1:00 PM ET, November 10, 2013
Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WI
Good things happen with Nick Foles at quarterback for the Eagles.
A week after tying the NFL record by passing for seven TDs, Foles connected for three long scores and Philadelphia pulled way for a 27-13 victory Sunday over the injury-ravaged Green Bay Packers.
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"He has great poise," Cooper said. "He's going to sit in the pocket and kind of dissect the defense."
Foles equaled marks by Peyton Manning, who did it earlier this season, and Milt Plum (1960) with 16 TD passes without throwing any interceptions.
Philadelphia's 17-point third quarter handed Green Bay its first back-to-back home losses since 2008, Aaron Rodgers' first season as the starter. It was the worst home loss for the Packers since falling 38-10 to the New York Jets on Dec. 3, 2006.
The Eagles improved to 5-5, with all their victories coming away from Philly. They won a test of attrition at Lambeau Field on Sunday.
The undermanned Packers (5-4) played most of the day with third-string quarterback Scott Tolzien. Rodgers is out with a left collarbone injury, and backup Seneca Wallace left after the first series with a groin injury.
Actually, Tolzien played well considering he was just signed off the practice squad this week. He finished 24 of 39 for 280 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions.
"We had a lot of tough situations today, no excuses," coach Mike McCarthy said. "I thought Scott Tolzien played as well as could be expected."
Foles was better.
Foles Continues To Strike Deep
Nick Foles completed four passes of at least 15 yards Sunday, including all three of his touchdowns. He has seven TDs on those passes over his past two games. Entering this week, only two other quarterbacks (Drew Brees and Tony Romo) had seven this season.
Nick Foles' Pass Attempts of 15 Yards or More This Season
|1st 5 Gms||Last 2 Gms|
|Yds per att||10.6||25.7|
|-- ESPN Stats & Information|
He finished 12 for 18 for 228 yards and the three scores -- a 55-yarder to Jackson and touchdowns of 45 and 32 yards to Cooper. Foles still hasn't thrown an interception this season, and the Pro Football Hall of Fame has requested a game-worn jersey and cleats that Foles wore during his record-tying, seven-TD performance against Oakland.
It could be tough for Michael Vick to get his starting job back any time soon. He was inactive a second straight week with a hamstring injury.
LeSean McCoy finished with 155 yards on 25 carries, the second straight week that Green Bay's run defense had allowed a 100-yard rusher. McCoy softened the Packers with runs of 9 and 25 yards on the Eagles' first series of the second half before Foles found Cooper for the 45-yard score and a 17-3 lead.
When safeties creep into the box to stop the run, "you've got to be able to throw the ball over the top," coach Chip Kelly said. "We've got some guys in DeSean and Coop that can go over the top that we believe in."
The strong-armed Foles exposed Green Bay's secondary in the second half. Cooper was wide open on both of his scores, rolling over the goal line on his 45-yarder after being untouched on the ground, then working his way free toward the left sideline after Morgan Burnett slipped for the 32-yard score to make it 27-10 with 10 seconds left in the third quarter.
Whether it's Lambeau or Oakland Coliseum, the Eagles succeed on the road (5-1). The only blemish was a 52-20 loss in Denver. They're still squarely in the race in the mediocre NFC East.
"We're not good at home and we're good on the road. We better figure it out because we're coming home," Kelly said.
Tolzien, who played college ball at Wisconsin, seemed at ease. He zipped a 22-yard pass to Brandon Bostick with 3:22 left in the third quarter to cut the Eagles' lead to 20-10. The Eagles answered on their next drive with the second of Cooper's two scoring catches.
Tolzien's biggest mistake came early in the second quarter, when he marched the Packers from their 18 into the red zone, only to be intercepted by Brandon Boykin in end zone on an underthrown ball to Jordy Nelson. At the time, the Eagles were only leading 7-0.
"We had an awesome opportunity there and got a good look with the play that we were running," Tolzien said. "Looking back on the throw, I should have thrown more back pylon."
