The Eagles can run the football as well as any team in the NFL. Sunday night, they ran the ball better than they have in 74 years. Philadelphia totaled 363 rushing yards in a 40-33 win over the Packers, trampling Green Bay’s defense from start to finish to secure their 10th win of the season.
The 363 rushing yards marked the 20th-highest single-game total in NFL history and fell 13 yards shy of the Eagles’ franchise record set in 1948. Jalen Hurts ran for more than 100 yards in the first quarter alone and finished with 157 — the fifth-highest total in NFL history by a quarterback in a game.
Despite Hurts’ early dominance, the Packers hung with the Eagles. Green Bay overcame a two-touchdown deficit to take a 14-13 lead late in the first, and the game was tied until the final minute of the first half.
Once the second half arrived, the Packers just couldn’t keep pace. The Eagles’ relentless offense opened up a two-possession lead, and then an oblique injury ended Packers QB Aaron Rodgers’ night early.
While his backup, Jordan Love, made a strong impression in the fourth quarter, giving Green Bay a chance with a 63-yard touchdown pass to Christian Watson, the Packers’ inability to contain the Eagles’ rushing attack was the difference in the end.
The Eagles (10-1) are the first team to 10 wins this season. They maintain a one-game lead over the Vikings for the NFC’s No. 1 seed. The Packers, meanwhile, are inching closer to elimination. At 4-8, they sit three games out of a playoff spot with five games remaining and may not have Rodgers healthy for the foreseeable future.
The Sporting News tracked live scoring updates and highlights as Philadelphia hosted Green Bay on “Sunday Night Football.” Check out all of the key moments you might’ve missed from the Week 12 matchup.
11:30 p.m. — Fittingly, it’s Miles Sanders who gets the first down and prevents the Packers from getting a chance. The Eagles can kneel it out. Philadelphia is the first team to 10 wins this season, while Green Bay’s hopes are all but gone at 4-8.
11:20 p.m. TWO-MINUTE WARNING — Keisean Nixon tries to give the Packers some hope with a nice return out to midfield. It’ll still take a touchdown and an onside kick to have a chance at overtime.
11:11 p.m. — Miles Sanders continues to shred Green Bay’s defense, running through defenders for a first down. The Eagles are hoping they don’t have to face a potential Jordan Love game-tying drive.
11:06 p.m. TOUCHDOWN — Wow! Love finds Watson, who runs down the sideline for a 63-yard touchdown to make it a one-possession game. Is that the duo of the future in Green Bay?
11:00 p.m. FIELD GOAL — Jake Elliott connects on a short field goal to extend the lead to 14. That at least keeps the game within reach if the Packers can step up with Love under center.
10:50 p.m. — Sirianni goes for it on 4th & 2 and converts. The Eagles keep the Packers off the field for some more minutes, which is just as important at this point as scoring.
10:40 p.m. — Rodgers is headed to the locker room. Let’s see if this is a temporary stop or a Jordan Love situation. Of course, an Eagles touchdown here could lead the Packers to just play it safe.
10:39 p.m. FIELD GOAL — Matt LaFleur was all set to go for it on fourth down, but a false start penalty forces his hand. Crosby nails the 29-yard field goal. Still a two-possession game.
10:33 p.m. — The broadcast says Rodgers was receiving medical attention on his ribs on the sideline. That’s a painful combination with the thumb injury. Packers are moving the ball, though.
10:27 p.m. TOUCHDOWN — The Eagles go up by two scores! Hurts finds A.J. Brown for the touchdown to make it a 34-20 game. That’s Hurts’ second touchdown pass of the night.
10:24 p.m. — In the second quarter, DeVonta Smith turned a 3rd & 12 into 4th & 1. Now he turns a 3rd & 12 into a first down. That’s what makes this offense so dangerous. Eagles are on the doorstep.
10:21 p.m. — Another big run for Sanders! He goes for 28 yards to bring the Eagles well into Green Bay territory. Sanders is Philadelphia’s second 100-yard rusher of the night.
10:18 p.m. — The Eagles have a chance to make their lead comfortable here. Can the Packers stop the rushing attack? They surrendered 183 yards on the ground in the first half.
