Packers vs. Falcons: Live Stream Start time, TV schedule for NFC Championship

Packers vs. Falcons: Live Stream Start time, TV schedule for NFC Championship

Packers vs. Falcons: Live Stream


For the last time in NFL history, the Atlanta Falcons will play host at the Georgia Dome. The final game is a big one, too: they’re facing off against the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship.

This marks the fourth time these two teams have met in the playoffs, with the Packers coming away with the most recent win (48-21) back in the 2010 postseason. Both teams have momentum heading into the championship matchup.

Green Bay is coming off a thrilling last-minute field goal for the win over the Cowboys. While many quarterbacks might get flustered with a tied score and only 30 seconds left to play, Aaron Rodgers is perhaps the best in the league at staying calm and not giving up until the clock hits 00:00.

Whether it’s catching teams during substitutions or making the most out of free plays, Rodgers is one of the best ad-libbers in the league — made even easier with so much receiving talent around him.

Part of the reason all the scrambling works for the quarterback is because of the myriad targets he has downfield. Last week in the Divisional round, Rodgers completed a 25-plus yard pass to five different receivers — Davante Adams, Geronimo Allison, Randall Cobb, Jared Cook, and Richard Rodgers. The Packers’ offense has outscored their opponents, 257-156, during their current eight-game winning streak, with Rodgers passing for at least 350 yards and multiple touchdowns in his two playoffs game this season.

One of the Packers’ few weaknesses this season has been the running game, but they have had far more success on that front during the postseason. Running back Ty Montgomery wound up in the end zone twice in just the first half last weekend against Dallas. Montgomery started the season as just another wideout for the team, but could find much more success in the ground game.

The matchup Sunday is offensively loaded on both sides. The Packers face a Falcons team that includes Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, and Devonta Freeman.

Rodgers might be good at freestyling, but Matt Ryan has absolutely nailed consistency in the latter part of the season. In his last five games, Ryan has posted a passer rating of at least 120 along with 14 touchdowns and zero interceptions. In last week’s win over the Seahawks, the Falcons quarterback threw for 338 yards on 26 completions with three touchdowns and no interceptions.

Ryan threw touchdown passes to 13 different targets during the 2016 regular season, the most in NFL history within a season. One of the quarterback’s favorite, and most lethal, targets is Julio Jones. The wideout was limited in practice leading up to the NFC Championship due to a toe sprain, but head coach Dan Quinn said earlier in the week that he would be ready to go by kickoff.

The last time these two teams met was back in Week 8 in Atlanta, and the home club came away with a one-point victory, 33-32. This was just before the Packers went on their undefeated run into the postseason, and when it comes to playoff experience, Green Bay has the advantage. The Packers are 11-5 all-time in NFC/NFL Championship games, while the Falcons have only made it to the NFC Championship game three other times in franchise history.

Both teams lost in this round the last time they were en route to a Super Bowl appearance: the Packers in 2014 (28-22 loss to the Seahawks) and the Falcons in 2012 (28-24 loss to the 49ers).
How to watch

Time: 3:05 p.m. ET

Location: Georgia Dome, Atlanta

TV: FOX

Announcers: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews, Chris Myers

Online: Sunday Ticket, Fox Sports Go Source
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Packers vs. Falcons: NFC Championship Game 2017, Live Stream, TV Channel, Prediction

Packers vs. Falcons: NFC Championship Game 2017, Live Stream, TV Channel, Prediction

Packers vs. Falcons: Predictions for NFC Championship Game 2017


Super Bowl LI is nearly upon us. We just have that pesky event known as Conference Championship Weekend standing between us and the big game.

This is obviously the biggest step in the postseason outside the Super Bowl, as this Sunday's games will determine which teams will represent their respective conferences. The first of the two games has the Atlanta Falcons hosting the Green Bay Packers for the right to represent the NFC. Packers vs. Falcons

This should be an exciting and action-filled contest. We'll have two of this year's top quarterbacks, Matt Ryan and Aaron Rodgers, and both have been playing lights-out of late. The oddsmakers in Las Vegas seem to think there will be a lot of scoring in this game, and, quite frankly, we'd be shocked if they were wrong.

