NFC Championship First Look: Packers at Falcons

We have a bunch of stats and notes to get you ready for Sunday's NFC Championship Game.

Green Bay Packers (12-6) at Atlanta Falcons (12-5)

LAST GAME — 10/30/16: Packers 32 at Falcons 33. Atlanta QB Matt Ryan passed for 288 yards and three touchdowns. Falcons WR Mohamed Sanu caught the game-winning touchdown pass with 31 seconds remaining.

LAST GAME AT SITE — 10/30/16

LAST PLAYOFF — 1/15/11: Packers 48 at Falcons 21. Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers passed for 366 yards and three touchdowns and cornerback Tramon Williams had a 70-yard interception-return touchdown.

REFEREE — Bill Vinovich

BROADCAST — FOX (2:05 p.m.): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews, Chris Myers (Field reporters). Westwood One: Kevin Kugler, James Lofton, Tony Boselli (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 81 (GB), 82 (Atl). XM: 88 (WW1), 225 (GB), 82 (Atl).

PACKERSFALCONS
LEADER 17-14  
STREAKS 4 of past 5  
COACHES VS. OPP. Mike McCarthy: 4-3 Dan Quinn: 1-0
COACHES PLAYOFF RECORD Mike McCarthy: 10-7 Dan Quinn: 1-0
VS. COMMON OPP. GB: 2-0 (Phi. 1-0; Sea. 1-0) Atl.: 1-2 (Phi. 0-1; Sea. 1-1)
PLAYOFF RECORD 34-21 8-12
LAST WEEK W 34-31 at Dallas W 36-20 vs. Seattle
PASSING Aaron Rodgers: 401-610-4428-40 (1L)-7-104.2 Matt Ryan: 373-534-4944 (2L)-38 (2L)-7-117.1 (1L)
RUSHING Ty Montgomery: 77-457-5.9-3 Devonta Freeman: 227-1079-4.8-11
RECEIVING Jordy Nelson: 97-1257-13.0-14 (1L) Julio Jones: 83-1409 (2L)-17.0-6
OFFENSE 368.8 415.8 (2L)
TAKE/GIVE +8 +11
DEFENSE 363.9 371.2
SACKS Nick Perry: 11 Vic Beasley Jr.: 15.5 (1L)
INTs Ha Ha Clinton-Dix: 5 Deion Jones (R): 3
PR Micah Hyde: 5.8 Eric Weems: 11.4
KR Ty Montgomery: 20.3 Eric Weems: 23.0
PUNTING Jacob Schum: 43.2 Matt Bosher: 46.8
KICKING Mason Crosby: 122 (44/47 PAT; 26/30 FG) Matt Bryant: 158 (1L) (56/57 PAT; 34/37 FG)

TEAMS MEET for fourth time in postseason. Packers lead playoff series 2-1. Green Bay defeated Atlanta 48-21 in an NFC Divisional playoff on Jan. 15, 2011. Green Bay leads all-time series 17-14 (including playoffs). The Falcons defeated the Packers 33-32 in Week 8.

PACKERS: Have won 13 NFL championships, most all-time. Team’s .618 postseason winning percentage (34-21) is best in NFL history among teams with 50-plus games played. This is team’s 32nd playoff appearance, tied for most in NFL history. Mike McCarthy has led team to playoffs in nine of his 11 seasons as head coach and is 10-7 in the postseason…Packers had three players selected to 2017 Pro Bowl: S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (1st), G T.J. Lang (1st) and QB Aaron Rodgers (6th)…In past eight (including playoffs), QB Rodgers is 8-0 with 2,384 passing yards (298 per game), 21 TDs and one INT for 117.9 rating. Has 100.1 postseason passer rating, fourth-best in NFL history. In six career meetings, has 1,992 passing yards (332 per game), 16 TDs and one INT for a 122.2 rating…RB Ty Montgomery had two rushing touchdowns last week. Has four touchdowns in past three on road…WR Jordy Nelson led NFL with 14 receiving TDs and ranked sixth with 1,257 receiving yards. Since 2011 (including postseason), he is tied for third in the league with 58 TD catches. Had 94 receiving yards and TD in Week 8. WR Randall Cobb has five TD catches in past five postseason games. WR Davante has three TD catches in five career playoff games. Had 12 receptions in Week 8 vs. Atlanta. TE Jared Cook had six receptions for 104 yards and a touchdown last week, his first career postseason touchdown…LB Clay Matthews has 11 career postseason sacks, tied for fifth-most since 1982. Had two sacks in only career playoff meeting. LB Julius Peppers has 143.5 career sacks, fifth-most since 1982. In past six postseason games, has 4.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and two passes defensed. Is only player in NFL history with 100-plus sacks and 10-plus INTs (11). Has two sacks in past three meetings. LB Nick Perry led team with career-high 11 sacks. DT Mike Daniels had sack in last meeting. CB Damarious Randall has two INTs in past three playoff games. S Clinton-Dix led team with five INTs…K Mason Crosby made two 50-plus yard FGs in final two minutes of regulation last week, including game-winning 51-yarder as time expired. He is the first player in postseason history with two 50-plus-yard field goals in final two minutes of regulation. His 51-yard FG was longest game-winning field goal in NFL postseason history.

FALCONS: Won NFC South and advanced to postseason for first time since 2012. Are 5-3 at home in playoffs in franchise history. Ranked first in NFL in points (540) and second in total offense (415.8 yards per game). Head coach Dan Quinn won first career playoff game last week…Falcons had six players selected to 2017 Pro Bowl: LB Vic Beasley (first), K Matt Bryant (first), RB Devonta Freeman (second), WR Julios Jones (fourth), C Alex Mack (fourth) and QB Matt Ryan (fourth) Ryan set franchise record and ranked second in NFL with 4,944 passing yards. Has six consecutive 4,000-plus yard seasons, tied for second-longest streak in NFL history. Led league with 117.1 rating, fifth-highest single-season rating in NFL history. In past three postseason games, has 984 passing yards (328 per game) with nine TDs and three INTs for 111.9 rating. In past two meetings, has 663 passsing yards (331.5 per game) with seven touchdowns vs. one interception for 123.9 rating…Freeman had 1,079 rushing yards, second consecutive 1,000-yard season. In past six at home (including postseason), has 10 rushing touchdowns. Had rush touchdown last week in postseason debut ...Jones ranked second in NFL with 1,409 receiving yards, fourht season with 1,000-plus receiving yards. Has 30 receptions for 372 yards (93 per game) and three TDs in four career playoff games. Had 11 receptions for 259 yards and one touchdown in Dec. 8, 2014, meeting. WR Mohamed Sanu had a touchdown catch last week, first career postseason touchdown. Had nine receptions for 84 yards and one touchdown in Week 8. WR Taylor Gabriel has five receiving TDs in past seven games. Had touchdown in last meeting…DE Dwight Freeney has 10 career postseason sacks, fourth-most among active players. Beasley led the NFL with 15.5 sacks. Has six sacks and two forced fumbles in past seven at home. LB Deion Jones (106) and S Keanu Neal (105) led NFL rookies in tackles. Neal tied for third in league with five forced fumbles. CB Robert Alford tied for fifth in the NFL with 19 passes defensed. CB Ricardo Allen had an interception last week in postseason debut.


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