PHILADELPHIA – The Packers got an early touchdown in the second quarter and the Eagles ended the period with a field goal as Green Bay headed into halftime with a 14-10 lead on Monday night at Lincoln Financial Field.
On the opening play of the second quarter, the Packers took the lead. QB Aaron Rodgers fired a laser to the back of the end zone that WR Davante Adams caught with a nifty sliding grab behind CB Nolan Carroll. It was Adams’ second TD of the night, and the Packers led 14-7 just seven seconds into the second quarter.
The Eagles got two first downs on their ensuing drive, as the Packers were playing without Clay Matthews (shoulder) and inserted S Morgan Burnett to play inside LB. A 17-yard pass to WR Jordan Matthews and a pair of runs by RB Wendell Smallwood got the Eagles near midfield. But DT Letroy Guion got Smallwood for a 2-yard loss on his third straight carry, and Wentz threw incomplete to WR Bryce Treggs on third down, forcing a punt.
The Packers converted three straight times on third down on their next drive, with a 4-yard option run by Rodgers, and two passes to WR Randall Cobb. But on third-and-10 from the 49, a pass to RB James Starks came up 3 yards short, and the Packers had to punt after holding the ball for more than 6 ½ minutes.
P Jake Schum’s punt checked up perfectly at the 1-yard line and was downed by LB Jayrone Elliott. The Eagles challenged that Elliott contacted the goal line when he touched the ball, but the call on the field stood, and Matthews returned to the game on defense for the Packers.
The Eagles got out of the hole with a 20-yard pass to WR Jordan Matthews, but Packers DT Mike Daniels sacked Wentz on the next play for a 14-yard loss, moving Philly back to its own 8 at the 2-minute warning.
After a 13-yard pass to TE Zach Ertz and an offside penalty on LB Nick Perry, QB Carson Wentz scrambled for 17 yards to convert on third-and-6. An 11-yard pass to Treggs moved the chains again and got the Eagles into Green Bay territory, and passes of 7 yards to Ertz and 5 yards to WR Dorial Green-Beckham gave Philly a first down on the Green Bay 34. Pressure from LB Julius Peppers and CB Quinten Rollins led to incomplete passes on the next two snaps before a 4-yard screen pass to RB Darren Sproles came up short of the first down.
K Caleb Sturgis was good on a 48-yard field goal with 25 seconds left in the half, pulling the Eagles within 14-10.