On Monday night in Philadelphia, the Eagles suffered their first home loss of the 2016 season. The team fell to the Packers, 27-13, to drop to 5-6 on the season. Here's a recap of the game.
1. Packers Score On Opening Drive, But Eagles Answer Back
After winning the coin toss and electing to defer, the Eagles' defense took the field and prepared to go up against quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay offense. Unfortunately, Philadelphia was unable to stop its opponent to start the Monday night matchup as the Packers took a 7-0 lead with 9:51 remaining in the quarter. Rodgers was 5-of-6 for 47 yards on the drive and even picked up 25 rushing yards on two carries. He connected with wide receiver Davante Adams on a 12-yard score to put their team on the board.
However, the Eagles' offense was quick to respond as it drove down the field and scored its own touchdown on a Carson Wentz 1-yard run. Starting from the Philadelphia 19, Wentz and tight end Trey Burton connected on a 9-yard pass right off the bat. From there, the quarterback continuously found wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham, who picked up 53 receiving yards on four receptions. To finish off the drive, Wentz scrambled and was able to score the first rushing touchdown of his career. The quarterback finished that opening possession a perfect 6-of-6 for 70 yards. With the score, the Birds tied the game, 7-7, with 3:40 left in the first quarter.
2. Green Bay Doesn't Let Up
Just seven seconds into the second quarter, the Packers once again pulled ahead as Rodgers found Adams for the receiver's second touchdown grab of the night. Green Bay moved 75 yards in nine plays on the drive, including Adams' impressive 20-yard grab in the end zone that put the Packers ahead, 14-7.
Rodgers finished the night 30-of-39 for 313 yards and two touchdowns. Rodgers posted a 116.7 passer rating, as he was not sacked once all night. It's the first time a quarterback has thrown for 300 yards against the Eagles this season. Adams caught five of his six targets for 113 yards and the two scores. Jordy Nelson led the Packers with eight catches for 91 yards.
The Packers were tough to stop on third down, as they converted 10-of-14 attempts. Two key penalties - one by defensive tackle Fletcher Cox, and the other by defensive end Brandon Graham - happened on third downs to help keep drives alive.
3. Sturgis Nails A 48-Yarder
With 3:28 on the clock before halftime, the Eagles got the ball at their own 1-yard line and were able to move 69 yards in 13 plays to set up a Caleb Sturgis 48-yard field goal attempt. Sturgis connected on the kick with 29 second remaining in the second quarter. The three points brought Philadelphia within four of Green Bay, 14-10, at halftime.
4. Eagles, Packers Exchange FGs
The Eagles started with the ball in the second half and successfully moved to the Packers' 45-yard line before the offense made its first major mistake of the night. Wentz threw the ball, looking for tight end Zach Ertz, but instead was intercepted by Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. The Packer returned the pick 12 yards. Green Bay's offense took over from there and the turnover resulted in a Packers' field goal. The kick increased Green Bay's lead to 17-10.
Shortly thereafter, the Eagles' offense was able to add three points of its own off a Sturgis 50-yard try. Philadelphia moved 43 yards in 11 plays to set up the attempt and the successful kick brought the score to 17-13, Green Bay.
Wentz finished 24-of-36 for 254 yards with the interception for a 75.5 passer rating. Wentz also added 33 yards on the ground. Wendell Smallwood led the Eagles' rushers with 37 yards on nine carries, as Ryan Mathews was out with the knee injury. Dorial Green-Beckham paced Philadelphia with six catches for 82 yards.
5. Packers Tack On Another 10
With 5:21 to play in the third, Green Bay's offense was on the field once again making things difficult for the Eagles' defense. As the quarter came to a close, Rodgers and the Packers were able to move to the Philadelphia 26-yard line. It took the group only five more plays to find the end zone for the third time on the night on Aaron Ripkowski's 1-yard run. The score gave Green Bay a 24-13 lead in the fourth quarter.
The team then added another field goal with 1:57 left on the clock in the Monday night matchup. The 32-yard kick gave the Packers a 14-point lead, 27-13, which turned out to be the final score.
6. Injury Update
During the second quarter, Jordan Matthews (right ankle) was taken in for X-rays. The wide receiver returned to the game following halftime, but again left during the third quarter and did not return.
In the fourth quarter, Marcus Smith (left shoulder) was ruled out for the remainder of the game.
The Packers and Eagles faced off for Monday Night Football in Philadelphia, as the Eagles suffered their first loss at home.