Foles rolls, as Ea­gles take care of Pack­ers

Philadel­phia QB leads way, throws three more TDs

The Washington Times Daily - - Sports - BY GE­NARO C. AR­MAS

GREEN BAY, WIS. | A de­flected pass that landed in De­Sean Jack­son’s hands. Two long touch­downs to Ri­ley Cooper, one af­ter a de­fen­sive back slipped to leave the Ea­gles the re­ceiver wide open for a score.

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.

“He has great poise,” Cooper said. “He’s go­ing to sit in the pocket and kind of dis­sect the de­fense.”

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 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. He fin­ished 12 for 18 for 228 yards and the three scores — a 55-yarder to Jack­son and touch­downs of 45 and 32 yards 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.

Cooper fin­ished with three catches for 102 yards, while Jack­son had four catches for 80 yards.

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Philadel­phia’s De­Sean Jack­son hauls in a de­flected pass and scores a 55-yard touch­down Sun­day dur­ing the Ea­gles’ win over the de­pleted Pack­ers in Green Bay. Philadel­phia reached .500 with the vic­tory and kept pace in the NFC East.

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