ATLANTA, Ga. (WTAQ) - In what many considered a playoff-like atmosphere, the Green Bay Packers made a few mistakes too many and had trouble running the football in a 20-17 loss to the Atlanta Falcons Sunday in the Georgia Dome.
Trailing 17-10 in the 4th quarter at a hostile environment, the Packers (7-4) drove 90 yards in 16 plays, capped by a 10-yard touchdown pass from Aaron Rodgers to Jordy Nelson on 4th-and-goal to tie the game at 17.
But a long kickoff return coupled with a facemask penalty on Matt Wilhelm gave the Falcons (9-2) the ball at midfield, needing to move only 20 yards to give kicker Matt Bryant a 47-yard field goal, which turned out to be the difference.
The Packers had 8 penalties in the game, along with the lone turnover as Rodgers fumbled the ball just outside Atlanta's goal line into the end zone on a sneak, costing the green and gold a touchdown.
Rodgers finished the day 26-of-35 for 344 yards with 1 TD passing and a TD rushing. He was also the team's leading rusher with 51 yards on 12 carries.
Get a full recap of the game with Mark Daniels and Nick Vitrano on the 5th Quarter Monday at 5 p.m. exclusively on 97.5/1360 News Talk WTAQ.