Falcons vs. Packers: Live Grades and Analysis for Green Bay

Giancarlo Ferrari-King@@GiancarloKingFeatured ColumnistDecember 8, 2013

DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 28:  Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rogers #12 watches the action during the second quarter of the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on November 28, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. The Lions defeated the Packers 40-10.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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The Green Bay Packers won their Week 14 NFC showdown with the Atlanta Falcons.

Final Score

Atlanta: 21

Green Bay: 22

Green Bay Packers' Grades
Position Unit1st-Half GradeFinal Grade
Pass OffenseCB
Run OffenseB-B
Run DefenseC-B
Pass DefenseDB+
Special TeamsCC-
vs. Falcons Week 14

Final Analysis for the Green Bay Packers

Pass Offense: Looking fluid in the pocket, Packers quarterback Matt Flynn played well against the Atlanta Falcons. Outside of an early fumble and a crazy interception, Flynn was able to get the ball out quickly and give his receivers a chance to make plays all game long.

Run Offense: For all of the offensive struggles the Packers have endured this season, rookie running back Eddie Lacy has been a bright spot. Rushing for 65 yards and a touchdown, Lacy’s bruising style of running opened up a lot of passing lanes for Matt Flynn and Co. in Week 14.

Pass Defense: After getting off to a slow start, the Packers pass defense played exceptionally well in the second half. Holding Matt Ryan to just 206 yards passing, Green Bay believed in its scheme and rebounded brilliantly from a horrible first half.

Run Defense: Just like their pass defense, the Packers' run defense had a great showing in the second half. Holding Falcons running back Steven Jackson to just 16 yards rushing after halftime, Green Bay took control of the line of scrimmage and dominated in the trenches.

Special Teams: There really wasn’t anything exciting to talk about from the Packers special teams unit. Until they find a way to infuse some explosiveness into their return game, things won’t get any better.

Coaching: Give a ton of credit to not only head coach Mike McCarthy but also defensive coordinator Dom Capers. Both coaches made timely adjustments at halftime and got their players motivated to play excellent football in the second half.

GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 08: Eddie Lacy #27 of the Green Bay Packers runs with the football during the first half of play against the Atlanta Falcons at Lambeau Field on December 08, 2013 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)
Mike McGinnis/Getty Images

First-Half Analysis for the Green Bay Packers

Pass Offense: Looking comfortable in the pocket, Packers quarterback Matt Flynn seems to finally have control of this Green Bay offense. Although he lost a fumble early in the first half and had one of his passes intercepted for a touchdown, Flynn has actually been efficient moving this offense downfield.

Run Offense: Eddie Lacy was effective on the ground for the Packers in the first half. Rushing for 30 yards and a touchdown on just 10 carries, Lacy has proven that he should be the focal point of this Green Bay offense. Sadly for the Packers, Lacy limped off the field at halftime.

Pass Defense: It’s been a brutal start for the Packers pass defense. Giving up 85 yards and two touchdowns to Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, Green Bay’s secondary has really struggled to stick with their assignments.

Run Defense: Surrendering 6.1 yards per carry to Falcons running back Steven Jackson, the Packers run defense is off to a rough start at Lambeau Field. Failing to wrap up Jackson and getting pushed around at the line of scrimmage, this defense needs to play a lot better if they want to stay in this football game.

Special Teams: What’s missing most when it comes to Green Bay’s special teams unit is a lack of explosive plays. That lack of explosion was highlighted in the first half when Packers return man Micah Hyde called for a fair catch on a punt return with plenty of room to operate.

Coaching: Outside of the loss of Aaron Rodgers, the Packers have had major issues on defense over the last few weeks. Whether it's poor game-planning, a lack of effort or a combination of both, head coach Mike McCarthy and defensive coordinator Dom Capers haven't been able to do anything about it.


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