PHILADELPHIA – Jalen Hurts ran for 157 yards to set an Eagles record for a quarterback, and Packers QB Aaron Rodgers suffered an oblique injury in Philadelphia’s 40-33 victory over Green Bay on Sunday night.
Hurts also threw for 153 yards and two touchdowns for the NFC-best Eagles, who moved to 10-1 for the fifth time in history. Miles Sanders ran for 143 yards and two scores as Philadelphia rushed for 363 overall, the second-best total for the franchise.
Rodgers left in the third quarter with his team trailing 34-23 after grimacing his way through a drive that led to a Packers’ field goal. He had already been playing with a broken thumb and took several hard hits.
Rodgers’ replacement, Jordan Love, kept the Packers (4-8) in the game by connecting with Christian Watson for a 63-yard catch-and-run touchdown that cut Philly’s lead to 37-30.
Hurts had 254 combined yards, including 126 on the ground, and threw a TD pass in the first half as the Eagles built a 27-20 lead. He ripped off runs of 42, 28 and 24 yards.
In the second half, he hit A.J. Brown for a 6-yard TD pass and a 34-20 lead that just added to his staggering numbers on one of the great nights ever for an Eagles QB. Hurts topped Michael Vick’s 130 yards rushing set in December 2010 against the New York Giants.
Hurts put on a show in a lively first half that saw two Eagles get their first career picks and both teams miss an extra point while combining for seven touchdowns.
Philadelphia’s high-octane offense had slowed of late — notably during the first loss of the season in the previous home game against Washington and last week’s win over Indianapolis that needed a fourth-quarter rally — but Hurts put the Packers on notice with early rushes that would make an All-Pro running back envious. He ran for 52 yards on the opening drive and set up Kenneth Gainwell’s 4-yard TD.
Then the game got wild. Rodgers had his second pass attempt batted by cornerback Darius Slay and snagged by Josiah Scott for his first career pick. Three plays later, Sanders scored on a 15-yard run. But Jake Elliott missed the PAT.
Hurts, though, closed the half with a 42-yard run and a 1-yard run, close enough to the end zone to set up Sanders’ 2-yard scoring run on the first play of the second quarter.
Jalen Hurts ran for 24 and 27 yards during the Eagles’ opening drive which resulted in a touchdown. Philadelphia led 7-0 with the extra point with 11:19 remaining in the first quarter.
A Rodgers to Randall Cobb touchdown pass added 6 for the Packers. Mason Crosby’s extra point put Green Bay in the lead 14-13 with about 3 minutes left in the first.
The Eagles fumbled as Rudy Ford stripped the ball away, and Quay Walker recovered, leading to a 63-yard fumble return. Rodgers fired into the end zone to Aaron Jones for the touchdown. Crosby’s extra point attempt was no good, and the game was tied at 20 with 7:41 left in the first half.
Starting the second half, Packers’ Keisean Nixon had the longest kick return for Green Bay this season for 52 yards. Unfortunately, the Packers’ offense ended up going 3 and out.
Aaron Rodgers appeared to be in a fair amount of pain in the third quarter; the broadcast showed him pointing to his ribs and grimacing. This, in addition to his broken thumb on this throwing hand. The Packers said he suffered an oblique injury and was questionable to return.
Love connected with Christian Watson who ran for the touchdown, his sixth in the last three games. Crosby’s extra point was good, cutting the Eagles’ lead to 37-30.
source: FOX 6 Milwaukee