On a Monday night that started out strong for quarterback Carson Wentz and the Eagles' offense, it clearly did not end the way the team would have liked.
The rookie opened the game by leading Philadelphia on an 11-play, 81-yard scoring drive that culminated in a 1-yard touchdown run, the first of Wentz's career. Fans erupted in cheers, but little did they know that it would be the Eagles' lone touchdown of the evening. By the end of the matchup with Green Bay, the scoreboard at Lincoln Financial Field read, 27-13, in favor of the Packers.
The loss, Wentz's first ever while playing at home, was certainly a tough one for Philadelphia, but the quarterback was firm in the fact that this team isn't giving up hope yet. Win or lose, this group will continue to fight.
"We just have to stay the course. We can't dwell on anything," Wentz said during his postgame press conference. "We just have to keep plugging along. Can't throw in the towel. I know the guys in that locker room and that's not going to happen. Our effort is always there. We just have to keep fighting, keep believing and we can't change our preparation."
Wentz finished the game 24-of-36 for 254 yards with the rushing touchdown, an interception and a 75.5 passer rating. The quarterback was also the Eagles' No. 2 rusher during the contest, picking up 33 yards on four carries.
What made things all the more difficult for the rookie though, was the state of the offense both before and during the game. Due to Halapoulivaati Vaitai's knee injury last week, and an unexpected illness that hospitalized Brandon Brooks, Wentz stood behind an offensive line that was compiled together.
Furthermore, he played a majority of the game without his leading receiver in Jordan Matthews, who exited twice with a right ankle injury. The second time, he did not return.
Dealing with a number of new pieces certainly didn't help the situation or the flow of the offense.
"I think we just kind of have the next-man-up philosophy around here," Wentz said. "Obviously it's tough with a guy like Jordan to lose him, but we felt confident with the next guy up.
"I thought we just struggled to kind of get into a rhythm. Early in the first half, I think we had three drives. One was a two-minute drive. Second half, we just couldn't stay on the field a couple times, trouble getting into a rhythm. (The Packers) did a good job."
For Wentz and this entire Eagles team, every loss comes with a lesson and they're certainly going to continue to learn from them as they head into these final five weeks of the regular season.
"I'll obviously have to go back and watch the tape," Wentz said. "I think the Packers, they did a good job of mixing up their coverages and I think early on we did a really good job. Obviously, first drive went right down. Then they played some different coverages. I'd have to go back and watch, but I'm pretty sure I missed a couple guys. I'm pretty sure I had some guys open down the middle and some different things. I just have to be better."
The Packers and Eagles faced off for Monday Night Football in Philadelphia, as the Eagles suffered their first loss at home.