Falcons-Packers 3: NFC foes meet for third time in 11 months 


Falcons-Packers 3: NFC foes meet for third time in 11 months 

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Vic Beasley Jr. sacks quarterback Aaron Rodgers during the Falcons-Packers regular-season matchup in 2016. The teams met in the NFC title game in January and will face each other Sunday in the 2017 home opener for the Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com

The first matchup was a regular-season nailbiter and the second was a postseason blowout.

So what’s in store for Falcons-Packers 3 this weekend at Mercedes-Benz Stadium?

Sunday’s nationally-televised contest will be the first regular-season game in the new $1.5 billion facility and the third meeting between the NFC foes in 11 months.

Atlanta edged Green Bay 33-32 last October in Week 8 of the regular season and secured its berth in Super Bowl LI with a 44-21 win in the NFC title game in January -- both games at the Georgia Dome.

Here’s a look back at the previous two games:

Falcons fans celebrate at the end of the team's 44-21 victory over the Green Bay Packers in the NFC championship game Jan. 22, 2017. It was the final game in the Georgia Dome. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com
Mohamed Sanu catches the game-winning touchdown pass in the final minute of the Falcons' 33-32 victory over the Packers in Week 8 of the 2016 regular season. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com.
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