Loading
Search
NEWS STORIES

Eagles deal LaFleur, Packers first defeatSubmitted: 09/27/2019
Eagles deal LaFleur, Packers first defeat
Story By Associated Press

GREEN BAY - GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Craig James was on the practice squad at the beginning of the week.

The short-handed Philadelphia Eagles promoted the second-year undrafted cornerback to the active roster two days before the prime-time matchup in Green Bay. James responded by making the game-winning play in the 34-27 win over the Packers on Thursday night.

With 25 seconds left, James jumped a quick slant by Marquez Valdes-Scantling and tipped Aaron Rodgers' pass into the end zone where Nigel Bradham collected it and sealed the victory.

"I'm a no-name out there, so when somebody that doesn't get a lot of playing time gets in the game, that's the target," James said. "That's the game plan. Coaches tell you, 'Go at him. That's the weak link.' But as the weak link, I still have to be as prepared as the starters."



Jordan Howard gashed Green Bay for his second career three-touchdown game and the Eagles (2-2) ended a two-game losing streak.

Howard finished with 87 yards on 15 carries and two touchdowns rushing and one receiving, Carson Wentz went 16 for 27 for 160 yards, three scores and no turnovers, and the Eagles rebounded after losing consecutive games by a combined seven points.

"We already were confident," Howard said. "We already believed in ourselves. It probably reassured everybody else."

Rodgers started 10 for 10 and finished 34 for 53 for 422 yards, two touchdowns and a fumble that set up a short Philadelphia scoring drive.

Davante Adams had a career-high 180 yards on 10 catches for Green Bay, but he wasn't on the field for the Packers (3-1) on the last drive because of a toe injury.

"Obviously, having him out there would have been for the better, but we had a lot of chances down the stretch," Rodgers said. "We moved the ball well all day long. We just struggled in the red zone."

Adams was hurt after making a catch in the fourth quarter that gave the Packers first-and-goal at the 8. Avonte Maddox was called for pass interference on the next play while teammate Andrew Sendejo collided with him.

Maddox was carted off the field on a stretcher late in the fourth quarter, which forced coach Doug Pederson to turn to James.

Rodgers had first and goal from the 1 after the delay and threw four straight incompletions.

"Credit the defense, man, it was twice down there," Pederson said. "... Any time you can keep an Aaron Rodgers team out of the end zone, it's a positive thing."

After punting on its first two drives and falling behind 10-0, Philadelphia scored on four straight possessions against a defense that had only given up 35 points through the first three games.

Sacked six times in the previous two games, Wentz managed to stay upright. Zach Ertz had a team-high seven catches for 65 yards, and Alshon Jeffery, who missed all but six snaps over the past two weeks with a calf injury, finished with 38 yards and a touchdown on three catches.

Rodgers and Adams connected on a 58-yard completion on the opening drive. It was the longest play of the season for Green Bay, which scored a touchdown on its opening drive for the third consecutive game. Aaron Jones scored from 3 yards out two plays later to give the Packers the early lead.

Mason Crosby added a field goal in the beginning of the second quarter to make it 10-0.

The Eagles finally got a little momentum on a 67-yard return by Miles Sanders on the ensuing kickoff. The return set up a 6-yard score by Jeffery.

Green Bay added another field goal to take a 13-7 lead.

Wentz found tight end Dallas Goedert for a 3-yard touchdown strike to give the Eagles a 14-13 lead just before the two-minute warning.

Rodgers fumbled on the following drive after a strip-sack by Derek Barnett. The Eagles capitalized with 1-yard score by Howard. Howard's touchdown made it 21-13 with 54 seconds to go.

Rodgers needed just 50 seconds to lead the Packers 70 yards. The two-time MVP found Geronimo Allison for a 19-yard touchdown to make it 21-20 at the half.

The Eagles opened the second half with a 20-yard score from Wentz to Howard. After a failed two-point conversion, Philadelphia led 27-20.

Jimmy Graham got his first catch and score since Week 1. Graham had six catches for 61 yards and a 14-yard touchdown that tied the game at 27-27 with 3:16 to go in the third.

Howard scored his third touchdown on a 2-yard run that made it 34-27 at the start of the fourth.

The Eagles picked up the victory despite committing nine penalties for 93 yards.

INJURIES

Eagles: CB Sidney Jones suffered a hamstring injury and did not return. That leaves Philadelphia with only two healthy cornerbacks - Rasul Douglas and James - on the roster.

