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Falcons 101: Taking a look at the team’s history against the Packers

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These two teams meet for the fifth time in four years tonight, and Atlanta looks to build on recent success.

NFL: NFC Championship-Green Bay Packers at Atlanta Falcons Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

If it feels like the Falcons have seen a lot of Aaron Rodgers and those cheeseheads from up north lately, it’s probably because they have. This, inevitably, has resulted in some really good games in the last few years, and this week, the Falcons and Packers are set to meet again in Atlanta as the Falcons open up Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Let’s take a deeper look at the history between these teams.

Series records

Atlanta and Green Bay have split the series in the last decade, but the Packers own the series, overall. Of 32 games, the Packers have won 17, with their longest win streak coming at the very beginning of the series, as they won their first five games against the Falcons.

The Falcons, however, only have a three game win streak that followed the Packers win streak early on in the series. Atlanta won the matchup in 1971, 1972, and 1974 before losing again in 1975. Atlanta is 10-6 at home against the Packers, so that bodes well for this evening’s matchup.

The series sits at 17-15 in favor of Green Bay, and Atlanta hopes to build their own streak tonight, where they have the chance to win their third straight game against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers of Green Bay.

Biggest Falcons win, biggest loss

The Falcons largest margin of victory came in 1968, when Atlanta beat the Packers 38-7 in Atlanta. Though, we all know the most significant victory was the most recent, a 44-21 thrashing in the NFC Championship game last season.

Atlanta’s largest loss was the very first game of the series: Green Bay hammered the Falcons 56-3.

Series quick hitters

A couple quick notes on the series...

  • Dan Quinn is now 2-0 against Green Bay, which brings him to a 4-0 record when he is leading an NFL defense against Aaron Rodgers.
  • Aaron Rodgers has a completion percentage of 66.84 percent against Dan Quinn’s Falcons with seven touchdowns and only one interception.
  • In regular season games against Green Bay, Matt Ryan has completed 66.67 percent of his passes and thrown 13 touchdowns to five interceptions.
  • This game is the first regular season game in Mercedes-Benz Stadium and the Falcons will wear patches on their jerseys to commemorate the occasion.

Atlanta is currently favored by three points at home tonight. The game will be broadcast in primetime at 8:30 p.m. EST on NBC and on the radio in Atlanta on 92.9 The Game.

Be sure to check out The Falcoholic Live pre-game and postgame show to get our “expert” analysis leading up to and after the game.