QB Rodgers keeps Green Bay playoff hopes alive

Tue Nov 29, 2016 1:44am EST
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(The Sports Xchange) - Quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw two touchdown passes to wide receiver Davante Adams as the visiting Green Bay Packers beat the Philadelphia Eagles 27-13 in the Monday Night game.

The Packers (5-6) trail Detroit (7-4) and Minnesota (6-5) in the NFC North, while the Eagles (5-6) remain last in the NFC East, although both teams are still in the hunt for an NFC wild-card playoff berth.

Green Bay led 14-10 at halftime and each team kicked a field goal on its first possession of the third quarter, with the Eagles' Caleb Sturgis hitting a 50-yarder.

But then the Eagles made a major mistake as defensive lineman Fletcher Cox was called for roughing the passer on an incomplete third-down pass, giving Green Bay an automatic first down.

The Packers took advantage of that penalty and moved in for another touchdown, on a 1-yard run by fullback Aaron Ripkowski, which made it 24-13 with 13:53 left to play.

They added a late field goal and the Packers at up nearly 17 1/2 minutes with those three second-half possessions.

Rodgers finished the night completing 30 of 39 passes for 313 yards and two touchdowns, while Adams had five receptions for 113 yards and the two TDs.

Eagles rookie quarterback Carson Wentz got off to a good start, but then he and the Eagles' offense sputtered. Wentz completed 24 of 36 passes for 254 yards, no touchdowns and one interception.

The Packers took the opening kickoff and drove for a touchdown, making it look easy. The Pack cashed in when Rodgers hit a slanting Adams for a 12-yard touchdown.   Continued...

Nov 28, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back Wendell Smallwood (28) carries the ball in the first half against the Green Bay Packers at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports