The Packers have now won 11 straight dating to last season, including their march to the Super Bowl title. The Falcons, coming off an NFC South championship, already have as many regular-season losses as they had all of last year.
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"We're certainly not where we would have liked to have been," Ryan said. "What we did last year doesn't make a difference as to what we're going to do this year."
Playing behind a makeshift line -- the Packers were without one starting tackle, and lost another to an injury in the first half -- Rodgers was sacked four times and faced plenty of pressure.
No problem. The Super Bowl MVP still completed 26 of 39 attempts, even with a couple of drops, and kept converting big third downs. Astonishingly, he completed passes to a dozen receivers, with Jones hauling in five throws for 140 yards.
"It was a tough game," Rodgers said. "I took a lot of shots, had to move around a little bit."
Crosby connected from 32 and 35 yards to make it 14-6 at halftime, then boomed through a 56-yarder that matched the longest field goal in franchise history. An uneasy feeling settled over the raucous crowd, with good reason. After another three-and-out for an Atlanta offense that suddenly couldn't do anything right, the Packers finally took it to the end zone.
In one play.
Rodgers dropped back and fired one deep down the middle to Jones, who got a step on Thomas DeCoud, took the throw without breaking stride and easily outran James Sanders to the end zone. Just like that, the Packers had the lead for the first time. Even after failing on the 2-point try, they were up 15-14.
The Falcons never recovered.
The lead grew on the first play of the fourth quarter. Rodgers threw over the middle to Jennings, who turned on a burst of speed to get around the corner, then stretched out with one hand to get the ball past the pylon.
"You can tell by the tone of the crowd when Aaron gets the ball in his hands," Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews said. "It's nice to take the crowd out of it."
NOTES: Green Bay LT Chad Clifton went out with a hamstring injury to his right leg after being bowled over by Atlanta DE Ray Edwards in the second quarter. The Packers already were missing RT Bryan Bulaga, who sat out his second straight game with an ailing knee. ... The Falcons lost two defensive backs to injuries: S William Moore (shoulder) and nickel back Christopher Owens (head). ... Charlie Peprah and Jarrett Bush had interceptions for the Packers. ... Falcons rookie WR Julio Jones (hamstring) went out early in fourth quarter with a hamstring injury after running a deep route down the sideline. ... Turner has gone three straight games without reaching 100 yards. He was held to 56 on 16 carries.
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