Packers fall short in wild game at Philadelphia 40-33
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (WSAW) - It was a wild game in Philadelphia, but ultimately the Packers’ couldn’t stop the Eagles’ run as Philly topped Green Bay 40-33 on Sunday night.
The Eagles got the ball first and promptly walked down the field to score the first touchdown of the game. Philadelphia quarterback Jalen Hurts had runs of 24 yards and 28 yards to help the Eagles’ first drive before Kenneth Gainwell punched in the first score from four yards.
The Packers’ first drive was not as productive. On third down, Aaron Rodgers threw a ball that pinged off a Philadelphia player’s helmet and into the arms of Josiah Scott for an interception. The Eagles promptly took the ball and punched in a 15-yard touchdown to extend the lead. The extra point was missed, making it 13-0.
However, the Packers quickly recovered. After a strong kick return by Keisean Nixon, the Packers rode Aaron Jones down the field before AJ Dillon popped off a 20-yard touchdown run to put the Packers on the board, making it 13-7.
Following the Packers’ touchdown drive, the Green Bay defense came up big with back-to-back stops on third-and-one and fourth-and-one to give the Packers the ball back at the Philadelphia 37. On the drive, the Packers converted a fourth-and-five as Rodgers hit Christian Watson 21 yards before Rodgers fired a bullet to Randall Cobb from 11 yards as the Packers flipped the script, making it 14-13.
The Packers held that narrow lead heading into the second quarter, but the Eagles quickly took it back. Philadelphia exploded for another big run by Hurts, this time for 42 yards. Shortly after, Sanders rushed in his second touchdown of the game from two yards, putting the Eagles back up 20-14.
Green Bay continued their offensive tempo the next possession by taking it into Philadelphia territory. However, Rodgers was picked by a ball-hawking Reed Blankenship to get the Eagles the ball back.
From there, it was Philly’s turn to make a blunder. Inside the Packers’ red zone, wide receiver AJ Brown fumbled away the ball after making a catch. Quay Walker proceeded to scoop the ball up and run it 63 yards to put the Packers at the Philadelphia 14. Despite going backward on back-to-back plays, Rodgers would make a throw on the move into the back of the end zone to Aaron Jones for 23 yards. However, this time, Green Bay missed the extra point, keeping the game tied 20-20.
The two defenses proceeded to each get a stop, before the Eagles sought out one more score before halftime. A lengthy drive time-wise ended in Hurts finding Quez Watkins for a 30-yard touchdown to give Philadelphia the lead back. The Eagles went into the locker room at halftime leading 27-20.
The second half saw more success for the Eagles’ offense. After a Packers’ punt, Philly soared down the field with another scoring drive as Hurts hit AJ Brown on a short touchdown pass to make it 34-20.
Green Bay would add a field goal, but following the drive, Aaron Rodgers left with an oblique injury and would not return to the game.
After an Eagles’ field goal to match, Jordan Love came into the game and instantly had an impact. Love connected with Watson for a 63-yard touchdown pitch-and-catch to keep Green Bay alive in the game.
However, the Eagles’ ground game could not be stopped. Philadelphia drove into field goal range to go back up ten points at 40-30. The Packers would grab another field goal with just over a minute remaining, but the Eagles bled out the clock on the ground to win 40-33.
Rodgers finished the game 11-16 for 140 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions. Love came in and was efficient in the hurry-up offense, going 6-9 for 113 yards and a touchdown. Watson led the receiving attack with four catches for 110 yards.
The Packers’ defense struggled against the Philadelphia run as the Eagles rushed for a team-record 363 yards as a team. Hurts had 17 carries for 157 yards in the win.
Green Bay is now 4-8 and will travel to play Chicago next Sunday.
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