PHILADELPHIA – The Packers posted their seventh loss in the last eight games Sunday night in a 40-33 decision to the Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field.
Here are five takeaways from the defeat, which dropped Green Bay to 4-8 on the season:
1. QB Aaron Rodgers left the game with an injury, but the level of seriousness is unknown.
Rodgers clarified after the game he injured his ribs, not his oblique as was announced to the media, on a couple of hits he took in the second and third quarters.
He left the game and was replaced by Jordan Love, who led the Packers to 10 late points.
Whether or not Rodgers broke any ribs isn't known because he said it was "hard to tell on the X-rays," so another scan will be done in Green Bay on Monday.
Rodgers took himself out of the game because he was having trouble breathing and rotating his upper body, and he also feared he might have punctured a lung, which he did not.
He did not rule out returning to practice this week and playing in Chicago next Sunday, as long as everything checks out OK. There will be more on Rodgers in the postgame editorial.
2. The Packers' defense had an abysmal night.
The Eagles' offense was just too much, rolling up 500 yards, including 363 rushing, the most rushing yards the Packers have allowed in a game since 1977 (vs. Chicago).
Eagles QB Jalen Hurts surpassed 100 yards rushing by the end of the first quarter, finishing with 157 on 17 attempts, prompting nightmare flashbacks to San Francisco QB Colin Kaepernick in the 2012 playoffs. Running back Miles Sanders added 143 on 21 rushes, giving those two 300 rushing yards on the nose.
Head Coach Matt LaFleur was at a loss to explain exactly what went wrong, other than pointing out the team charted at least 15 missed tackles on the night.
"That's tough to stop anything if you have 15 missed tackles," LaFleur said. "It's hard to look at that number. We've got to be better. We have to have a better plan and we have to go out and execute better. That just can't happen in this league."
Green Bay's defense got a fourth-and-1 stop and a long fumble return to set up a score, but otherwise Philadelphia scored on seven of its other eight possessions (five TDs, two FGs) before fittingly closing out the game with three straight runs for a first down.
3. Two early turnovers on offense didn't help either.
In a high-scoring game where every possession mattered, Rodgers threw two interceptions in the first half, one that was deflected and another he regretted throwing because tight end Tyler Davis ran the wrong route.
Backup safety Reed Blankenship cut in front of Davis in the red zone, and Rodgers said he never should've thrown it because Davis should've been running vertically "up the pipe."
In any event, the first interception set up a short field for the Eagles and the second took points off the board for the Packers.
"I thought we had some opportunities in the first half, but we didn't capitalize on every opportunity, and you can't do that against a good football team," LaFleur said.
Those mistakes really stung when the Packers battled back from two scores down to tie the game at 20, and then came back again from two TDs behind to get within 37-30 with nine minutes left.
See scenes from the Sunday night matchup between the Green Bay Packers and Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on Nov. 27, 2022.
4. In the end, Hurts proved why he's in the MVP conversation.
And the Eagles proved why they have the best record in the league at 10-1. As the game wore on, they simply wore the Packers down, and they re-established their comfortable margin every time Green Bay threatened.
The running lanes got bigger, the third downs got easier to convert – Philly was 8-of-15, and also succeeded on a couple of fourth downs – and the Packers never found an answer defensively.
Hurts finished with 310 yards of offense (157 rushing, 153 passing, with two TDs), including a pinpoint 30-yard TD to Quez Watkins at the front pylon in the final seconds of the first half that gave Philly a lead it wouldn't relinquish at 27-20.
"He did a lot of things that are tough to account for," LaFleur said of Hurts. "Certainly we were in some situations capable of making some tackles we didn't make.
"He is an unbelievable talent. You saw it not only on the ground is one thing, but he made some remarkable throws as well."
5. Rookie WR Christian Watson continues to shine as a productive complement to the running backs, but the Packers continue to fall short.
Love's relief appearance was highlighted by a 63-yard TD pass to Watson in the fourth quarter, the rookie second-round pick's sixth touchdown in the last three games.
His speed once again was on display as he took a crossing route the distance by outrunning the defense. He finished with four catches for 110 yards, while running backs Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon combined for two scores (one apiece), along with 107 yards rushing and 80 receiving.
"Christian's been phenomenal," LaFleur said. "He seems to continue to build on his performance from previous weeks. We still have to be creative in terms of how we get him the ball.
"There were some things that were good out there tonight, but ultimately this league is about winning, and nobody cares if …
"There's no moral victories. You have to find a way to win a game, bottom line, and that's collectively all three phases. There were bright spots in all three phases, but ultimately it's not good enough."