The Packers, led by the rookie rusher who had just over 100 yards the whole season, put up 123 yards on 23 carries, a 5.9 yards per carry average as the Pack did enough to earn a game Saturday night in Atlanta.
Green Bay had 32 rushing attempts against the Eagles, the seventh time this season they have had 30-plus attempts. It was only the fifth time this season that the Packers had more rushing attempts than they did passing ones, showing maybe a little shift in the way the team is looking to play offense this postseason.
“I thought we might have a few more passing attempts, but the way James was running, we just stuck with it,” quarterback Aaron Rodgers said.
And it also gives the Falcons something to think about in this upcoming divisional matchup. The first time the two teams played back on November 28th, the Pack ran for just 77 yards on 23 carries, a 3.3 yards per carry average.
Rodgers was the teams leading rusher that day, going for 51 yards on 12 carries. That won’t likely be the case Saturday night. Starks came out of nowhere to lead the team, and showed what fresh legs can do for an offense that needed a run game in the worst way.
“To win week-in and week-out, you’ve got to have the combination of run and pass,” Head Coach Mike McCarthy said. The Pack will try again to pound Starks on Saturday, a key factor in this upcoming divisional showdown.