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It Happened: Wentz benched, Eagles lose to Packers handily

Jalen Hurts got his chance to shine for the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night at Lambeau Field and showed several positive moments despite a fourth-consecutive defeat coming off the team’s bye week. They haven’t won a game since November 1 against the Dallas Cowboys.

Hurts threw his first career touchdown in the National Football League, replacing Carson Wentz in the second half of a 30-16 loss to the Green Bay Packers. Aaron Rodgers threw for 295 yards and three touchdowns to lead the way for the hosts while Aaron Jones finished with 130 rushing yards and one score of his own.

It was all Green Bay in the first half with Rodgers propelling the Packers to a 20-3 lead at halftime.

Jake Elliott’s 52-yard field goal gave the Eagles an early 3-0 advantage, but the Packers would score 20 unanswered before the interval. Rodgers connected with the high-flying Davante Adams for a one-yard touchdown before also finding Ross Tonyan for a 25-yard score and Adams for a nine-yard touchdown in the second quarter.

Carson Wentz was pressured heavily in the first half and ultimately was pulled in the third quarter. Wentz finished the game with 79 passing yards on 6/15 passing, but was sacked four times during his spell as the starter.

Jalen Hurts came in for Wentz in the third quarter and helped spark some life back into the team. His 4th-and-18 connection with Greg Ward in the fourth quarter made it 23-10, giving the Eagles some life on the sidelines.

After shutting down Rodgers and Co. and forcing a punt, Eagles rookie wide receiver Jalen Reagor returned a punt 73 yards for his first special teams touchdown for the team.

Despite another defensive stand for the Eagles, they couldn’t tie things up and Green Bay made Jim Schwartz’s pay. Aaron Jones scampered down the sidelines for a 77-yard touchdown, icing the ninth win of the season for the Packers.

Darnell Savage truly iced the game with an interception of Hurts with under two minutes to go.

The Eagles return to Lincoln Financial Field next weekend to welcome the red-hot New Orleans Saints to town.

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