The Atlanta Falcons beat the 34-23 in what was a blowout before the Packers pulled it to respectability in garbage time. "You go hard as hell and when your (opportunity) is there, you gotta go for it". "I did what I could". It was Trufant's second game back after having his season end early last season due to an injury. "I'm excited about what the future holds". He successfully defended Julio Jones in the end zone and made a very nice tackle on a swing pass from Matt Ryan midway through the second quarter. It looked like they might have shook off the pesky Bears when Matt Ryan scrambled and found Austin Hooper for an 88-yard catch-and-run touchdown pass to put them ahead 20-10. In the third quarter, Desmond Trufant recovered a fumble and took it to the house for the Falcons from 15 yards out.
"What a night for him", Quinn said. "I didn't come here to sit, so". That's how it happened. "I've been working on my hands daily and it is paying off". "Everybody's just so competitive, everybody's just anxious to make that play".
"You have to play every play", Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers said of the Falcons. "It was just exciting". "You can tell he's put the work in in the run game to play at linebacker depth, play behind the ball and deal with the guards and tackles, which is not something that [safeties] normally do".
"It meant a lot to me; it really did", Rodgers said.
In their first game at their US$1.5-billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the Falcons built a big lead and made it stand up. They were on their way after Aaron Rodgers hit Randall Cobb to move the ball to midfield with plenty of time. "They bring it no matter if they are up or down they are attacking. So it's just a bump in the road early, and we will iron it out". "We showed what we can do". If that sounds like a mismatch on paper, that's how it played out in real time, as Trufant corralled an overthrow at the 36 with under a minute remaining before halftime. "I think everyone else does because the question keeps coming up. He's not afraid to get up and challenge receivers, and I like his style of play".
He still feels that he's rounding back into form.
Vic Beasley Jr. caused the sack-fumble by Rodgers leading to the Trufant touchdown, but the National Football League sack leader from a season ago had to leave the game later in the third quarter because of a hamstring injury. "It's definitely good just to get back because previous year I wasn't there when my team needed me the most so I grinded the whole offseason to get back to that elite level", Trufant said.
"I'm just going to continue to take my game higher". "Now it starts to get a little interesting", Chris Collinsworth said on the NBC broadcast. Then things got worse. In a game where Atlanta will be focused on handling the Packers perimeter threats, Bennett could do some serious damage right in the heart of the defense.
In fact, the Packers have never had home-field advantage in the NFC championship game with Rodgers under center. "That's my theme for this year". Josh Jones last night, I thought he went in and did a nice job.