Hi, I'm a day early this week due to the holiday. Time for another installment of the 2010 Falcon opponent series history, this week, it's the Packers.
The Packers lead the series, 12-11, going back to 1966, with Vince's boys utterly destroying the birds, 56-3. Falcons first win came in 1971, a 28-21 tussle in the ATL. The teams have played some memorable ones, such as the 1981 encounter up in Lambeau. The Falcons played like absolute crap for three quarters, doing nothing but farting around, down 17-0, then the fourth quarter started, and it was lights out for the Pack. The Falcons scored 31 unanswered points (an NFL record for most points in a fourth quarter) to win 31-17. The Packers couldn't get out of their own way in the fourth!
1983 saw another classic that went into OT, when Kenny Johnson (remember him) picked off a Len Dickey pass, and returned for a TD in a 47-41 win. 1991 saw another Falcons comeback win after playing like crap in the first half, with Chris Miller and Co. playing lights out in the second half to win, 35-31. 1992 saw the birds take out Brett Favre (whose he?) 24-10. If there was anything good about a loss, it was this game in 2002, when the Falcons were getting smacked around by the Pack, only to come back and tie it as time ran out, but lose in OT, 37-34. It was a sign of things to come that year.
And, of course, the 2002 wild card game in Green Bay, watching the Falcons dismantle the Pack, 27-7. I remember Brett Favre out in the snow, all by himself, sulking, as usual. The bummer game of the series came in 2005, birds were 6-2, and playing well, hosting an underacheiving Packers team. Fell behind, 14-0, only to come back to tie, but could never quite get over the hump, couldn't stop some scrub by the name of Samkong Gato, over 100 yards rushing, lost 33-25. It was the beginning of the end that season, team just went south literally. 2008 saw the young birds go into Lambeau to win 27-24, holding off a late Packers rally.
I see Sunday as another potential classic, with the Falcons winning, like a 38-35 type of game. It does have the potential to be high scoring. Next week, it's the Bucs again. Won't go over too much this time, only updating the series w-l record and the last Bucs game recap.