Game Recap: Packers, Playoff Hopes Fall to Eagles 40-33

Packers defense inept, ineffective in Eagles' running rampage in Pack's season ender.

All of the jokes about the Eagles wearing black on Sunday Night Football against the Packers because it would be a funeral weren't jokes, but premonitions. The Packers, finally with a little offensive fortitude, apparently traded any semblance of a defense for the effort as the Eagles ran for approximately 2,576,078,054 yards as Joe Barry's group looked hapless yet again. Aaron Rodgers, leaving with a rib injury reminiscent of Brett Favre's injury in 2007 at Dallas, enabled Jordan Love to enter the game and look... very good. VERY GOOD. It'll be interesting to see what the team does in regards to Rodgers and his injury status with the team essentially out of playoff contention.

I must say it one more time -- Jordan Love.

Eagles receiver AJ Brown hauls in a touchdown in the 40-33 win over the Packers.

Eagles receiver AJ Brown hauls in a touchdown in the 40-33 win over the Packers.

 

First Quarter

Starting with the ball, the Eagles quickly showed why they're one of the best rush teams in the league. Quarterback Jalen Hurts opened the effort with a 23-yard run, followed by two Miles Sanders carries and suddenly Philly was at the Packers 38. After two run tops, Hurts got loose on a 3rd down and rushed down to the Packers' 7. A handoff to running back Kenneth Gainwell found the end zone and before you could crack a beer it was 7-0 Eagles.

On the Packers first go starting from their own 9, Rodgers went incomplete to Watson followed by a short run to Jones. Faced with a 3rd-and-long out of the gate, Rodgers impressively evaded a sack, but threw a very wobbly pass that was batted up and intercepted by the Eagles. A truly horrific start for the Packers.

Philly, picking up where they left off, used the legs of Jalen Hurts once again down to the Packers' 15. The next play was Sanders again, this time for a touchdown to make it 13-0 Philadelphia. A missed PAT kept it that way.

Sticking with the run game on the next try for the Packers, Aaron Jones took a carry for 10 yards and a first. Next, he snagged a screen pass for 30 and quickly the Packers were in the red zone. AJ Dillon took an inside zone run to the house to cut it to 13-7 Eagles. A crucial drive for Green Bay.

Philly's next possession brought up a quick 3rd-and-1. Trying to sneak, Jalen Hurts fell just inches short. The Eagles elected to go for it, this time lining up in a very heavy package, and snuck it again, stopped short. Replay would show Hurts bobbling the snap, which ended up in the hands of Sanders who was unable to gain the first. A monumental, game-shifting stop by the Packers defense.

Facing a 3rd and 8, Rodgers found Jones on a screen pass, but only gained 3 to bring up 4th and 5. Electing to pass on a field goal attempt, Rodgers connected with Christian Watson over the middle, absorbing a big hit from CJ Gardner-Johnson that knocked the safety from the game. On first down, Rodgers hit a crossing Randall Cobb in the end zone and the Packers were miraculously in front 14-13.

The Eagles, now facing a single-high safety, went to the passing game. First, a 23-yarder to AJ Brown got the Eagles to near midfield. Facing 3rd-and-short, Jalen Hurts popped another huge run down to the Packers' 5 to put the QB over 100 rushing yards in the first quarter alone.

Second Quarter

With Philly just outside the end zone, they went right back to Sanders to punch in the touchdown putting the Eagles back on top 20-14. Green Bay, after another seemingly impressive drive, was right back on the doorstep when Aaron Rodgers misread the coverage and went to Tyler Davis, only to be intercepted by the Eagles' rookie safety Reed Blankenship.

Hurts and the Philly offense picked up right where they left off, with plays to DeVonta Smith and Hurts in the run game. But facing a third down, Hurts hit AJ Brown on a screen pass short of the goal line. Safety Rudy Ford came in to strip Brown, whose fumble was recovered by Quay Walker, who returned it to the Eagles 13. Hurts saved a touchdown, but the Packers were close again.

Aaron Jones' ensuing touchdown was brought back by an Elgton Jenkins hold, but on a scramble drill, Rodgers was able to find Jones in the end zone to tie it up at 20. However, a missed Mason Crosby kick kept the score even at 20.

With 2:16 to go until half, the Eagles started up at their own 30. Facing a 3rd-and-6, Hurts hit Brown for a first down inside Packers territory.  Jarran Reed and Preston Smith combined for a big sack of Hurts, but the Eagles ultimately would score just before halftime on an underthrown pass from Hurts to receiver Quez Walker to put Philly in the lead at halftime. A tough effort from Rasul Douglas on the touchdown.

Third Quarter

Keisean Nixon popped the opening kickoff to near midfield, the Pack's longest of the year. But faced with an early 3rd-and-8, Rodgers was sacked leaving the Packers unable to take advantage of the field position. Punting it back, the Eagles kept to the ground, with huge runs by Miles Sanders, down to the Green Bay 29. More runs would get Philly inside the 20, and ultimately AJ Brown would haul in a touchdown to make it 34-20 Eagles.

