Green Bay Packers (5-2-1) 38, Atlanta Falcons (5-3) 7
Sunday December 26th 1982 (at Atlanta)
Green Bay Packers defensive backs Maurice Harvey (23), Mark Lee (22), and Mike McCoy (29) on the sideline to the game against the Atlanta Falcons at Fulton County Stadium
Green Bay Packers defensive end Byron Braggs (73) pursues Atlanta Falcons quarterback Mike Moroski (15)
Green Bay Packers receiver Phil Epps (85) carries the ball against the Atlanta Falcons
(ATLANTA) - Lynn Dickey said it's doubtful he has ever thrown the long ball better as a pro, and the Falcons were willing verify that statement after being bombed 38-7 by the Packers. Dickey teamed with James Lofton on touchdown passes of 80 and 57 yards and his 50-yard completion to rookie Phillip Epps set up another score as the Packers clinched a playoff spot with the lopsided victory. Dickey completed 10 of 17 passes for 248 yards In just over three quarters of action. Eddie Lee Ivery ran for two more touchdowns for the Packers and the Green Bay defense limited the NFC's leading rushing attack to only 58 yards. It was only the Packers second victory in the last five games and snapped Atlanta's three-game winning streak. The Falcons got their touchdown on a 3-yard pass from Steve Bartkowski to William Andrews in the second quarter to cut the Packers' lead to 14-7. But the Dickey-to-Lofton touchdown passes, which came with 1:47 left in the second quarter and with 8:12 left in the third, ended the Falcons' comeback hopes, and the Packers turned the game into a rout. It was Atlanta's most lopsided loss since a 37-8 loss to New Orleans in 1979. The Packers drove 80 yards for their first touchdown, with the key play a 43-yard pass interference call on Atlanta's Bobby Butler that put the ball on the Falcons' 25. Ivery got the touchdown on a 2-yard run off left tackle with 1:31 left in the first quarter. Dickey hit Epps with a 50-yard pass down the right sideline to the Atlanta 12 to set up the second Green Bay touchdown which came a play later on Ivery's 12-yard sweep around left end. The Falcons then drove 79 yards to their only score when Bartkowski, who hit 24-of-35 passes for 267 yards, completed throws of 18 and 17 yards to Floyd Hodge and 20 yards to Andrews before hitting Andrews with the TD pass. The Packers answered immediately when Lofton got behind Atlanta's Kenny Johnson for an 80-yard score with 1:47 left in the half. The TD pass was the longest of the year for Dickey, and the longest scoring reception in Lofton's career. The Packers made it 28-7 when Lofton again beat Johnson for a 57-yard TD catch in the third period and then added the final touchdown on a 9-yard run by Del Rodgers on the first play of the fourth. Jan Stenerud closed out the scoring with a field goal with 11.22 remaining.
GREEN BAY -  7 14  7 10 - 38
ATLANTA   -  0  7  0  0 -  7
                       GREEN BAY       ATLANTA
First downs                   22            19
Rush-yards-TDs          30-164-3       22-58-0
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT 12-22-256-2-1 30-43-320-1-1
Sacked-yards                 1-9          4-43
Net pass yards               247           277
Total yards                  411           335
Fumbles-lost                 2-2           0-0
Turnovers                      3             1
Penalties-yards             6-45        16-153
SCORING
1st - GB - Ivery, 2-yard run (Stenerud kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
2nd - GB - Ivery, 12-yard run (Stenerud kick) GREEN BAY 14-0
2nd - GB - Williams Andrews, 3-yd pass from Steve Bartkowski (Mick Luckhurst kick) GREEN BAY 14-7
2nd - GB - Lofton, 80-yard pass from Dickey (Stenerud kick) GREEN BAY 21-7
3rd - GB - Lofton, 57-yard pass from Dickey (Stenerud kick) GREEN BAY 28-7
4th - GB - Rodgers, 9-yard run (Stenerud kick) GREEN BAY 35-7
4th - GB - Stenerud, 22-yard field goal GREEN BAY 38-7
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - Gerry Ellis 8-68, Eddie Lee Ivery 9-59 2 TD, Del Rodgers 8-25 1 TD, Harlan Huckleby 3-12, Ray Stachowicz 1-0, Jim Jensen 1-0
ATLANTA - William Andrews 11-41, Lynn Cain 4-9, Gerald Riggs 5-6, Bo Robinson 1-4, Steve Bartkowski 1-(-2)
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Lynn Dickey 17-10-248 2 TD 1 INT, David Whitehurst 5-2-8
ATLANTA - Steve Bartkowski 35-24-267 1 TD 1 INT, Mike Moroski 8-6-53
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - James Lofton 3-146 2 TD, John Jefferson 3-18, Eddie Lee Ivery 1-19, Paul Coffman 1-19, Phil Epps 1-50, Gerry Ellis 1-4
ATLANTA - William Andrews 11-77 1 TD, Floyd Hodge 5-76, Gerald Riggs 5-56, Alfred Jenkins 3-69, Alfred Jackson 2-18, Billy Johnson 2-11, Lynn Cain 1-8, Keith Krepfle 1-5