Packers: RB Jamaal Williams was carted off the field on the first play from scrimmage. He did not return. CB Tony Brown suffered a hamstring injury and did not return. RT Bryan Bulaga left with a shoulder injury. He also did not return. S Will Redmond was being evaluated for a concussion. CB Kevin King suffered a groin injury. Adams suffered an injured toe.

Text Size: + Increase | Decrease -
| Print Story | Email Story
Sponsored in part by HodagSports.com





 IN OTHER NEWS

Play Video

WISCONSIN - New legislation at the state level could make the penalty for bail jumping less severe.

Some law enforcement officials in Oneida County believe that move would be misguided.

+ Read More

Play Video

SUGAR CAMP - Sugar Camp Fire and Rescue and the Oneida County Sheriff's Office responded to the call of a vehicle fire on Thursday morning.

The car caught fire on Highway 17 between Indian Lake Road and Mill Lake Road.

Lt. Firefighter of Sugar Camp Fire and Rescue Jake Nitzel said the driver acted responsibly.

"The driver did what he needed to do when he realized there was an issue, he immediately pulled over and 911 was immediately called," said Nitzel.

There were no injuries.

+ Read More

Play Video

TOMAHAWK - Wisconsin farmers harvest nearly 2 million Christmas trees every year. Like any other crop, weather is a major factor in their success.

"It's pretty much a year round business nowadays," said CEO of Steigerwaldt Land Services in Tomahawk Ed Steigerwaldt.

He says his time of the year is always the busiest. Steigerwaldt and his employees work around the clock to harvest and ship about 15,000 trees in less than a month.

"There's about a three-week window when it's perfect to harvest and we've got to get it done in that time," said Steigerwaldt.

Steigerwaldt and his crews managed to do that this season. However, weather hasn't always been in their favor.

"Last year was my first year and we were harvesting with some snow storms and it was terrible," said yard manager Heather Price. "We were stuck so much more frequently. This year it was wonderful."


+ Read More

Play Video

EAGLE RIVER - The Pines Community Wellness Center held its 7th annual Senior Olympics Thursday morning.

The idea for the event started with a desire for members to socialize while enjoying friendly competition.

The Senior Olympics has grown into a community-wide event that involves a charity contribution along with games.

This year's event will benefit the Vilas County "Warm the Children" campaign.

Event coordinator Kevin Schweer said giving back to the community brings him joy.

+ Read More

RHINELANDER - The winter solstice arrives in a few weeks. However, with a decent amount of snow on the ground and a big cold snap on the way, winter came crashing in a little early for us. and for the deer too. That's why the DNR keeps track of how harsh Wisconsin winters are every year.

Deep snow and cold temperatures can cause issues for deer in the Northwoods. The DNR has a system to help track how severe a winter is and the problems it brings for the deer.

"The winter severity index is a way that we can basically put a measurement on the winter and have it so we can track to see how much impact it would be having on the deer herd basically," said DNR Deer Biologist Curt Rollman.

+ Read More

Play Video

RHINELANDER - A handful of elementary school students in Oneida County got the motivation they needed Thursday to learn formal letter writing. When drafting messages to Santa, those students received help from future business professionals.

Volunteers from Rhinelander High School's FBLA/DECA club visited Pelican Elementary Thursday. They helped 1st grade students compose their letters and assisted with proper spelling and grammar.

"I'm impressed, they really do a lot, they know a lot, they know how to write and their spelling is really, really close," said 11th grade student and FBLA/DECA club member Lily Eternicka.

1st grade teacher Ann Edwards says the letter writing activity was a fun break but also a great teaching tool.

"It was great to see them apply what I'm telling them every day to use when I'm not holding their hand to do an activity," said Edwards. "Instead of just asking the high schoolers how to spell a word they were really trying to stretch out the sounds."

FBLA/DECA club members will visit a couple dozen classrooms this week and next to volunteer with students. In two weeks, members will deliver responses from Santa back to the students.

+ Read More

Play Video

EAGLE RIVER - Snow may be cold, but it's a good insulator. So with all this snow in the Northwoods, many lakes aren't freezing like they could be.That poses a problem for many snowmobile clubs.

The Sno-Eagles Snowmobile Club maintains more than 80 miles of trails near Eagle River. Heavy snow brought down hundreds of trees. It also insulated lakes and swamps, slowing down the freezing process.

Trail Boss Brian Scheid said only about half the fallen trees have been cleared. He also said a lot of the trails are too wet.

+ Read More
+ More General News
Search: