Green Bay Packers (5-6) 27, Philadelphia Eagles (5-6) 13
Monday November 28th 2016 (at Philadelphia)
GAME RECAP (ASSOCIATED PRESS)
(PHILADELPHIA) - Aaron Rodgers threw two touchdown passes to Davante Adams and the Green Bay Packers beat the Philadelphia Eagles 27-13 Monday night to snap a four-game losing streak. Rodgers had 313 yards passing and Adams had 113 yards receiving to help send Philadelphia (5-6) to its first home loss this season. The Packers (5-6) kept their sinking playoff hopes alive but they're still two games behind the Lions (7-4) in the NFC North. "Winning is very difficult in this league, and we haven't had the feeling in 5 weeks," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. "We missed it. It felt good. It's a product of December football. We're getting ready to go into the toughest days of the season, and you need these wins." Carson Wentz had 254 yards passing, ran for a score and threw an interception. The last-place Eagles are 2-6 since a 3-0 start. Rodgers came out firing and led the Packers on consecutive touchdown drives to start the game. Rodgers extended the opening drive by running twice for 25 yards and tossed a 12-yard TD pass to Adams for a 7-0 lead. After the Eagles answered on Wentz's 1-yard TD run , Rodgers led another 75-yard scoring drive. He threw a perfect 20-yard TD pass to Adams to give the Packers a 14-7 lead early in the second quarter. Nolan Carroll had excellent coverage on the play, but Rodgers put the ball in a tight spot and hit Adams in stride in the back of the end zone. Aaron Ripkowski's 1-yard TD run early in the fourth quarter extended Green Bay's lead to 24-13. The Eagles had allowed only three touchdowns at home while outscoring opponents 108-38 in their first four games at Lincoln Financial Field. Green Bay gave up at least 30 points in each of its previous four games, including 89 in the last two. But the defense harassed Wentz and shut down the Eagles' inconsistent offense. Philadelphia's Caleb Sturgis kicked field goals of 48 and 50 yards while Green Bay's Mason Crosby connected from 33 and 32 yards.
THEY SAID IT: McCarthy on Rodgers: "His positive attitude has been consistent through all this time. He's grown as a quarterback since the start of 2008, and grown as a person all the way through. He's an excellent leader, always has been." Wentz: "We struggled to get in a rhythm and we couldn't stay on the field."
KEY STATS: The Packers were 10 for 14 on third down and 1 for 1 on fourth. The Eagles had no sacks and no takeaways.
NOT AGAIN: Eagles DT Fletcher Cox, an All-Pro last year, committed his third roughing-the-passer penalty to extend an opponent's drive this season. The first two led to TDs in losses at Detroit (24-23) and at Washington (27-20). His late hit on Rodgers in the third quarter allowed Green Bay to keep the ball and Ripkowski scored several plays later. "It was close and that's how they called it," Cox said. "They have to protect the quarterbacks."
HIGHLIGHT PLAY: Rodgers and Adams connected for another eye-popping play in the third quarter. Adams was covered well on a deep pass, but Rodgers threw it in the right spot and Adams made an outstanding over-the-shoulder catch for a 50-yard gain.
BAD THROW: The Eagles drove to Green Bay's 45 on the first possession of the second half before Wentz badly overthrew Zach Ertz and was intercepted by Ha Ha Clinton-Dix . The turnover led to a field goal for the Packers.
CHALLENGING: Eagles coach Doug Pederson challenged a 2-yard catch in the third quarter — and won — so the Packers had a second-and-10 instead of second-and-8. But the untimely challenge meant Pederson couldn't toss the red flag the rest of the game.
INJURIES: Eagles WR Jordan Matthews injured his right ankle making a twisting catch in the second quarter. He briefly returned to start the third quarter before leaving the game for good. DE Marcus Smith left with a shoulder injury. RG Brandon Brooks was hospitalized with an illness and Isaac Seumalo made his first career start in his place. ... Packers LB Clay Matthews left the game with a shoulder injury on Philadelphia's first drive, but came back.
HONORED: Merrill Reese, the Eagles' play-by-play radio announcer for the last 40 seasons, and four-time Pro Bowl middle linebacker Jeremiah Trotter were inducted into the team's Hall of Fame at halftime.
