Jclombardi’s quick review & hits about Packers win over Eagles.
Guest senior writer jclombardi @ http://lombardiave.com
MVP Matthews: “Impact player and gamer” LB Matthews to the rescue. Matthews finished with two sacks and the game-saving stop of QB Vick on a fourth-and-1 keeper with 2 minutes remaining as the Green Bay Packers escaped the Philadelphia Eagles 27-20 in Sunday’s season opener. With “Choke” QB Rodgers looking shaky under pressure, the offense collapsed down the stretch, after rolling with two field goals and three touchdowns on five possessions spanning the second and third quarters. Thus, QB Vick nearly brought the Eagles back from a 27-10 deficit.
Rodgers threw a pair of touchdown passes, Crosby kicked a team-record 56-yard field goal and the Packers beat the Philadelphia Eagles 27-20 on Sunday despite a vintage performance by QB Vick. Starter QB Kolb left with a concussion at halftime and so Vick took over. Vick invigorated an offense that was awful in the first half and finished with 175 yards passing and ran for 103 yards.
Wrap-up: Packers 27, Eagles 20–Hero LB Clay Matthews. Unsung hero–WR Nelson.
1. MVP Clay Matthews dominated on defense with 7 tackles, two sacks, and forced fumble. He single-handed won game for Packers in final minutes.
2. FB Kuhn’s performance helped win the game too with his runs and one touchdown.
3. Special teams helped win the game with K Crosby’s hitting two big long field goals and WR Nelson providing good field position with an outstanding 31.2 yards average on 5 kickoff returns. Punter Tim Masthay didn’t produce great numbers in his NFL debut, with a 41.5 gross average and 38.0 net. But what he did do was take the Eagles’ dangerous punt returner DeSean Jackson out of the game. Jackson had just two returns for 14 yards and two fair catches.
4. Injuries are part of the game, but the injuries to DE Jenkins (broken hand) and RB Grant (moderate ankle sprain) hurt. Grant twittered that he’ll be fine. Meanwhile, DE Harrell has a “significant” knee injury. Shocking!
5. McCarthy’s run calling plays were bloody awful at times, too predictable.
6. QB Rodgers started slow, bounced a few passes, and threw an interception before getting his rhythm on Packers third possession. In the final quarter, he choked in two big series failing to get first down and throwing an interception. Rodgers said, “I played terrible, probably about as bad as I can play. It has got to get better. I missed a lot of throws that I could make in my sleep. Personally, I made too many dumb mistakes. I got banged around a bit and had no rhythm out there.”
7. WR Driver had a 6 yard score and WR Jennings had a 32 yard score. They combined for 10 catches and 112 yards.
8. RB Jackson did an adequate job replacing injured RB Grant rushing 18 times for 63 yards. RBs Grant and Jackson combined for 109 yards on 26 rushes.
9. The old veteran offensive tackles, Clifton and Tauscher, looked a step slow and got pushed around in the game allowing several sacks.
11. Philly press–This game was about a defense, about a potentially great one, coached by a great coordinator. Dom Capers actively switched his fronts and confused Kolb in the first half. Three-four. Four-three. Five-two. Kolb finished the day 5 for 10 for just 24 yards and a couple of near picks. The Packers generated pressure all game long.