The Eagles started the game with the ball and drove down the field to put up the game’s first points, as a long Jake Elliott field got Philly out to a 3-0 lead.
Green Bay’s first possession was quite eventful, but for all of the wrong reasons, as the first play from scrimmage was a toss to Aaron Jones, which he mishandled but picked back up and was tackled for a six-yard loss.
On the drive’s second play, Aaron Rodgers was sacked by Javon Hargrave, the former Pittsburgh Steeler defensive tackle, setting the team up for a long 3rd down. Green Bay settled for a punt after a short shovel pass to Jones that only got around five yards.
Philly was primed to put more points up on the board on their second drive, but a sack on second (by Rashan Gary) and third down (by Kingsley Keke) pushed the Eagles out of field-goal range, stalling their drive and giving the ball back to Rodgers and company.
The completion of Green Bay’s first scoring drive that began at the end of the first quarter saw Rodgers connect with Davante Adams for a short, one-yard score on fourth down that was absolute picturesque. AR threw up a corner route in the end zone that Adams fought with Darius Slay for, with Adams ultimately shielding the ball away from Slay and cradling it as he fell to the ground.
A third-down sack ended Philly’s next drive, as Raven Greene and Gary combined to bring Carson Wentz down deep in PHI territory, giving Green Bay the ball back once more before halftime.
Rodgers orchestrated yet another scoring drive, this time connecting with tight end Robert Tonyan on a 25-yard pass as the offensive line held their own for what felt like an eternity. As the receivers turned their routes into a scramble drill situation, Tonyan got behind the linebackers in zone coverage and took his route to the far end zone, hauling in the pass and getting Rodgers his second TD pass of the game.
The Eagles tried to get something going with less than a minute left before half, but Wentz and the offense was unable to be on the same page and their efforts amounted to nothing.
Rodgers and the Packers got the ball to start the second half, but were forced into a messy three-and-out situation that saw them gain a measly three yards before booting the ball away.
The Eagles matched GB to start the third quarter, except they went four plays before punting the ball right back to Green Bay, which was downed at the GB 1.
Rodgers ended up leading the Pack on a 99-yard scoring drive, capped off by his 400th career TD pass, fittingly to Adams. This long drive only seven plays and just under 4:30, as Adams hauled in a 42-yard pass off of play action to start the drive from the one-yard line, a gutsy call deep in your own territory.
On this career milestone, Rodgers became the quickest QB in NFL history to throw for 400 touchdowns, only needing 193 games to do so, all the while besting the former record holder in this category, Drew Brees, who achieved this in 205 games.
Even with the missed extra point from Mason Crosby, GB held an insurmountable 20-3 lead, even with how close the game got later on.
Philly punted on their next drive after six plays, and Green Bay drove back down the field after being pinned at their six-yard line and put up a field goal from 40 yards out, with the the drive evenly spread across both the third and fourth quarters (seven plays in each quarter), finishing up around the 11-minute mark in the fourth.
On the previous drive by Philly, rookie QB Jalen Hurts saw time as the only QB on that drive, and the first full drive of the fourth quarter was his as well, as he led the Eagles on a scoring drive, which resulted in a fourth-down TD pass to Greg Ward on a 4th & 18.
GB was forced into a three-and out that had the makings of a late-game collapse written all over it, and that feeling was compounded when rookie WR Jalen Reagor took back the J.K. Scott punt for a 73-yard TD, putting the score at 23-16, after a missing Jake Elliott extra point.
Another three-and-out by Green Bay that earned exactly zero yards gave the ball back to Philly with a chance to tie the game, but the GB defense forced Hurts and company into a punt, which the Packers turned into a quick, two-play scoring drive that had 77 yards come on a Jones run that put the game officially out of reach at 30-16.
Darnell Savage recorded his third interception in the past two games when he made a Superman-like extension for an INT of Hurts as he got rid of the ball to help cap the final drive of the game for Philly after the Jones’ TD run. GB had pressure in their all night, and Preston Smith ended up getting enough of a push to force a bad throw by Hurts to end the game.
While it certainly looked to be an extremely easy game in the first two quarters, there are certainly some elements that Green Bay needs to work on, starting with their special teams schemes and tackling, as well as being able to close out games more efficiently.
Green Bay travels to Detroit for their second-to-last divisional matchup of the season in a mid-afternoon game, the same time slot as what they just had in Week 13.뿓뿓뿓
Mike Johrendt has been an avid fan of the Packers ever since he can remember. He is now a writer at PackersTalk and you can follow him on Twitter at @MJohrendt23