                         GREEN BAY  PHILADELPHIA
First downs                     25            20
Rushes-yards                 28-74         18-81
Net Passing yards              313           211
Passing (Att-Comp-Int)     39-30-0       36-24-1
Sacked-Yards Lost              0-0          4-43
Punts-Average               1-43.0        2-35.5
Fumbles                        1-0           1-0
Penalties-Yards               7-51          7-42
Time of Possession           35:23         24:37
GREEN BAY    -  7   7   3  10 - 27
PHILADELPHIA -  7   3   3   0 - 13
1st - GB - Davante Adams, 12-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
1st - PHIL - Carson Wentz, 1-yard run (Caleb Sturgis kick) TIED 7-7
2nd - GB - Adams, 20-yard pass from Rodgers (Crosby kick) GREEN BAY 14-7
2nd - PHIL - Sturgis, 48-yard field goal GREEN BAY 14-10
3rd - GB - Crosby, 33-yard field goal GREEN BAY 17-10
3rd - PHIL - Sturgis, 50-yard field goal GREEN BAY 17-13
4th - GB - Aaron Ripowski, 1-yard run (Crosby kick) GREEN BAY 24-13
4th - GB - Crosby, 32-yard field goal GREEN BAY 27-13
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - James Starks 17-41, Aaron Rodgers 6-36, Christian Michael 1-4, Ty Montgomery 1-2, Aaron Ripowski 3-1 1 TD
PHILADELPHIA - Wendell Smallwood 9-37, Carson Wentz 4-33 1 TD, Darren Sproles 3-6, Bryce Treggs 1-3, Kenjon Barner 1-2
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Aaron Rodgers 39-30-313 2 TD
PHILADELPHIA - Carson Wentz 36-24-254 1 INT
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - Jordy Nelson 8-91, Randall Cobb 6-41, Davante Adams 5-113 2 TD, James Starks 5-27, Aaron Ripowski 2-15, Richard Rodgers 2-12, Jared Cook 1-7, Jeff Janis 1-7
PHILADELPHIA - Dorial Green-Beckham 6-82, Darren Sproles 5-48, Jordan Matthews 4-47, Zach Ertz 3-36, Trey Burton 3-10, Bryce Treggs 1-11, Kenjon Barner 1-10, Wendell Smallwood 1-10
NFC NORTH DIVISION STANDINGS
Detroit   7  4  0 .636 247  238
Minnesota 6  5  0 .545 233  209
GREEN BAY 5  6  0 .455 274  289
Chicago   2  9  0 .182 178  264

AROUND THE NFC NORTH - WEEK 12
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 24TH
DETROIT 16, Minnesota 13 - Darius Slay dropped into coverage as if he was going to cover a deep route and pounced on an opportunity to help the Lions come back to win another game. Slay intercepted Sam Bradford's pass from the left hash across the field to help send the Lions into sole possession of first place in the NFC North. Slay returned the interception 13 yards with 30 seconds left to set up Matt Prater's 40-yard field goal as time expired, lifting the Lions to a 16-13 win over the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday. Minnesota could have stuck with the conservative approach it took on offense for much of the game and played for overtime on its last drive, but coach Mike Zimmer allowed Bradford to pass and Slay made him regret it. "I knew they were going to throw," Slay said. "They didn't want overtime. They know what happened last time." Earlier this month, Prater made a game-tying 58-yard field goal at the end of regulation at Minnesota and the Lions won in overtime. Slay, a standout cornerback, who calls himself "Big Play Slay," fooled Bradford by coming up and stepping in front of Adam Thielen to pick off the pass. "I wish I could have seen him fall off the outside route and come back in," Bradford said. The Lions (7-4) have won six of seven, including two against Minnesota this month and four of the wins have come on Prater's field goals, despite trailing in the fourth quarter of every game this season. Slay sealed the first victory during the successful stretch with an interception late in the game on Oct. 9 against Philadelphia. "He's as good as they come in those situations," Lions coach Jim Caldwell said. "He's kind of got a knack for it. He's a bit of a riverboat gambler." Detroit extended its NFL record of having its first 11 games decided by seven or fewer points. "They come from behind every week, so when we took the lead in the fourth quarter, we knew the game wasn't over," Minnesota tight end Kyle Rudolph said. "We had to keep playing, but we didn't make enough plays." The Vikings (6-5) have lost five of six, plummeting out of first place after surging to the top of the division by winning their first five games.
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 27TH
Tennessee 27, CHICAGO 21 - Marcus Mariota and the Tennessee Titans were hoping the final five games would vault them to the top of the AFC South and into the playoffs. They're off to a good start. For that, they can thank one dropped pass in the end zone. Mariota threw for 226 yards and two touchdowns, and the Titans hung on to beat the depleted Chicago Bears 27-21 on Sunday. The Titans (6-6) gave their playoff hopes a boost, though they watched as Chicago (2-9) cut a 20-point lead to six in the fourth quarter. Matt Barkley, starting for the injured Jay Cutler, led the late surge. The Bears had a first down at the Tennessee 7 in the final minute when Josh Bellamy dropped a pass in the end zone . Barkley's next three attempts fell incomplete, preserving the win for Tennessee. ''I'm beating myself up because I expect more out of myself,'' Bellamy said. The Titans moved one-half game out of first place in the AFC South when Houston lost to San Diego. ''That's all you want,'' Mariota said. ''You want an opportunity this time of the year to get a
chance to (win) a division title and maybe make a run at the playoffs. That's all you can really ask for.'' Mariota, putting together one of the best seasons ever by a Titans quarterback, came through with another solid performance. The second-year pro completed 15 of 23 passes and threw for multiple touchdowns in his eighth straight game. Rishard Matthews added 64 yards receiving, including a diving touchdown grab near the end of the first half. Delanie Walker had three catches for 50 yards and a touchdown, and the Titans headed into their bye on a winning note after losing at Indianapolis last week. With Cutler nursing a right shoulder injury, the Bears were forced to give Barkley his first career start. The former Southern California star struggled before coming on strong down the stretch, going 28 for 54 for 316 yards with the first three touchdowns of his career and two interceptions. ''Even though we lost, it's encouraging at the same time to see how these guys fought and how they really banded together to play for each other,'' Barkley said. ''It was cool to see. So I think just moving on from here, knowing that we can win, that we have guys on the team that can win games, just making sure that we don't shoot ourselves in the foot. I think that's the goal from here on out.'' Barkley got picked off by Wesley Woodyard with the ball on the Tennessee 16 in the second quarter, and he was intercepted in the end zone by Da'Norris Searcy early in the third. He did, however, throw a 6-yard touchdown to Deonte Thompson with just over three minutes left to cut it to 27-21. The Bears got the ball back on their 35 with 1:56 remaining after the Titans went three-and-out. But they couldn't complete the comeback. ''It was quite a ride,'' Titans coach Mike Mularkey said. ''Like I said, a lot of these games are like a whitewater.''