Rodgers tosses 2 TD passes, Pack­ers beat Ea­gles 27-13

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Aaron Rodgers showed Car­son Wentz what an elite quar­ter­back can do for his team. The two-time NFL MVP had a daz­zling per­for­mance in a game the Green Bay Pack­ers des­per­ately needed to win. The rookie QB was in­con­sis­tent and made a costly mis­take for the Philadel­phia Ea­gles.

Rodgers had 313 yards pass­ing and threw two touch­down passes to Da­vante Adams to help the Pack­ers beat the Ea­gles 27-13 Mon­day night, snap­ping a four-game los­ing streak.

Wentz was 24 of 36 for 254 yards and threw an in­ter­cep­tion in Green Bay ter­ri­tory. He also was sacked four times.

Wentz didn’t have start­ing run­ning back Ryan Mathews the en­tire game, and No. 1 re­ceiver Jordan Matthews missed most of the se­cond half. “The way he started the game was ex­cep­tional,” Ea­gles coach Doug Pederson said. “Af­ter that, play­ing with so many guys out, I thought he man­aged it ex­tremely well. He stayed calm. He stayed on point.”

The Ea­gles and their fans hope Wentz can some­day be on Rodgers’ level. “I think his ceil­ing is ex­tremely high and Ea­gles fans should be very ex­cited for the fu­ture,” Rodgers said.

Rodgers was out­stand­ing from the start, lead­ing Green Bay to con­sec­u­tive TD drives. He made per­fect passes to Adams on both TDs and an­other on a 50-yard gain in the third quar­ter.

“There’s a big dif­fer­ence be­tween 4-7 and 5-6 for sure, but I hope there’s not a ton of re­lief be­cause we still have a lot of things in front of us we’d like to ac­com­plish,” Rodgers said. “This is a step in the right di­rec­tion, a game we needed to take care of busi­ness, but we have a short week with Houston com­ing in and we have to have a sim­i­lar per­for­mance.” Here’s some things we learned from Green Bay’s win over Philadel­phia:

NO MORE DOM­I­NANCE AT HOME

The Ea­gles were 4-0 and outscored op­po­nents 108-38 at home be­fore Rodgers and the Pack­ers came to town. The Browns, Steel­ers, Vik­ings and Fal­cons com­bined for the same amount of TDs (three) as the Pack­ers had against the Ea­gles.

DE­FENSE RISES UP

The Pack­ers had al­lowed 89 points in the past two games and at least 30 in each of the pre­vi­ous four, but they over­came in­juries and shut down Philadel­phia. Clay Matthews re­turned to in­side line­backer be­cause Jake Ryan and Blake Martinez were side­lined. Matthews briefly left with a shoulder in­jury on the Ea­gles’ only TD drive. “I felt nat­u­ral go­ing back in there,” he said.

The Pack­ers went 10 for 14 on third downs, 1 for 1 on fourth and dom­i­nated time of pos­ses­sion by an 11-minute ad­van­tage. They sealed the game with a drive that lasted 8:21 in the fourth quar­ter. “We have to get off the field on third down,” Ea­gles cor­ner­back Jalen Mills said.

WENTZ CAN RUN

Af­ter man­ag­ing only 48 yards rush­ing in the first 10 games, Wentz scram­bled four times for

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