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The Packers and Falcons will meet Saturday night in the Georgia Dome for what many will consider to be the de facto NFC Championship game.  The same teams met in the same place in week 12 with the home team winning 20-17 on a Matt Bryant field goal with nine seconds left in the game.  Aaron Rodgers led the Packers to major yardage, with 344 yards passing and 51 yards on the ground, but not enough scoring for a win.  Matt Ryan and Roddy White were relatively quiet while Michael Turner gained 110 yards on 23 carries.

Georgia Dome

The Georgia Dome will see an explosive game on Saturday night.

The Packers won a tight game in Philadelphia over the NFC East champion Eagles last Sunday.  Rodgers was solid but it was rookie running back James Starks who made the difference.  He racked up a surprising 123 yards on 23 carries.

While the Packers were battling to hold on against the Eagles the Falcons were home waiting to see who their next opponent would be.  At 13-3, Atlanta had a great year and won the NFC South behind the three-headed monster of Ryan, Turner and White.

The Packers win if: Their defense can keep Turner contained on first and second down.  Green Bay’s run defense is just 18th in the NFL and it hurt them in the first game against Atlanta.  They played the run well against Philadelphia last week, giving up just 49 yards on 13 carries to running backs.

The Falcons win if: They can slow down the Packers potent passing game.  The Falcons have not played the pass real well, ranking 22nd in the NFL in pass defense.  They rank only 20th in the NFL in sacks.  They’ll need to pressure Rodgers and excel in coverage to beat Green Bay.

Who do I like: Falcons 34-30

Why: This will be a shootout.  I think the Falcons defense will be able to stop the Packers running game and not allow Starks to break through for another big day.  I expect John Abraham to apply the pressure on Rodgers and the Falcons secondary to do just enough to slow down the Packers passing game.  I think Turner will put forth another solid effort and take some of the pressure off Ryan.  I would not be surprised to see Eric Weems break a big return.

Who do you like in this NFC heavyweight matchup?  Let me know your thoughts on the game in the comments section below.

Photo source: Chrisjnelson at en.wikipedia

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The most important game in week nine is:

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons
Sunday, 1:00 pm

Atlanta Falcons banner at Georgia Dome

Can the Bucs continue their surprising season at the Georgia Dome?

Ladies and gentlemen…your two leaders in the NFC South…the Atlanta Falcons and the…the…Tampa Bay Buccaneers?  The Bucs have to be the biggest positive surprise in the NFL at this point.  With the exception of interceptions, a category in which they lead the NFL with 14, they are not overwhelming in any specific area.  However, they’ve been very impressive in their ability to find a way to win.  They are tied for last in the NFL with only six sacks.  They are 30th in the NFL in rushing yards allowed per game.  But, as their head coach Raheem Morris has said, “stats are for losers.”

The Falcons on the other hand were expected to excel and they have, losing only twice, both games in Pennsylvania.  They’ve been good in both areas on offense, ranking fifth in rushing yardage and 11th in passing yardage.  They also rank sixth in the NFL in rushing yardage allowed per game.  Roddy White in particular has been absolutely outstanding, racking up 54 receptions for 747 yards and five touchdowns.

The Buccaneers win if:  They can win the turnover battle by two or more.  They are really going to need to force the Falcons to give up the ball and probably need to return one for a touchdown.

The Falcons win if:  They can exploit the weak Tampa run defense.  Michael Turner should be poised for a huge game.

Who do I like:  Falcons 31-10

Why: Atlanta has a lot more talent than Tampa Bay, they are coming off their bye week and they’ve won nine of their last 11 games at home.  The Falcons should be running all over the Georgia Dome turf.

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