Eagles grab late interception to seal a much-needed win over Packers

The Philadelphia Eagles defense wasn’t great on Thursday night. But it was good when it had to be, and caught a huge break at the end.

A huge goal-line stand in the fourth quarter and a big interception in the end zone by linebacker Nigel Bradham in the final 30 seconds sealed a much-needed 34-27 win for the Eagles over the Green Bay Packers on Thursday night. Aaron Rodgers tried to hit Marquez Valdes-Scantling on a slant route, Valdes-Scantling had the ball go off his chest and Bradham came up with the game-clinching interception in the end zone. It was reminiscent of the Seahawks throwing a goal-line interception to the Patriots’ Malcolm Butler in Super Bowl XLIX, questionable play-call included.

The Eagles needed a win after a home loss to the Detroit Lions dropped them to 1-2. They were in danger of letting the Cowboys open up a three-game lead in the NFC East. They allowed Rodgers to pass the ball up and down the field most of the night. The Eagles were out-gained 481-336 by Green Bay.

But the Eagles got the stops when they had to. They’re not going to apologize for any road win over a Packers team that was off to a 3-0 start.

Packers’ late drive comes up short

The Packers took over at their own 11 with a little more than five minutes remaining, trailing 34-27. They didn’t have star receiver Davante Adams, who suffered a toe injury in the fourth quarter and didn’t return. Adams had a huge night before the injury, with 10 catches and 180 yards. The Packers also couldn’t run the ball all night.

But they had Rodgers. The Packers quarterback slowly started marching Green Bay down the field. A huge pass-interference call on the Eagles helped the Packers on a third-down incompletion. Then the Packers got in the red zone on a catch by Valdes-Scantling, and inside the 10 on a catch by tight end Robert Tonyan with 1:06 to go.

Packers running back Aaron Jones ran to the 3-yard line on first down, then on second down disaster hit with the Bradham interception. It wasn’t the first time the Packers had troubles and questionable play-calling near the end zone.

With a little more than nine minutes left, the Packers got the ball to the Eagles’ 1-yard line. That’s when their inability to run the ball caught up with them.

The Packers tried four straight passes. The Eagles weren’t fooled by any play action because the Packers couldn’t run the ball. Jimmy Graham had a chance for two catches, including on fourth down, and couldn’t pull either in. Another play looked like a run-pass option, but was awkward from the start and Rodgers had to throw the ball away. The Eagles held, and held onto their 34-27 lead.

It was a regrettable play calling sequence from rookie head coach Matt LaFleur, no matter how poorly the Packers had run the ball to that point. He might regret not trying to to run the ball on second-and-goal in the final minute, too.

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El quarterback de los Eagles de Filadelfia Carson Wentz celebra el touchodwn del running back Jordan Howard, en la segunda mitad del juego ante los Packers de Green Bay, el jueves 26 de septiembre de 2019, en Green Bay. (AP Foto/Jeffrey Phelps)
Green Bay Packers tight end Marcedes Lewis hurdles Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Nate Gerry during the first half of an NFL football game Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) greet each other on the field following an NFL football game Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, in Green Bay, Wis. Philadelphia won 34-27. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)
Philadelphia Eagles running back Jordan Howard rushes for a touchdown during the second half of the team's NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)
Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz (86) is taken off his feet by Green Bay Packers cornerback Kevin King (20) after completing a catch during the second half of an NFL football game Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)
Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones dives into the end zone for a touchdown during the first half of the team's NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams runs from the defense of Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Sidney Jones after making a catch during the first half of an NFL football game Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)
GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 26: Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson watches a replay during a game between the Green Bay Packers and the Philadelphia Eagles on September 26, 2019, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, WI. (Photo by Larry Radloff/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 26: Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones (33) watches a loose ball during a game between the Green Bay Packers and the Philadelphia Eagles on September 26, 2019, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, WI. (Photo by Larry Radloff/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 26: Green Bay Packers cornerback Jaire Alexander (23) runs with the ball during a game between the Green Bay Packers and the Philadelphia Eagles on September 26, 2019, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, WI. (Photo by Larry Radloff/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 26: Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) looks to pass during a game between the Green Bay Packers and the Philadelphia Eagles on September 26, 2019, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, WI. (Photo by Larry Radloff/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN - SEPTEMBER 26: Carson Wentz #11 of the Philadelphia Eagles leaves the field following a game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on September 26, 2019 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Eagles defeated the Packers 34-27. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN - SEPTEMBER 26: Jordan Howard #24 of the Philadelphia Eagles catches a pass for a touchdown during the third quarter against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on September 26, 2019 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN - SEPTEMBER 26: Zach Brown #52 of the Philadelphia Eagles is called for the face mask in the first quarter against Marquez Valdes-Scantling #83 of the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on September 26, 2019 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)
GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN - SEPTEMBER 26: Dallas Goedert #88 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates his touchdown with fans in the second quarter over the Green Bay Packers during the game at Lambeau Field on September 26, 2019 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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Eagles come through with win

Philadelphia’s offense had a solid night. Jordan Howard was the unexpected hero. He had more than 100 total yards, with three touchdowns. The trade with the Chicago Bears paid itself off in one night.

Carson Wentz had just 160 passing yards, but he threw three touchdowns with no interceptions. Like the Philadelphia defense, he came up with some clutch plays that made a huge difference in the outcome.

Philadelphia leaves Green Bay with its season in a lot better shape than if it had lost its third game in September. It wasn’t perfect, except when it had to be. And the Packers will have a long time before their next game to think about what went wrong.

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Frank Schwabis a writer for Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at shutdown.corner@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YahooSchwab

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