GREEN BAY — The Philadelphia Eagles flew into Lambeau Field for a primetime showdown with the 3-0 Green Bay Packers on Thursday night, Sept. 26. After a battle on the gridiron, the Eagles were victorious — putting the first blemish on the Packers’ record this season. The final score, 34-27 Philadelphia.
The Packers won the toss and deferred. Around 7:20 p.m., the Packers kicked off to the Eagles — and got this game underway.
After the Eagles failed to score on their first possession, Green Bay running back Jamaal Williams was taken off the field on a stretcher, after taking a helmet-to-helmet hit from Philadelphia defensive end Derek Barnett on the first offensive play of the game for the Packers.
A short time later, Green Bay struck first. The team capped a 74-yard drive with a 3-yard touchdown run by Aaron Jones. The Packers went up, 7-0, with 10:36 in the first quarter.
On the Packers’ second drive, Aaron Rodgers tried multiple times to punch the pigskin into the endzone. But in the end, Green Bay settled for a field goal. Mason Crosby hit from 30 yards out to put the Packers up 10-0 at the beginning of the second quarter.
On the very next drive, the Eagles pounded the ball down the field. Philadelphia quarterback Carson Wentz fired a 6-yard touchdown pass to Alshon Jeffery. That tightened up the score — Packers still up, 10-7.
With about eight-and-a-half minutes left in the second quarter, Crosby nailed another field goal — this one from 31 yards — to stretch the Packers’ lead, 13-7.
With a little less than three minutes left in the first half, Carson Wentz punched in another touchdown pass, this time to Dallas Goedert. That put the Eagles up by one, 14-13.
After a Rodgers fumble on the next drive, the Eagles drove down the field quickly — and scored another touchdown. It was Eagles 21-13 over Green Bay.
But then Green Bay struck back. Rodgers guided the Packers 70 yards down the field in just 50 seconds — and capped it all off with a 19-yard touchdown pass to Geronimo Allison. The Packers closed the gap — it was 21-20 Eagles at the half.
The Packers got the ball first in the second half — but were unable to capitalize on that possession.
Philadelphia then stormed down the field. Carson Wentz hit for a touchdown pass to Jordan Howard. The Eagles opted to try for a 2-point conversion — but failed to convert. With 9:12 left in the third quarter, it was Eagles on top, 27-20.
The Packers tied it up late in the third quarter — when Rodgers hooked up with Jimmy Graham. The 14-yard touchdown pass tied up the score, 27-27.
Philadelphia continued to put the pressure on Green Bay late in the third quarter. Jordan Howard pushed a two-yard run into the endzone, putting the Eagles up once again, 34-27.
The Packers threatened with less than two minutes on the clock. But a deflected pass by Rodgers ended up in the hands of one of the Philadelphia Eagles — which capped off the game. The Packers fall to 3-1 on the season — with the 34-27 loss to the Eagles.
Injury update (prior to game)
Green Bay outside linebacker Za’Darius Smith, who was questionable with a knee injury, is active and started against Philadelphia.
Green Bay also will be without starters defensive lineman Montravius Adams and inside linebacker Oren Burks. Adams is sidelined with a shoulder injury, while Burks has yet to make his regular-season debut after partially tearing a pectoral muscle in the preseason opener.
DeSean Jackson will miss his second straight game for the Eagles with an abdominal injury.
Receiver Jake Kumerow (shoulder), running back Dexter Williams, cornerback Ka’dar Hollman (neck) and guards Cole Madison and Adam Pankey are also out for the Packers.
Quarterback Nate Sudfeld (wrist), cornerback Ronald Darby (hamstring), defensive end Shareef Miller, guards Nate Herbig and Matt Pryor and defensive tackle Tim Jernigan (foot) are sidelined for Philadelphia.