ATLANTA (WAOW)- There simply aren't enough superlatives to describe the play of the Packers last night at the Georgia Dome. In particular, how about the game by Aaron Rodgers? The Packers signal caller goes 31-36, shattering the old franchise postseason record with an 86 percent completion percentage. Rodgers throws for 366 yards and 3 touchdowns, while running for another.
Of course, the most important number is the number of points on the scoreboard. 48 points scored is another Packers postseason record, breaking last year's mark of 45 set in the loss in Arizona. That means in the storied history of the Green Bay Packers, Aaron Rodgers has now lead them to their 2 highest point totals in their playoff history.
"The performance he put on tonight," starts Greg Jennings. "It was a treat to watch him and it was a treat to play with him."
"He's a Pro Bowl quarterback," continues Daryn Colledge. "He deserved to be there and didn't get that opportunity. I think he's taking that out on everybody. If he can't be in the Pro Bowl, he might as well be in the Super Bowl."
Says Aaron Rodgers, "Yeah I think that probably was my best performance. I think with the stage we were on and the importance of this game, yeah it was a good night."
Says Mike McCarthy, "I thought Aaron Rodgers was excellent, just the ability to play with a run and pass mix throughout the game. He was on fire tonight, he likes playing in domes, you can see why."
But it wasn't just Rodgers and the usual suspects helping the Packers get in the end zone last night. 337 pound nose tackle BJ Raji lined up as a blocking back on the game-tying touchdown in the 2nd quarter. He doesn't remember the last time he got to do something like that.
"Maybe in gym in gym football," says Raji. "But I'm a team player. Coach said that's what he wanted me to do and I did it."
Then at the end of the quarter it was cornerback Tramon Williams providing the game-winning touchdown on a 70-yard interception return.
Says Tramon Williams, "We just gonna take it week to week and hopefully I can continue making plays like that. Offense is hot right now and only thing we have to do defensively is hold up, if we can do that we'll make it."
In the end, the top-seeded Falcons were eating crow after chirping a bit too loudly following their regular season win over these Packers.
"You know, they had some comments out there," says Cullen Jenkins. "I guess they thought they were just pounding the ball on us and we took that to heart."
"That gave us a little extra spark," adds Clay Matthews. "You gotta be careful about what you say if you're gonna see someone again. That really was a motivating factor for us, a few guys popping their mouth off."
"You know, when guys talk trash, it makes you go out there and play even harder," says Donald Driver. "You wanna dominate them."
44 years to the day after winning the first Super Bowl, the Packers are now 1 win away from getting back to the NFL's marquee game. That win will have to come in Chicago next Sunday.
Online Reporter- Jayson Geiser