Packers vs. Falcons: Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay Have All the Momentum

January 16, 2011   ·     ·   Jump to comments

In my Quick Thoughts on the Steelers-Ravens matchup earlier, I talked multiple times about the concept of momentum and how NFL teams should strive towards understanding it better—its effects, controlling it and how to utilize it to their advantage.
Early on during the Atlanta Falcons-Green Bay Packers game, I said that the winner would be the team who could control the pace. By that, I meant the team that could control the momentum.
After cornerback Tramon Williams intercepted Matt Ryan in the end zone, Green Bay did just that: they controlled the momentum. Rather than seeking a quick strike, Green Bay settled in and forced the game to slow down, causing the energy of the Georgia Dome and the Atlanta Falcons to fall into entropy.
The fans in the Georgia Dome and the Falcons had been focusing their energy on a high-octane, fast-paced game with 100 percent of their energy devoted to such. Once Green Bay forced the game to slow down, all of that energy became unalloca...

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