Again — two games in, small sample size, et cetera, but so far Shanahan’s 49ers haven’t scored a touchdown, whereas the Falcons, running schemes created by longtime college fixture Steve Sarkisian, presented the Packers with a dizzying array of offensive looks.
He turned Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu loose like he was unleashing jaguars, and hurled Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman at the Packers’ line like he was throwing cinder blocks.
Ryan threw a modest (for him) 19-for-28 game for 252 yards, his longest pass of the night a 34-Yard strike to Jones on the game’s opening drive that helped stake Atlanta to a lead it would never come close to relinquishing.
Rodgers gave up what turned out to be a crucial interception in the waning moments of the first half, but engineered that fourth-quarter attempt at a comeback that included the finest play of the night by either team, a 33-yard eye-of-the-needle dart to Davante Adams .
Green Bay eventually drew within 11, but this time Atlanta settled down and controlled the football right on through the two-minute warning, icing the game and preserving a very much-needed win against a key NFC opponent.
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