Packers' Aaron Rodgers (12) looks to pass during the first half
of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Monday,
Nov. 28, 2016, in Philadelphia.
Aaron Rodgers showed Carson Wentz
what an elite quarterback can do for his team.
The two-time NFL MVP had a dazzling performance in a game the
Green Bay Packers desperately needed to win. The rookie QB was
inconsistent and made a costly mistake for the Philadelphia Eagles.
Rodgers had 313 yards passing and threw two touchdown passes to
Davante Adams to help the Packers beat the Eagles 27-13 Monday
night, snapping a four-game losing streak.
Wentz was 24 of 36 for 254 yards and threw
an interception in Green Bay territory. He also was sacked four
Wentz didn't have starting running back Ryan Mathews the entire
game, and No. 1 receiver Jordan Matthews missed most of the second
"The way he started the game was exceptional," Eagles coach Doug
Pederson said. "After that, playing with so many guys out, I thought
he managed it extremely well. He stayed calm. He stayed on point."
The Eagles and their fans hope Wentz can someday be on Rodgers'
"I think his ceiling is extremely high and Eagles fans should be
very excited for the future," Rodgers said.
Packers' Davante Adams reacts after scoring a touchdown during
the first half.
Rodgers was outstanding from the start,
leading Green Bay to consecutive TD drives. He made perfect passes
to Adams on both TDs and another on a 50-yard gain in the third
"There's a big difference between 4-7 and 5-6 for sure, but I hope
there's not a ton of relief because we still have a lot of things in
front of us we'd like to accomplish," Rodgers said. "This is a step
in the right direction, a game we needed to take care of business,
but we have a short week with Houston coming in and we have to have
a similar performance."
Here's some things we learned from Green Bay's win over
NO MORE DOMINANCE AT HOME: The Eagles were 4-0 and outscored
opponents 108-38 at home before Rodgers and the Packers came to
town. The Browns, Steelers, Vikings and Falcons combined for the
same amount of TDs (three) as the Packers had against the Eagles.
DEFENSE RISES UP: The Packers had allowed 89 points in the past two
games and at least 30 in each of the previous four, but they
overcame injuries and shut down Philadelphia. Clay Matthews returned
to inside linebacker because Jake Ryan and Blake Martinez were
sidelined. Matthews briefly left with a shoulder injury on the
Eagles' only TD drive.
"I felt natural going back in there," he said.
Eagles' Carson Wentz (11) dives for a touchdown past Green Bay
Packers' Micah Hyde (33) during the first half.
BALL CONTROL: The Packers went 10 for
14 on third downs, 1 for 1 on fourth and dominated time of
possession by an 11-minute advantage. They sealed the game with a
drive that lasted 8:21 in the fourth quarter.
"We have to get off the field on third down," Eagles cornerback
Jalen Mills said.
WENTZ CAN RUN: After managing only 48 yards rushing in the first 10
games, Wentz scrambled four times for 33 yards. He had a 17-yard run
on third-and-6 and got a positive gain after eluding a rusher who
grabbed his facemask for a penalty on another third down.
DYNAMIC DAVANTE: Adams caught five passes for 113 yards and two TDs.
He made excellent catches in difficult spots when Rodgers made
"He's a playmaker. He's grown each and every week and it's fun to
watch," said teammate Jordy Nelson, who had eight receptions for 91
yards. "The more guys we have out there to make plays, the better."
linebacker Clay Matthews injures shoulder
Packers linebacker Clay Matthews is questionable to return after
injuring his shoulder on Philadelphia's first drive Monday night.
Matthews was hurt
when right tackle Allen Barbre leveled him down field. The six-time
Pro Bowl pick went to the sideline to get examined and wasn't on the
field for the next drive.
The Packers already
were missing starting linebackers Jake Ryan and Blake Martinez.