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Kelly: Rain Or Shine, We're A Team


There weren't many ways for head coach Chip Kelly to sugarcoat the Eagles' performance in Sunday afternoon's 53-20 loss to the Green Bay Packers.

The Eagles didn't execute, the Packers did, and the Eagles lost.

Kelly said the problems began early in the first half when Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers came out hot, putting up a 64-yard pass to Jordy Nelson on the first drive of the game.

"(We) didn't execute," Kelly explained frankly after the game. "We needed to get pressure on him, and we didn't do a very good job of getting pressure on him. He was on fire early.

"He's an extremely accurate passer, we knew that was the deal coming in, and didn't do a good enough job of getting after him."

The Eagles, fresh off a nine-sack performance against the Panthers on Monday Night Football, managed just one sack of Rodgers. Despite trying a variety of different defensive looks, the seasoned veteran was unfazed as the Eagles failed to generate the same defensive pressure from last week's triumphant win.

"(Defensive coordinator) Billy (Davis) was trying everything," Kelly said. "When you blitzed (Rodgers) he got it out quick - he threw hot a couple of times and put the ball exactly where it needed to be - and when dropped into coverage he had enough time to pick you apart. It was kind of pick your poison."

Rodgers finished the game with 341 yards and three touchdowns.

With the Packers' offense starting on such a hot streak, the Eagles' offense turned one-dimensional pretty fast, Kelly explained. They had to throw the ball to catch up, and while it worked in terms of moving the ball, the unit failed to execute when it mattered most - in the red zone.

"We moved the ball, but didn't execute," Kelly said. "We had the ball there twice in the first half, in the red zone, and you can't come away with three points there. You've got to come away with sevens and try to keep the game close, especially as well as (Rodgers) was playing today."

As the Eagles picked up a pair of Cody Parkey field goals in the second quarter, Rodgers refused to relent and took a 30-6 lead into halftime, a lead that proved to be insurmountable for the Eagles.

In the end, it seemed as if everything rolled Green Bay's favor Sunday afternoon. But it was just one afternoon. Kelly said he knows his team comes into work ready to give its best effort every Tuesday, and he told them after the game that he knows these 53 men will keep their heads up heading into the coming work week.

"I told them we've got to stick together," Kelly said after the loss. "Win or lose, rain or shine, we're a team. We're going to stick together as a group, and we're going to come back to work on Tuesday."

The Eagles are in Green Bay to take on QB Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers in a critical NFC showdown ...

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