9:59 p.m. — The Packers will get the ball to open the second half, and it feels like they could really use some quick points if they want to keep up with Philadelphia’s offense.
9:56 p.m. TOUCHDOWN — Why settle for the field goal? Hurts hits Quez Watkins for the 30-yard touchdown to give the Eagles a 27-20 lead ahead of halftime. That’s a drive to be proud of if you’re Nick Sirianni.
Hurts to Watkins! @Eagles score before the half 🙌@JalenHurts | #FlyEaglesFly 📺: #GBvsPHI on NBC 📱: Stream on NFL+ https://t.co/FRZHlv4OoL pic.twitter.com/cfhPosiT4Q
9:52 p.m. — Nice play by DeVonta Smith to get near the first down marker, but he’s just short. Sirianni will go for it here with time ticking away on the half.
9:43 p.m. — This time the Packers aren’t so lucky. The Eagles swarm Rodgers and sack him for the second time of the drive. Fletcher Cox is credited with the takedown.
9:31 p.m. TOUCHDOWN — Rodgers makes another great throw, this time finding Jones in the end zone for a 23-yard touchdown. Mason Crosby misses the extra point, which means we’re tied. Fitting.
9:28 p.m. FUMBLE — A huge mistake by the Eagles. A.J. Brown is stripped of the ball, and Quay Walker runs it all the way back to the Eagles’ 13-yard line. Tremendous return by Walker. Green Bay can take the lead here.
9:20 p.m. INTERCEPTION — Woah, Reed Blakenship comes out of nowhere to pick off Rodgers. He was shot out of a cannon on that play. Eagles squash a big opportunity for the Packers’ offense.
9:08 p.m. — There goes Jalen Hurts! Hurts runs 41 yards and nearly scores the game’s fifth touchdown. He’s over 100 rushing yards in the quarter, and the Eagles are knocking on the door.
42 yard run is the longest of Jalen Hurts young career 💨 He has 104 rushing yards in the first quarter 3 third down conversions with his legspic.twitter.com/N1iwj3W2BA
9:03 p.m. TOUCHDOWN — Rodgers’ thumb didn’t look like a problem there. Excellent throw to find Randall Cobb in the end zone and give the Packers an unlikely first quarter lead.
8:59 p.m. — Green Bay ran the perfect play. Rodgers completes it to Christian Watson to take the Packers down to the 11-yard line, and C.J. Gardner-Johnson is down for the Eagles.
8:54 p.m. — What a mess. The snap never gets into Hurts’ possession and the Eagles come up short. The Packers suddenly have the ball in Philadelphia territory.
AJ Dillon adds a rushing TD 😤 If you like rushing yards, this is the quarter for [email protected] | #GoPackGo 📺: #GBvsPHI on NBC 📱: Stream on NFL+ https://t.co/FRZHlv4OoL pic.twitter.com/HCfWXQiDha
8:39 p.m. TOUCHDOWN — The Eagles’ running game is getting anything it wants right now. Miles Sanders takes it 15 yards into the end zone for another touchdown. Jake Elliott misses the extra point.
Miles Sanders runs it in for 6! Eagles up 13-0 through 6 minutes 👀 📺: #GBvsPHI on NBC 📱: Stream on NFL+ https://t.co/FRZHlv4OoL pic.twitter.com/SaxHzdpJ8K
8:36 p.m. INTERCEPTION — Aaron Rodgers escapes pressure, but his pass bounces off of Darius Slay and into the arms of Josiah Scott for the turnover. The Eagles have excellent field position.
8:09 p.m. — Aaron Rodgers revealed this week he’s been playing through a fractured thumb, and NFL Network reported Sunday he’s dealing with an avulsion fracture which typically requires surgery.
8:02 p.m. — The Eagles are looking to become the first team to reach 10 wins this season. It would be their first double-digit win season since the championship 2017 season.
The game will be broadcast nationally on NBC in the U.S.. Mike Tirico (play-by-play), Cris Collinsworth (color commentary) and Melissa Stark (sideline reporter) will be on the call from Philadelphia.
source: Sporting News