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Despite great game from Rodgers and Adams, Eagles get huge victory

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Carson Wentz beat out Aaron Rodgers 34-27.

This past Thursday night, the Green Bay Packers took on the Philadelphia Eagles. Fargo’s hometown hero, Carson Wentz, was able to beat out Aaron Rodgers and his cheeseheads 34-27.

This was the first season loss for the Packers who are now 3-1. They previously beat the Bears, Vikings and Broncos with one of the best defenses in the league. However, Wentz and the Eagles cut through and scored as many points as the Packers have allowed all season.

The first score came from a diving Aaron Jones run after a pair of big throws to Packers wide receiver Davante Adams. The Packers came back with another stop and gave Rodgers a chance to score, but after a long drive the Packers were forced to settle for a Mason Crosby field goal.

Now up 10-0, Mason Crosby had to step up again when Miles Sanders returned a kick to the Packers 35-yard line. Setup for a short drive, Wentz made easy work of the Packers’ defense, finding Alshon Jeffery for their first score of the game.

The Packers got the ball back, and they continued to feed Adams. Once again, the Packers could not bring it all the way home, so they settled for another field goal.

Another bad kickoff, this time a kick out of bounds, started the Eagles with great field position. From the Eagles 40-yard line, Wentz was back at it dodging sacks and throwing touchdown passes, this time to tight end Dallas Goedert.

The start of the next drive saw the continuation of Eagle dominance. On 2nd and 6, Eagles defensive lineman Derek Barnett curled around to the backfield and forced a fumble that the Eagles recovered. From there, Jordan Howard punched it in for the Eagles to take the lead 21-13 with 59 seconds left in the half.

They left too much time for Aaron Rodgers though. In just 50 seconds Rodgers used his magic to cruise down the field for a Packers TD pass to Geronimo Allison.

The first score of the half came from the Eagles running it in with Howard. However, the Eagles failed a two-point conversion stopped by Packers corner, Kevin King, making it 27-20.

The Packers answered quickly with a TD pass to Jimmy Graham, tying it up 27-27. The Packers defense couldn’t stop the Eagles run game, and the duo of Howard and Sanders forced their way back into the end zone putting the Eagles up by seven.

This constant back and forth battle looked like it was going to continue with the Packers making their way down to the one-yard line for first and goal. Four chances and four straight pass incompletions gave the Eagles the ball back, still leading by a touchdown.

After a short drive from the Eagles, the Packers looked like they were going to mount a comeback as the seconds ticked away. Starting at their own ten, the Packers made it all the way to the Eagles doorstep at the three-yard line.

Then Rodgers threw to Marquis Valdes-Scantling, and the ball bounced off his chest right into Eagles hands ending all hopes of a Packers comeback.

The stats don’t match the results of this game. Looking at Aaron Rodgers’ 422 passing yards and two passing TDs you’d think the Packers would have won in a landslide. This is compared to just 160 passing yards from Wentz.

Davante Adams had a big game for the Packers, notching 10 receptions and 180 yards, a personal career high. Jordan Howard for the Eagles also had a big game, totaling 87 rushing yards and three touchdowns.

The Eagles are now 2-2, 2nd in the NFC east, and will be playing the Jets next Sunday. The Packers sit at 3-1 and will be welcoming the undefeated Cowboys to Green Bay next week.

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