Today, we're going to take an in-depth look at the NFC Championship Game and the latest odds—courtesy of OddsShark. We'll also make our predictions and examine some of the latest storylines heading into Championship Sunday.

NFC Championship Game: Packers vs. Falcons

What: Green Bay Packers at Atlanta Falcons

Where: Georgia Dome, Atlanta

When: Sunday, January 22

Time: 3:05 p.m. ET

National TV: Fox

Line: ATL -5

Over/Under: 61

Prediction: Green Bay 35-33 over Atlanta
Latest Buzz

Jordy Nelson Back at Practice


Packers fans got some good news on Thursday when wide receiver Jordy Nelson returned to practice. The wideout—who produced 1,257 yards and 14 touchdowns in the regular season—had been sidelined since suffering broken ribs against the New York Giants in the opening round.

It's unlikely that Nelson practiced at full speed. According to Michael Cohen of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, though, Nelson at least caught some balls on Thursday:

If Nelson can't get up to full speed, it seems unlikely that he'll take the field against the Falcons. While his presence, even in a decoy role, could help the Green Bay offense, the Packers are going to need healthy pass-catchers to match points with the mighty Falcons offense.

Atlanta averaged an NFL-best 33.8 points per game in the regular season.

“[Sunday] is obviously a long ways away," Nelson said, per Jason Wilde of the Wisconsin State Journal. "I’ve improved every day. Hopefully that continues. I’ve got to be able to go out and perform. I just can’t be out there slowly running or just being some random person."

If Nelson can't be close to 100 percent, don't be surprised if he sits. The Packers could also be without wide receivers Geronimo Allison and Davante Adams, though NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported that the team is confident both will be available:   

Julio Jones Expected to be Fine

While Packers fans are nervously hoping that Nelson will be able to go on Sunday, Falcons supporters might have a little anxiety about their own star receiver, Julio Jones.

Jones missed two games during the regular season due to a foot injury and has experienced some injury issues in the past. This week, he's missed consecutive practices after getting re-injured during last week's game against the Seattle Seahawks.

The good news is that Jones believes he will be fine come game time.

"I got a little snag," Jones said, per Vaugh McClure of ESPN.com. "And I was like, 'Well, let's go check it out.' It's fine. I'll be ready to go."

Falcons head coach Dan Quinn also made it clear that the team expects Jones to be ready to go on Sunday, per McClure: Source: bleacherreport
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How to watch, stream Packers vs. Falcons: Start time, TV channel and predictions

How to watch, stream Packers vs. Falcons: Start time, TV channel and predictions

How to watch Packers vs. Falcons Live Stream

 NFL fans fond of offense are going to get a big-time treat during championship weekend, with three of the four top scoring offenses in the NFL making it to the final four (and all four teams sitting in the top 10 in terms of points). The NFC Championship Game should be a real fireworks show, though, with the Packers and Falcons squaring off in a game that features a historical over/under.

Vegas initially opened the total at 59.5, the highest opener in history. It quickly moved above 60, and has settled back in at the even number since then, despite plenty of action (68 percent of the money is on the over). Packers vs. Falcons

It would be hard to imagine a number that's much lower. This game is a rematch of a Week 8 showdown that ended with Matt Ryan marching the Falcons down the field and finding Mohamed Sanu in the end zone with 31 seconds left for a touchdown to give the Falcons a 33-32 victory.

That game wasn't going over 60 points until late, but it still managed to bust the number. There's bigger reason to expect plenty of scoring in this one, as Atlanta is absolutely humming right now, averaging 38 points per game over its last five games, including a 36-20 victory over the Seahawks in the divisional round.

Green Bay is rolling too, with Aaron Rodgers peaking over the last two months and looking like the most talented human to ever throw a football playing in his prime. The flurry of Week 6-ish thinkpieces trying to determine the cause of the Packers' offensive struggles must have happened in a different, darker timeline.

