Sunday afternoon's Packers-Falcons game in Atlanta featured one quarterback that entered the game near the top of the NFL leaderboards in every statistical category, and also Aaron Rodgers. Matt Ryan came into the game ranked second in the NFL to Tom Brady in pretty much everything, while Rodgers had been up and down pretty much the entire season but was coming off a second half during which he tore up the Bears last Thursday night.
Once these two got going in the Georgia Dome on Sunday, it was pretty much a laser show all day long. Ryan finished his day 28 of 35 for 288 yards and three touchdowns, good for a 129.5 quarterback rating. He spread the ball around to eight different receivers, five of which had three catches or more. His best pass of the day might have been his last, an 11-yard strike to Mohamed Sanu to clinch a 33-32 comeback victory for the Falcons.
Rodgers ultimately came up short, but his day was not too shabby. He finished 28 of 38 for 246 yards and four touchdowns, giving him a 125.5 rating. He hit seven different receivers, none more than Davante Adams, who he connected with 12 times on the day.
Let's just take a quick journey through the show these guys put on in the ATL.
Ryan got things started early on, hooking up with Taylor Gabriel.
Rodgers came back by finding Jordy Nelson for six, after they'd already connected on a 58-yard play earlier in the drive.
Not to be outdone, Ryan flipped the ball out to Devonta Freeman, who took it the rest of the way for a touchdown.
Rodgers went right back to Nelson, firing a strike over the middle of the field.
He left Ryan just a bit too much time, though, as Ryan was able to march the Falcons down the field for the game-winning score.
Falcons 33, Packers 32.