Packers Falcons Football

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) and teammates walk off following an unproductive series against the host Falcons on Sunday night in Atlanta.

Offense: C-minus

Moving the ball was difficult once Atlanta started crowding Green Bay. Martellus Bennett had three drops. His costly pass-interference penalty was within a yard of the line of scrimmage and therefore legal. Geronimo Allison wasn't open on Aaron Rodgers' interception but he can't give up on the route.

Defense: D-plus

No matter what scheme the Packers employ, they still can't cover Julio Jones. By now it's clear Damarious Randall and Quinten Rollins are overmatched against good receivers. Clay Matthews had two sacks and neither time did he come flying around the corner. At this point, he's best rushing from the inside.

Special teams: C-plus

Justin Vogel got an unlucky bounce on his 28-yard punt that would have been a fair catch had the returner not run into his own man, but it wasn't a good punt anyway. Jake Ryan almost blocked a punt. Instead, he was penalized for running into the kicker. At least the Packers kept the ball.

Coaching: D-plus

With his injury-depleted offensive line, coach Mike McCarthy couldn't risk throwing the ball down the field. Once the Falcons figured that out, the Packers went nowhere until the game was out of hand. Atlanta killed Green Bay with crossing patterns, just like it did in January. What's up with that, Dom Capers?

Overall: D-plus

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, Green Bay didn't have much ammunition against a high-powered team such as Atlanta on opening night in its new stadium. The Packers tried hard but couldn't keep pace.



Tom Oates has been part of the Wisconsin State Journal sports department since 1980 and became its editorial voice in 1996, traversing the state and country to bring readers a Madison perspective on the biggest sports stories of the day.