Falcons fans know the nightmare we all had to go through in the 1st round of the playoffs last year. Coming into the playoffs as the #1 overall seed, we had so much expectations. A lot of people thought we would win it all. But that night in late January, a 48-21 loss to Green Bay, shocked everybody. After Eric Weems ran back a kickoff return late for a touchdown in the 2nd half, the Falcons just had a huge meltdown and everything went Green Bay's way from there. It was a Packers team that suffered many injuries such as the one to star running back Ryan Grant.
His status for the Week 5 matchup with the Falcons and Packers is questionable as to whether he is going to play. This game is going to be the Sunday night primetime game everybody is going to watch. Since that playoff game in January, this is the rematch everybody wanted to see. Fresh off a 30-28 win against the Seahawks in Seattle on Sunday, the Falcons have momentum going into the Georgia Dome. The Packers do as well, coming into the game being undefeated at 4-0. Super Bowl MVP Aaron Rodgers has been nothing but outstanding just like his 2010 season.
Some of the keys for the Falcons to win this game is to contain linebacker Clay Matthews. Arguably one of the best defensive players in the league, Matthews is bound to get into the backfield quickly. I'm excited as to what rookie WR Julio Jones can do in this game. He has been nothing but great in the Falcons' 1st four games and I expect a big game out of him on Sunday night. I think he can get through that Green Bay secondary. The major players that need to step up in this game is the offensive line and WR Roddy White. White, arguably the best WR in the league last year, is off to a slow start as he looks to get back on track. Expect TE Tony Gonzalez to make big plays for the Falcons as usual. Defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder will have to make smart play calling in order for the Falcons defense to not give up safe leads late in games. We barely escaped the Seahawks after a last second 61 yard missed field goal in Week 4. I think this game is going to be a shootout and a high-scoring game. Both teams will be making plays back and forth but I think our Falcons have what it takes to get some payback on the Packers. So until then, go Falcons!!!-Yuriy