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- Michael Vick almost handed the Packers a loss yesterday – but Green Bay hung on to win their season opener at Philadelphia 27-20.
PHILADELPHIA - Michael Vick almost handed the Packers a loss yesterday – but Green Bay hung on to win their season opener at Philadelphia 27-20.
Eagles’ starting quarterback Kevin Kolb was knocked out by a concussion late in the second quarter on a sack by Clay Matthews. And Vick chewed up the Packer defense in the second half for 175 yards passing and 103 yards rushing. It was Vick’s first extended playing time in almost four years. He’s in his second season with Philly, after serving two years in prison for dog-fighting. Green Bay was up 20-3 midway through the third quarter. Aaron Rodgers’ 32-yard touchdown pass to Greg Jennings proved to be the deciding score late in the third period, as the Eagles scored 10 unanswered points in the final quarter. Rodgers completed 19-of-31 passes for 188 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions. Jennings had 10 catches for 82 yards. Mason Crosby broke a team record with a 56-yard field goal to close out the first half.
Brandon Jackson ran for 63 yards in place of Ryan Grant, who had a sprained right ankle that looked a lot worse as he was helped off the field in the second quarter. Still, Grant says he might not be able to player next Sunday in the Packers’ home opener against Buffalo. Defensive end Justin Harrell might be out for the season after getting a knee injury. And defensive end Cullen Jenkins hurt a wrist, and he’ll play with a cast for awhile.
Kolb only passed for 24 yards before leaving. LeSean McCoy had 35 yards and a touchdown for Philly, plus five catches for 47 yards. Clay Matthews had two of the Packers’ five sacks on the day. And Frank Zombo became the first Green Bay rookie to have a sack in his first game since Jamal Reynolds did it in 2001. Rodgers was sacked three times. Also, Donald Driver caught his 50th career touchdown catch, tying Max McGee for fourth on the Packers’ all-time list.