Rodgers, defense step up as Packers snap losing streak

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A four-game losing streak is over, and the Packers are headed to December still alive in the NFC North race.

A banged-up defense delivered a big performance, and quarterback Aaron Rodgers was masterful on third down as the Packers topped the Eagles, 27-13.

Rodgers completed eight of his first nine third-down passes and also ran twice to convert. Rodgers and Davante Adams connected on touchdown passes on the Packers’ first two drives, and the Packers never trailed.

Rodgers became the first quarterback to throw for 300 yards on the Eagles this season. The Packers dominated the time of possession and a touchdown run by Aaron Ripkowski early in the fourth quarter made it a two-score game. It was the first rushing touchdown by a Packers running back this season.

The Eagles scored their only touchdown on their first drive of the night. The Packers defense sacked Carson Wentz four times, intercepted him to stop a third-quarter drive and the Eagles never really sustained any momentum. The Packers finished 10-of-14 in converting third downs and held the Eagles to just a field goal in the second half.

The Packers have now won 29 straight while leading after three quarters, the longest current streak in the league. At 5-6, the Packers are two games behind the Lions and one behind the Vikings in the NFC North race. The Packers play those two teams in their last two games.

Rodgers had his knee and/or hamstring checked on the sideline in the third quarter — the Packers went as far as to take Rodgers under a tent on the sideline to keep TV cameras away — but didn’t miss a snap. He finished 30-of-39 for 313 yards and wasn’t sacked or intercepted.

The Eagles lost at home for the first time this season. They’re 5-6 and would need plenty of help — and much better from their offense — to make the playoffs.

62 responses to “Rodgers, defense step up as Packers snap losing streak

  1. I remember when everyone was saying how stupid the Browns were for not reaching for Carson Wentz. I’m sure many still are. Yet, Cody Kessler has performed better when on the field.

  2. Wentz and defense look good. Keep telling yourself you have something in Philly. Enjoy the loss. Good night.

  3. Great strategy by Rodgers and McCarthy, keep that awful defense off the field as long as possible. Eagles are hot and cold and went cold today and only put up 13 on the Pack. Big win for GB, maybe its time to scale back the Wentz hype a little.

  4. But but but I thought Wentz was the next Peyton Manning after beating the vaunted defenses of the Browns Jags and Steelers in the first 3 games. Did the media lie to me again?

  5. We will take it…..should get Ryan back at linebacker next week. So much for the demise of Rodgers…..

  6. Matthews is the difference maker for that Packer defense. I think GB has a good chance to get hot down the stretch now that he’s back.

  7. The two deciding plays were the horrendous snap when Philly was driving and the horrific ball skills of Nolan Carroll on the 2nd Adams’ TD. Any DB with even below average ball skills would have picked that or at least knocked it down. I won’t talk about the refs since we all already know.

    Either way, the Packers will likely be out of it long before their final two games against the Vikings and Lions since Houston or Seattle will likely hand GB their 7th and/or 8th losses.

    If I were a Packer fan, I’d be extremely nervous that Ted and Mike may do just enough to keep their jobs and waste even more of Aaron’s career. It stinks when you want you team to do well but know they have to do poorly to get rid of the GM/coach.

  8. I promise you, the division will come down to those last two games. Green Bay will win both and win the division. It’s all set up for the “everybody counted us out” narrative. Just wait and watch it happen. And if Green Bay plays in any indoor stadiums in the playoffs (and superbowl in Houston), they’ll win huge. Rodgers is the best indoor quarterback in NFL history.

  9. Good game tonight, 27-13. Petty close to the margin of victory when the queens played the Eagles in Philadelphia, well except that time the Eagles won lol. Perfect Wisconsin football weekend, Vikings chocked in Detroit, Badgers win the BIG west title, ground the lowly gophers into the turf, and the Packers tie up 2nd place in the Central. Yeah I know Heidi’s, you beat the Pack (your only NFC Central win) but the Pack is 3-1 in the division and you have to play in our house next time. I can already feel the trembling from the other side of the Miss.

