Missed chances lead to 10-3 halftime deficit for Packers

Posted by Mike Spofford on November 10, 2013 – 1:37 pm

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The Packers finally got on the board at the end of the first half on a 26-yard field goal by K Mason Crosby, but two drives well into scoring territory came up empty and led to a 10-3 halftime deficit.

QB Scott Tolzien engineered a 91-yard drive for the Packers, from their own 4 all the way to the Eagles 5, but he couldn’t avoid the killer mistake.

RB Eddie Lacy had eight carries for 32 yards on the drive, and WR Jarrett Boykin caught a 36-yard pass along the sideline for the big play. Replays showed Boykin may have been out of bounds on the catch, but the Eagles didn’t challenge and the Packers moved into the red zone. The Packers also converted on fourth-and-inches with a run by FB John Kuhn.

But on third-and-3 from the 5, Tolzien was intercepted in the end zone by CB Brandon Boykin on a throw to WR Jordy Nelson, and Boykin returned it more than 70 yards into Packers’ territory.

The Eagles failed to take advantage, though, as they went three-and-out and K Alex Henery missed wide left on a 39-yard field goal try.

The Packers got into scoring position again, with WR James Jones catching a 13-yard pass on third-and-8. But on third-and-1 from the Philly 24, DE Damion Square batted Tolzien’s pass down at the line, and Crosby missed a 42-yard field goal try, wide right.

This time the Eagles answered with a 60-yard drive for a field goal to make it 10-0. A 25-yard pass from QB Nick Foles to WR Riley Cooper on third-and-9 got the Eagles into scoring range, and a roughing-the-passer call on LB Clay Matthews made it first-and-goal on the 10.

But the defense got the stop, forcing Henery to kick a 25-yard field goal with 1:16 left in the half.

The Packers finally scored on their final drive of the half, helped by a 30-yard pass to Nelson. A third-down throw into the end zone was caught by Jones, but his right foot came down out of bounds, and the Packers had to settle for 3.


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