Championship weekend was severely lacking in former Oregon State players given that only one former Beaver participated in the games (Terron Ward was inactive and Markus Wheaton is on Injured Reserve). However, this one performance was a clinic in offensive line play as the Atlanta Falcons almost topped 500 yards of total offense against a very good Green Bay Packers squad.
Andy Levitre - Left Guard Atlanta Falcons - The Atlanta Falcons were downright dominant against the Packers on Sunday, racking up 400 yards of offense by two minutes into the third quarter and putting up 31 points before Green Bay scored a touchdown. Green Bay made some noise during the second half but couldn’t keep up as Matt Ryan broke a Falcons record with four passing touchdowns and one rushing during this blowout.
Andy Levitre was great against a good running defense, opening big holes for Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman, especially when the Falcons needed to milk the clock in the fourth quarter. He was even better in pass protection as Ryan passed for almost 400 yards and had more than enough time to survey the defense. The Packers have been very impressive during their eight-game winning streak, getting to opposing quarterbacks with ease. However, Levitre, Mack, and the entire offensive line kept Ryan upright all game long and didn’t allow a single sack. The only play that was remotely close to a sack was negated by a LaDarius Gunter holding penalty. This was the dominant performance by the only offensive line to use the same five starters all season.
Sadly, there was a lone negative play by Levitre during this decisive victory. The guard committed a false start on third-and-goal during the first quarter as the Falcons were looking to go up 14-0. The move knocked Atlanta back five yards right before center Alex Mack committed a holding penalty and forced a field goal instead of a touchdown. These two negative plays seemed like killers early but ultimately didn’t matter at all given the Falcons’ superb play.
Levitre and the Falcons will now take two weeks of preparation in anticipation of Super Bowl LI. BeaverBlitz will keep you updated once the big game kicks off on February 5th.