Ground and Pound: The Falcons were able to win the matchup by using their unique running game. The scrambling ability of Vick helped open up running lanes for the powerful T.J. Duckett. While holding the Packers to just 56 yards rushing, the Falcons offense ran the ball a season-high 44 times for 192 hard-earned yards.
Packers coach Mike Sherman on the game: "Michael Vick's a great player, he made some great plays, we couldn't tackle him. But their whole team played well. It wasn't just Michael Vick."
Dan Reeves on his team making history: "Thirty-five years ago and they're still showing that 'game'. And all I did was complete one little old pass. To be the first team to win a game up here, they'll be showing this for a long time."
What the AJC wrote:
Somewhere along the way to the Falcons knocking the green and the gold right out of the Green Bay Packers, the cow jumped over the moon.
That was right after elephants flew, fish began to bark and Lambeau Field became a 67,000-seat morgue.
The Falcons won Saturday night. They dominated. They drop-kicked the Packers' legacy from here to next season. They sprinted to a 24-0 lead before Vince Lombardi and the rest of those Green Bay ghosts could arrive from the past.
As for the present, it belongs to the Falcons and their extraordinary quarterback. Despite operating with two damaged shoulders, a bad thumb on his throwing hand and leg cramps, Mike Vick willed his team to excellence. He also helped their cause with the accuracy of his left arm and the elusiveness of his legs.
The Packers still haven't tackled Vick. They barely touched him. He rebounded from a five-game slump to resemble the other guy.
No, Vick was better than Brett Favre, the Packers' master of dramatics. While the other guy has done these things for years, Vick is just in his first full season as a starter.
That's why Vick expressed his admiration for Favre and his ability to continue the Packers' mystique. But, "It's like the weather in Green Bay, "Vick said earlier in the week. "If you allow all of that stuff to affect you, it will."
It didn't affect the Falcons, the first visiting team to do a lot of things around here. Nothing is bigger than this: The Packers had never lost a home playoff game in the state of Wisconsin, and they've been blocking and tackling since 1919.
The anatomy of a Falcons miracle began with a slew of a little things.
Winning the opening coin toss. A tipped pass from Vick that dropped into the hands of his receiver to continue a scoring drive. The ball slipping out of Favre's Hall of Fame fingers on the Packers' first offensive play.
Well, and one big thing.
No Frozen Tundra.
With virtually no wind and no snow deep into the first half around this land of ice fishing and instant blizzards, the Falcons kept finding ways to shock reality.
During the regular season, the Falcons never scored a touchdown on their opening drive. They did against the Packers when Vick zipped a laser to Shawn Jefferson in the end zone.
Less than three minutes later, the Falcons blocked a punt and recovered the ball in the end zone. It was 14-0 along the way to 21-0 after T.J. Duckett became a bulldozer. With the crowd interrupting its booing for some gasping, Duckett dragged half of Brown County across the goal line.
These are the Packers, though, with that other guy and that tradition. Plus, when both teams left their locker rooms to meet the second-half kickoff, Packer Weather returned. The wind blew, and the snow came, and the crowd roared.
Just like that, the Packers raced 73 yards in a flash for a touchdown.
It didn't matter. Nothing mattered for the suddenly vibrant Falcons. Maybe you recall that they've been here and done this before. Like four years ago, when the Dirty Birds kept using a slew of a little things to fly to the Super Bowl.
Remember, too, that we're in the wackiest NFL season ever. If the Falcons can destroy the Packers inside of Green Bay's usual house of horrors, it's time to check ticket prices for San Diego.
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