Last Time They Met: Eagles-Packers

It was a bittersweet night for Michael Vick, and just plain bitter for everyone else as the Eagles lost five starters to injury and their season opener to the Packers.

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Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick (7) is knocked out of bouds by Green Bay Packers safety Nick Collins (36) and safety Morgan Burnett (42) in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010, in Philadelphia. Green Bay won 27-20. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
Despite Michael VIck's best Heisman-y scramblin', he could not save the Eagles from the loss of five starters to injury and a dismal start by the offense. Vick was in vintage form upon taking over from a concussed Kevin Kolb, but it would be a bittersweet night: the Eagles lost to the Packers, 27-20.
The season opener started out great, as members of the Eagles' 1960 championship team were honored in a pre-game ceremony.
The crowd included the great Chuck "Concrete Charlie" Bednarik. The current Eagles wore old school Kelly green to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the title.
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This was not the only haze in which we'd find first-year QB Kevin Kolb. He sustained a concussion courtesy of a sack from Packers linebacker Clay Williams, and missed the entire second half.
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Todd Herremans got a bird's eye view of the crowd of more than 69,000. Had he known how injurious the game would be, he might've thought twice about leaving the tunnel. Flaunt the biceps while you've got 'em, we guess -- center Jamaal Jackson tore one of his during the game, and is done for the season.
The first injury was also the most gruesome: fullback Leonard Weaver's leg bent the wrong direction at the knee when he was sandwiched between two Packers. He was carted off, and is done for the season.
Kolb wasn't having a great night before he was seeing cartoon stars. His offense got off to a pitiful start, unable to move and, by half's end, had as many penalty yards as yards of net offense.
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To be fair, his line wasn't exactly helpful. Under near-constant pressure, Kolb was sacked twice. He re-entered the game after this one, threw three straight incompletions, and was determined at the half to be concussed. Kolb ended the night just 5-of-10 for 24 yards.
Meanwhile, the Packers had scored on a Rogers pass to Donald Driver, and the Eagles went into halftime down 13-3.
"You should see the other guy!" -- the Packers
Vick took over in the second half and the offense responded. He led three scoring drives, one with a 17-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Maclin. Vick ran for 103 yards on 11 carries, but his arm was impressive, too: he went 16-for-24 for 175 passing yards, one TD, and no interceptions. We're sure that won't cause any quarterback controversy. Nope!
The defense slumped in the middle, giving up all 27 of the Packers' points in the second and third quarters. But it re-animated, thanks in part to Juqua Parker's pair of sacks, solo tackles, and tackles for loss.
Ellis Hobbs notched 93 yards on four kick returns, which isn't too shabby. His teammates earned more rushing yards and receiving yards than Green Bay, and suffered no interceptions while Aaron Rodgers threw two. They still lost by seven.
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LeSean McCoy led the Eagles backs with 45 rushing yards. He scored on a 12-yard run in the third, cutting a 20-3 Packers lead to ten, and then scored again only to have his second touchdown nullified by a holding penalty.
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File this under "stuff nightmares are made of." Ryan Gant ran for 45 yards on eight carries, a decent chunk of the Packers' 132 yards on the ground.
Something that always goes well: the Eagles cheerleaders. That's a formation Bill Belichik's probably tried to film.
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A valiant effort by Vick and the Eagles fell short as the Philly were unable to convert a 4th-and-one with 2 minutes remaining and down by 7. Hobbs' face says it all, if "Phooey!" covers everything.
"I feel like if I had been out there for four quarters, maybe we would've had a chance to win the game," Vick said. And so it begins: the first quarterback controversy since, oh, about...spring.
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