packers took home a 43-37 win at Lambeau Field Monday night.

Jones caught 11 passes for 259 yards, which is the most yards the Packers have ever allowed to a receiver. He caught one touchdown pass before having to leave the game with a hip injury in the fourth quarter.

Monday night was Rodgers’ 100th start in the NFL. Through 100 games, he has more touchdown throws (222), passing yards (27,520) and games with zero interceptions (58) than any other quarterback.

"It's been fun; it's been a great 100 games started," Rodgers said. "When you're a young player, you can only dream about these kinds of opportunities. Then you get into it and you think, 'I'd love to do 100 more.'"

Despite Rodgers’ night and the Packers scoring 43 points, the team — especially the defense — isn’t complacent with the win.

"Coming off the field, I think that it's definitely a bitter taste," Packers safety Micah Hyde said. "We definitely don't want to finish like that, but at the same time, those good teams win ugly games. You get a win in the NFL, especially the 10th one, you've got to be happy about that." 

Matt Ryan exposed the Packers defense; he threw for 375 yards, four touchdowns and one interception.

"We made Matt Ryan look like Matty Ice again out there," Packers linebacker Clay Matthews said. "More power to him, but a lot of that was our doing. We've got to get better, and we will."

The Packers were also able to overcome the poor defense with a great rushing performance of their own. Eddie Lacy and James Stark combined for 148 yards and three touchdowns to help the Packers stay atop the NFC North and tied with the Broncos, Patriots and Cardinals for the NFL’s best record.

Packers play their next two games on the road. First they travel to Buffalo to face the Bills Sunday and then they head to Tampa Bay to play the Buccaneers.   

Sources: ESPN, FOX Sports / Photo Credit: Wikipedia