Falcons fans pack Mercedes-Benz Stadium for first-ever home game

Falcons fans pack Mercedes-Benz Stadium for first-ever home game

As expected, the first regular season game at the stadium will draw a sold out crowd of more than 70,000 fans. "They're a different team this year, we're a different team", McCarthy said.

"It's my quarterback. I've always got his back". As long as they stick with it, the commitment to the run game should pay off against an Atlanta defence that was gashed for 6.6 yards per carry by the Chicago Bears in Week 1.

After an effective, gritty game against Seattle, Ty Montgomery has asserted himself as the clear choice in Green Bay's backfield going forward. I don't remember how it went throughout the week, but by the time we got to Wednesday practice, I knew I was playing. Mike McCarthy's Packers are hopeful that the third time will be the charm, as they look to exact some revenge and spoil the Falcons' debut in their new home.

"But remember this: the past is the past". In fact, the Packers feel so good about where they now stand in the secondary, that they recently released Gunter.

One thing that came out of the NFC title game past year was Green Bay's commitment to overhauling its defense. Atlanta's Matt Ryan won the award last season, making this a matchup of two of the game's top quarterbacks. Aaron Rodgers will need a big game from Montgomery to spread the defense and create mismatches.

"Last year's last year", the Packers coach said Wednesday. "So we've got to hopefully see where he is tomorrow and, but just speaking with Bryan this morning when he came in, you know, he was dehydrated and things like that".

The Packers dropped both games against the Falcons last season on the road, including a 44-21 stomping in the playoff game.

Well, it will be the first "outdoor" game for the Falcons since they left Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium in 1991. Green Bay may have the best player in football in quarterback Aaron Rodgers, but Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan was league MVP past year. Six of the nine points put up by the Seahawks came because of the no-huddle offense.

(Does it matter to you if the roof in the Falcons' new stadium is open Sunday?) "I don't think so". Rodgers and the offense will aim to silence the crowd and score early and often to avoid falling behind.

"I wasn't panicking", Ryan said.

Sarkisian and Matt Ryan must figure it out as the game moves along. Randall said their improved health is their best hope after they played the Falcons last season with since-retired Sam Shields on the bench and himself and Rollins slowed by injury.

"It's a new season". Today is the present. It will be Sunday Night Football on NBC with Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth in the booth.

Considering how poorly Green Bay played last January at the Georgia Dome, it probably welcomes the change of venue. In one of the games, Atlanta wide receiver Julio Jones set a record for the most receiving yards ever given up by Green Bay with 259. Of course not. Regardless, it may prove to be a far more valuable experience: Sunday's win shows that Green Bay has the ability and depth to outlast a tough opponent, even in a grisly defensive slugfest.



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