Green Bay Packers Outlast Philadelphia Eagles; Kolb Gets Concussed, Vick Gets Reps

September 12th, 2010 – by Alex

In what ended up being one of the most entertaining games of the first week of 2010 NFL Football, the Green Bay Packers hung on to beat the Philadelphia Eagles 27-20.

Quarterback, Aaron Rodgers had two touchdowns and a number of key plays down the stretch for his Packers as they avoided a huge comeback effort by the Eagles en route to their victory. Kicker, Mason Crosby also did his part with a team-record 56-yard field goal make to end the half and give his group a 10-point lead. The Packers didn’t start off particularly impressively; however the terrible offensive play of the Eagles coupled with the Packers’ solid defense (against Kevin Kolb at least) gave Green Bay the early advantage. At one point in the second quarter, the Packers scored on three straight possessions.

The story of the game was on the Eagles’ side, though. Starting QB Kevin Kolb gave way to reserve quarterback, Michael Vick who was called into action for his first meaningful playing time in almost four years. Kolb left the game at halftime with symptoms of a concussion. Vick, a three-time Pro Bowler fire-started the offense, and finished the day with 175 passing yards and 103 running yards against a surprisingly flustered Green Bay defense. One particularly memorable play had Vick going on a 31-yard run which saw him elude a sack and evade the defense as he sprinted down the sideline before eventually getting brought down. After a penalty, running back LeSean McCoy ran the ball in to cut the lead from 20-10. Vick also showed he still had a little something left in his arm by way of a TD pass to receiver, Jeremy Maclin to cut the lead from 27-17.

The Eagles’ original starter at the quarterback position was knocked out of the game after a hard tackle in the second quarter by the Packers’ Clay Matthews. According to the team, he originally had a jaw injury when he returned for a series to complete two short passes. Prior to the injury, Kolb was 5-for-10 for 24 yards.

The Eagles looked poised to make a comeback when rookie, Nate Allen intercepted a bad throw by Rodgers and returned it all the way to midfield. Kicker, David Akers then cut the lead to 27-20 and gave the Eagles a chance in the final minute to even things up. It wasn’t to be, though, as Vick got stopped on a fourth and 1 on the Packers’ 42-yard line.

Prior to this game, Vick’s last NFL start came on Dec. 31, 2006 in Philadelphia. He then proceeded to miss the next two seasons due to an 18-month prison sentence as a result of his dogfighting operation. After getting out, Vick signed a two-year deal with the Eagles but saw very limited action. While his effort against the Packers was impressive, it came up short as his team ultimately ended up falling to 0-1 on the season.

Going into this matchup, most Online Sportsbooks had the home Philadelphia Eagles as 3 point underdogs. It ended up that 3 points wouldn’t be enough to fairly handicap this contest. Bettors who took the Packers to cover the spread came through as the final margin was 7. Oddsmakers practically hit the total on the head by setting the over/under at 47.5 points as the final total was 47.

NFL Week 2 Matchups show the Eagles traveling to Detroit to face a Lions team that was burned at the end of regulation. As for the Packers, they will return home to face the Buffalo Bills who lost to the Miami Dolphins earlier today.

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