Green Bay’s unbeaten season came to an end Thursday night at Lambeau Field with a 34-27 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers was intercepted with 28 seconds left to end the Packers late comeback attempt. The ball, intended for Marques Valdes-Scantling, bounced into the hands of linebacker Nigel Bradham for the dagger. Although, it did appear there should have been defensive pass interference called on Philadelphia on the play.
It was the second straight drive that the Packers had the ball inside the Philadelphia 5-yard line that resulted in no points. On the previous drive, Green Bay had four plays from the 1-yard line and couldn’t get in, with Rodgers misfiring on all four passes.
The defense ultimately doomed the Packers. The inability to stop the run (176 rush yards allowed), not putting any pressure on Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (0 sacks), and not forcing any turnovers. Add in poor field position caused from shaky special teams and a fumble by Rodgers deep in their own territory, was too much to overcome for the unit.
Perhaps more disturbing were the injuries. The Packers lost Jamaal Williams very early in the game due to an ugly hit by Derek Barnett of Philly.
Later in the half, Brian Bulaga left with a shoulder injury.
Then, late in the fourth quarter, Devante Adams was lost to a toe injury.
Aaron Jones had just 21 yards on 13 carries, but did score a touchdown, his third of the season. Rodgers led the team in rushing with 46 yards on five carries.
Tight end Jimmy Graham finally had an impact, catching six passes for 61 yards and a touchdown, although he dropped two passes that would have been touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Geronimo Allison had three catches for 52 yards and a score.
Linebacker Blake Martinez led the Packers with 15 tackles, including 10 solo stops.
The loss drops the Packers to 3-1 on the season. They’ll head to Texas to take on the Cowboys on October 6th.