Packers-Falcons: Thumbs up, thumbs down

Rodgers turns in gutsy performance; defense giving up too many points

Thumbs up: Aaron Rodgers, in a true display of leadership, played despite a sprained shoulder that he sustained last week. Rodgers not only played, but played well, completing 68 percent of his passes (25 of 37) for 313 yards and three touchdowns. He had a passer rating of 109.4.

Thumbs down: Green Bay's defense again struggled to stop opponents from scoring. The Packers have surrendered an average of 27.3 points per game in the last four games.

Thumbs up: Donald Driver is 33 years old and supposed to be on the downside of his impressive career by NFL standards. But Driver continues to amaze with a determined catch in the end zone against safety Erik Coleman. Driver not only latched onto the ball, but Coleman's arm in the process while landing on his back for his second touchdown of the season.

Thumbs down: The Packers played like zombies early on against the Falcons. The Packers had no first downs in the first quarter to the Falcons' eight. Atlanta was on the field for 11 minutes, 35 seconds compared to Green Bay's 3:25 as the Falcons took a 10-0 lead.

Thumbs up: Tramon Williams, starting in place of the injured Al Harris, had a career-high 11 tackles, which is too many for a cornerback. He also made a key interception of what looked to be a sure touchdown pass from Matt Ryan to tight end Ben Hartsock. Ryan underthrew Hartsock, allowing Williams to leap and make a one-handed grab for his second interception of the season.

Thumbs down: Where have some of the key defenders been for the Packers lately? Middle linebacker Nick Barnett had five total tackles. Defensive end Aaron Kampman had six tackles and one quarterback hit. Defensive end Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila didn't show up in the box score against Atlanta. Gbaja-Biamila has one-half of a sack thus far this season.

Thumbs up: Will Blackmon's career-high 45-yard kickoff return in the second quarter gave the Packers the ball at the 50 yard line.

Thumbs down: The Packers were unable to capitalize off of Blackmon's big return. Kicker Mason Crosby's 43-yard field goal was nullified by rookie Jermichael Finley's penalty for holding. Crosby then was wide right on a 53-yard field goal attempt.

Thumbs up: The Packers' rushing attack was better in the second half than the first. After rushing for 40 yards in the first two quarters, the Packers rushed for 64 yards in the third and fourth quarters for 104 yards.

Thumbs down: Falcons wide receiver Roddy White looked like an all-pro in the first half. White had eight catches for 132 yards and a touchdown in the first half but was held without a catch in the second half.

Thumbs up: Fans donated approximately 7,200 non-perishable food items and $10,950 for the Packers Women's Association's 22nd Annual Food Drive for Paul's Pantry, a supplementary food distribution program for the needy in the greater Green Bay area.

Thumbs down: The Packers slipped to 2-3 with three of their next four games on the road, beginning this Sunday in Seattle.

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