The Atlanta Falcons beat the Green Bay Packers 34-23 on Sunday night in the first NFL regular-season game at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.
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Like in last year’s NFC title game, Atlanta built a big halftime lead on the way to a dominating victory.
Minus its top three offensive tackles at the start and its best wide receiver and best defensive lineman by the end of the first quarter, the Packers didn't have much ammunition Sunday night.
But the most disheartening aspect of the 34-23 loss to Atlanta was that quarterback Matt Ryan, wide receiver Julio Jones and the Falcons offense once again made the Packers’ pass defense look helpless.