Falcons Blow Double-Digit Lead in 22-21 Loss to Packers

Sean Weatherspoon rumbled for a 71-yard interception return for a touchdown before halftime. (Mike Roemer)

Sean Weatherspoon returned an interception 71 yards for the touchdown just before the end of the first half. (Mike Roemer)

Despite having a 21-10 lead heading into halftime, the Atlanta Falcons failed to score in the second half and lost 22-21 to the Green Bay Packers in Lambeau Field.

With :32 remaining in the first half, Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon intercepted a Matt Flynn pass that was deflected off Paul Worrilow’s foot and rumbled 71 yards for the touchdown.

The Packers scored a touchdown and tacked on a couple of field goals in the second half to secure the victory.

Atlanta (3-10) had an opportunity to put three on the board with 6:42 remaining in the game, but Matt Bryant came up short on a 52-yard field goal attempt.

After forcing the Packers (6-6-1) to go three-and-out, the Falcons got to Green Bay’s 33-yard line but failed to convert on fourth down after Tony Gonzalez, being defended by Jarrett Bush, dropped the pass that would’ve kept the drive alive.

Bush also effectively sealed the game, intercepting Matt Ryan with :11 to go.

Ryan had completed nine of 10 passes with a couple of touchdown passes at one point, but he finished the game 20 of 35 for 206 yards, two touchdowns, and the interception at the end of the game. Ryan also lost a fumble on a strip-sack.

Roddy White was the leading receiver for the second consecutive week, catching eight passes for 74 yards.

Steven Jackson ran the ball 15 times for 71 yards, including a long run of 22 yards.

Atlanta’s pass rush was able to come to life despite the loss. The team combined for five sacks: Jonathan Massaquoi and Worrilow each had one and a half, while Corey Peters and William Moore both had one.

For the Packers, the win keeps their playoff hopes alive. If the team can stay afloat until Aaron Rodgers returns, they have a legitimate shot at the postseason.

It’s the Falcons’ tenth loss of the season, and they share the same record as their upcoming opponent in the Washington Redskins, who they will host in the Georgia Dome next Sunday.

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