Falcons Rookie Demolishes Aaron Rodgers as Atlanta Does the Same to the Packers

Bryan Brandom
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Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers' hot streak ended with a thunderous clap.

That would be this bone-crushing hit Atlanta Falcons rookie safety Brian Poole laid on the two-time MVP immediately after he completed a quick nine-yard pass to Jordy Nelson.

The quarterback appeared to complain to officials after the hit, but did not draw a flag.

Four plays later Rodgers threw an interception 55 yards downfield (a virtual punt on third-and-21), which led to the Falcons' third touchdown in the first half of the NFC championship, a Matt Ryan dime to Julio Jones with three seconds left before the break.

Two Falcons offensive plays later, Jones broke the Packers for a 73-yard score and a commanding 31-0 lead.

Jones finished with an unbelievable 180 yards to go with his two scores as the Falcons won 44-21 to advance to the Super Bowl for the first time in 18 years.

Ryan completed 27 of 38 passes for 392 yards with four touchdowns and no inteceptions. His main competition for this season's MVP award, Rodgers, went 27-of-45 for three scores and an interception. The Packers entered the game having won eight straight, dating back to when they were 4-6 in the regular season.