Both the Green Bay Packers and the Philadelphia Eagles came into Monday Night Football desperately needing a win, and the Packers prevailed on the road in a 27-13 victory.
Aaron Rodgers and the Packers got off to a hot start. The Packers received the ball first, and Rodgers led his team straight down the field on a 10-play, 75-yard drive resulting in a Davante Adams 12-yard touchdown reception. Little did we know at that point that Rodgers and Adams were just getting started.
The Eagles and quarterback Carson Wentz had a great first drive as well. Theirs took 11 plays, and went 81 yards, with Wentz punching it in from a yard out for the tying score to make it a 7-7 game.
However, the Rodgers and Adams tandem struck again soon after. The Packers had yet another 75-yard drive, concluding with an Adams 20-yard touchdown reception.
This one was an absolutely perfect throw and catch:
It was just what the Packers offense needed after struggling last week against Washington, and it was easy to tell early that they were playing with confidence.
The only other score of the half came on a 48-yard field goal by Caleb Sturgis to make it a 14-10 game in favor of the Packers. When you consider all of the missed kicks we’ve seen this season, a 48-yarder is definitely worth noting.
Eight plays into the second half, Wentz was picked off by Ha Ha Clinton-Dix at the Green Bay 16-yard line. It helped stop the Eagles from possibly taking a lead on the Packers. Green Bay responded with a short drive that ended in a Mason Crosby field goal — making it 17-10 Packers in the middle of the third.
Rodgers played much of the second half with an apparent hamstring injury. He went into a tent on the sideline, and it appeared he had his leg wrapped while he was in there.
Sturgis knocked in yet another one in response to the Packers, this time from 50 yards out. Then, the Packers saw something they hadn’t seen all season, a rushing touchdown that didn’t come from Aaron Rodgers.
Fullback Aaron Ripkowski got the last yard the Packers needed on their drive, giving them a 24-13 lead:
After the Eagles were forced to punt on the ensuing drive, the Packers went on a long drive, eating up plenty of the clock in the game’s final minutes. The Packers started with the ball at 10:24 left in the game, and their drive concluded with a Mason Crosby field goal with 1:57 left in the game.
The Packers would win by a final score of 27-13.
For the Eagles, the loss is their sixth in eight games after starting the season 3-0. Their 5-6 record keeps them in last place in the NFC East, which seems to be a two-team race between the 10-1 Cowboys and the 8-3 Giants.
The win snaps a four-game losing streak for Green Bay. At 5-6, they are behind both the 7-4 Lions, and the 6-5 Vikings in the NFC North. They will face both teams in the final two weeks of the season.