Lynn Dickey threw touchdown passes of 80 and 57 yards to James Lofton and Eddie Lee Ivery scored twice as the Green Bay Packers moved into the NFL playoffs for the first time since 1972 with a 38-7 victory over the Atlanta Falcons today.
Dickey completed 10 of 17 passes for 248 yards. The Packers (5-2-1) had scoring drives of 80, 62, 87, 93 and 61 yards against a defense that had allowed only seven points in its previous two games.
Green Bay also held the NFC's top rushing team to 58 yards in 22 carries.
Green Bay's Jan Stenerud, with a field goal and five extra points, became the third NFL player to surpass 1,400 points. He has 1,402.
Said Green Bay Coach Bart Starr: "To come in and be able to clinch the playoffs against a quality team like Atlanta makes it mean even more. We played tremendously well offensively, defensively and on special teams."
Atlanta Coach Leeman Bennett could only agree. "They dominated every phase of the game," he said. "We got beat by a team much better than us. Green Bay was the best team we have played, with the possible exception of the (Los Angeles) Raiders."
Ivery scored on runs of two and 12 yards to give the Packers a 14-0 lead early in the second period.
The Falcons (5-3), also assured of a playoff berth, cut the lead to 14-7 in the second quarter on a three-yard pass from Steve Bartkowski to William Andrews.
Three plays later, Lofton got behind Kenny Johnson on his 80-yard reception. In the third period, he beat Johnson on his other scoring catch.