|Date of game: 11/16/2014
Recap: Green Bay vs. Philadelphia
Green Bay, WI (SportsNetwork.com) - Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers used another big first half to stay hot at a chilly Lambeau Field with a commanding 53-20 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.
Rodgers, who threw six first-half touchdowns last week in a 55-14 blowout of the Bears, threw for three touchdowns and 341 yards on a 22-of-36 completion rate for the Packers (7-3), who improved to 5-0 at home, where they have outscored opponents 219-85 this season.
"Very good home victory. I thought our players did an excellent job in all three phases," Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said. "I've got to figure out new ways to compliment Aaron Rodgers. He's playing at an extremely high level."
Eddie Lacy ran for 69 yards and a score on 10 carries, while also making three catches for 45 yards and a touchdown. Randall Cobb had a game-high 129 yards on 10 catches, Jordy Nelson made four grabs for 109 yards a score and Davante Adams also hauled in a TD catch in the win.
It is the first time in franchise history that the Packers have scored 50-plus points in consecutive games. The Packers also moved into a tie for first in the NFC North after the Cardinals defeated the Lions, 14-6.
Mark Sanchez completed 26-of-44 passes for 346 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions for the Eagles (7-3), who gave up the most points in a game since a 62-10 loss to the Giants on Nov. 26, 1972.
"Rain or shine. Win or lose. We have to stick together," said Eagles head coach Chip Kelly. "These guys always come to work. We'll be ready to work when we come back on Tuesday."
Jordan Matthews led Philadelphia receivers with five catches for 107 yards and a score, Jeremy Maclin added a touchdown grab and 93 yards on nine catches and LeSean McCoy ran 23 times for 88 yards in the loss.
Nelson caught a 64-yard dart over Bradley Fletcher to set the Packers up at the Eagles' 9 on the opening drive of the game. After three straight incompletions, Mason Crosby's 27-yard field goal gave the Packers an early lead.
The Packers used two big conversions on third down to find the end zone on their next drive. Rodgers connected with Andrew Quarless on a 24-yard strike after being backed up on a 3rd-and-18, and then hit Richard Rodgers for a gain of 19 yards on a 3rd-and-10. After Lacy ran for 10 yards, Adams hauled in a 6-yard pass and just crossed the goal line for a 10-0 game with over three minutes to play in the first.
Philadelphia's ensuing drive stalled after Sanchez was sacked for a loss of nine yards on third down. Micah Hyde returned Donnie Jones' punt 75 yards for a score and a 17-0 lead.
Sanchez dumped off a short pass to Darren Sproles, who took it 16 yards, and two plays later, McCoy's gained 18 yards on a catch-and-run to move the Eagles to the Packers' 13. Sanchez, however, was sacked for a loss of 10 yards on third down and Philadelphia settled for Cody Parkey's 33-yard field goal early in the second.
Green Bay went up 24-3 on its next drive as Nelson tip-toed the right sideline before entering the end zone on a 27-yard touchdown catch to cap a 6-play, 80- yard trek.
Rodgers scrambled for a pickup of 16 yards, Cobb and Nelson caught passes of 11 and 10 yards, respectively, and Fletcher's pass interference in the end zone moved the Packers to the 1. Lacy ran the ball in on the next play for a 30-3 lead with two minutes remaining before the break.
Parkey booted a 33-yarder as play expired in the opening half.
The Eagles received the ball to start the third quarter and moved the ball up to the Green Bay's 42 before McCoy fumbled off an exchange from Sanchez and Nick Perry recovered the ball.
After each team punted, Cobb's 20-yard catch led to Crosby's 33-yard field goal just inside the left goal post for a 33-6 lead close to the midway point of the third.
Julius Peppers intercepted Sanchez and returned the ball 52 yards for a touchdown, making it a 39-6 contest. Crosby had his extra point blocked.
Philadelphia finally found the back of the end zone on its next drive with 2:21 remaining in the third. On 4th-and-4, Zach Ertz caught a 22-yard pass down to Green Bay's 181 and Matthews shrugged off a defender for a 10-yard score.
Lacy broke two tackles up the middle and raced up the left sideline for a 37- yard carry. Three plays later, Lacy caught a short pass, juked past a defender, broke a tackle and was pushed into the end zone by a defender on a 32-yard score for a 46-13 lead early in the fourth.
Tramon Williams picked off Sanchez on the following drive, but Crosby's 50- yard attempt sailed wide right. The Packers, however, capitalized on Sanchez's next blunder. Jason Kelce's snap went through Sanchez's hands and Casey Hayward took it back 49 yards for another score.
The Eagles took over at Green Bay's 5 after Malcolm Jenkins blocked Tim Masthay's punt, but were stuffed on four straight run attempts.Game Notes
The Packers have outscored opponents 128-9 in the first half over their last
four home games ... Green Bay's plus-134 point differential at home leads the
NFL ...The Packers wore their third jersey, which are throwbacks from the
team's 1929 first world championship squad ... Kelly is the first Eagles
coach to allow 50-plus yards twice. Denver defeated Philadelphia, 52-20, in
Week 3 of last season ... Peppers recorded his sixth career return
touchdown and became the first player in NFL history with 100 career sacks and
four interceptions returned for touchdowns ... It was Lacy's first game with
both a rushing and receiving score ... Parkey's 15 straight made field goals
tied him with David Akers (2004, 2008) for fifth in franchise history ...
Rodgers has a streak of 322 consecutive attempts without an interception at
Lambeau Field during the regular season. His last pick came on Dec. 2, 2012