Green Bay tied for first with Detroit, after impressive win over Philadelphia
The Green Bay Packers scored 50 points for a second straight game for the first time in franchise history, Sunday, in a 53-20 rout of the Philadelphia Eagles at home.
That's 50 points in consecutive games for the first time in the franchise's 94th season. And that's remarkable.
On the first drive, the Packers couldn't find the end zone and Mason Crosby kicked a field goal to take a 3-0 lead. With three and half minutes to go in the first quarter, Aaron Rodgers found rookie Davante Adams for a touchdown to extend the lead to 10-0. The Packers defense made a stop and with two minutes left in the opening quarter, Micah Hyde ran back a 75-yard punt return for a touchdown. The Eagles finally got on the scoreboard early in the second quarter with a field goal by Cody Parkey. Back came the Packers offense. Rodgers found his favorite receiver, Jordy Nelson for a beautiful 27-yard touchdown. Nelson tip-toed his way into the end zone to give the Packers a 24-3 lead. With two minutes left in the half, Eddie Lacy rushed for a one-yard touchdown. Parkey added a field goal for the Eagles as time expired. Green Bay led 30-3 at half. Crosby kicked a field goal with about eight minutes in the third quarter. Then the Packers' next touchdown came on a 52-yard interception return for a touchdown by Julius Peppers. It was Peppers' second interception for a touchdown this season. Mark Sanchez finally found the end zone late in the third, hooking up with Jordan Matthews. The Eagles trailed 39-13 after three quarters. Twenty seconds into the fourth quarter, Rodgers passed to Lacy, and the former Alabama halfback busted his way into the end zone. Green Bay's Casey Hayward went untouched, scoring again for the Packers on a fumble recovery by Sanchez. In garbage time, Sanchez hit Jeremy Maclin for a 20-yard touchdown with about eight minutes in the fourth quarter.
The Packers offense, defense and special teams (other than a few miscues like a blocked field goal, botched extra point, missed field goal and blocked punt) really clicked on all cylinders.
Rodgers was 22 of 36 for 341 yards, three touchdowns, no interceptions and a 120.3 passer rating. At home, where the Packers are 5-0 in 2014, Rodgers has now thrown 322 consecutive pass attempts and 29 touchdowns in a row without an interception. Both are NFL records, previously held by New England's Tom Brady.
As a team, the Packers are outscoring opponents 128 to 9 in the first half at Lambeau Field this season. Rodgers in the first half for Green Bay has been good the last two games, too. He's 31 of 43 for 547 yards with eight touchdowns and no interceptions against Chicago and Philadelphia in the last two games in the opening halves.
The Packers are now 7-3 and with the Detroit Lions loss, Sunday at Arizona, the two teams are tied in first place. The Packers play at Minnesota next week, while Detroit plays at New England. Green Bay would be in the playoffs as the fifth seed, if the postseason started today.
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