NFL Game Summary - Green Bay at Philadelphia|
(Sunday, September 12th)
Final Score: Green Bay 27, Philadelphia 20
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Aaron Rodgers threw for 188 yards and a
pair of touchdowns as Green Bay held on for a 27-20 win over Philadelphia in
an injury-plagued season-opener at Lincoln Financial Field.
Rodgers connected with Greg Jennings and Donald Driver for scores and was also
intercepted twice on 19-of-31 throws. Jennings led all receivers with 82 yards
on five receptions, while Driver hauled in his 50th career touchdown amid a
five-catch, 30-yard day.
Ryan Grant limped off in the first half with an ankle injury and did not
return. Brandon Jackson filled in admirably and ran for 63 yards on 18 carries
as Green Bay (1-0) won its fourth straight season opener.
It was the Packers' first win in Philadelphia since 1962, having lost nine
consecutive trips to the City of Brotherly Love.
"I thought it was a gutty performance on both sides of the ball. I knew they
had like five players injured on their side of the ball and we had a number of
guys go down. We feel very fortunate to come out of here with a win. This is a
tough place to play and a tough football team to play against," said Packers
head coach Mike McCarthy.
Kevin Kolb's long-awaited tenure as the Eagles' starting quarterback was met
with disaster. The fourth-year pro was making his third career start and first
since the team shipped long-time signal-caller Donovan McNabb to the Redskins
in the offseason.
Kolb was flat in completing 5-of-10 passes for 24 yards before being knocked
out of the game with a concussion. He was chased down from behind by the
Packers' Clay Matthews on a third-down scramble and landed hard on the ground
under the weight of the tackle. His head and left knee were driven into
the turf simultaneously as he fumbled the ball out of bounds.
Kolb came back out for the next series before being replaced by Michael Vick
to start the second half. Vick was crisp in hitting on 16-of-24 throws for 175
yards and a touchdown in leading Philadelphia back from a 17-point deficit in
the fourth. He ran for another 103 yards on 11 attempts but the Eagles (0-1)
fell just short in the end.
Matthews put forth a dogged effort on defense for Green Bay, totaling seven
tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble. He stopped Vick on 4th-and-1 at the
Green Bay 42 on the first play after the two-minute warning to essentially
seal the victory.
"I thought our defense started the game strong and our offense was very slow.
I was proud of the way the guys finished. It came right down to that last
drive, and doggone it, one-yard, and we were still moving that thing," said
Eagles head coach Andy Reid of the comeback bid. I think Michael did a
phenomenal job today. He brought the team back [and] kept his poise."
The Green Bay offense clicked to rattle off most of its points in a 20-minute
span over the middle two quarters after the sides traded field goals in a
Rodgers got the Pack in the end zone for the first time with under two minutes
to go in the first half. Jennings hauled in a 16-yard pass on third down to
reach the Eagles' 20 and Rodgers fired a six-yard scoring strike to Driver on
3rd-and-goal to net a 10-3 lead.
Philadelphia went three-and-out and it became a 13-3 game at the break.
Rodgers went into the shotgun and moved the offense into field goal position
in just 41 seconds before Mason Crosby made good on a 56-yard boot.
The Eagles started the second half with the ball but it was quickly back in
Green Bay hands after Charles Woodson forced a fumble from Eldra Buckley. The
Packers went 62 yards in 10 plays capped by John Kuhn's three-yard TD run.
Vick came back to lead the hosts' first touchdown drive, hitting on short
passes across the middle and reeling off a vintage 31-yard scramble. McCoy
appeared to score on a two-yard rush that was wiped out by a holding penalty.
He took it right back in, though, on a 12-yard run to make it a 10-point game.
Any momentum Philadelphia had hoped to gain was quashed, as Rodgers had the
Pack back on the scoreboard in under three minutes thanks in part to a 51-yard
kickoff return by Jordy Nelson that set up the offense at midfield. Jennings
got behind the defense and Rodgers went over the top for a 32-yard score and a
27-10 lead after three quarters.
Vick then orchestrated a quick nine-play, 79-yard drive -- buoyed by a 27-yard
completion to Brent Celek down the seam -- and capped by a 17-yard strike to
Maclin at the back of the end zone.
Rodgers was picked off by rookie Nate Allen on the third play of the ensuing
series to give the Eagles new life. They took over at midfield and drove down
to the five, but the drive stalled there and David Akers had to kick a 24-yard
That left 5:37 left to play and Philadelphia's defense forced the Packers to
punt a little more than a minute later. Vick scrambled twice to pick up 25
yards but was also sacked on successive plays. He found Jason Avant in the
middle of the field to set up 4th-and-1, but a called sneak for Vick was
stuffed at the line by Matthews and Green Bay kneeled down to kill the rest of
"We just didn't get it. On a play like that everybody has to go out and get
it, including me," aid Vick of the failed 4th-and-1.
Kolb's injury was just the beginning for what could be a potentially
devastating opening game for the Eagles...Linebacker Stewart Bradley was also
lost to a concussion in a nasty collision with a teammate in the
second quarter. Running back Leonard Weaver had to be helped off the field
with what was being called a left knee sprain, but may be a torn ACL according
to coach Reid. Reid did confirm that center Jamaal Jackson has a torn
biceps muscle...Grant ran for 45 yards on eight carries before
exiting...McCoy ran for 35 yards and caught five passes for 47 yards to
lead the receivers. Maclin, Avant and DeSean Jackson each recorded four
catches...The Eagles celebrated the 50th anniversary of their 1960 NFL
Championship victory over the Packers in a pre-game ceremony. It proved to be
the great Vince Lombardi's only career playoff loss...Reid fell to 5-3 against
the franchise for which he served as an assistant coach from 1992-1998...Juqua
Parker had two of the Eagles' three sacks against Rodgers.
09/12 21:45:22 ET