The Green Bay Packers have, over the past couple of weeks, announced loud and clear that they are back.
In fact, their 108 points the past two weeks is the most over a two-game span in the 94 years of the team’s history.
With today’s 53-20 win over the Philadelphia Eagles, the Aaron Rodgers-led Packers once again got off to a hot start, scoring early and often in many different ways. Rodgers finished 22-of-36 for 341 yards and three touchdowns. Rodgers again didn’t throw an interception and broke Tom Brady‘s NFL record of 288 straight passes at home without an interception.
Green Bay Packers linebacker Julius Peppers returns an interception for a touchdown as Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jordan Matthews (81) tries to make the tackle during the third quarter at Lambeau Field. Green Bay won 53-20. Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports photograph
But this was another Packers game where the offense and, most importantly, the defense pitched in.
In addition to the passing touchdowns caught by Jordy Nelson, Eddie Lacy, and Davante Adams, the Packers also got a 75-yard punt return for a touchdown from Micah Hyde, a pick-six of 52 yards by Julius Peppers, a rushing touchdown by Lacy and the final score when Casey Hayward turned a bad snap into a 49-yard TD return.
While the Packers got one field goal from Mason Crosby and the Hyde punt return, special teams weren’t so special today. The Packers botched two extra points, missed a 50-yard FG, and had a punt blocked late in the game.
But if there was anything else that went wrong today, I just didn’t see it.
Micah Hyde celebrates after returning a punt 75 yards for a touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles in the first quarter at Lambeau Field. Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports photograph
With the win and the Detroit Lions’ loss to the Arizona Cardinals, the Packers and Lions are now in a tie for first place in the NFC North Division. The Lions do hold the statistical tie-breaker because of their win over the Packers in week three.
At this point in the season, it looks like the division will be decided Dec. 28 when the Packers host the Lions in a Week 17 showdown.
In the meantime, Packers Nation will once again R-E-L-A-X for a few more days before we start wondering whether the Minnesota Viking team Green Bay faces next week will include Adrian Peterson.
Below are some of the statistics from today’s historic Packers win.
|GB||FG||2:02||FG Mason Crosby 27||0||3|
|GB||TD||11:27||Davante Adams 6 pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby Kick)||0||10|
|GB||TD||13:00||Micah Hyde 75 punt return (Mason Crosby Kick)||0||17|
|Phi||FG||1:52||FG Cody Parkey 33||3||17|
|GB||TD||4:21||Jordy Nelson 27 pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby Kick)||3||24|
|GB||TD||13:00||Eddie Lacy 1 run||3||30|
|Phi||FG||15:00||FG Cody Parkey 33||6||30|
|GB||FG||7:07||FG Mason Crosby 33||6||33|
|GB||TD||9:04||Julius Peppers 52 interception return||6||39|
|Phi||TD||12:39||Jordan Matthews 10 pass from Mark Sanchez (Cody Parkey Kick)||13||39|
|GB||TD||0:20||Eddie Lacy 32 pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby Kick)||13||46|
|GB||TD||4:21||Casey Hayward 49 fumble return (Mason Crosby Kick)||13||53|
|Phi||TD||7:40||Jeremy Maclin 20 pass from Mark Sanchez (Cody Parkey Kick)||20||53|