An intentional grounding, an interception and a bungled onside kick attempt by a really confused Mason Crosby spelled doom for the Packers. Until those frustrating events occurred, there was a modicum of hope that the Packers could pull off a win. Aaron Rodgers gave a decent performance, with a few minor glitches, but there was no magic to be found, even though it was a comfort to learn that he was playing.
An early score by Justin Peelle put Atlanta on the board first, and Green Bay had to try to play catchup all day. They finally did “catch up” in the fourth quarter, but the critical mistakes condemned the Pack to another home loss.
Atlanta brought a great rookie quarterback, and the banged-up Packers just were not able to respond at all. Roddy White, with 132 yards of reception, forced the Packer defense to cover down field. This gave Turner a lot of running room, and he took advantage of the opportunity, with 121 yards in 26 carries.
Aaron Rodgers completed 25 of 37 for 313 yards and 3 TDs, which is pretty impressive, considering the “game time” decision to play him. Ryan Grant wasn’t really a factor, but he did manage to cover 83 yards in 18 carries. Again, this is a disappointing performance, considering some of the stats he was able to compile slightly less than a year ago.
Due credit is due to Matt Ryan and crew for an impressive game and a well deserved win – even thought the fourth quarter mistakes of the boys in green did almost as much damage as Turner and White combined.
Based on the results from today, the Packers are in for a long, painful season.