About the Author
Recent posts by Dan Arkush
The Packers' offensive, defensive and special-teams players of the week in their 20-17 loss to the Falcons in Week 12:
Offense: QB Aaron Rodgers
In a scintillating matchup against fellow third-year starter Matt Ryan, Rodgers was terrific for the most part. He completed 26-of-35 passes for 344 yards and a 10-yard laser beam in the corner of the endzone to WR Jordy Nelson that tied the game at 17-17 with 56 seconds remaining and also utilized his excellent scrambling ability with 12 rushes for 51 yards (both team highs) and a one-yard TD up the middle in the third quarter that pulled the Pack even with the Falcons at 10-10. He should have had two rushing TDs, having fumbled on a QB sneak in the second quarter that was recovered by the Falcons in the endzone for a touchback.
Defense: ROLB Frank Zombo
While the Falcons did a good job of holding LOLB Clay Matthews, the league's leading sacker, in check, Zombo was a relentless force the entire afternoon, registering seven tackles, one of the Packers' two sacks and a forced fumble.
Special teams: P Tim Masthay (by default)
Nobody really deserves special mention, as Green Bay's special teams put forth a very forgettable effort lowlighted by a slew of costly penalties, the most damaging being the 15-yard facemask penalty called on Matt Wilhelm that helped set up Atlanta's game-winning field goal. But Masthay did have two punts for 88 yards, neither of which were returned, and a long of 53.