GREEN BAY, Wis. – Coming off their most dominating performance of the season, the Eagles' defense suffered its most humbling defeat of the year as Aaron Rodgers and the Packers scored 39 points on offense points en route to their blowout 53-20 victory on Sunday afternoon at Lambeau Field.
Things began to get away from the Eagles quickly as Rodgers and Co. raced out to a 17-0 first-quarter lead and a 30-6 lead at halftime. Rodgers finished 22-of-36 for 341 yards, three touchdowns and a 120.3 quarterback rating. The question posed in the locker room was whether the results were more of a reflection on the Eagles' defense or of an offense that is headed by one of the game's best quarterbacks.
"It's a combination," said defensive coordinator Bill Davis. "All we can look at is ourselves and we'll fix what was wrong out there today and we'll work hard at it. We've got a confident group of guys that hang together and we know that every now and then you have days like this. You don't want them, but they happen in the NFL. I think most of the big teams, even Green Bay, had one of these earlier in the season. We have to respond now. We have to work our tails off and get back and learn from what happened out there today and give them the credit where it's due.
"Give the credit to the Green Bay Packers and what they did today. We had a horrible day on every level."
On the day, Green Bay amassed 475 yards of total offense and controlled the game throughout. Their first seven drives resulted in four touchdowns, two field goals and only one punt. Early on, the Eagles' defense was especially disappointing on third down. The Packers were 8 for 14 on third downs, but converted 5-of-6 in the first half, including an influential third-and-18 that would lead to a touchdown (the play was originally third-and-23 before an offsides penalty).
"The third downs were probably most disappointing because we had third-and-manageable for us and (Rodgers) kept executing and we didn't," Davis said. "Aaron Rodgers is on fire right now and we gave him our best shot and it wasn't close to good enough today."
The Eagles' cornerbacks were a particular focus in the locker room after Packers receivers Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb combined for 238 yards on 14 catches. Nelson, in particular, was a thorn in the side of the Eagles and Bradley Fletcher, who was victimized several times.
"He made a lot of plays," Fletcher said of Rodgers. "He was on target on a lot of throws. He was able to scramble today. He did a lot of good things. We have to go back and evaluate the film and get ready for next week."
Severe disappointment aside, the Eagles made things clear in the locker room that they won't allow Green Bay to beat them twice, as the saying goes.
"We'll watch the game," said outside linebacker Connor Barwin. "This is no different than any other week. You win, you lose, you look at the film and find the mistakes made and try to improve. Obviously, there were a lot more mistakes tonight that we'll need to correct, but you lose by 30, 40, whatever we lost by, or you lose by three, it's still one loss in the column."
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