On the other hand, there's cause for concern with Rodgers' weapons. Both Jordy Nelson (ribs) and Davante Adams (ankle) are big question marks. Mike McCarthy and Green Bay are typically conservative when it comes to pushing injured players out onto the field, but it's not hard to imagine those two guys pressing to play on Sunday.

Both are listed as Questionable on the team's final injury report, and both will likely be gametime decisions. If Nelson and Adams play, it's a massive boost to the Packers' passing game and evens the playing field a little bit more.

The Falcons aren't without their own injury issues -- superstar wideout Julio Jones is dealing with a toe injury that caused him to leave the game against Seattle for a few plays, though he made it through limited practice on Friday and didn't draw so much as a Questionable tag from the team.
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Even if the biggest weapons are missing from this affair, it's going to be fun to watch. Green Bay was 20th in defensive DVOA at Football Outsiders (and 22nd against the pass), while Atlanta finished 27th in DVOA (and 19th against the pass). Both pass defenses are questionable and both quarterbacks are white hot. Both teams should be aggressive in a game where scoring less than 30 points means the season is likely over.

Here's how you can watch the game, the final injury report a further breakdown of what to expect on Sunday and our final picks.
How to Watch

    What: Green Bay Packers vs. Atlanta Falcons
    When: Sunday, Jan. 22, 3:05 p.m. ET
    Where: Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia
    TV: FOX
    Streaming: Verizon NFL Mobile App
    Online: FOX Sports Go
        NFL Game Pass (available to watch online after midnight)
    Odds: The Falcons are 5-point favorites, according to SportsLine

Injury Report

Packers

    WR Davante Adams (Ankle) -- Questionable
    WR Geronimo Allison (Hamstring) -- Questionable
    S Morgan Burnett (Quadricep) -- Questionable
    RB James Starks (Concussion) -- Out
    OL JC Tretter (Knee) -- Out
    CB Quinten Rollins (Neck, Concussion) -- Questionable
    WR Jordy Nelson (Ribs, Illness) --Questionable

Falcons

    No players on final injury report.

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Packers vs. Falcons: Live Stream, TV Channel, Preview, Predictions

Prisco's Pick

This shapes up as an offensive fan's delight. Both teams can score a lot of points, and neither defense is great. The Falcons rolled past Seattle last week behind the play of Matt Ryan and the offense, while the Packers won at Dallas behind Aaron Rodgers and the passing game.

The game will be played on a fast track, which is why I still think the offenses will rule. These two quarterbacks are playing as well as at any point in their careers -- and that's saying something with Rodgers. The Falcons beat the Packers 33-32 on Oct. 30, but that was a different Green Bay team. They have ripped off eight consecutive victories behind Rodgers' torrid play.

This will come down to which one of the defenses can get a stop late. That will be the Falcons. I think a sack late by Beasley to stop a Green Bay drive will be the difference here. Falcons win a tight one to get to the Super Bowl. Source : cbssports
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Packers vs. Falcons: Live Stream, TV Channel, Preview, Predictions

Packers vs. Falcons: Live Stream, TV Channel, Preview, Predictions
The NFL playoffs finally delivered a great game on Sunday afternoon as the Green Bay Packers upset the Dallas Cowboys 34-31 to advance to the NFC Championship Game.

That sets up another potential classic this upcoming Sunday, as the Packers face the Atlanta Falcons in the Georgia Dome for the right to go to Super Bowl LI.

Below you will find the details surrounding Sunday's game as well as a preview and prediction.

Packers vs. Falcons Game Details
When: Sunday, January 22, at 3:05 p.m. ET

Where: Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia

Television: Fox

Tickets: ScoreBig.com

Over/Under: 58.5 (OddsShark)

Spread: Atlanta (-4.5) (OddsShark)

Last Time Around

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Falcons WR Mohamed Sanu

Green Bay and Atlanta already faced off this season, as the Falcons scored a last-minute touchdown and defeated the Pack 33-32 on October 30.

