The Philadelphia Eagles are 2-2 through the first four games of their 2019 schedule after escaping Green Bay with a BIG win over the Packers on Thursday night. Final score: 34 to 27.
Read on for a recap!
Coin toss: Packers win the toss and elect to defer. Eagles offense up first for the second week in a row.
Eagles 1st drive: Miles Sanders lines up to field the opening kickoff even though Corey Clement is healthy. It’s a touchback anyway. Sanders takes the first carry for four yards despite having a huge hole to work with. Jordan Howard takes the second carry for a chunk gain and a first down. Good start. Carson Wentz throws high on first down, completes a pass for no gain on second down, and throws too high while targeting Zach Ertz on third down. Gotta be sharper than that, Carson.
Packers 1st drive: The Packers take over at their own 11-yard line after Rudy Ford makes a nice special teams tackle on punt coverage. Aaron Rodgers’ first pass is completed for no gain but Derek Barnett comes in with a late helmet-to-helmet hit that causes Jamaal Williams to get stretchered off the field. Barnett’s had some really dumb penalties this season and that one’s gonna draw a fine. Lucky to not be ejected, really. Sidney Jones gets burned by Davante Adams down the sideline to set up goal-to-go. Aaron Jones takes it in for the touchdown as Jones wraps him up but can’t get him down short of the goal line. Eagles 0, Packers 7.
HUGE hit by #Eagles Derek Barnett. Got flagged for an unnecessary roughness on the hit to #Packers Jamal Williams. Got taken off the field on a stretcher. #FlyEaglesFly #GoPackGo pic.twitter.com/t0E2XT1BOE— Joe Stauffenberg (@StauffSportsJ2) September 27, 2019
Looks like Aaron Rodgers planned time go to Davante Adams from the get-go. Single-high look with man coverage from the defense and Adams has a favorable matchup. Easy for Rodgers. pic.twitter.com/lux4ozFnD0— Jason B. Hirschhorn (@by_JBH) September 27, 2019
Eagles 2nd drive: Howard takes two carries to bring up 3rd-and-3. The big back is running well. Wentz hits Ertz for a first down. Wentz’s second down pass for Mack Hollins is incomplete as the receiver gets easily pushed out of bounds and gives up on his route anyway ... cool! Wentz tries to run for the first on third down but he’s stopped well short. The Eagles opt to punt from 4th-and-3 from the Packers’ 47-yard line. Weak! Why isn’t Doug Pederson going for it there?
Packers 2nd drive: The Packers get set back to 1st-and-20 after offensive pass interference. It doesn’t matter though because Zach Brown commits a (weak) facemask penalty and the Packers are bailed out. Incredible how THAT was a facemask and Miles Sanders getting his helmet ripped off in Week 3 wasn’t. The Packers move past midfeld as Avonte Maddox is now playing outside corner in place of an injured Jones. Rodgers easily moves the Packers to the Eagles’ 23-yard line as the first quarter ends. Already having flashbacks to Rodgers picking apart Jim Schwartz’s defense back in 2016. 10/10 for 129 passing yards!
Packers 2nd drive (continued): Andrew Sendejo does something good for once (!) and tips a Rodgers third down throw to break up a would-be Packers touchdown. Big stop by the defense. Eagles 0, Packers 10.
Eagles 3rd drive: The Eagles take over at the Packers’ 34-yard line after a big 67-yard kick return by Sanders. Much-needed play by the rookie! Wentz to Ertz for a first down. Wentz throws a fade to Alshon Jeffery that goes through the receiver’s hands but would’ve been tough to bring down in-bounds anyway. Eagles scheme up a nice screen to Dallas Goedert to set up 1st-and-goal. Great play call by Dougie P. Wentz throws to Jeffery in the end zone for a touchdown! But nope, Zach Ertz is flagged for offensive pass interference and it’s wiped out. Ugh. Terrible call! Pederson challenges the penalty ... and ... it’s overturned. Pretty stupid the Eagles had to waste a challenge on that. Still, great answer by special teams and the offense. Eagles 7, Packers 10.
.@BoobieMilesXXIV sets our offense up with an explosive kick return!#PHIvsGB | #FlyEaglesFly pic.twitter.com/OwyEflz4xn— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) September 27, 2019
The play stands! Touchdown Alshon! pic.twitter.com/BCoNzXLA0c— Tyler Jackson (@TjackRH) September 27, 2019
Packers 3rd drive: Eagles could really use a stop here. Sendejo (!) gets the defense off to a good start by making a tackle for loss. The Packers complete a pass to bring up 3rd-and-10. Rodgers draws Kamu Grugier-Hill offside for a free play and Maddox whiffs on covering Adams to allow another huge Packers play. Rodney McLeod only makes matters worse by facemasking Adams. These Eagles cornerbacks are straight trash right now. The Packers get to 3rd-and-2 in the red zone and Rodgers’ pass falls incomplete as Douglas has good coverage on Adams. So, the Eagles have finally found someone who can cover tonight? Packers kick another short field goal. Eagles 7, Packers 13.
