Packers Had Opportunities, Came Up Short

The Packers suffered their first loss of the season Thursday, as their final two drives against the Eagles stalled inside the five

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
September 27, 2019 - 9:17 am
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Don’t be surprised if the Green Bay Packers didn’t get much sleep last night. They got inside the 5-yard-line on their final two drives against the Philadelphia Eagles but failed to come away with points either time. They lost 34-27.

On the first drive, the Packers had first-and-goal at the 1 – and threw the ball four straight times. On the second drive, the Packers had second-and-goal at the 3 – and Aaron Rodgers threw an interception. Marquez Valdes-Scantling was unable to come up with the catch, which ricocheted right into the waiting hands of Eagles linebacker Nigel Bradham.

“The tough thing for the Packers on that first drive, Davante (Adams) had a career game tonight – 10 catches, 180 yards – he comes down with that toe injury, so then you’re first-and-goal without him on the field,” Reporter Wes Hodkiewic said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “They went for it (on fourth down and were) unable to punch it in. The main thing here, as Rodgers said afterward, they had opportunities; they just weren’t able to capitalize on them.”

Rodgers was stellar for most of the evening. He finished 34-of-53 for 422 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. He was also the Packers’ leading rusher, totaling 46 yards on five carries.

The Eagles completely shut down Aaron Jones, who had just 21 yards on 13 carries.

“Philadelphia, up front, they looked really stout,” Hodkiewic said. “They were able to match the Packers in the trenches. When the Packers did want to go to the pass, they had a lot of success, but in the red zone, it was a little bit of a different situation.”

The Eagles (2-2) avoided falling to 1-3, while the Packers (3-1) suffered their first loss of the season. Where do the Packers go from here?

“I think the big thing that LaFleur and Rodgers – and really the locker room in general – talked about afterwards was just making sure they stay the course,” Hodkiewic said. “There were missed opportunities, but kind of learning from them. I think throughout the course of that game, the offense saw a lot of different areas in which it made some progress and had some breakthroughs. It was just finally capitalizing and getting in the end zone where they came up a little short.”

The Packers play the Cowboys (3-0) in Dallas on Oct. 6. Kickoff is at 4:25 p.m. ET.