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers put Green Bay in the lead with a touchdown throw to wide receiver Jeff Janis with 3:58 remaining in the game, but Matt Ryan led the Falcons on an 11-play, 75-yard drive capped by a Mohamed Sanu touchdown with 31 seconds left. Matt Bryant's extra point put the Falcons up for good.

Rodgers threw four touchdown passes, while Ryan tossed three for Atlanta.

Neither team got much going on the ground (Rodgers led both teams with 60 rushing yards). Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson led all receivers with 94 yards and a touchdown.

Green Bay was missing six starters in the first meeting. Notable absences included wide receiver Randall Cobb and linebacker Clay Matthews. Falcons running back Tevin Coleman also sat out the game.

When Green Bay Has the Ball

Here are the Packers' points totals in their last six games: 38, 30, 38, 31, 38, 34.

And here are Rodgers' passing-yardage totals in his last four games: 347, 300, 362, 356.

Rodgers and the Packers, winners of their last eight, are going to score at will through the air, with or without Nelson, who missed Sunday's game against the Cowboys after being knocked out the previous week against the New York Giants following a hit from cornerback Leon Hall.

That being said, getting Nelson back would be a huge boost, and Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com writes that it is a possibility:

Even if Nelson can't go, the Packers receivers (and tight ends) have proved quite formidable in his absence.

Cobb (three touchdowns) was the hero last week against New York, and tight end Jared Cook (six catches, 104 yards, one touchdown and one of the most clutch receptions in NFL history to set up a game-winning field goal) wore the cape this week against Dallas.

Matt Claassen of Pro Football Focus tweeted about how much those two (and wideout Davante Adams) have improved from last year:

Simply put, the Packers offense is a juggernaut that would give the 1985 Bears trouble.

When Atlanta Has the Ball

The Falcons finished with the highest-scoring offense in the NFL (540 points) as well as the top-ranked offense at Football Outsiders.

To put the Falcons' point total in perspective, the second-highest scoring team was New Orleans with 469.

Atlanta should be able to attack the weak (and injury-depleted) Packers secondary, which was exposed against Dallas on Sunday, but the X-factor is the running back duo of Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman.

As seen against Seattle on Saturday, the Falcons backs can do serious damage even if they can't run the ball effectively.

Both Freeman and Coleman have the ability to not only catch quick passes out of the backfield, but they can also go deep for big plays. The two combined for 102 receiving yards and a touchdown in the 36-20 win over the Seahawks, and Matt Miller of Bleacher Report had this to say about Freeman in particular:

As special as Ryan and wide receiver Julio Jones are, Freeman and Coleman could be the difference in this game. Their pass-catching abilities add a tricky element to defend against any team.

The Packers didn't have to worry about Coleman last time, but with him back and healthy for this game, the defense will have its hands full.

 Special Teams

The Green Bay-Dallas game ended in a kicker duel, with the Packers' Mason Crosby and the Cowboys' Dan Bailey trading 50-plus-yard field goals until Crosby capped the game off with a 51-yarder as time expired.

Don't be too surprised if the kickers are featured again Sunday. Crosby has made 23 straight postseason field goals dating back to the 2010 season. The Falcons' Matt Bryant, at 41 years old, is still one of the best in the business. He made 34 of 37 field-goal attempts in the regular season, including six of eight from 50-plus yards. Packers vs. Falcons: Live Stream, TV Channel, Preview, Predictions

On the return side, keep an eye on Falcons returner Eric Weems. The Packers also allowed the most kickoff yards per return in the NFL this year (26.3).

The Pick

The over-under is 58.5 points, meaning that the sportsbooks anticipate a high-scoring game.

There's no empirical evidence to prove otherwise. These teams have high-octane offenses and mediocre-at-best defenses and combined for 65 points the last time they played.

It should be a fun back-and-forth contest that is not decided until the fourth quarter.

In the end, Rodgers will outduel Ryan for the win. Source
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NFC Championship Game 2017: Packers vs. Falcons TV Channel , Live Stream and Predictions

NFC Championship Game 2017: Packers vs. Falcons TV Channel , Live Stream and Predictions

NFC Championship Game 2017: Packers vs. Falcons Live Stream


There's little argument that the NFL is a quarterback's league. If you look at the four quarterbacks remaining in the postseason tournament, it's never been more obvious that that point of view is the correct one.

