In a must-win game, the Packers dug deep, orchestrating a fourth quarter comeback over the Atlanta Falcons. Thanks to an effective offense and a second half shut-out by the defense, Green Bay's post-season hopes are still alive.
“It shows a lot about this team. Our backs were on the wall, everyone counting us out, we went out there and fought hard and everyone left everything they had out on the field and we came away with a win,” defensive lineman Johnny Jolly explained.
“Especially without Aaron, it's definitely maybe a mind thing I guess you can say for some guys, but a lot of us felt like we could get a win without him and we finally got it,” cornerback Tramon Williams added.
Rodgers replacement, Matt Flynn, looked more comfortable leading the charge after a full-week of practice. He threw for 258 yards and the run-game added 112.
“I thought Matt Flynn did a heck of a job. No huddle, getting us in and out of personnel groups, managing the game,” Mike McCarthy said.
“It feels good to offensively be able to move the ball and complete some passes, have some success in the passing game and get the victory,” quarterback Matt Flynn weighed in.
The offense played well, but the defense was the difference in the ballgame today. Trailing 11 points at the half, the Packers D buckled down, didn't allow another point and made plays when they needed to, including forcing a fumble that lead to the go-ahead touchdown and ending the Falcons final drive with an interception.
“We needed to have fun man, that's what we did today. We went out there and left everything out there that we had, made plays and had fun, everyone was jumping around and we just had fun and it was great,” Jolly told us.
“I just think we came out and we executed a little better. Obviously the kind of scheme we play, if one person gets out of position it can make us look bad so I think everyone just came out and just took care of their own responsibilities and that was that,” defensive lineman B.J. Raji explained.
“Some of the tackling problems that we had, we had to eliminate. You know we play for each other, we're a young group of guys, we've been here together and we believe in each other no matter what happens and we weathered the storm and we got the W,” defensive end Mike Neal explained.