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The storyline of this game has been touted since the moment the clock on the Packers-Eagles game expired. Matt Ryan vs. Aaron Rodgers. Atlanta barely escaped last time with a last second field goal set up by a face mask penalty on the Packers. Charles Woodson states, “[The Packers] feel like we left a lot of football out on the field in that [Atlanta] game." And so, the game is set. This is Green Bay's chance to prove they should have won in Week 12 and Atlanta's chance to prove it was no fluke.
The key to this game is going to be at the line of scrimmage. Which team can get more pressure on the quarterback? I believe Green Bay will be more successful in this department due to their ability to trust Tramon WIlliams on Roddy White. This will allow not only BJ Raji, Cullen Jenkins, and Clay Matthews to have their shot at Matt Ryan, but also Pro-Bowl corner Charles Woodson. In Atlanta's case, their lone sack on Rodgers in Week 12 came from John Abraham, and there is no reason to believe that he won't be the key lineman for the Falcons.
In their first meeting, Aaron Rodgers threw for 344 yards, 1 TD, and no interceptions. If the Falcon's pass rush continues to be hindered by the Green Bay offensive line, with the aid of rookie tailback James Starks, Rodgers probably will have a big day. Combine this with the strength of the Packers' defense and I believe Green Bay takes this one in Atlanta.
Who I want to win: Green Bay
Who I pick to win: Green Bay