Every Atlanta Falcons fan should have at least four dates circled on their calendar for next year.
The Atlanta Falcons have two matchups against Tom Brady and co. and two games against the New Orleans Saints. But don’t let the Falcons week four matchup against the Green Bay Packers fly under the radar.
Not only is that one of two prime time games the Atlanta Falcons will have this season, but it could be the last meaningful duel between Matt Ryan and Aaron Rodgers. After Michael Vick and Brett Favre passed the torch to these two, the games have rarely let us down. Win or loss, Matt Ryan seems to save his best for the games versus Rodgers.
Over the past four games against the Packers, Ryan has thrown for 11 touchdowns and just one interception. Rodgers has also thrown for 11 touchdowns and just two interceptions. The tipping point between the two, the Falcons have walked away as victors in three of the four games.
Let’s face it, one Super Bowl win is really all that separates these two. Rodgers has the Hail Mary’s but Ryan has the game-winning drives. In the playoffs, the two have split wins against each other.
In fact, Matt Ryan has won the last two meaningful games. One to close out the Dome en route to the Super Bowl and the other to open Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Sure, Rodgers and the Packers won the last game these two played at Lambeau, but both teams had a losing record at that time.
Atlanta Falcons Week 4 should not be overlooked
Which brings us to week four. The Packers drafted a quarterback in the first round, essentially sealing Rodgers’ future with the team. He’s on the outs. Both quarterbacks are over the age of 35 and one can start to wonder, have their Super Bowl windows closed?
The Falcons aren’t committed to that way of thinking just yet, but as Julio Jones and Matt Ryan age, they need to start. Despite what may lie ahead, Rodgers and Ryan should meet up again one day in Canton. And since the Falcons play the NFC North’s entire division, if the Packers and Falcons don’t end the year in the same spot in their respective divisions, we may not see these two quarterbacks share the field again as NFC rivals.
So hold on to your hats come week four, it’s going to be something special.