That’s scores in 18 of 26 drives, or 69.2 percent. It’s even worse for Green Bay when you break it down to the first half, in which Atlanta has scored on 12 of 16 drives, or 75 percent of the time.
Maybe a fully-equipped Green Bay team can beat anybody, anywhere. The Packers, however, need to have an urgency about getting home-field advantage in the regular season if they want to get Rodgers back to the Super Bowl.
It’s a simple solution, but Green Bay has found ways to complicate these things in the past.
The No. 1 seed in the NFC has reached the Super Bowl in three of the last four years. Green Bay took out No. 1-seeded Dallas in the NFC divisional playoffs last year, but Atlanta had home-field advantage in the NFC championship game. Green Bay won at Chicago in 2010, but losses at Seattle and Atlanta in 2014 and 2016, respectively, hammer home the point.
It was the ninth time Rivers threw three interceptions. He led the NFL in pickoffs twice in the last three seasons, including last year when he had a career-high 21. Peters almost had another interception in the third quarter but the ball bounced off his hands. Daniel Sorensen appeared to come up with a deflected pass in the fourth quarter but video review showed it touched the ground first.
With widespread rebuke around the league toward President Donald Trump for his obscene criticism of the kneeling by players during the national anthem in protest of social injustice, five Chargers either knelt or sat during the national anthem. Many of their teammates linked arms and stood. About 10 Chiefs sat.