Green Bay Packers Defeat Philadelphia Eagles 24-9 in their Pre-Season Opener
Written by Blogger on August 11, 2017
Marquette, MI- August 10th 2017- It’s been a long wait for Packers fans but football is finally here. The Packers are riding an eight year streak of making the playoffs. Tonight we got to see if the Packers will make it nine straight as they took on the Philadelphia Eagles. Aaron Rodgers did not see the field as Brett Hundley got the start. Packers fans know that Aaron Rodgers doesn’t need to see much of the field in the pre-season to be ready for the regular season. All they want to see out of their team is quality play from guys fighting for a roster spot and to remain healthy.
First Quarter: The Eagles would be the first to strike. The Packers took the ball first but weren’t able to come up with much offense on their first drive. On the following drive the Eagles had a methodical drive that would end in a 37-yard touchdown pass from Carson Wentz. Eagles lead 6-0 after failing to convert on a 2-point conversion. The very next drive the Packers would fumble and the Eagles would recover it, giving them a short field. Luckily the Packers defense stood strong and the Eagles came up with no points. At the end of the quarter, score remained Eagles 6, Packers 0.
Second Quarter: The Packers would finally get themselves on the board, but not from the offense. It was the special teams unit with a Trevor Davis punt return to the end zone. Packers take the lead 7-6. On the next drive the Packers defense would create a turnover of their own with a fumble recovery. They would cash in on that fumble too, with a touchdown pass to Jeff Janis from Brett Hundley. The extra point was good making the score 14-6 Green Bay. The Packers would make it 17-6 very quickly after intercepting a pass on the next drive by Philly and converting it into a field goal. Green Bay’s defense would cause it’s third turnover of the half with another fumble recovery with a 1:04 left before the break. But on the very next play Brett Hundley threw his first interception of the pre-season. The Eagles missed missed their field goal attempt as time expired keeping the score 14-6 Packers heading into the half.
Third Quarter: Both teams would be unsuccessful on their first drives of the second half. Philadelphia would convert on a field goal on their second drive, chewing up quite a bit of clock. Still, Green Bay held the lead 17-9. There was not much happening for both offenses in the third quarter, while the defenses stood strong. The Eagles would posses the ball most of the quarter. Packers lead heading into the final frame 17-9.
Fourth Quarter: Green Bay had a promising opening drive in the fourth quarter, but it was all washed away after a fumble was recovered by Philadelphia. A scary moment on the play as a Packer had to be taken off the field on a stretcher after a helmet to helmet hit. The Packers defense would force the Eagles to go three and out on the following drive. After another promising drive, where Green Bay held on to the ball for good chunk of time, they would stall out just over mid field. That seemed to be the story of the quarter. Philly had a promising drive going before an interception turned that around quickly with three minutes to play. The Packers would ice the game with a touchdown when 30 seconds were still on the clock. Green Bay wins their season opener 24-9.
All the guys fighting for roster spots in this game for the Packers, played well. They scored in every quarter but the first. The defense stood strong and caused turnovers, special teams had a touchdown, and the offense came alive as the game went on. The only negative of the night is that Green Bay suffered a few injuries that are hopefully all minor and those players will be back before the start of the regular season.
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