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Falcons vs. Packers 2014 final score: 3 things we learned from Green Bay’s 43-37 win

It was not a great night for defense in Green Bay on Monday Night Football, but that didn’t matter much for the Packers because Aaron Rodgers and the offense turned in yet another brilliant performance. Green Bay jumped out to a big lead early and, while the Falcons rallied back with a great offensive performance of their own, it was not enough. Green Bay improved to 10-3 with a 43-37 victory and Rodgers made a bit of history on the way to the win, setting a new record for the most passing yards during the first 100 starts of a player’s career.

Gruden later confirmed that McCoy had a neck sprain, but said it’s too early to know if he’ll be ready by Sunday:

If McCoy is indeed unfit for play, head coach Jay Gruden will have to turn back to RGIII, who he benched two weeks ago. Griffin was ineffective after returning from a long injury absence, prompting Gruden to hand the reins to McCoy in Week 13. But after a promising three-touchdown outing against the Indianapolis Colts, McCoy sputtered against the Rams on Sunday, throwing two picks and no scores as Washington was shut out.

McCoy was clearly playing hurt after taking the shot from Quinn and was finally replaced by Griffin late in the fourth quarter.

It’s long been rumored that Gruden doesn’t think Griffin is a fit for his offense and a report by the Washington Post last week claimed Gruden “is now done” with the quarterback. A fickle fan base has waffled on its support of RGIII, chanting his name late on Sunday just three weeks after they chanted for McCoy.

It wasn’t immediately known if the Jets tried to keep Mangold at a reduced salary.

“A great person, a great player. You could always count on Nick’s smarts, consistency and poise,” coach Todd Bowles said in a statement. “Nick’s knowledge of the game and ability to quickly process information made him an invaluable resource to his teammates. He will always mean a lot to everyone in this organization.”

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“They hit him pretty hard,” coach Todd Bowles said

Petty appeared to be in some discomfort after the game. He tried to make light of it, saying, “Hey, if I can take a hit from those two guys, I think I’ll be all right.” Bowles declined to say who’d start next week against the New England Patriots if Petty can’t play. It almost certainly would be Fitzpatrick, who was benched two weeks ago, when the team fell to 3-8. The other quarterback on the roster is rookie Christian Hackenberg, who has yet to dress for a game. The organization doesn’t believe he’s ready to play.

You have to consider another option if you’ve got a really good one. But McCarthy said this week that Rodgers told him, “Don’t hold anything back” because of the injury. “So we’re approaching this game no different than we did last week,” McCarthy said.

ESPN’s fantasy analysts don’t seem too concerned, because they still have Rodgers ranked No. 2 among quarterbacks this week.

A.J. Green (7:45 a.m.): Officially, we probably won’t get word that Green will miss today’s game until the inactives list is released. That said, all signs point to the Bengals waiting until Week 16 to get their star wide receiver back on the field. Upgrade Tyler Boyd in your fantasy rankings.

Aaron Rodgers (7:35 a.m.): Call it “just in case,” but it shouldn’t be ignored that the Packers promoted QB Joe Callahan from their practice squad on Saturday. That gives them a backup to Brett Hundley, should Rodgers’ calf force him to miss any or all of Sunday’s game. It doesn’t mean Rodgers won’t start, but it certainly indicates Green Bay’s fear he might not be able to finish the game.

Ty Montgomery (7:30 a.m.): With James Starks sidelined because of a concussion, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports that Montgomery will start at running back for the Packers. Christine Michael is also expected to get some backfield work.

Michael Floyd (7:25 a.m.): According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the wide receiver will not be active today as the Patriots take on the Broncos. Floyd signed with New England on Thursday after being released by Arizona because of a DUI arrest last week. He was, however, expected to travel with the team to Colorado.

Oakland Raiders (7:20 a.m.): While there’s still a questionable tag on both starting wide receivers, Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree are both expected to play on Sunday, despite being listed as limited throughout the week of practice. That could be very good news for QB Derek Carr’s chances for a solid fantasy outing.

Official Sunday inactives should begin coming in at approximately 11:30 a.m. ET for the early games, 2:30 p.m. ET for the late games and 7 p.m. ET for the Sunday night game.

The NFC North could go one-and-done in the playoffs

Three things we learned

1. Green Bay’s offense is a mess

For the first 2 1/2 quarters of this game, the Packers’ offense was as bad as we’ve seen it all year. None of the receivers couldn’t get open. Eddie Lacy and James Starks got bottled up by Minnesota’s line. Aaron Rodgers resorted to constant checkdowns and at times looked like a rookie quarterback with questionable decision-making.

Eventually the Packers woke up in time to mount a comeback and make this game entertaining in the fourth quarter, but the damage had been done. This offense has a lot more problems than just losing Jordy Nelson, and those problems couldn’t be fixed over the course of the season. Mike McCarthy and Ted Thompson will need to go back to the drawing board this offseason.

2. The Vikings’ offense wasn’t much better, and it almost cost them the game

Minnesota had its own problem sustaining drives. Bridgewater threw for just 99 yards on 10-of-19 passing, with no touchdowns and an interception. The offense’s inability to stay on the field led to the defense getting gassed late, sparking Green Bay’s comeback in the fourth quarter. If Minnesota hopes to make any noise in the playoffs, it will need to find more consistency on offense.

3. The NFC North could go one-and-done in the playoffs

Despite the game reaching absurd heights of spectacle late, neither team looked too impressive. In fact, for a while it was one of the dullest Sunday Night Football games of the year. You would’ve hardly thought that the NFC North title was on the line.

Kelly the general manager probably deserved to be fired, but that’s not the case when it comes to Kelly the coach. So now the Eagles will join the cluster of teams that will spend their January searching for a new head man instead of playing in the postseason. Just two years ago, Kelly led them to the playoffs and appeared to be the savior.

There are several explanations for Kelly’s abrupt departure, most notably his apparent alienation of everyone in the organization. Eagles running back DeMarco Murray, who’s only averaged 3.5 yards per carry this season, reportedly told Lurie recently the team had “lost confidence” in Kelly.

“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely”