The Week 4 “Monday Night Football” matchup features two teams on opposite ends of the win-column spectrum this season.
The Packers (3-0) — who have won their games by an average of 12.3 points — will host a Falcons team (0-3) that has struggled to finish each of its last two games. Atlanta has squandered second-half leads of 19 and 16 points to the Cowboys and Bears, respectively.
Monday’s meeting should feature heavy passing by Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers and Atlanta’s Matt Ryan, as both teams’ defenses rank in the bottom half of the league in defending against the pass: The Packers rank 18th, giving up 247 yards per game; the Falcons rank 31st with 350 yards allowed per game.
To that end, Atlanta will likely look to receivers Julio Jones (hamstring) and Calvin Ridley (ankle), both of whom are expected to play Monday. But Packers receiver Davante Adams (ankle) tweeted that he is being withheld from Monday’s game. Will the return of Jones alongside Ridley be enough to spur the Falcons to their first win of the season? Or will they suffer yet another heartbreak as Green Bay takes sole command of the NFC North with a 4-0 record?
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Third qurter: Packers 27, Falcons 9
11 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN PACKERS. Rodgers throws his fourth touchdown of the game to a wide-open Tonyan in the end zone — his third touchdown recipient today. The Falcons couldn’t even hold him to keep him out of the end zone. Rodgers meanwhile is now 21 of 26 for 280 yards and four scores today. It’s just too easy.
10:57 p.m.: Rodgers gets back to work with a 23-yard gain to Jones — Green Bay is already at the Atlanta 28-yard line after a decent kickoff return and facemask penalty.
10:55 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN FALCONS. Todd Gurley punches it in on a 5-yard run. Elliot Fry misses the PAT, so the Packers’ lead is down to 20-9 with 7:20 remaining in the third quarter.
10:45 p.m.: Rodgers’ heave on third down is broken up and the Packers punt. Falcons take over at their 33-yard line, 11:42 left in the third quarter.
Halftime: Packers 20, Falcons 3
10:26 p.m.: Falcons try to get something going before halftime, but only get as far as midfield before Za’Darius Smith ends the half with an 8-yard sack of Ryan.
The Packers will head into halftime with a 20-3 advantage on the scoreboard and a 273-108 advantage in yardage.
10:21 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, PACKERS. One play later, Rodgers finds Tonyan over the middle for an 8-yard score to make it 20-3 with 46 seconds remaining. Packers get the ball out of halftime too, and could end the game with another scoring drive.
10:19 p.m.: Rodgers hits Malik Taylor short, and the receiver takes it 20 yards down to the Atlanta 8. The Packers quarterback is absolutely shredding a gutted Falcons secondary.
10:18 p.m.: Packers now face fourth-and-2 from the Falcons’ 28 with 58 seconds remaining.
10:14 p.m.: Rodgers continues to make use of his running backs out of the backfield, hitting Williams for a 9-yard gain to the Atlanta 36.
10:09 p.m.: Falcons go three-and-out, punctuated by a 10-yard sack of Ryan by Raven Greene on third-and-5. Green Bay will get the ball back at the 50 with 1:37 on the clock and a timeout remaining in the half.
10:05 p.m.: Falcons hit the two-minute warning facing second-and-8 from their 27.
9:59 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, PACKERS. Green Bay picks up a safety blitz and Rodgers makes Atlanta pay for it, hitting Tonyan up the seam for a 19-yard touchdown. But a Mason Crosby missed PAT kick mitigates the damage somewhat for the Falcons; it’s 13-3, Packers.
9:56 p.m.: And Rodgers hits Valdes-Scantling on the comeback route for a third-down conversion. Tough for an Atlanta team that looked like it had gotten off the field.
9:55 p.m.: Kazee is now getting carted off the field. That’s the fifth Falcons DB out this year because of injuries and COVID-19 exemptions.
9:53 p.m.: Offsetting penalties force a redo of a Packers third-and-10 play from the Atlanta 47, but a non-contact injury to Atlanta safety Damontae Kazee is more pressing. He’s down on the field getting looked at by trainers with about 5:30 left in the half.
9:48 p.m.: Rodgers finds Marquez Valdes-Scantling for a 17-yard gain on the first play of the ensuing drive. That gets Green Bay out to its 42.
9:44 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, FALCONS. Ryan’s third-down pass to Gage in the end zone falls incomplete, so Atlanta settles for the 23-yard field goal instead to make it 7-3, Packers. For those counting, that’s a 20-play, 94-yard field-goal drive.
9:42 p.m.: Ryan escapes the pocket and scrambles 6 yards to the 5 for another fourth-down conversion.
