Falcons win at Lambeau

AP/M.Ludtke The Falcons prevailed over the Green Bay Packers 27-24, snapping a five-game road losing streak. The Falcons now are 3-2 under head coach Mike Smith. The Falcons got off to an early 17-7 lead, and the Packers attempted a comeback, but the Falcons were able to hold them off.

Matt Ryan led the way with 194 yards passing with 2 touchdowns and an interception. He completed 16 of 26 passes. Michael Turner rushed for 121 yards on the ground on 26 carries with a score as well. Roddy White led receivers again with 8 catches for 132 yards and a touchdown. Justin Peelle caught Ryan’s first touchdown pass, finishing hte day with 2 grabs for 15 yards. The Falcons offense was more efficient than they were last week, converting 6 of 12 third down tries against the Green Bay defense.

Defensively, the Falcons held the Packers offense in check for much of the game. Although they did give up 313 yards in the air and 3 passing touchdowns as the Packers attempted to come back from their early deficit. Lawyer Milloy led the team with 10 tackles. Keith Brooking (8 tackles), John Abraham (6 tackles, 1 sack), Erik Coleman (6 tackles), Curtis Lofton (4 tackles), Grady Jackson (2 tackles, 1 sack), and Michael Boley (1 tackle, 1 interception) had noteworthy games. Boley intercepted a pass with less than 5 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, which the Falcons were able to convert to a Turner touchdown to give them a 27-17 lead and essentially made the Packers comeback insurmountable.

On special teams, Jason Elam connected on both field goal attempts of 41 and 42 yards. Michael Koenen had 3 punts for an average of 41.7 yards, but pinned the Packers inside their own 20-yard line on all three tries, including putting them inside the 5 on two of them. Jerious Norwood had a big 54-yard kickoff return, and averaged 28.3 yards on his 3 returns. Adam Jennings had 2 punt returns for an average of 1.5 yards. The Falcons kickoff came up big with an onsides kick recovery late that sealed their win.

The Falcons will return home next week to host the Chicago Bears (3-2) next week. The Falcons have won three straight at home, including two this season, and hope to start their first two-game winning streak since November 2007. The Falcons have lost 8 of their last 9 against the Bears dating back to 1985. In that span, they have lost 3 of 4 matchups against the Bears at home. Their lone victory came in 1998.

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