NFL Conference Championships: Packers vs Falcons live stream, Packers vs Falcons live streaming
What: Green Bay Packers vs. Atlanta Falcons
When: Sunday, Jan. 22, 12:05 p.m. PT/3:05 p.m. ET
Where: Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA
Green Bay Packers at Atlanta Falcons (-4) picks, predictions
Vinnie Iyer: Rodgers marched through Atlanta during his Super Bowl XLV run, just a round earlier. Ryan is trying to shake off his minor shortcomings of playoffs past to get a real crack at his first ring. Don’t expect much defense to be played here. It will come down to which team can dig deep with its pass rush and ball-hawking secondary to make the one game-changing stop.
The good bet is Green Bay, which was the better sacking and intercepting team in the regular season. The Packers also have been a destructive offensive in the red zone, exactly where the Falcons’ defense has had the most troubles.
The Falcons will be able to be both power run and deep pass on Green Bay, but with Ty Montgomery buzzing to flank Rogers against a weak rushing defense, the Packers will have no trouble both matching and eventually trumping that balance and explosiveness. It’s another comfortable dome away from home game for Rodgers, and it’s another trip to the big one to pad his future Hall of Fame resume.
David Steele: The world will be gravely disappointed if the final score doesn’t resemble a college basketball game. There’s no real reason to believe these two defenses can really shut down Rodgers or Ryan, respectively.
Ryan has better weapons, by far, especially if they get Julio Jones at full strength … and similar to last week against the Seahawks, the Falcons nipped the Packers in Atlanta in October without a 100-percent Jones.
But Rodgers clearly doesn’t need Hall of Famers to which to throw. Plus, Rodgers has the postseason receipts; for all his brilliance in this MVP-caliber season, Ryan doesn’t have his yet. It’s nothing to be ashamed of. But when the confetti falls, it won’t help him or the Falcons feel better.