9:41 p.m.: Falcons take a timeout in another fourth-down scenario, this one with 2 yards to gain from the 11.
9:38 p.m.: And the Falcons get aggressive early in the second; facing fourth-and-3 at the Green Bay 38, Ryan buys time and finds Julio Jones for a 19-yard gain to get inside the Packers’ red zone.
9:35 p.m.: Ryan finds Russell Gage between zones for a 13-yard gain on third down — the team’s first third-down conversion of the game.
First quarter: Packers 7, Falcons 0
9:32 p.m.: And that’ll do it for the first quarter. Falcons use a strong defensive stand to limit the damage to just a touchdown and currently face third-and-5 from their 29.
9:27 p.m.: Falcons get their first first down of the game on a 4-yard run by Todd Gurley. Atlanta is now driving at its 13.
9:24 p.m.: TURNOVER ON DOWNS, PACKERS. Atlanta’s defense holds and forces a turnover on downs at its 1. The Packers had four shots at the end zone from at least the Atlanta 6 and couldn’t punch it in.
9:20 p.m.: Finally, a positive play for Atlanta: Deion Jones hits Aaron Jones in the backfield for a 5-yard loss. That makes it third-and-7 from the Atlanta 25.
9:18 p.m.: Rodgers again wasting no time, this time hitting running back Jamaal Williams down the sideline for a 29-yard gain. The Packers are now driving at the Atlanta 28.
9:14 p.m.: That’s another three-and-out by the Falcons; Matt Ryan is currently 0 for 3 on the night, with all three attempts going to Ridley. Packers to take over at their 34.
9:10 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, PACKERS. Rodgers finds a wide-open Jones in the flat for a 6-yard touchdown to make it 7-0, Packers. That was too easy.
9:08 p.m.: Aaron Jones is involved in the next three plays for Green Bay: a reception of 8 yards and two runs of 9 and 23 yards to get the Packers to the Atlanta 6.
9:07 p.m.: Aaron Rodgers wastes no time in moving Green Bay up the field, hitting Robert Tonyan down the middle for a 27-yard gain out to the Atlanta 46.
9:03 p.m.: Falcons receiver Calvin Ridley drops the ball on what would have been a long gain on third-and-6, forcing Atlanta to punt. Green Bay takes over at its 27.
9 p.m.: And we’re off. Falcons get the ball to start the game.
Packers vs. Falcons start time
The Packers-Falcons start time was pushed back from its original 8:15 p.m. ET to 9 p.m. because the Patriots-Chiefs game was moved from Sunday afternoon to 7:05 p.m. ET Monday.
This is the second of five prime-time games on the Packers’ 2020 schedule. They’ll be back in the national spotlight in Week 9 for a Thursday night game at San Francisco for a rematch of last season’s NFC championship.
This is the first of two prime-time games for the Falcons on their 2020 schedule. Atlanta next appears in a prime-time slot in Week 8 for “Thursday Night Football” at Carolina.
‘Monday Night Football’ schedule
A total of 17 games are on the “Monday Night Football” schedule in 2020. That includes the two games in the Week 1 doubleheader and no Monday night game in Week 17.
Below is the complete schedule of Monday night games this year.
|Week 1||Sept. 14||New York Giants vs. Pittsburgh Steelers|
|Week 1||Sept. 14||Denver Broncos vs. Tennessee Titans|
|Week 2||Sept. 21||Las Vegas Raiders vs. New Orleans Saints|
|Week 3||Sept. 28||Baltimore Ravens vs. Kansas City Chiefs|
|Week 4||Oct. 5||Green Bay Packers vs. Atlanta Falcons|
|Week 5||Oct. 12||New Orleans Saints vs. Los Angeles Chargers|
|Week 6||Oct. 19||Dallas Cowboys vs. Arizona Cardinals|
|Week 7||Oct. 26||Los Angeles Rams vs. Chicago Bears|
|Week 8||Nov. 2||New York Giants vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|Week 9||Nov. 9||New York Jets vs. New England Patriots|
|Week 10||Nov. 16||Chicago Bears vs. Minnesota Vikings|
|Week 11||Nov. 23||Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Los Angeles Rams|
|Week 12||Nov. 30||Philadelphia Eagles vs. Seattle Seahawks|
|Week 13||Dec. 7||San Francisco 49ers vs. Buffalo Bills|
|Week 14||Dec. 14||Cleveland Browns vs. Baltimore Ravens|
|Week 15||Dec. 21||Cincinnati Bengals vs. Pittsburgh Steelers|
|Week 16||Dec. 28||New England Patriots vs. Buffalo Bills|