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to play Sun­day. "I don't need any ex­tra fuel to play," Rodgers said. "I want to play ex­tremely badly." So far, Ryan and the Fal­cons have been much bet­ter at home than on the road. They've scored 30-plus points in home wins over Detroit and Kansas City, and lost road games at Tampa Bay and Carolina by iden­ti­cal scores of 24-9. Ryan has com­pleted 67.7 per­cent of his passes at home, with two touch­downs and no in­ter­cep­tions. On the road, Ryan's com­ple­tion per­cent­age has dropped to 45.9 per­cent, with two in­ter­cep­tions and no touch­downs. Ryan knows what he's get­ting into in terms of the game- day at­mos­phere at Lam­beau. Ryan's coach at Bos­ton Col­lege, Jeff Jagodzin­ski, is a for­mer Pack­ers of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor. "He talked a lit­tle bit about we met, said it's a great place to play, the at­mos­phere is sec­ond to none," Ryan said. "And I look for­ward to get­ting up there this week­end." The Fal­cons tried to spark their of­fense at Carolina last week by run­ning a no-hud­dle of­fense — and Ryan showed he could han­dle it, an im­pres­sive feat for a rookie quar­ter­back. - tion that he's a very as­tute quar­ter­back," Fal­cons coach Mike Smith said. "He's go­ing to go through some grow­ing pains. Any young quar­ter­back in this league is. It's prob­a­bly the big­gest learn­ing curve of any po­si­tion to make that tran­si­tion from col­lege to the NFL, but I think Matt has the mind-set to be very suc­cess­ful."

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