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Falcons’ D plans to have foot on the gas vs Packers’ Rodgers

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ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 22: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers looks to pass in the second half against De'Vondre Campbell #59 of the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship Game at the Georgia Dome on January 22, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — The Falcons know it won’t be easy to contain a powerful Green Bay attack led by Aaron Rodgers.

They’re hoping a new motto — “All Gas, No Brakes” — provides motivation in Sunday night’s game.

Atlanta players are wearing caps with the motto this week because they know only a relentless pursuit will bring down Rodgers, whose ability to scramble causes major problems for defenses.

Defensive end Brooks Reed said Thursday that when Rodgers starts moving around “it’s kind of like the play just started. It’s the length of two plays. You’ve got to have your breath and be in good shape to be running around that much. It’ll be important.”

Reed had two of Atlanta’s four sacks in last week’s 23-17 win at Chicago.

It was an important start for a defense which indeed lost its collective breath — and a big lead — in its Super Bowl loss to New England.

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