Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Suddenly, Eagles Show Up

Updating: A 13-play, 75-yard Eagles drive ended with a Michael Vick fourth-down sneak for a touchdown, and it's 21-16. Eagles would be winning if David Akers could still kick field goals.

Suddenly, Eagles Show Up

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Updating:  A 13-play, 75-yard Eagles drive ended with a Michael Vick fourth-down sneak for a touchdown, and it's 21-16. Eagles would be winning if David Akers could still kick field goals.

Earlier: OK, after jump-starting the Eagles with that huge sack and fumble recovery, the Birds' defense went right back to its first-ha;f mode. Eleven plays, 80 yards, Green Bay gets the 11-point lead back on a 16-yard screen the Eagles didn't come close to covering. The  Birds' offense got a drive going but bogged down. Now the D has actually forced a punt, the Birds down 21-10 in the waning minutes of the third.

Earlier: Darryl Tapp forced an Aaron Rodgers fumble and Juqua Parker recovered, setting up a frozen-rope Michael Vick touchdown pass to Jason Avant from 24 yards, and the Eagles are within 14-10, a minute and 10 seconds into the second half.

Earlier: DeSean Jackson returned from that left knee injury, in time to drop a key pass on second and 7 from the Packers' 13, on the play before the first half two-minute warning. The Eagles finally got on the board, though, with a 29-yard David Akers field goal. They trail 14-3 at the half.

Green Bay rookie running back James Starks has helped the Packers play a ball-control game in the first half, gaining 51 yards on eight carries, 27 of them in one early burst. Aaron Rodgers is shrugging off Eagles' attempts at pressure with ease, converting key third downs.

The Eagles' offense is a mirror opposite. The best plays, except for a 44-yard pass from Michael Vick to Jeremy Maclin that set up the field goal, have been Vick scrambles. Andy Reid's beloved trickery, which included lining up Jason Peters in the backfield, has gone for naught. The Packers' defense seems really well prepared for the Eagles' offense, much more than the Eagles' offense is prepared for the Packers' defense.

The Eagles' defense has been helpless in the red zone, as usual.

Earlier: The first quarter was both inept and unfortunate for the Eagles, who saw DeSean Jackson limp off the field with 7:23 left. Jackson's left leg was rolled by teammate LeSean McCoy. He went to the locker room for tests. The team announced that he had a left knee injury, return questionable.

The  Birds did nothing with their early possessions, even after they got a do-over when Green Bay's Brandon Underwood accidentally touched a rolling punt with his foot. David Akers ultimately shanked a 41-yard field goal attempt.

The Packers made it 7-0 at the end of a 10-play drive that was kept alive by a huge third down offside penalty on Eagles rookie linebacker Keenan Clayton. Ultimately, Aaron Rodgers hit a wide-open Tom Crabtree from three yards out for the touchdown.

Michael Vick is 4 for 7 for just 42 yards. he has been sacked twice.

Earlier: No huge surprises on the Eagles' inactive list for today's wild-card round playoff clash with the Packers. Nick Cole presumably will start at right guard, with Max Jean-Gilles (ankle) inactive. Middle linebacker Stewart Bradley also remains sidelined with an elbow injury.

Other inactives: Corner Brandon Hughes, safety Jamar Adams, defensive tackle Jeremy Clark, offensive tackle Austin Howard, and defensive end Bobby McCray. Mike Kafka is the third quarterback.

Sunny and windy at the Linc, 30 degrees (18 with the wind chill), shadows already covering the field. Stay tuned. Just announced 18 mph winds from north-northwest.

For the Packers, safety Atari Bigby and linebacker Frank Zombo are probably the only inactive players you've ever heard of. 

Daily News Staff Writer
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