PHILADELPHIA – The Packers tried to go toe-to-toe with the best team in the NFL, but the Eagles' offense was just too much as Philadelphia turned in a 40-33 victory on Sunday night at Lincoln Financial Field.
Packers QB Aaron Rodgers also left the game with an oblique injury in the second half and was replaced by Jordan Love.
With the loss, the Packers dropped to 4-8 on the season. The Eagles are 10-1.
Philadelphia piled up the yardage all night, totaling 500 in all, including 363 on the ground. The Eagles converted 8-of-15 on third down, plus a couple of fourth downs when they got close on third down.
QB Jalen Hurts did a lot of damage early with his legs, rushing for more than 100 yards in the first quarter and finishing with 157 on 17 attempts. RB Miles Sanders added 143 yards on 21 carries with two TDs, RB Kenneth Gainwell had 39 on eight tries with one score, and RB Boston Scott had 24 on three runs.
Hurts also was 16-of-28 for 153 yards with two TDs and a 96.3 passer rating. WR DeVonta Smith had four catches for 50 yards, while WRs A.J. Brown and Quez Watkins each caught a TD pass.
The Eagles led 13-0 and 34-20 and the Packers kept fighting back. Green Bay tied it at 20 in the first half but fell behind 27-20 at intermission.
After Jordan Love's 63-yard TD pass to rookie WR Christian Watson pulled Green Bay within 37-30 with nine minutes left, the Eagles drove for a field goal to go up two scores at 40-30 and essentially salt the game away.
Love drove the Packers down the field again for a field goal with 1:08 left, but the Eagles recovered the onside kick and picked up one more first down to run out the clock.
Before his injury, Rodgers was 11-of-16 for 140 yards with two TDs and two INTs for a 95.8 passer rating. In relief, Love was 6-of-9 for 113 yards with a TD and 146.8 rating, and Watson caught four passes for 110 yards and a score, his sixth TD in the last three games.
RBs AJ Dillon (8-64, TD) and Aaron Jones (12-43) combined for more than 100 yards rushing, with Jones adding three receptions for 56 yards and a TD.
Here's a recap of all the action:
Packers lead Eagles 14-13 after first quarter
The Packers won the opening coin toss and elected to defer. Green Bay had the Eagles in two third-and-long situations, but quarterback Jalen Hurts converted both with his feet, scrambling for 24 yards and 28 yards, respectively, to set up first-and-goal at the Packers' 6.
Philadelphia struck first with Kenneth Gainwell rushing for a 4-yard touchdown to put the Eagles ahead 7-0 with 11 minutes, 19 seconds left in the first quarter.
Philadelphia got the ball back at Green Bay's 29 after Josiah Scott intercepted an Aaron Rodgers third-and-5 pass that got batted in the air. Miles Sanders added to the Eagles' lead with a 15-yard touchdown with 9:02 left in the opening quarter. Jake Elliott missed the extra point.
Keisean Nixon returned the kickoff 38 yards to the Green Bay 41. Aaron Jones gained 10 yards off a short pass from Rodgers to start the drive and then gained another 30 off a screen pass to the Philadelphia 20. AJ Dillon then hit the cutback lane to break a 20-yard touchdown up the middle to cut the Eagles' lead to 13-7 with 6:40 left in the first quarter.
Rookie Kingsley Enagbare tackled Miles Sanders on second down and then stopped Jalen Hurts on his third-and-1 sneak. The Eagles chose to go for it from their own 37. Hurts fumbled the snap and Philadelphia turned the ball over on downs.
Green Bay went for it on fourth-and-5 from the Eagles' 32, with Rodgers hitting rookie receiver Christian Watson across the middle for 21 yards. Eagles safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson was injured on the play.
On the next play, Rodgers hit Randall Cobb in the back of the end zone for an 11-yard touchdown to put the Packers up 14-13 with 3:09 left in the first quarter.
Green Bay's defense had the Eagles in third-and-2 from the 45 before Hurts broke another explosive run with his feet, scrambling 42 yards to the Green Bay 3.
Eagles lead Packers 27-20 at halftime
The second quarter began with a Sanders 2-yard TD run that put the Eagles back ahead, 20-14, with 14:54 left in the first half.
