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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