The Green Bay Packers hung tough against the Philadelphia Eagles all night. They were overmatched and battled with injuries, but they fought well – even when it looked like the game was over long before the final whistle.
Aaron Rodgers led the Packers down the field late in the third quarter with a field goal and his night ended immediately. He ran into the locker room and didn’t return after suffering an oblique injury that will require surgery on the top of his thumb.
The Eagles offense then took to the field and continued to beat a tired and undermanned Packers defense. It resulted in a field goal, but it was a 14-play drive. Jordan Love was given the opportunity to lead the Packers the rest of the night and the young man was impressive.
His first drive was solid. Love converted a third with a pass from the left hash to the far side of the court. Then at the next game he hit Christian Watson in the middle of the field. After the catch, Watson decided to turn on his invisible juice and run over 50 yards for the touchdown.
The Eagles would drive again and kick another field goal. On the final drive, Love threw just one fumbled pass. On the Packers’ final drive, two of his fumbles should have been caught, including one that would have resulted in a second touchdown. Love seemed calm and commanding. Two words we wouldn’t have used the last time we saw love take center stage.
Naturally, he played a lot in the preseason and a little trash, but the last time America got a good look at Love was against the Kansas City Chiefs in 2021. Aaron Rodgers had COVID and couldn’t play. So Love led the Packers against Patrick Mahomes and only lost by four points.
However, that result had more to do with a tough day in the bosses office than anything Love did. The Packers were outshot 13-7 but didn’t score until less than five minutes remained in the game. This game came when the Chiefs defense went from terrible to outstanding, but Love did nothing. He seemed unsure of himself and overmatched when playing against rookie-caliber NFL talent. The Packers’ three drives in the fourth quarter before a touchdown? Punt, punt, interception.
There was every reason to believe the Packers wasted this late 2020 first-round pick on a player who would never be ready to contribute. Compare the mood after Love’s complete game versus Love’s success last night, it would be easier to describe what happened in Philadelphia. Philly safety CJ Gardner-Johnson was out, it’s usually easier to run a passing offense when you’re down more late in the game, and the only touchdown was all Watson. Also, Love only had two steals.
If he has to start against the Chicago Bears next week, it might look different — probably not, given how poorly the Bears’ defense has played lately. There is no reason to believe that a The Packers will then have 40 years of Hall of Fame quarterbacks after Brett Favre, Rodgers and now Love. But what he showed on Sunday Night Football was that he has a chance to work as the Packers’ franchise quarterback. .
Seeing him play against the Chiefs last year, we had no reason to believe that. At least there is one now reason for Packers fans to be optimistic about the future. That’s enough for a quarter of a day’s work.