Cooper finished with three catches for 102 yards, while Jackson had four catches for 80 yards. He caught his 27th career touchdown of 55 or more yards.
GREEN BAY, WI - NOVEMBER 10: Seneca Wallace #9 of the Green Bay Packers throws a pass during pre-game warm ups...(Photo by Gregory ShamusGetty Images)
Team Stat Comparison
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||7.2||5.3|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||0-4||0-4|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||0||0|
|TD||6:07||Desean Jackson 55 Yard Pass From Nick Foles (Alex Henery Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 2 plays, 57 yds, 0:25
|FG||1:19||Alex Henery 25 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 9 plays, 60 yds, 1:38
|FG||0:05||Mason Crosby 26 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 9 plays, 72 yds, 1:14
|TD||11:30||Riley Cooper 45 Yard Pass From Nick Foles (Alex Henery Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 3 plays, 84 yds, 0:51
|FG||7:33||Alex Henery 41 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 5 plays, 21 yds, 1:39
|TD||3:29||Brandon Bostick 22 Yard Pass From Scott Tolzien (Mason Crosby Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 86 yds, 4:06
|TD||0:17||Riley Cooper 32 Yard Pass From Nick Foles (Alex Henery Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 80 yds, 3:12
|FG||12:24||Mason Crosby 35 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 8 plays, 54 yds, 2:51
Nick Foles was 4 of 6 passing at least 15 yards downfield Sunday including all three of his touchdowns. Foles has seven touchdowns on those passes his past two games. Entering the week, only two other quarterbacks (Drew Brees and Tony Romo) had seven on the season. The Packers have given up 7 TD on passes of that length this season - entering Sunday, no team had allowed more than that. Green Bay has also not picked off a pass on a deep ball this season, joining the Texans (before their game vs ARI) as the only teams in the NFL without one.[+]
Nick Foles Passing 15+ Yards Downfield - This Season
Nick Foles posted a 91.8 Total QBR to get the Eagles to 5-5, a week after finishing with a career-high 99.1 Total QBR along with a record-setting 7 touchdown passes. Foles' deep ball has been a big part of his improvement this season. He has 10 touchdown passes on throws at least 15 yards downfield, compared with 3 last season.[+]
Nick Foles Career Passing
Nick Foles used play action on 14 of his 18 pass attempts Sunday (78 percent), the most frequent use of play action in any NFL game since the start of 2006. Foles was 9 of 14 for 172 yards and three touchdowns using play action Sunday, and now has six touchdowns in the last two games on those plays (had three in his first 12 games). The Packers entered the day having given up just two passing touchdowns off play action, both coming in Week 1.
After the Packers failed to score from the Eagles' 7-yard line, the Eagles were able to run out the final 9:32 of game time. Over the last two weeks, the Packers have allowed opponents to hold onto the ball for 21 minutes and 27 seconds in the 4th quarter.[+]
4th Quarter Offense Last 2 Weeks
The Packers have a defensive EPA of -44.4 (27th in the league) this season, their third straight performance with a defensive EPA worse than -10.0.
Nick Foles' Total QBR had increased 36.1 points this season, the largest increase for any quarterback this season. Although most of the notable second-year starting quarterbacks have been stagnant this season, Foles has the best Total QBR and QBR improvement among the group, albeit in four starts.[+]
The Eagles have scored a touchdown on 66.7 percent of their red zone drives with Nick Foles at quarterback, compared to 33.3 percent with Michael Vick. Foles has more red zone touchdowns than Vick has completions.[+]
Eagles Passing in the Red Zone - This Season
Through his first TD pass today, Nick Foles has thrown 14 TD and no Int this season, tied for the third-most Pass TD ever by a player before his first Int of the season.[+]
DeSean Jackson's 55-yard touchdown catch was the first 50+ yard TD pass the Packers allowed since Week 4 of 2012.
ESPN Stats & Information
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