GREEN BAY, Wis. – An emotional week for the Green Bay Packers ended Sunday with a sorely needed victory that relied on a familiar formula.
They beat a warm-weather team on a chilly afternoon at Lambeau Field by building a big lead and forcing two turnovers.
Aaron Rodgers threw two touchdown passes and set an NFL record for interception-free football, and the Packers beat the Atlanta Falcons 34-20 to win their first game under interim coach Joe Philbin.
Aaron Jones ran for a 29-yard score in the third quarter. The defense forced two turnovers and the Packers (5-7-1) ended a three-game losing streak, regaining some swagger after Philbin took over for the fired Mike McCarthy.
"It was an emotional week, we all know that. I feel very happy for the organization, players and staff that work so hard to make this a unique place," Philbin said. "I told the team I was very proud to be their head coach today."
And in return, the team gave the game ball to Philbin.
"I thought it was a great moment ... for Joe, for our guys," said Rodgers, who has thrown 368 consecutive passes without an interception, breaking Tom Brady's record of 358. "We did what Joe talked about all week, about playing complementary football."
The Falcons (4-9) had trouble keeping up after scoring a touchdown on their first series and lost their fifth in a row.