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Eagles down 14-3 at half

It wasn't the game plan we expected from the Packers, and not the results Eagles fans wanted either.

Eagles down 14-3 at half

It wasn't the game plan we expected from the Packers, and not the results Eagles fans wanted either.

Green Bay ran heavily until their last, two-minute drive and had success with it, pushing the Eagles off the line of scrimmage. Aaron Rodgers made bigger plays with his legs than his arm: he moved away from pressure on a third and goal, to help pick up a first down; the Packers went up 7-0 on the next play. On a later third and five the Eagles had the play well covered, but Rodgers escaped for a first down. On the next play he scooted away from Juqua Parker and threw for a 14-0 lead. Rodgers is 13 for 18 for 111 yards passing with two scores.

In the least surprising development of the day, the Packers have scored two touchdowns on two trips into the red zone.

The Eagles offense, missing DeSean Jackson for much of the half, was well contained and will have to find some fire at half time for the team to come back. Jackson left with a knee injury about halfway through the first quarter and came back with 5:15 to go in the second. He was a decoy on the Eagles' biggest play, a 44-yard pass to Jeremy Maclin, but has no catches so far.

The Eagles did emphasize the run more than usual, handing off to LeSean McCoy six times. But the Packers run defense, weak entering this week, allowed him just 3.7 yards per carry. Michael Vick had a nice run to pick up a first down and set up a field goal; he's 7 for 12 passing, but for just 93 yards, almost half of which came on that one big play to Maclin.

Fans were booing at halftime. Eagles have 30 minutes to save their season.

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