VIEWS OF THE GAME

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - - PACKERS GAMEDAY -

TOM SIL­VER­STEIN Home-field ad­van­tage will mean a lot in this game. The Pack­ers played about as well as could be ex­pected against Min­nesota in the Vik­ings' sta­dium de­but last year and still lost. It wouldn't be an up­set if Green Bay won, but it would be a ma­jor ac­com­plish­ment. Fal­cons 27, Pack­ers 24 PETE DOUGHERTY The Pack­ers look bet­ter equipped to get off the field on some third downs than they were in the NFC ti­tle game, and At­lanta is ad­just­ing to new of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Steve Sark­isian. But the Fal­cons have many weapons and the boost from open­ing a new sta­dium prob­a­bly will be the dif­fer­ence. Fal­cons 31, Pack­ers 27 MICHAEL CO­HEN Adren­a­line is real, and the Fal­cons are go­ing to be jump­ing for the of­fi­cial de­but of Mercedes-Benz Sta­dium. Go­ing into that en­vi­ron­ment is a tough task for any team, even one as tal­ented as the Pack­ers. The Dirty Birds re­joice. Fal­cons 34, Pack­ers 24 RYAN WOOD If the Pack­ers can use their run game to con­trol the clock, keep­ing Matt Ryan, Julio Jones & Co. on the side­line, they have a chance at pulling off the up­set. But there are too many red flags with the health of their of­fen­sive tack­les to like their chances. Best bet is a close, high-scor­ing game, much like the Pack­ers and Fal­cons pre­sented in Oc­to­ber. Fal­cons 34, Pack­ers 28 AARON NAGLER The Pack­ers have the fire­power to hang with the Fal­cons and the de­fense shouldn't be the em­bar­rass­ment it was back in Jan­uary when these teams last met. But Green Bay's ques­tions at of­fen­sive tackle, cou­pled with an in­cred­i­bly tough en­vi­ron­ment, will en­sure they come up just short once again in At­lanta. Fal­cons 27, Pack­ers 24

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