The Falcons uncovered their new stadium with a 34-23 win over the Green Bay Packers Sunday night in a rematch of last season’s NFC Championship game. (John Bazemore/AP)
By Geoffrey C. Arnold
Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons assort up where they left off versus the Green Bay Packers, construction a big halftime lead on the way to a dominating conquest Sunday night.
The rematch of last season’s NFC championship game was originally a repeat: Ryan threw for 252 yards and a touchdown, Devonta Freeman had a couple of scoring runs, and Desmond Trufant raced to the end zone off an pretend pass by Aaron Rodgers that was ruled a fumble, leading the Falcons to a 34-23 victory over the Packers that wasn’t really that close.
Last season, Atlanta earned a trip to the Super Bowl by racing to a 24-0 halftime lead and a 31-0 edge quickly in the third quarter on the way to a 44-21 blowout of the Packers.
In the first regular-season NFL game at $1.5 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium, and the first sporting event with in which the facility’s camera lens-like roof was open, the Falcons put on a show to mark the motive.
They were ahead 24-7 at halftime and 31-7 less than a minute into the third period.
Unlike the Super Bowl, Atlanta (2-0) made sure this lead stood up.
After struggling a bit offensively in a season-opening victory at Chicago that was reserved with a goal-line stand in the closing moments, the Falcons subordinate right from the start in an early showdown for conference supremacy.
The Green Bay Packers and Atlanta Falcons are two of the leading competitor for the NFC Championship. The two teams will face each other in a rematch of the 2017 NFC Championship game – won by by the Falcons – on Sunday (5:30 p.m. PT/8:30 p.m. PT, KGW-8, NBC).
You can watch the live stream on the NFL’s mobile app or DirecTV’s NFL app. If the NFL Network is part of your cable package, you can also live stream the game through the NFL app on XBox, Apple TV, or Roku device on your TV.
The Packers (1-0) grinded out a 17-9 win over the Seattle Seahawks in Week 1. They didn’t bring their “A” game, but the representation was good enough and gives them plenty of dependence going into another big game. The Packers defense produced a surprisingly good performance versus the Seahawks, with the front seven applying balanced pressure on Seattle mastermind Russell Wilson.
The Falcons (1-0) needs didn’t look like last season’s high-scoring team in their tougher-than-expected win over the Chicago Bears. The Falcons may have been looking past the Bears and toward the Packers. Or they may be endurance from the dreaded Super Bowl hangover. The Packers should snap them out of any type of funk.
Here’s all you need to know to watch the game, or follow along as we bring you the deceased score, live updates, photos and video highlights in the comments section below.
What: Green Bay Packers at Atlanta Falcons
When: Sunday, Sept. 17, 5:30 p.m./8:30 p.m.
Where: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, GA
TV: KGW-8, NBC
Watch online: You can watch the live stream on the NFL’s mobile app or DirecTV’s NFL app. If the NFL Network is part of your cable package, you can also live stream the game through the NFL app on XBox, Apple TV, or Roku device on your TV.
Local players to watch: Atlanta – G Andy Levitre (Oregon State), OL Sean Harlow (Oregon State), RB Terron Ward (Oregon State).
Follow along as we bring you live updates and resolution from the game from kickoff through the final whistle in the comments section below. Have thoughts on how the Falcons and Packers are performing? Don’t hesitate to jump in on the live updates and chat with us as the game rolls along.