GREEN BAY (1-0) at AT­LANTA (1-0)

The Arizona Republic - - SPORTS - Matt Ryan

TIME: 5:30 p.m. LINE: Fal­cons by 2

THE MATCHUP: Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers over­came a score­less first half to rally the troops, though 17 points likely won’t get it done against the Fal­cons in what prom­ises to be a high-scor­ing af­fair. The Pack­ers will try to avenge a lop­sided 44-21 loss to At­lanta in last year’s NFC Cham­pi­onship Game, in which they trailed 24-0 at half­time. ... At­lanta didn’t look like the de­fend­ing NFC champs against the Bears.

Matt Ryan and the of­fense didn’t ap­pear to be in sync, and their de­fense needs to play at a higher level. They’ll need to get more pres­sure on Rodgers from Grady Jar­rett, Don­tari Poe and top pick Takkarist McKin­ley.

Aaron Rodgers

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