Week 10 Game Recap: Green Bay Packers 33, Atlanta Falcons 25
What you need to know
Samkon Gado was the story for Green Bay against Atlanta. The rookie celebrated his 23rd birthday with his first career start, over 100 yards rushing and three touchdowns in an upset win for the Packers. Gado was impressive again this week carrying the rushing load for Green Bay pounding Atlanta defenders and constantly giving a second effort. He finished the game with 25 carries for 103 yards, two rushing touchdowns and one receiving. Despite fumbling twice, both recovered by Green Bay, Gado had a sensational game for an undrafted rookie playing in just his third NFL game.
Brett Favre celebrated his return to Atlanta by shocking the Falcons and their fans with 33-25 upset win. Favre looked great on the Packers’ first possession, completing four of five passes for 60 yards, marching Green Bay downfield for a quick touchdown. After a Falcons’ turnover, Favre’s touchdown pass to Gado silenced the Atlanta crowd with an early 14-0 lead for Green Bay. With the Falcons clawing their way to tie the game, Favre marched the Packers to a field goal and the lead at halftime. Although Favre did not throw a touchdown in the second half, he also did not throw an interception which is something that has plagued him throughout the season. Favre ended the game completing 26 of 39 for 252 yards, a touchdown and an interception.
The Packers’ defense played a spectacular game limiting the potent Atlanta rushing game to just 133 yards. In addition to slowing the rushing game, the Packers’ blitzing and pass coverage baffled Michael Vick from the opening drive. Linebacker Nick Barnett was the hero on defense with seven tackles, one sack and two fumble recoveries. In total, the defense tallied three sacks and three forced fumbles all recovered by Green Bay.
Ryan Longwell broke out of his season long slump with four field goals including two from over 50 yards. His field goal of 53 yards was one yard shy of his career long made back in 2001.
Atlanta may have looked past the 1-7 Packers to their division showdown next week against Tampa Bay. Atlanta was unable to establish their rushing attack that has carried them throughout the season against a solid Green Bay rush defense. Turnovers also proved costly as the Falcons fumbled six times losing three of them to Green Bay. The Packers scored 14 points off of Atlanta turnovers.
Michael Vick’s statistics were better than his Green Bay counterpart; however Vick seemed to be out of sync with his receivers and very indecisive in the pocket. Although pressured often, Vick appeared determined to stay in the pocket versus running from defender with ease that has been so successful in the past. Vick would end the day with just 24 yards rushing and a one yard touchdown run. In addition to his rushing touchdown, Vick threw two touchdown passes and no interceptions. He completed 20 of 30 for 209 yards in the game. This marked just the second time this season that Vick has thrown for over 200 yards; his first was last week against Miami.
Warrick Dunn highlighted the Falcons’ offense leading the team in rushing and receiving yards. Dunn combined for 128 yards of total offense and one touchdown. He scored his first receiving touchdown of the season in the second quarter on a 21 yard screen pass from Vick. Dunn carried the ball 17 times for 76 yards and added six catches for 52 yards. Dunn fumbled on his first reception of the game which Green Bay quickly turned into a touchdown.
What you ought to know
|QB Brett Favre, Pass: 26 - 39 - 252 - 1 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 3 - 2 - 0|
Favre led the Packers to an early lead with his hot hand on their opening drive and the aid of a Falcons turnover. With the lead and the running of Gado, Favre was not forced into the situation of constantly passing to help the team come from behind. Favre did not make the senseless throws into double or triple coverage, or throw the ball up for grabs. Instead, Favre passed when needed and looked for Gado to help share the workload. Favre was four of five for 60 yards on the opening drive that led to a touchdown and three plays later threw his only touchdown of the game to Gado on a shovel pass. He completed 26 of 39 for 252 yards, one touchdown and one interception. His interception was tipped and intercepted by Atlanta linebacker Demorrio Williams and later would result in a Falcons’ touchdown.
|RB Samkon Gado, Rush: 25 - 103 - 2, Rec: 4 - 5 - 1 (4 targets)|
Gado got his first career start this week after a successful performance last week. He proved his durability this week with 25 carries against a hard hitting Atlanta defense, pounding out 102 yards in the game. Gado scored all three of Green Bay’s touchdowns with two rushing scores and one on a shovel pass from Favre. Gado scored his first touchdown on a nine yard run, rumbling into the end zone virtually untouched to give Green Bay the lead. Shortly after his first score, Gado busted up the middle for a 17 yard gain to the Atlanta one yard line. On the next play, Gado took the shovel pass from Favre and with his effort had his second touchdown of the game. He would add another late in the fourth quarter on two yard touchdown run. Gado celebrated his 23rd birthday in style with a huge day and is making a strong push to keep the starting RB job even when Tony Fisher returns.
|RB ReShard Lee, Rush: 1 - 2 - 0, Rec: 1 - 5 - 0 (1 targets)|
Lee had just one carry in the game for two yards and one catch for five yards. He had 57 return yards on two kick returns.
Henderson had two catches for 24 yards, highlighted by a 20 yard gain on the Packers’ first play of the game.
