The Falcons finally showed some life in the second half, putting up a touchdown and a field goal in the third quarter. That made it a 14-point game, though the Packers did manage a 33-yard field goal near the end of the quarter to make it 34-17 heading into the fourth. Atlanta didn’t let up there, as Matt Ryan found wide receiver Julio Jones for a 22-yard touchdown to make it a 10-point game with plenty of time remaining.
But Rodgers and the Packers responded in a big way, as the prolific quarterback hit Nelson for a 60-yard touchdown pass. That made it a 16-point game after the Falcons managed to block the extra point attempt by Crosby. Ryan wound up finding Roddy White for a touchdown with six minutes to go, but the Falcons failed the two-point conversion attempt, making it a 10-point game.
The energy and excitement of these first few games is palpable: This weekend has already given us an inside-the-park home run for Maikel Franco and a walk-off win for the San Francisco Giants, both events that are relative rarities for spring training. This is when spring training feels good enough to give itself meaning — and that feeling is so, so good.
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