Eagles 4th drive: Mason Crosby shanking his kickoff out of bounds allows the Eagles to start at their own 40-yard line. Nice gift from Green Bay. Sanders gets two carries to bring up 3rd-and-1. Wentz sneaks and is clearly down after picking up the first but the refs pretend like he fumbled for some reason. Just horrible officiating. The play is automatically reviewed and easily overturned. Wentz somehow escapes a sack from an unblocked Za’Darius Smith and throws incomplete to Goedert but the Packers are flagged for a late hit. Sanders picks up nine yards on first down and loses a yard on second down to bring up 3rd-and-2 from the Packers’ 26-yard line. Wentz hits Ertz for a first down in the red zone. Wentz runs and slides to pick up five yards. Sanders takes a carry up the gut to bring up 3rd-and-1. Wentz sneaks again and it’s 1st-and-goal from the 3-yard line. Wentz’s first down pass is his wide but he comes back and hits Goedert for the touchdown. Boom! Eagles lead. Packers trailing for the first time since going down 3-0 to the Bears in Week 1. Goedert celebrates with a Lambeau Leap! Eagles 14, Packers 13.
Goedert touchdown! Think the Eagles missed Alshon and Goedert? pic.twitter.com/aEjFMWZuID— Tyler Jackson (@TjackRH) September 27, 2019
Packers 4th drive: ALERT - Daeshon Hall is getting a defensive snap! But who cares! Because it’s Derek Barnett coming up with a HUGE strip-sack for a Brandon Graham recovery! Reverse Super Bowl LII! Huuuge play!
We’ll take that!#PHIvsGB | #FlyEaglesFly pic.twitter.com/K9ex0wWgxA— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) September 27, 2019
Eagles 5th drive: Eagles take over at the Packers’ 17-yard line. Jordan Howard gets a big lane to the end zone but can’t make the last defender miss as he’s tackled to bring up 1st-and-goal from the 4-yard line. Howard takes another carry to bring up 2nd-and-goal from the 1-yard line. The third time is the charm for Howard as he easily walks into the end zone. Great stuff by the offensive line. Would’ve liked to see the Eagles make it a two-possession game there by going for the 2-point conversion. Instead it’s Jake Elliott for the PAT. Eagles 21, Packers 13.
Packers 5th drive: Rodgers completes a pass on 3rd-and-6 to put the Packers in field goal range. And then he finds a wide open receiver in the end zone for a touchdown. Jim Schwartz’s blitzes are getting burned again. Allow me to revisit this tweet from last week. Eagles 21, Packers 20.
Anecdotally I feel like the Eagles’ defense plays their worst right after a much-needed offensive TD. Gut punch.— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) September 22, 2019
Eagles 6th drive: Eagles take a knee to end the first half.
Packers 6th drive: Douglas gets called for pass interference after clearly pushing Adams. Another free first down for the Packers. Green Bay gets to 3rd-and-7 and Rodgers airs it out but it’s incomplete with Maddox having tight coverage. Too tight, though, as Maddox puts his hand into the receiver’s chin and Matt LaFleuer throws a challenge flag for pass interference. But, wow, the ruling on the field stands and the Packers have to actually punt. Eagles fortunate to get away with that one.
Eagles 7th drive: Would be a nice time for another Eagles touchdown. Alshon Jeffery has a slant reception for a first knocked out of his hands by Kevin King. No matter, though, as Wentz connects with Mack Hollins for a first down instead. Wentz finds a wide open Jeffery over the middle as the Eagles move into field goal range. Offense is really clicking here. Eagles run an interesting play where they fake a handoff to Howard, have Wentz roll right, and throw back to Howard on a screen. Eagles go back to a WIDE OPEN Howard for a touchdown. Too easy! Pederson just out-scheming this Packers defense right now. Eagles go for two this time! But Wentz’s fade throw to Jeffery is dropped. Ugh. Like the dcision to go for but don’t love that play. Eagles 27, Packers 20.
Wentz with his third touchdown of the night!#PHIvsGB | #FlyEaglesFly pic.twitter.com/5Hf9Xm3ir9— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) September 27, 2019
Packers 7th drive: Josh Sweat comes up with a BIG tackle for loss. The Packers get some of it back on a completion to Adams to bring up 3rd-and-3. Rodgers’ third down pass is ... almost picked off by Nigel Bradham! Man. That would’ve gone for six. Instead, it’s dropped. Bradham must think he’s an Eagles wide receiver or something.
Eagles 8th drive: Can the Eagles make it a two-possession game as they start from their own 16-yard line? Wentz is almost sacked by a corner blitz but he’s able to get an incomplete pass off. Sanders runs to bring up 3rd-and-5. Wentz calls a timeout. Wentz’s third down throw for Jeffery is incomplete as the receiver is locked down by King; would’ve been short of the sticks anyway. Missed opportunity by the offense.