  10. shiftyshellshocked says:
    Nov 28, 2016 11:43 PM

    The Packers didn’t beat the Eagles the Eagles beat themselves.

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    Reminds me of the famous break-up line, “It isn’t you, it’s me.”

    No one buys it.

  11. Thank you Green Bay for making sure we all get another year before the clowns in Philly begin construction on their Lombardi Trophy case. 0 for 51!

  12. “How is YOUR team playing now? Mine just whipped the Eagles in their house when no one else could. We’re right there, and they’re petrified”

    MY team is doing just fine, I hope the Packers make it to the Superbowl so Derek Carr can show Rodgers who’s the MVP now

  13. Best game they have played in quite awhile, actually. I still don’t think the defense played great, a lot of wide open guys in the middle of the field. Plus plenty of penalties on 3rd and longs. Definitely a start though.

    AR played like AR. He was on point tonight. He has been playing great though, just look at the numbers.

    GB has a few tough games left, but so do DET and MIN. It could get interesting, but I won’t hold my breath just yet. The defense still looks really vulnerable, but the offense is starting to click. It can be done.

    toodlez

  14. Packers fan.
    Wow. Packers win one game after a streak of losing and already we are in the playoffs?
    First we have to get there and then even if we do, guess what?
    We lose yet another playoff game.
    Until we get back to the SB, expect the Pack to be seasonal playoff losers and an overrated team.
    Sorry, but I have zero faith with McMoron as our head coach.

  15. Eagles had no WRs to expose that lame secondary. Seattle and Detroit will.

    Enjoy the feel-good win.

    You’re still not running the table with that defense.

  16. taintedsaints2009 says:
    Nov 28, 2016 11:47 PM
    I promise you, the division will come down to those last two games. Green Bay will win both and win the division. It’s all set up for the “everybody counted us out” narrative. Just wait and watch it happen. And if Green Bay plays in any indoor stadiums in the playoffs (and superbowl in Houston), they’ll win huge. Rodgers is the best indoor quarterback in NFL history.

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    since Rodgers plays outside in the Frozen Tundra, I would love to hear how you came up with that assumption.

    PS: he aint going to Seattle and winning

  17. trozenfundra says:
    Nov 28, 2016 11:49 PM
    Good game tonight, 27-13. Petty close to the margin of victory when the queens played the Eagles in Philadelphia, well except that time the Eagles won lol. Perfect Wisconsin football weekend, Vikings chocked in Detroit, Badgers win the BIG west title, ground the lowly gophers into the turf, and the Packers tie up 2nd place in the Central. Yeah I know Heidi’s, you beat the Pack (your only NFC Central win) but the Pack is 3-1 in the division and you have to play in our house next time. I can already feel the trembling from the other side of the Miss.
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    Oops, got confused for a second. We’re still 2 games back. That’ll change though. To play the game the Packers did tonight against a pretty good team in their house show’s this season isn’t over and the Central is still open. Was still a great weekend

  18. Doesn’t matter how well the Packers play there will always be a few belligerent Viking fans here to tell us how much the team still sucks. It’s as sure as the sunrise tomorrow. What sad lonely lives they lead. I imagine Contra as Randy on South Park.

  19. Viking fans questioning the refs .. they have been giving your team calls all yr .. the overrated one Xavier Rhodes holds on every play and gets away with it.

    Packers still need to get rid of ted his drafts have been horrible and his exclusion from fa is unacceptable,

  20. Wow. Pack fans are bragging about beating the Eagles. .

    Really not a special win. And your last as well.

    Packers will be 5-11 this season

  21. Green Bay’s worst football is behind them. That’s a sweet fact no other NFCN team can claim.

    How many poor dogs got kicked tonight in MN? And who’s taking home 3rd place in the black and blue division? Yeah, we all know who….

  22. You’d be hard-pressed to name the 2nd WR on most teams. But Green Bay’s collection of talent at the position allows them to go anywhere with their short passing game. It’s the one way they can win consistently with Lacy sidelined. Not many other teams can make that claim.