On Green Bay's next possession, Rodgers would hit Watson over the middle, then two big AJ Dillon touches got the Packers to the 13. It was shown at this time that Rodgers took a shot to the ribs in the second quarter, and was wincing in pain, having difficulty throwing. After a Yosh Nijman false start on a 4th and short, Mason Crosby would knock in a field goal from 29 yards to make it 34-23.

During the commercial, Rodgers went to the locker room, presumably for his rib injury leaving Jordan Love to take over the offense.

Fourth Quarter

The quarter opened with more Philly running game, this time with a Kenneth Gainwell first down. Facing 3rd and 7 at the Green Bay 41, Gainwell picked up 5 bringing up another 4th and short. Hurts would convert the first down, then a huge Boston Scott run put the Eagles over 300 rush yards for the game, and in scoring position once more. The Packers got the stop, though, and a Josh Elliott field goal put the Eagles back up two touchdowns, 37-23.

Now with Love at the helm, the Packers offense faced an early 3rd down. Off play action, Love hit Christian Watson over the middle and hoo boy the burners go on, with Watson turning the corner all the way for a touchdown to cut the lead to 37-30.

Philly wouldn't be stopped, though, on their next possession with the run game proving a fit for the Packers defense. Unable to tackle the Eagles ball-carriers much Sunday night, the Packers defense made a stop in their own territory to force an Elliott field goal attempt of 54 yards. Elliott, who had struggled from long range this season, flipped the trend and nailed the kick to put the Eagles up by double digits just outside the two-minute warning.

Nixon, having one of his best games of the year as a kick returner, took the ball out near midfield. A huge game by #25. Love would hit passes to Watson then Lazard, and another to Robert Tonyan. But on third down, he nearly hit Randall Cobb for a touchdown, but it fell incomplete forcing a Crosby field goal.

Down 40-33, Crosby's onside attempt was recovered by the Eagles, and the comeback bid would fall short.

What Went Right

Well, finally the offense. When Rodgers was in the game and wasn't dealing with injured ribs, he was throwing maybe his best game of the year. Coupled with AJ Dillon, the Packers finally looked like a coherent offense.

What Went Wrong

LOL Joe Barry. Obviously. The Packers had zero answer for Philly's run game, and Joe Barry and this defense rarely have answers for anyone. Just a total fart in the wind yet again from this pitiful defense

Offensive MVP

AJ Dillon. The Quadfather finally looked like the stud running back we know he is. He was tough, assertive, and the tough tackle this offense needed tonight. 

Defensive MVP

Rudy Ford. I probably shouldn't list anyone, but his strip of AJ Brown was pivotal in keeping it close. Game after game, 20 makes his value more and more obvious.

 

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Tony Wilson takes pride in journalism training from 2/3 of directional-Michigan MAC schools. A former Sporting News writer, Tony now focuses on the Packers from his home in Toledo, OH. His beer of choice is a Miller Lite from the bottom of the cooler. You can find him on Twitter @GlassCityPack.

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Comments (23)

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cpabandit's picture

November 27, 2022 at 11:08 pm

How about ST's MVP Nixon!

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KenEllis's picture

November 28, 2022 at 12:17 am

That Nixon was behind Gutey's boy Rodgers for half the season exemplifies what is wrong with this organization.

Who cares if Gutey traded up to take Rodgers in round 3 of the 2021 draft, if he sucked he should have been behind the better player in Nixon.

It should not have taken Amari fumbling more times than any non-QB to finally allow Nixon to take over.

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jannes bjornson's picture

November 28, 2022 at 08:14 am

The fans whine about the seventies show re-runs, but it has been on a closed-tape loop since the failure vs the 49rs @ Lambeau. Just a gutless effort by the D.

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Coldworld's picture

November 27, 2022 at 11:39 pm

We will rightly go on about an incredibly inept run D. However, starting out, if I’d known we would give 2 interceptions to that team I’d have said we would have no chance to compete.

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Packers2020's picture

November 28, 2022 at 12:30 pm

Cold,

True but on the 2nd INT Davis ran his route too deep and that's why the pick happened. Benkert even said so after the game on one of the shows.

There are so many things wrong with this team right now, it's ridiculous.

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KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

November 28, 2022 at 12:05 am

I really like the pick-up of both Ford and Nixon. Very good players who need to be on the team next year.

Should be no surprise to anyone but I thought Jordan Love looked fantastic in the short time he played tonight. I am very excited about the possibility that Jordan, Watson, Doubs & Toure all have extensive playing time together the rest of the year. Throw in Goodson at RB too. With the cap implications and all the uncertainty surrounding Lazard next year the Packers definitely need another talented WR, and likely two TE's.

Should what we saw of Love tonight be the player going forward the Packers offense could be dangerous. They have a good young OL that once healthy is pretty decent. I would really like to see Goodson playing a lot moving forward as well. If Jones is around next year the team would have good RB's, but if Jones is gone they need a mid-rounder at RB. There you have it....the offense could be very dangerous next year if Jones remains and the team picks one good WR, and possibly a couple of TE's. Looking forward to seeing the young guys play.

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Coldworld's picture

November 28, 2022 at 12:13 am

It is time.

