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Eagles run Packers' playoff hopes into the ground

The Green Bay Packers' defense gave up over 350 yards on the ground in front of a national audience as they lost their eighth game of the season 40-33.

 

The combination of rushes from Jalen Hurts (157 yards) and Miles Sanders (143 yards) did most of the damage as their long runs set up a pair of touchdowns to put the Eagles up 13-0 early. The Packers would get on the scoreboard later in the first quarter when A.J. Dillion rumbled in from 20 yards out. Aaron Rodgers responded to an early interception to find Randall Cobb in the endzone to put them up 14-13 at the end of the first quarter.

 

The two teams would trade scores early in the second quarter with Sanders scoring for the Eagles and Aaron Jones finding the endzone on a second Rodgers touchdown pass after his second interception. The Jones score was set up after a forced fumble had Quay Walker almost scoring the touchdown himself on a scoop-and-score. The Packers would fail at preserving the tie as the Eagles were able to make it 27-20 with just seconds remaining in the second quarter.

 

The Eagles would make it a two-score game when their defense turned away the Packers on their opening drive of the second half, and Hurts found A.J. Brown in the end zone to make it 34-20. The two teams would trade field goals the rest of the way with one notable exception. After Rodgers hurt his oblique late in the third quarter and was pulled in the fourth quarter, Jordan Love found Christian Watson on a 63-yard pass and catch that brought the Packers to within a score. Love would end his night 6-of-9 for 113 yards and the touchdown pass.

 

Rodgers said after the game that he is not ruling himself out of any game until the Packers' playoff hopes are officially dashed, which could occur next week when they travel to Chicago to face the Bears. 

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