WR Donald Driver - Green Bay Packers
|6-0, 177||Born: 2-2-1975||College: Alcorn State||Drafted: Round 7|
Week 20: at Atlanta Falcons
Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Green Bay was defeated in Atlanta 32-33 back in Week Eight - Aaron Rodgers carried the offense (both literally and figuratively) during the game with 28/38 for 246 yards passing, four TDs and zero interceptions (while taking three sacks for -23 yards), and also led the team in rushing with 6/60/0 to his credit. Jordy Nelson led the receiving corps (nine targets for 4/94/1 receiving), followed by Davante Adams (14 for 12/74/0), Jeff Janis (four for 4/30/1), Trevor Davis (four for 3/24/1) and Geronimo Allison (four for 2/21/1). Against the Cowboys last weekend, Aaron Rodgers prevailed in a 34-31 shootout (28/43 for 355 yards passing, two TDs and one interception thrown, with three sacks taken for -29 yards). Green Bay was up 21-3 at one point during the game, but the shaky secondary let the Cowboys get back into the game, necessitating last-second heroics by Jared Cook (he led the team in receiving with 11 targets for 6/103/1 receiving, and set up the game-winning field goal with an inspired sideline catch, just barely staying in-bounds to make the grab). Adams (10 for 5/76/0), Randall Cobb (eight for 7/62/0), and Allison (five for 3/46/0) picked up the slack that Nelson (out due to broken ribs) left after his Wild Card round injury. Richard Rodgers (two targets for 1/34/1 receiving) handled the other TD pass for Aaron Rodgers. As of last Sunday, Nelson said he still couldn't breathe properly due to his ribs injury - we'll see if he can go in the Conference Championship round, but even if he does get in the game it is an open question how long he can take hits with broken ribs limiting him. Nelson (ribs) has a chance to play in the NFC Championship Game against the Atlanta Falcons, but it is only a small chance, according to a source in Green Bay on Tuesday, January 17. Aaron Rodgers posted a scintillating 25/40 for 362 yards passing, four TDs and zero interceptions vs. New York two games ago, doing without Nelson for much of the game - with or without Nelson, the Packers' passing attack is going full bore entering this rematch with the Falcons. Atlanta's pass defense pressured Russell Wilson consistently with their rushers (three sacks taken for -17 yards), and also converted two interceptions during the 20-36 victory over Seattle - Wilson managed 17/30 for 208 net yards passing, with two TDs thrown during the loss. In contrast, the Saints' Drew Brees threw 29/50 for 341 net yards passing, two TDs and one interception at Atlanta (taking two sacks for -9 yards) during the regular-season finale (a 32-38 Atlanta victory at home). Over the final three weeks of regular season, Atlanta averaged 19.8 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (13th-most in the NFL); 21.8 fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers (14th-most); and 8.2 fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends (17th in the NFL during that time span). Atlanta was ranked 28th in the NFL averaging 266.7 net passing yards allowed per game, with a whopping 31 passing scores given out (just one less allowed than Green Bay's total of 32 given up). Though they played well against Seattle, it's fair to say that the Atlanta secondary still has a lot to prove in this Conference Championship game. This matchup produced a shootout during regular season, and Green Bay has a good matchup to work with here in the post-season, too.