It’s also time to just let Barry go and give Gray a go as interim. It’s not that I think he will be a lot better, but just that that was a performance that just screams “no more.”

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HawkPacker's picture

November 28, 2022 at 06:54 am

I agree on Barry. He just seems a step behind on making any adjustments during the game.

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Packers2020's picture

November 28, 2022 at 12:38 pm

I understand the optimism with Love but we all need to calm down. It was one quarter and the Eagles were rushing only 4. They played a very vanilla prevent. We will see what Love does against a defense that is blitzing him and changing things up on him.

That said, he threw the ball on time and accurately. A good sign but I am not anointing him the next HOF'er anytime soon.

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barutanseijin's picture

November 28, 2022 at 04:16 pm

The other guy is a banged up narcissistic stat hound who throws wobbly INTs, and has all the mobility of late career Lynn Dickey but lets just stick with him because Love only played a couple series.

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albert999's picture

November 28, 2022 at 12:58 am

I would like Nagler or some credible media person to ask how a QB can run for 100 yards in the first fucking quarter of a game history stat?
Then how dou u put up 300 hundreds yards in a game rushing period?
How ignorant are u to not fire Barry NOW

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KenEllis's picture

November 28, 2022 at 12:08 pm

"Credible media person?"

You mean the type who parroted the Packer company line about how this was a Super Bowl roster all offseason?

Has a single "credible media person" who covers the Packers called for Joe Barry to be fired as would be the case in the other 31 NFL Media markets?

The Packers organization has the media that covers the team right where they want them.

Look for some human interest puff pieces to close out the season and then on to the draft where more praise for Gootey first round defensive picks will be the order of the day.

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albert999's picture

November 28, 2022 at 01:01 am

Nagler if you don’t ask these questions that are tough why do u own this website instead of some other pussy website?

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GP1's picture

November 28, 2022 at 01:42 am

Time to play Jordan Love and the "Kids" to "blood" them and see what we may have.
Beyond time to get rid of Barry. Though I will miss his entertainingly bad, similar to our defence, press conferences.

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Cubbygold's picture

November 28, 2022 at 05:59 am

Is this website correct? Gute has drafted 37 players and produced 4 starters out of that group?

https://www.sigscores.com/articles/nfl-gm-draft-accuracy

If that's right, that is an epic level of fail. The other GMs on the list are hitting at twice the rate he is.

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croatpackfan's picture

November 28, 2022 at 06:44 am

This is not correct stat. There is much more starters than 4. You forgot Gary, for example. Gary, Dillon, Walker, Watson, Doubs, Enagbare, Myers, Jenkins, etc. Stokes was misused as all of DBs, by the way. McDuffy, is starter now. Deguara, MVS...

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Cubbygold's picture

November 28, 2022 at 12:23 pm

I didn't forget anything, this isn't my website.

Looks like the criteria is that you need two years of starting to count as a legitimate starter, which eliminates most of the people you're mentioning.

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croatpackfan's picture

November 28, 2022 at 03:10 pm

You are the one who used their false data to prove what? That Packers scouts do not know their jobs? I bet with you that the problem is in incompetence of coaching staff, not of the scouts.

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SinceLombardi's picture

November 28, 2022 at 06:48 am

Ok.. 12 games into it and only the special teams look professional.
Talking about any player perhaps having a bright future is ludicrous. Mark Murphy or perhaps even the executive board need to get the broom out. If they don’t then it’s the Lindy Infante days all over again.
It’s painfully obvious that MLF 40 wins in three years were achieved by holding Rodgers coattails. That’s done and so is MLF.
I’m tired of being embarrassed, either by repeatedly choking as #1 seed or this minor league football we are being served in 2022. Green Bay Packer football is embarrassing. It started when Mercedes Lewis fumbled against the 49ers and has gotten progressively worse.
I feel sorry for the Packers.com writers tasked with writing something positive.

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Booner's picture

November 28, 2022 at 09:54 am

Murphy (Moe) Gute (Larry) MLF (Curly)!!!!!!

What another shit show!

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joejetson's picture

November 28, 2022 at 01:14 pm

It's hard to envision a worse NFL defense than this bunch. But checking the league stats for yards per game, they're actually about middle of the pack. That surprised me because I don't see much potential to be more inept. The 3rd and 16 play where Barry had his best press coverage corner, Alexander, playing 12 yards off, pretty much summed up the lame-brained philosophy of Joe Barry and his concept of defensive football. BTW, Pepe' LeFluer is not blameless in this failure. Barry can't put this scheme together without Pepe's approval.

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Malland56's picture

November 29, 2022 at 12:33 am

Just one thing. CAN ANYBODY ON THAT DEFENSE TACKLE?! The tackle skills of our DB's, Safety's and some linebackers are HORRIBLE!

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Malland56's picture

November 29, 2022 at 12:44 am

One more thing. When the running game is gouging their D and we have a 2 yard run on first down, don't stop the run and pass the next two downs because it only gained 2 yards. Run the ball on the 2nd down also. The way they were running against them you know that they would have made a first down or at least have a 3rd and short. I'm not saying every time but I would have done it more often. Jones and Dillion should have ran the ball at least 30-35 times not just 20

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