    I’d love to see Eddie sign a 2-year “prove it” deal this offseason. I can only think how much better the offense can play with him added to this lineup.

    GoPackGo!!!

  23. This game was all Rodgers. The Pack were the beneficiaries of many favorable call by the zebras but a W is a W. Regardless of how this season winds up, McCarthy must go.

  24. Anybody taking shots at Carson Wentz obviously isn’t paying any attention. His #1receiver is a decent #3 on any team with actual #1 and #2 receivers. Patchwork offensive line and no real 20 carry a game running back. Other than those facts, yeah, he’s not what we thought he was after 3 games.

  25. I miss the days of Reid and McNabb. Philly got sick of Andy and ran him out of town. Reid wasn’t the problem. Who has done more with bad QB’s? Look where he’s at now and why he can’t move forward. Hope Philly gets good again. Miss the rivalry. The only team in our division not taking advantage of the weak NFC conference.

  26. For everyone dissing Wentz, he’s a rookie. If the coaching is right, and they can build around him, the Eagles have a future and “might” actually win a SB. I’m a life long Cowboys fan and love to see our division become relevant again.

    Be honest, our division has looked good this year but we all know that all of the NFL has been weak this year.

    I’m ready to get back to good old smash mouth football. But guess that’s not going to happen until the owners realize it and Goodell goes.

  27. jimmysee says:
    Nov 28, 2016 11:51 PM

    Reminds me of the famous break-up line, “It isn’t you, it’s me.”

    No one buys it.

    _____________________

    My ex wife tried telling me that one but it was really her.

  28. When other teams have injuries blame the injuries.. when Philly has 3 starting O linemen and starting RB out it’s just that we aren’t that good. SMH

  29. 3 teams from the NFC East will be in the playoffs this year; guess which one will be left out?

    Cowboys? Nope
    Giants? Nope
    Redskins? Nope
    Eagles? lol

  30. What I love is the fact that the Viking trolls are out in force. Just remember, it wasn’t the Packers that started out 5-0, it wasn’t the Packers that went 1-6 over the last 7 games (I’m already counting on the Vikings losing to the Cowboys)

    After next Sunday, the Packers and the Vikings will have the same record but not the same chance to advance to the playoffs. Losing to the Lions twice in the same year does that to you.

  31. If the Refs wanted to help the packers as many of you claim, why didn’t they call the obvious holding penalty up the sideline where Jordy nelson almost made the one hand catch?

    Missed calls happen. The refs are barely good enough to call a good game, let alone fix one.

  32. ANOTHER REF AIDED WIN, ALSO EASIEST SCHEDULE IN THE NFL DOESNT HURT
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    What a whiner. Especially coming from someone whose team’s only touchdown last week came from the refs.

  33. xmatt0926x says:
    Nov 29, 2016 3:19 AM

    Anybody taking shots at Carson Wentz obviously isn’t paying any attention. His #1receiver is a decent #3 on any team with actual #1 and #2 receivers. Patchwork offensive line and no real 20 carry a game running back. Other than those facts, yeah, he’s not what we thought he was after 3 games.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    This was my first time seeing Wentz for any extended length of time. He had me frightened for a bit. He’s flat out dangerous. Ignore the trolls.

    ~Packer fan

  34. leatherface2012 says:
    Nov 29, 2016 8:11 AM
    ANOTHER REF AIDED WIN, ALSO EASIEST SCHEDULE IN THE NFL DOESNT HURT
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    Easy schedule. Lets see, we played back to back against teams that beat the queen’s this year. Yeah, that sounds easy.

  35. Eagles beat themselves. Packers didn’t beat them.

    I mean the Packers use that excuse all the time so the Eagles can too.

  36. usdcoyotesfan says:
    Nov 28, 2016 11:39 PM
    Matthews is the difference maker for that Packer defense. I think GB has a good chance to get hot down the stretch now that he’s back.

    ====================================

    Sure, his four tackles brings his total to 18 for the season.

    Overrated

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