|Falcons Stun Packers in Lambeau|
Saturday, Jan. 4, 8:00 PM ET
At: Lambeau Field
In Saturday's late game, Michael Vick and the Atlanta Falcons marched into Green Bay for a battle with the Packers, and marched out with the first-ever playoff victory for a visitor at Lambeau Field, 27-7.
The Packers had never lost a home playoff game and were the only team to go unbeaten at home during the regular season. All the elements seemed in the Packers favor; the snow, the cold, and thousands of screaming Packers fans. But on this day, it was the young gun from Atlanta making the big plays instead of the aging hometown gunslinger.
Michael Vick didn't put up impressive numbers or make any game-breaking plays, but he continually escaped from the Green Bay pass rush and made plays when it appeared there were none. He completed 13-of-25 passes for 117 yards and one touchdown and added 64 yards on the ground.
The Falcons opened the game by marching 66 yards to the Packers 10-yard line before Vick connected with Shawn Jefferson in the endzone. The Packers first possession ended after just three plays when Keion Carpenter intercepted a Brett Favre pass and returned it to the Packers 38.
After a couple of incompletions and a run for no gain, Chris Mohr's punt pinned the Packers back at their own five-yard line. Green Bay moved the ball out to the 12 where they were stopped on third-and-three before Falcons linebacker Mark Simoneau beat Matt Bowen and blocked Josh Bidwell's punt which Artie Ulmer smothered in the endzone for another Atlanta touchdown.
Atlanta added another touchdown in the second quarter on a six-yard run by T.J. Duckett after a controversial muffed punt put the Falcons back in scoring position at the Packers 21-yard line. Atlanta's Kevin McCadam pushed Tyrone Williams into Green Bay punt returner Eric Metcalf, and Falcons fullback George Layne recovered the ball.
Replay showed the ball clearly bounced off McCadam's left shoulder, but head coach Mike Sherman didn't challenge the call. After the game he said he spoke with an official on the field, but was led to believe the play would not be reviewable.
Jay Feely added a 22-yard field goal to give the Falcons a 24-0 lead at the end of the first half and they were never seriously challenged after that point.
Earlier in the day, the Jets Chad Pennington continued his coming-out party with an impressive three-touchdown performance against the Indianapolis Colts. Check out details of all the action!