Dillon got the Packers moving on offense, rushing for 16 yards on his first two carries. Robert Tonyan then caught his first pass of the game, for 17 yards, to the Philadelphia 42. The scoring threat ended when Reed Blankenship intercepted Rodgers across the middle.
The Eagles started the drive at their 22, with Hurts completing his first pass to DeVonta Smith for 17 yards. On third-and-8, Rudy Ford forced a fumble of A.J. Brown that Quay Walker returned 63 yards to the Philadelphia 13.
After having a touchdown run brought by a holding penalty, Aaron Jones got the score back when he caught a 23-yard touchdown pass from Rodgers in the back of the end zone to tie the game at 20 with 7:41 left in the first half. Mason Crosby's extra point missed wide right.
Justin Hollins, claimed off waivers this week, sacked Hurts for a 5-yard loss on second down. On third-and-8, Jarran Reed led the pressure as Hurts threw the ball away and the Eagles punted for the first time.
Dillon (nine yards) and Jones (six yards) picked up the Packers' initial first down, but Green Bay had to punt after Dillon (nine yards) and Jones (six yards) picked up the Packers' initial first down, but Green Bay had to punt after Rodgers was sacked twice in a span of three plays. The Eagles retook possession at their 29 with 2:16 left in the first half.
Philadelphia advanced to the Green Bay 41 before Reed and Preston Smith combined for a sack of Hurts for an 11-yard loss. Hurts completed a pass to Smith for 13 yards, setting up fourth-and-1 at the Packers' 39 with 54 seconds left in the half. Hurts snuck the ball four yards for the first down.
The Eagles took a 27-20 halftime lead after Hurts threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to Quez Watkins with 13 seconds left in the half.
Eagles lead Packers 34-23 after three
Keisean Nixon opened the second half with a 52-yard kickoff return to the Green Bay 47. It was Green Bay's longest kickoff return since Jeff Janis' 70-yard return on Nov. 22, 2015, vs. Minnesota. The Packers went three-and-out, though, with Rodgers being sacked on third down. Pat O'Donnell punted the ball 41 yards to the Philadelphia 14.
The Eagles pushed the ball downfield behind Sanders, who broke a 28-yard run on second-and-2 from the Philadelphia 43. Hurts converted a third-and-12 situation with a 14-yard pass to Smith to set up first-and-goal at the Green Bay 5.
The Eagles found the end zone again, with a 6-yard TD pass from Hurts to Brown to extend Philadelphia's lead to 34-20 with 7:19 left in the third quarter.
Watson caught an 11-yard pass and picked up an additional 15 yards after an unnecessary roughness penalty on Blankenship. Dillon broke a 10-yard run up the middle and moved the offense inside the Eagles' red zone with an 11-yard catch.
Jones gained a yard to the Philadelphia 6 on a third-and-4 run. The Packers teased going for it on fourth-and-3 but chose to attempt a field goal after a false start penalty. Crosby's 29-yard field goal cut the Eagles' lead to 34-23 with 2:03 left in the third quarter.
During Crosby's kick, Rodgers (oblique) ran up the tunnel with the training staff and was listed as questionable to return.
Packers fall to Eagles, 40-33
Boston Scott moved the Eagles inside Green Bay's red zone with a 19-yard run. Jaire Alexander was injured on the play. Philadelphia settled for an Elliott 31-yard field goal to extend its lead to 37-23 with 11:11 left in regulation.
Jordan Love entered the game for Rodgers. His first completion went for five yards on a checkdown to Dillon. Love converted the offense's first third down of the night with a 7-yard out on third-and-5.
On the next play, Love hit Watson on a crosser that the rookie receiver took for a 63-yard touchdown to cut the Packers' deficit to 37-30 with 9 minutes remaining. It was Green Bay's longest pass play of the season.
Philadelphia ran the ball down to the Green By 37 before sending out kicker Jake Elliott, who made a 54-yard field goal to give the Eagles a two-score lead, 40-30, with 2:16 left.
Nixon broke a 53-yard kickoff return to start Green Bay's next series at its 47. Love connected again with Watson across the middle for 15 yards, as the game reached the two-minute warning.
The drive stalled after a 17-yard completion to Lazard. Crosby made a 33-yard field goal to pull the Packers back within one score, 40-33, with 1:08 remaining.
Philadelphia recovered onside kick at the Packers' 44. On third-and-3, Sanders slipped through for the first down.