Last week, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles had a breakout game with a record-tying seven touchdown passes against the Oakland Raiders. This week against the Green Bay Packers, Foles didn’t set any records, but he didn’t have to. His three touchdown performance was enough to beat the Packers on the road
Foles started the game relative slow, but really turned on in the third quarter. He went 12-of-18 passing for 228 yards and a passer rating of 149.3. He also added 38 yards on the ground.
Foles, with the help of his wide receivers, led a deep passing attack the Packers could not stop. Wide receiver Riley Cooper had three receptions for 102 yards and two touchdown receptions of 45 and 32 yards, both in the third quarter. Receiver DeSean Jackson added four receptions for 80 yards and a 55-yard touchdown catch.
Running back LeSean McCoy also had a great game, carrying the ball 25 times for 155 yards.
The Packers, on the other hand, really struggled.
Starting the the place of the injured Aaron Rodgers, quarterback Seneca Wallace was 5-for-5 passing. before leaving the game early with a groin injury. He was replaced by Scott Tolzien, who was recently promoted from the Packers’ practice squad. Tolzien was decent in his first real snaps in the regular season, going 24-0f-39 for 280 yards and a touchdown. However, his two interceptions really hurt the Packers, including one in the end zone that was returned 76 yards by Philadelphia cornerback Brandon Boykin.
With Tolzien having to see extended snaps, the Packers rode running back Eddie Lacy early, but he ended the game with only 73 yards on 24 carries. Wide receiver Jarrett Boykin lead the team with eight receptions for 112 yards.
Returning to the Packers defense after missing time with injuries was starting outside linebackers Clay Matthews and Nick Perry. However, the two didn’t give Green Bay much of a boost, combining for three tackles total. Defensive end Datone Jones was able to put some pressure on Foles with a team-leading two sacks, but ultimately it wasn’t enough to stop the Eagles’ offensive onslaught.
This game displayed two NFC teams with playoff aspirations going in opposite directions. Without Aaron Rodgers, the Packers are finally starting the feel the injuries they’ve dealt with all season. Meanwhile, with Nick Foles proving himself as the Eagles starter, the Chip Kelly Philadelphia offense is really starting to click.