News now! Packers’ lead grows in second quarter

Posted by Mike Spofford on November 16, 2014 – 4:50 pm


GREEN BAY — The Packers are in complete control at halftime once again at Lambeau Field, leading Philadelphia 30-6 at intermission.

The Eagles got on the board with a 33-yard field goal less than two minutes into the second quarter, pulling within 17-3. They got as far as the 5-yard line, but on third-and-2, LB Clay Matthews came unblocked off the edge and sacked QB Mark Sanchez for a 10-yard loss, leading to the field goal.

The Packers wasted no time extending the lead. Passes of 14, 22 and 11 yards from Aaron Rodgers to Randall Cobb preceded a 27-yard TD pass to Jordy Nelson, who got behind CB Bradley Fletcher. Nelson made the catch and a nifty toe-tap inside the pylon for the score, giving him 99 yards receiving in less than 20 minutes of action as the Packers led 24-3 with 10:39 left in the first half.

The Eagles picked up a couple of first downs on the ground and got across midfield, but then a third-down pass for WR Jordan Matthews was just out of his reach. Matthews was wide open, but the Eagles were forced to punt.

The Packers once again extended the lead, driving 80 yards in 10 plays. A 13-yard pass to Cobb converted third-and-7, and then consecutive passes of 11 yards to Cobb and 8 yards to Eddie Lacy got the ball inside the Philly 30. After a 10-yard slant to Nelson picked up third-and-2, Rodgers went deep to Nelson in the end zone, but Fletcher interfered. With the ball on the 1, Lacy plowed in for the score.

The snap on the PAT was fumbled, however, and the Packers didn’t get their extra point. The score was 30-3 at the two-minute warning of the half.

The Eagles drove all the way to the Green Bay 15-yard line on the final drive of the half, mostly thanks to a 40-yard completion to Jordan Matthews, and Cody Parkey kicked a 33-yard field goal on the final play of the half to make it 30-6.


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