Falcons prove NFC Championship blowout of Packers was no fluke

Green Bay cut their starting cornerback from last year’s team that gave up 180 receiving yards to Julio Jones in the NFC Championship game.

It made no difference Sunday night. Atlanta dominated the Packers from start to finish on Sunday Night Football, handing them a 34-23 defeat in the Falcons’ first ever game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Matt Ryan turned in a solid performance Sunday, completing 19 of 28 passes for 252 yards and a touchdown. He spread the ball around to seven different receivers while Jones led the Falcons with 5 catches for 108 yards on the night.

“Idzik and his scouts had doubts about Carr because of a lackluster bowl game and the belief — shared by others around the league — that he’d turn out like his older brother, former draft bust David Carr.”

David Carr, the first overall pick (Texans) in the 2002 draft, famously busted out of the NFL after five seasons as Houston’s starter and five more years on the bench in Carolina, New York (Giants) and San Francisco. His younger brother has proven much more successful.

Thirty-five players were selected before Derek Carr in 2014, including Toronto Blue Jays Cheap Jerseys three quarterbacks: Blake Bortles at No. 3 overall (Jaguars), Johnny Manziel at No. 22 overall (Browns) and Wholesale Jerseys Free Shipping Teddy Bridgewater at No. 32 overall (Vikings).

The Jets’ first-round pick in 2014 was safety Calvin Pryor at No. 18 overall. They took tight end Jace Amaro in the second round at No. 49 overall. As Cimini notes, of the 12 New York picks in the 2014 draft, only guard Dakota Dozier remains on the roster.

Idzik was fired at the end of the 2014 season, in which the Jets went 4-12. He now serves as a consultant for the Jaguars.

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