Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The dogs got their wish; Packers vs. Eagles

On Sunday night, every dog in the world were rooting for the Packers to beat the man that appears in their nightmares, Michael Vick. They felt him not making it to the Superbowl and starting in the Pro Bowl was the lesser of two evils.

The Philadelphia Eagles never had a lead in the game but in the end of the 4th quarter they did have a shot to win but Michael Vick blew it. There was no score until 8 seconds left in the 1st quarter, a 7 yard pass from Aaron Rodgers to Tom Crabtree to put them on the board before the 2nd quarter (7-0 Packers). There wasn't another score for about 10 minutes into the 2nd quarter again the Packers, a 9 yard pass from Rodgers to James Jones (14-0 Packers). The Eagles finally answered back in 4 minutes with a 29 yard field goal by David Akers (14-3 Packers), who had missed a 41 yard field goal wide right in the Eagles first drive of the game. After half time the Eagles looked alive. The Pack had the ball first but after 3 plays and a Packer time out Aaron Rodgers was sacked for negative 6 yards and Eagles' defensive end, Darryl Tapp forced Aaron to fumble and it was recovered by Eagles' Juqua Parker. On the second play of the Eagles' drive Michael Vick connected to Jason Avant for 24 yard touchdown (14-10 Packers). Packers next drive were only able to move the ball on plays of 10+ yards, such as a 29 yard pass from Aaron Rodgers to Donald Driver and a 19 yard run by James Starks, the drive was capped off by a 16 yard touchdown pass from Aaron Rodger to Brandon Jackson (21-10 Packers). In the 4th quarter on an Eagles' drive that was carried over from the 3rd quarter David Akers attempted a 34 yard field goal and missed it wide right. The Packers ran out about 4 minutes of the clock during their drive but no score to show for. Michael Vick threw 3 incomplete passes and was sacked for minus 1 yard, but was still able to go down field and punch in the 1 yard touchdown. The Eagles' went for 2 points on the PAT, first attempt to Brent Celek failed due to penalty (from going out of bounds then catching the ball, in bounds) and the 2nd attempt also failed to LeSean McCoy (21-16 Packers). Packers were able to gain 1 1st down with more than 3 minutes to go but wasn't able to convert a 3rd & 10 and punted back to the Eagles. Vick got the Eagles to the Packer 27 yard line in 4 plays in 1 minute and 12 seconds but he tried to throw a long ball into the end zone which was intercepted by Tramon Williams. The Packers offensive line only had to line up in victory formation once.

Supposedly, David Akers was suffering from an undisclosed personal issue during this game, but as a kicker, and professional athelete, you should be able to focus on your job at hand. He is a great kicker, most of the time and their was some hefty winds coming into Philadelphia. The Eagles' regular season top receiver DeSean Jackson was injured in the 1st half of the game with an knee injury and was questionable but he came back into the game and did virtually nothing. The Eagles' had more passing and total yards than the Packers: 352 total yards for the Eagles and 309 for the Packers, 271 Eagle passing yards and 171 Packers passing yards, and Eagles had 81 rushing yards compared to the Packers 138 rushing yards. The Packers also had 2 turnovers, 2 fumbles, while the Eagles only had 1 turnover, the interception by Vick. Vick was the leading passer with 292 yards, touchdown, and a interception in 20 completions of 36 attempts. Starks was the top rusher with 23 carries for 123 yards yet no touchdowns. Jason Avant was the top receiver with 7 catches for 93 yards and 1 touchdown. This is the 2nd consecutive year of losing in the wildcard round of the playoffs, last season in Dallas after losing to the Cowboys the week before as well.


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