Driver was the receiving weapon in the game for Favre. He collected ten passes for 114 yards and remains the biggest offensive threat for Favre. Driver was successful throughout the game running the inside slant and Favre took advantage. He had six catches of more than ten yards including a 21 yard grab in the third quarter that helped set up a field goal. With Robert Ferguson inactive this week and his return still uncertain look for Driver to continue to be Favre’s favorite target.
Chatman got the start again this week in place of an injured Robert Ferguson. He did not get many looks this week and finished with just two catches for 27 yards. Both of his catches came in the second half.
Thurman did not play a significant roll in the passing game. His only catch went for a 16 yard gain in the second quarter that put Green Bay in field goal range.
Ferguson was inactive and still is bothered by a knee injury.
Franks was an end zone target but the pass was overthrown by Favre with Franks clearly defended. He finished with four catches for 34 yards.
With David Martin inactive this week, Lee moved up to backup tight end. He contributed with three receptions for 31 yards. After a nice 16 yard gain, Lee was the recipient of a late hit out of bounds that tacked on another 15 yards. He had one end zone target but was overthrown.
Longwell had a perfect game connecting on all four field goal attempts and three extra points. His field goals were from 46, 23, 53 and 51 yards away with each having plenty of distance. He also had a 51 yard attempt but the snap was bobbled by holder B.J. Sander, who completed a forward pass for four yards. The 53 yard field goal by Longwell was one shy of his career long of 54 yards.
The Packers allowed a one yard rushing touchdown to Michael Vick but held the usually dominant Falcons’ ground attack to just 133 yards. The defense recovered three fumbles and forced three more. Nick Barnett led the Packers with seven tackles and two fumble recoveries.
The Packers gave up some late passing yardage to Michael Vick including a touchdown pass but overall played a pretty solid game. They recorded three sacks in the game and forced several errant pass attempts from Vick due to the pressure. They allowed 209 yards passing and two touchdowns without an interception.
|QB Michael Vick, Pass: 20 - 30 - 209 - 2 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 7 - 24 - 1|
On his first play from scrimmage, Vick was flagged for an illegal forward pass as he clearly went beyond the line of scrimmage before attempting the pass. Vick was under pressure from a persistent Green Bay pass rush and was forced to make poor decisions and errant throws downfield. Fortunately for Vick, he did not throw an interception although a couple passes should have been. Vick was not a very active runner in this game although he did score a rushing touchdown. He executed a beautiful fake handoff to Duckett, hesitated with his back towards the defense, then rolled out to his right and beat the defender to the corner just barely reaching his left arm and ball inside the pylon for the score. Vick finished with just 24 yards rushing on seven carries, an unusually low total for him. Threw the air, Vick completed 20 of 30 for 209 yards and two touchdowns. Vick’s touchdown passes were 21 and 18 yard strikes. He had two fumbles in the game but only one of them was recovered by Green Bay.
|RB Warrick Dunn, Rush: 17 - 76 - 0, Rec: 6 - 52 - 1 (6 targets)|
Dunn caught his first receiving touchdown of the season on a 21 yards screen pass in the second quarter to put Atlanta on the board. Dunn showed patience waiting for his blockers then scampered 21 yards downfield for the score. He rushed for 76 yards on 17 carries against a tough Green Bay defense. Dunn also caught six passes out of the backfield for 52 yards. He also had a fumble that led to a Green Bay touchdown.
|RB T.J. Duckett, Rush: 4 - 31 - 0, Rec: 2 - 27 - 0 (3 targets)|
Duckett returned to the lineup this week after missing the last two games with sprained ankle. He did not show signs from the injury during his limited playing time. Duckett was successful running the ball for 31 yards on just four carries and provided an additional 27 receiving yards on two catches.
Finneran led the Falcons’ receivers with four catches for 50 yards. He had a couple of nice diving grabs in the game and collected 32 receiving yards during Atlanta’s final scoring drive. Finneran also added a two point conversion to bring Atlanta to within eight points.
|WR Roddy White, Rush: 1 - 2 - 0, Rec: 2 - 22 - 1 (3 targets)|
White caught both of his receptions in the fourth quarter. His first catch went for eight yards before he was stripped of the ball and fumbled. On his second grab, White was able to out leap the defender and come down with ball for an 18 yard touchdown.
Pathon caught his only pass for 18 yards with time running out in the first half.
Crumpler still continues to be Vick’s favorite target this season. He finished the game with five receptions for 40 yards. Crumpler did see an end zone target late in the game but was well overthrown by Vick.
Peterson made his only field goal attempt from 37 yards away and both extra point attempts.
The Falcons’ defense allowed Samkon Gado to score two rushing touchdowns and 103 yards on the ground. Green Bay’s offensive line was able to dominate Atlanta front four enabling Gado the openings in route to his 100 yard game. Linebacker Demorrio Williams led the Falcons with 13 tackles, a forced fumble and an interception.
The Falcons’ pass defense allowed one touchdown on a shovel pass but struggled to defend Donald Driver. Atlanta allowed 256 total passing yards, 153 of those yards in the first half. Atlanta was unable to pressure Favre and recorded just one sack in the game. However, they did force an interception and several plays later converted the turnover into touchdown.