Aaron Rodgers, Matt Ryan, Ben Roethlisberger and Tom Brady will put their talents on display in the two conference championship games Sunday, and Ryan is the only one of those four who does not have a Super Bowl title to his credit.

All he has done is post a remarkable season that saw him pass for 4,944 yards with a 69.9 percent completion percentage and a 38-7 touchdown-to-interception ratio. Those numbers are good enough to make Ryan one of the leading candidates to win the NFL MVP.

However, regular-season honors won't matter as the Atlanta Falcons prepare to host the Green Bay Packers at the Georgia Dome Sunday afternoon. Rodgers will be on the opposite side, and the superb quarterback is as sharp as he has ever been.

NFC Championship Game Matchup     Date     Time (ET)     TV     Point Spread/Total     Prediction
Green Bay at Atlanta     Jan. 22     3:05 p.m.     Fox     Atlanta (-4); 60     Green Bay; Under

OddsShark: Silverman predictions

The Packers have won eight games in a row and are coming off a remarkable 34-31 victory over the top-seeded Dallas Cowboys in the divisional playoffs. Green Bay dictated the pace for much of the game and built an 18-point lead, but Dallas rallied to tie the game twice in the final stages.

However, the Cowboys made the mistake of leaving time on the clock, as Rodgers had the ball with 35 seconds left in the fourth quarter. He hit a huge 36-yard sideline pass to tight end Jared Cook and, placekicker Mason Crosby won the game with a game-ending 51-yard field goal.

There is joy in Cheeseland, but it's now about full-time preparation for the NFC Championship Game.

Rodgers had another excellent season as he threw for 4,428 yards and completed 65.7 percent of his passes with 40 touchdowns and seven interceptions. As good as those overall numbers are, he has been even better during the Packers' eight-game winning streak.

Rodgers has thrown 21 touchdown passes and just one interception over that span, and he has proved himself capable of handling the most difficult situations and coming out on top.

"He's an incredible talent, and to do it when it's all on the line like that, that's what great players do," head coach Mike McCarthy told the media (h/t Pete Dougherty of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel) following Green Bay's win over Dallas.

The Packers advanced to the NFC Championship Game even though leading receiver Jordy Nelson did not play against Dallas due to fractured ribs. His status for the title game has not been determined.

Both teams are more dangerous on offense than they are on defense, but the defensive talent could decide the outcome of this game. If either team can come up with one or two clutch stops, it could prove decisive.

The Packers will lean on strong safety Micah Hyde, who has 11 tackles, four passes defensed, one interception and a sack in Green Bay's two postseason games. Linebacker Clay Matthews has not been active to this point with two postseason tackles, but he does have a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and a sack, and he could become a game-changer.

NFC Championship Game 2017: Packers vs. Falcons TV Channel
The Falcons have a dominant pass-rusher in Vic Beasley who had 15.5 regular-season sacks and eye-opening speed coming around the corner. Middle linebacker Deion Jones had five tackles, two passes defensed and an interception in the divisional-round win over the Seattle Seahawks, and he is a versatile performer.

The Falcons have home-field advantage, and they have been installed as a four-point favorite over the Packers, according to OddsShark. The total is a shocking 60 points—a figure more often seen in college football than the NFL. Packers vs. Falcons

Prediction

The Packers are not the only hot team. The Falcons have won five games in a row and scored at least 33 points in each of those wins.

Ryan has had a wonderful year and has a chance to bolster his national perception if he can continue to roll and take his team to the Super Bowl.

Ryan should play an excellent game, and the Falcons may be as good or better than the Packers. However, if both Ryan and Rodgers are at their best, give the edge to Rodgers.

He has been on fire during Green Bay's winning streak, and he makes his best throws and biggest plays when the game is on the line.

The Packers are not a perfect team by any stretch, but Rodgers' ability to come through when the game is on the line will give Green Bay the edge and propel the team to Super Bowl LI. Source: bleacherreport
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