The Philadelphia Eagles beat up on “The Pack” in primetime.
Whether you like Thursday night games or not, this one had all of the trimmings. One of the greatest quarterbacks the game has ever seen was taking on another who hopes to be remembered that way when his playing days are over.
Philly, after unexplainable losses to the Atlanta Falcons and Detroit Lions, hit the road to take on the Green Bay Packers in historic Lambeau Field, a place where no one ever feels totally comfortable playing in unless they’re the Packers. You had the offensive genius of Doug Pederson versus a guy they keep telling us is an offensive genius in Matt LaFleur. Oh, and by the way, this was a game Philly had to win early to avoid falling to a 1-3 record after the first four games of the season.
A back and forth affair reached its climax as Aaron Rodgers was trying to rally his team late. Avonte Maddox got hurt. Craig James stepped in, and Rodgers did what you’d expect. He tested the weak link on second-and-goal from just inside the three-yard line with 30 seconds left.
James was game as he and Malcolm Jenkins converged to knock the ball into the air and into the waiting arms of Nigel Bradham. Philly had saved the season, for a week anyway.
This one had the makings of a classic and lived up to its billing. Most importantly, the right team had the most points on the scoreboard when there was no time left. That sure makes it a whole lot easier to show up for work on Friday morning.