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Eagles send Green Bay ‘Packing’ in Thursday Night Thriller

Image Credit: Brian Garfinkel/Philadelphia Eagles
PHILADELPHIA, PA –

The Philadelphia Eagles outlasted the Green Bay Packers in a thrilling Thursday Night Football showdown by a final score of 34-27, and improving their record to 2-2 this season. 

In a game that went back and forth with momentum shifts, lead changes, big penalties, and banged up players, the Eagles were able to leave it all out on the field and win a game that came down to the wire – something they haven’t been able to do in the previous two games. 

No play was bigger than Aaron Rodgers‘ final pass of the game which was intercepted by Nigel Bradham at the goal-line to put a bow tie on this game. 

Jordan Howard and Miles Sanders were nothing short of spectacular after having their fair of underwhelming performances through the first three weeks. The backs combined for 159 yards rushing on 26 carries. Howard finished the game with 3 total touchdowns while is was Miles Sanders who set up the Eagles with a 66-yard kickoff return on their first scoring drive of the game. 

After a shaky first quarter, Carson Wentz played a clean game with three touchdowns and carving up the Packers defense in the middle of the field. One of the most important scores came just before the half when Derek Barnett (who struggled with a few bad penalties tonight) got a hold of Aaron Rodgers and forced a fumble that was recovered by linemate Brandon Graham. The Eagles would take a 21-20 lead into the half.

The defensive secondary struggled once again after being carved up continuously by Aaron Rodgers and Devante Adams, who set a career-high with 180 receiving yards before having to leave the game with a toe injury. 

Doug Pederson capped off a big victory by complimenting his team on a full 60-minute effort in the locker room and a great effort in the red zone holding the Packers to two field goals and a touchdown on seven total trips. 

Injuries once again played a major factor for both teams as Jamaal Williams and Avonte Maddox had to be carted off the field, while Sidney Jones, Davante Adams and even Fletcher Cox missed some time. 

With the win, the Eagles improve to an even record through the first quarter pole of the season and now most importantly, have 10 days to rest up before taking on the New York Jets at home in week five. 

Full Stats Here (via ESPN)

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