Packers 8th drive: Graham gets to Rodgers and can’t bring him down but Rodgers has to throw the ball away. The Eagles’ pass rush gets near Rodgers again but he jukes Fletcher Cox (oof) and takes off running for a first down and then some. Graham comes up with a big tackle for loss AS he’s being blocked. The Packers are really helping the Eagles by running the ball. Packers get to 3rd-and-7, Eagles really need a stop here. They don’t get it as Rodgers throws on the run for another first, Maddox beat again. Packers move into the red zone. Schwartz blitzes Rodgers again and Rodgers beats it again by lobbing up a pass to Jimmy Graham, who smokes Sendejo for the touchdown. Bad drive, defense! Eagles 27, Packers 27.
Eagles 9th drive: Sanders explodes for a big run but can’t make the final defensive back miss. Eagles move past midfield with a Wentz completion to Ertz for a first down. Wentz gives Jeffery a chance to make a jump ball catch and the receiver closes his hands too early before the ball gets there. The Eagles challenge for pass interference but the ruling stands, which is the right call. Would’ve been such a weak PI. Bad challenge and now the Eagles have just one timeout left. Not ideal. On 3rd-and-10, Wentz goes back to Jeffery for a first down. Redemption.
Eagles 9th drive (continued): Howard takes a big run up the middle to give the Eagles 1st-and-goal from the 2-yard line. The offensive line is just kicking ass tonight. Howard gets hit short of the goal line but he makes a second effort to get in the end zone. His third touchdown tonight. Huge drive. Eagles 34, Packers 27.
.@JHowardx24 ties his career-high with a third TD of the night!#PHIvsGB | #FlyEaglesFly pic.twitter.com/8Bcwt1LOPR— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) September 27, 2019
Packers 9th drive: Packers easily drive beyond midfield. Zach Brown is penalized for unnecsesary roughness ... ANOTHER dumb penalty by the defense. The Packrs are in field goal range. Maddox breaks up a throw to Adams in the end zone to bring up 3rd-and-6. Rodgers hits Adams to set up 1st-and-goal. Maddox gets called for pass interference to bring up 1st-and-goal from the 1-yard line. So ... many ... defensive ... penalties. Rodney McLeod breaks up Rodgers’ fade throw to Jimmy Graham. Brandon Graham pressures Rodgers into an incompletion to bring up 3rd-and-goal. The Packers fake a handoff and Rodgers throws it away to bring up 4th-and-goal. Can the Eagles make a huge stop? Yes, they can! Graham fails to make a one-handed catch in the end zone as the Packers turn the ball over on downs. HUUUUUUGE stop by Schwartz’s unit.
Eagles 10th drive: Eagles pick up seven yards on a Howard run. Breathing room. Howard takes another carry for a first down. The Eagles actually call a pass and Wentz hits a wide open Ertz for a first down. The Eagles easily move to midfield. Wentz puts too much air on a throw to Howard and it’s a hospital ball as he gets jacked up and has to leave the game. On 3rd-and-5, Wentz has Jeffery open for a first down but he throws a duck. Ugh. Two bad throws from Wentz and the Eagles have to punt. Missed opportunity to put the game away.
Packers 10th drive: The Packers get away with a catch where the ball bounced off the ground, no challenge from Doug. Fletcher Cox is limping off the field and the Eagls are down to just Hassan Ridgeway and Akeem Spence at defensive tackle. That’s not good! Meanwhile, the Packers drive past midfield. The Packers get to 3rd-and-8 with 1:59 remaining in regulation. Cox back in the game now. Eagles need a stop. They don’t get it. Johnathan Cyprien is flagged for pass interference. Packers have 1st-and-10 from the Eagles’ 35-yard line. The Packers move into the red zone. Sendejo dishes out a HUGE HIT ... on Maddox. Helmet-to-helmet. Now the Eagles are down to just Rasul Douglas and Craig James as their only healthy cornerbacks. Just a reminder that Sedenjo will cost the Eagles a fourth-round pick if he’s on the roster past Week 10. Maddox has to be stretchered off the field as the entire Eagles bench comes on the field to see him off. James is in the game as the Packers have 1st-and-goal. The Packers run the ball. Then Rodgers throws into the end zone and James deflects the ball ... INTO BRADHAM’S HANDS! WOW. THE EAGLES WIN!
YEAAAAAAAAAAAA BBBOOOOOOOOOOOOOOIIIIIIIIIIIIIII pic.twitter.com/fLzlGtbxhq— BleedingGreenNation (@BleedingGreen) September 27, 2019
Eagles 11th drive: Victory formation!
FINAL SCORE: 34 to 27
Holy crap, the Eagles really won!
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