Packers WR Jordy Nelson had eight catches for 146 yards and two TDs against the Atlanta Falcons.
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The Green Bay Packers defeated the Atlanta Falcons 43-37 in a game with nearly 1,000 yards of offense on Monday Night Football.
The Packers offense kept the Falcons on their heels all day, and the defense prevented Atlanta from taking a single lead despite giving up 5 TDs and over 450 yards of offense. In the first quarter both teams scored rushing TDs, first Packers RB James Starks scored on a 3-yard run and later Falcons RB Steven Jackson tied it up with a 4-yard run to make the score 7-7. But the Packers offense exploded in the second quarter with 24 points off two Aaron Rodgers TD passes and a 1-yard run by RB Eddie Lacy, giving them a 31-7 halftime lead.
In the third quarter the Falcons began their attempt to make a comeback with ten straight points before a FG by Packers PK Mason Crosby to make the score 34-17 going into the final quarter. The Falcons managed to put up 20 points in the fourth quarter, first on a 22-yard TD pass from QB Matt Ryan to Julio Jones – who had a franchise record 259 receiving yards – later with TD passes to Roddy White and Harry Douglas, but the Packers recovered both onside kick attempts and wore out the Falcons defense by scoring nine points – giving them the 43-37 victory.
With the win the Packers move to 10-3 and retain their NFC North division lead. Their next game will be against the Buffalo Bills on the road.
With the loss the Falcons fall to 5-8 but still have the lead in the NFC South division. Their next game will be against the Pittsburgh Steelers at home.