GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) – It looked so perfect for Green Bay. Snow falling. Packers in green and gold. Lambeau Field in January. Only it wasn’t Brett Favre making all the plays.
It was Michael Vick. The 22-year-old improvisational genius led the Atlanta Falcons to a 27-7 upset of the Packers in a wild-card playoff before a record crowd of 65,358 stunned souls Saturday night.
The Packers (12-5) were the only team to go unbeaten at home during the regular season. And they had never lost a home playoff game since the NFL instituted a postseason in 1933 in going 13-0 – 11 of the wins coming at Lambeau and two more in Milwaukee.
The Falcons (10-6-1), who had backed into the playoffs after losing three of four in December, will travel to Philadelphia for a divisional playoff next weekend.