Packers lose thriller to Eagles, but Jordan Love impresses

Green Bay Packers, Jordan Love (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers, Jordan Love (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

Where do we start?

Yes, the Green Bay Packers allowed over 300 rushing yards. Yes, Aaron Rodgers left the game with an injury. And, yes, the Packers’ season is effectively over following their eighth loss of the year.

But tonight was all about Jordan Love.

Entering the game for an injured Rodgers, the former first-round pick looked good. Very good. A completely different quarterback from the player we saw in Kansas City last year.

Love completed six of nine passes for 113 yards, one touchdown, and a passer rating of 146.8.

One of those incompletions was unfair on him, too. It may have been his best throw of the night, a beautiful back-shoulder pass to Aaron Jones, but Jones dropped it.

Love connected with Christian Watson for a 63-yard touchdown, then led the Packers into field goal range as time was running out.

Had the defense got a stop, who knows what may have happened?

Early in the first quarter, it looked like the Packers had given up on the season. After allowing a 10-play touchdown drive to start the night, Aaron Rodgers was intercepted and the Eagles cashed in with another touchdown.

At 14-0, many feared the worst.

But to the Packers’ credit, they showed fight. They needed only four plays for AJ Dillon to find the end zone, then Rodgers found Randall Cobb on the next drive to give Green Bay a surprise lead.

However, the defense never gave the Packers a chance.

They allowed an embarrassing 363 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. The Eagles bullied the Packers’ defense, scoring 40 points on the night before closing out the victory with three straight runs.

A humiliating performance from the defense, and one that should put defensive coordinator Joe Barry on the hot seat.

Despite that, we may have seen a glimpse of the future with Love finding Watson for a touchdown.