Philadelphia Eagles vs. Green Bay Packers: NFC Wild Card Post-Game Analysis

This had become one of the coldest games this wild card weekend at Lincoln Financial Field .  This game was a rematch of the week 1 battle against the Philadelphia Eagles and the Green Bay Packers.  This was a battle of one of the most fearsome defenses and consistent quarterbacks against one of the most explosive wide receivers and hybrid rushing-passing quarterbacks.  While Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers suffered his second concussion recently, Michael Vick of the Philadelphia has suffered a thigh and a rib injury previously.

Now to the post-game analysis:

  • The Green Bay Packers cornerback Brandon Underwood touched the ball upon the punt early first quarter and gave the ball to the Philadelphia Eagles. But the Packers defense stepped up and saved a score by the foot of David Akers.
  • The Green Bay Packers only respected the rush from Michael Vick, but they didn’t respect the run from LeSean McCoy or Jerome Harrison. Combined, McCoy and Harrison had a total of 49 yards rushing the entire game.
  • The knee injury of potent wide receiver DeSean Jackson early first quarter due to a tackle of LeSean McCoy was devastating for the Philadelphia Eagles, and he did not play much until late second quarter. He did end the day with 47 yards receiving and 23.5 yards per reception.
  • The Philadelphia Eagles defense underestimated the run ability of the Green Bay Packers.  The Eagles defense was still vulnerable to the run, which was never corrected during the regular season. James Starks tore up the Eagles defense in this game with 123 yards rushing, and established a Green Bay record for rushing by a rookie in a post-season game.
  • Eagles coach Andy Reid and quarterback Michael Vick both exhausted two timeouts in the first quarter. Clock mismanagement came back…again. Not that much improved in the second half, as all timeouts were exhausted by mid-fourth quarter.
  • Michael Vick gained more rushing yardage of 28 yards into the half, more than LeSean McCoy and Jerome Harrison combined with a total of 25 yards.
  • Aaron Rodgers understood balance, as he distributed the ball to all his nine receivers, including his running back James Starks and fullback John Kuhn.  The Eagles could not contain all the threats nor Rodger’s arm.
  • The fumble early third quarter by Aaron Rodgers near the red zone of Green Bay was deadly as Michael Vick capitalized on it with a touchdown to wide receiver Jason Avant from 24 yards out.
  • David Akers missed two field goals, one in the first quarter and the next in the fourth quarter, at home nonetheless.  Stunning.
  • The Philadelphia Eagles defense is mediocre in the red zone. Again. Three scores to Tom Crabtree, James Jones and Brandon Jackson is all that there need to be said.
  • The missed two-point conversion due to Eagles tight end Brent Celek in late fourth quarter was crucial in terms of points and momentum. And the retry only injured Michael Vick’s ankle.

The Philadelphia Eagles lost to the Green Bay Packers 21-16 at the Linc.  With the late injuries to Eagles tight end Brent Celek and quarterback Michael Vick, the Eagles crumbled, and Vick had one last interception by cornerback Tramon Williams in the endzone. Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers outplayed Michael Vick with 3 touchdowns and a 122.5 quarterback rating, and the entire Packers offense got involved.  Now it’s Aaron Rodgers and the Packers to play Matt Ryan of the Atlanta Falcons.

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One comment on “Philadelphia Eagles vs. Green Bay Packers: NFC Wild Card Post-Game Analysis

  1. I could understand the first FG Akers missed, 41 yards into the wind. But a 34-yarder — at home? The Packers beat up on the Birds with some hard hits, too. They seemed the more physical team.

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