Point differential-istas finally got to see the Atlanta Falcons get their comeuppance against the ostensibly superior Green Bay Packers, while the Pittsburgh Steelers picked up a narrow victory over division rivals the Baltimore Ravens. The first round of NFL scores in the divisional playoffs gave us one blowout and one wild comeback.â†µ
Aaron Rodgers was nearly perfect for the Packers—he finished 31-for-36 with three touchdowns and ran in seven yards for another one. Matt Ryan was intercepted twice, but the Falcons briefly had a 14-7 lead after Eric Weems ran back a kick return 102 yards for their second touchdown of the first half. But the Packers fired off five consecutive touchdowns, including a 70-yard interception return, and capped the evening off with two more field goals.
Joe Flacco was 16-for-30 with just 125 passing yards, but thanks to some early turnovers the Ravens actually took a 21-7 lead into halftime, on one of Ray Rice's few effective runs of the game and a fumble return for a touchdown in the first quarter. The Steelers tied the game on two third quarter touchdowns, but it was a third-and-19 conversion from Ben Roethlisberger that led to the Steelers' final touchdown, and a lead with less than two minutes remaining.â†µ