Packers Go For 9 Straight and NFC Title Against Falcons
The Green Bay Packers will try to cap one of the most incredible season comebacks in franchise history with an NFC championship Sunday in the Georgia Dome.
The Packers have won eight games in a row, including two playoff matchups, since starting the season 4-6. One of their early season losses came in Atlanta in a high-scoring affair, but Green Bay played that contest without the services of Jared Cook, Clay Matthews and several other key players.
Injuries are still a factor in both teams' plans, but especially for the Packers. Jordy Nelson is recovering from two broken ribs and is one of several Packers listed as questionable for the game. Davante Adams and Geronimo Allison are also ailing, which could leave the Packers with a dearth of pass catching options behind Randall Cobb and Cook. But Aaron Rodgers has been successful with any combination of receivers, throwing just one interception over the team's last nine games. Rodgers faced a similar issue with receivers last season, yet still landed a Hail Mary pass to Jeff Janis in Arizona to set up overtime in the Divisional Round last season.
The Packers faced travel issues Saturday, as their charter plane was stuck in Minneapolis. The team had to charter a bus to Milwaukee to fly to Atlanta, causing a three hour delay in their arrival.
Christine Michael was added to the team's injury report Saturday as questionable with a back injury. The Packers also added receiver Max McCaffrey from the practice squad Saturday.
Atlanta boasts the highest scoring offense in the NFL, but star receiver Julio Jones missed practice time this week with a toe injury that kept him off the field for more than 40 percent of the snaps in Atlanta's Divisional Round win over Seattle.
Super Bowl 51 happens two weeks from Sunday in Houston, Texas.