This is becoming a bit of a rivalry.
When Rodgers, the Packers quarterback, met with the media this week, he was asked right away about the challenges of playing in a new stadium.
Green Bay's defense clearly has more speed to throw at the Falcons this time. They also highlight the respect for the Packers, who are going on the road to play the defending conference champions in a potentially electric atmosphere at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. "You can try, but I'm not going to go any farther than that, OK?" "But we like it". His ability to catch in the backfield creates mismatches and an element to the offense that has developed in a huge way since the last time these two teams met.
Atlanta's defense matches up extremely well with the Green Bay Packers offense. Reigning NFL MVP Matt Ryan will orchestrate a methodical drive with three minutes left that will eventually set up a game-winning 35-yard field goal from kicker Matt Bryant as time expires. Can they do it against a top-12 one in Atlanta? "You can't rewrite history". "He's a very smart player, very savvy guy, he knows what he's doing, and he'll play good football for us".
Add second-year backup Jason Spriggs (hamstring) being ruled out Friday and veteran backup Don Barclay starting the season on injured reserve, and you can understand why the Packers aren't entirely sure how they'll approach the tackle position if disaster strikes and, say, Bakhtiari can't play or starts the game, reinjures his hamstring and can't finish.
Then there's his weapons, two in particular. We are a new football team.
More likely, taking an additional week to give the ankle more time to heal from the August 23 injury has helped Bulaga's chances of facing the Falcons, whose edge rushers must be thrilled to see the team's starting tackles - left tackle David Bakhtiari (hamstring) and Bulaga - on the injury report as questionable for Sunday night. "That's what you expect as a player and you're going to go out and play your hardest for your coaches". He gave up six catches for 144 yards and two scores in a coverage mismatch versus Julio Jones, who finished that game with nine catches for 180 yards.
The teams' last three matchups, including last season's NFC Championship Game, have had totals of 65, 65 and 80 points.
The Green Bay Packers also will want revenge. Atlanta is a three-point favorite because it is a home game for the Falcons.
Ty Montgomery pounded out some tough yards in the second half to help wear down the Seahawks, a promising debut in his first full season exclusively as a running back.
It was an important winning start for a defense which indeed lost its collective breath - and a big lead - in its Super Bowl loss to New England. The Falcons survived at Soldier Field against the Chicago Bears.
Family affair: First cousins Clay and Jake Matthews figure to see plenty of each other in this one.
Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons- Ryan was efficient and got the win.
The penalty came after Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers ran for a first down diving head first and was hit by Wright.
Jones has noted the changes made in the Packers' secondary since the NFC championship game.