Late Special Teams Miscue Dooms Eagles to 16-13 Loss to Packers

Breaking up the pass

Many people had the Philadelphia Eagles as their rep for the NFC for this years Super Bowl.  After Sunday’s 16-13 loss to the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field, a lot of people will back-peddle on those predictions.  The Eagles outplayed the Packers, outgaining the Pack 283 to 215.  They led 13-10 after a David Akers field goal midway through the third quarter, but their offense went into sleep mode, and the Packers were able to take advantage, kicking two field goals, the last a Mason Crosby 42-yard game-winner with 2 seconds left in the ball game.

The Packers took advantage of the Eagles miscues, as their only touchdown came on a fumble off of a punt that was recovered by Tracey White to give the Pack a 7-0 lead.  The Pack then used a Donovan McNabb pick and turned it into a field goal to make it 10-0 at the end of the first quarter.  Philly on the other hand, struggled early, as they were not able to get much going, as they had just 13 plays in their first 3 series, gaining 20 yards.

They kicked a field goal in the next series to draw within 10-3, and then finally put tgether a TD drive, going 67 yards in 9 plays, and it ended with McNabb’s first TD of the season, a pass to Jason Avant to make it 10-10  From there the game stayed even until the third, when Akers kicking a field gave them the 13-10 lead.  The Eagles then went in a shell, four series – four punts. The Packers took advantage, kicking a field goal after a 13-play drive to make it 13-13.

The Eagles had a shot near the end, but J.R. Reed muffed a punt with :59 seconds left and the Pack took advantage, running a few plays before Crosby kicked the game winner to give the Packers the huge opening day win.  It also counted as the 37th time QB Brett Favre had led the Packers from a fourth-quarter tie or deficit to a win.

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