By Tom Brennan
Eagles overpaid and underachieving quarterback Carson Wentz may disagree all he wants, but:
The Jalen Hurts Era began tonight on Lambeau Field in Green Bay.
Hurts jump-started the dead-on-its-feet Eagles offense as coach Doug Pederson benched Wentz in favor of the rookie.
Hurts had an opportunity to win the game for the Eagles, who rallied from a 20-point fourth-quarter deficit but couldn’t complete the comeback in a 30-16 loss to the Green Bay Packers.
Aaron Jones spoiled the Eagles’ comeback attempt with a career-long 77-yard touchdown run to seal the victory with 2:36 left. Jones finished with 15 carries for 130 yards and a touchdown in the victory, his second 100-yard rushing game of the season.
Hurts relieved Wentz — who finished 6 for 15 for 79 yards — in the third quarter and led the Eagles on a nine-play, 73-yard scoring drive to cut the Packers lead to 23-10 with 7:52 left in the game. On a fourth- and-18, Hurts found Greg Ward for a 32-yard touchdown pass — the first in his NFL career. The Eagles stopped Green Bay on a three-and-out, and Jalen Reagor returned the ensuing punt 73 yards to the end zone to cut the deficit to 23-16 (Jake Elliott missed the extra point). Hurts finished 5 of 12 for 109 yards with a touchdown and an interception for a 67.7 passer rating.
The Eagles stopped the Packers on another three-and-out, which gave Hurts an opportunity to take the lead with 4:49 left. The Eagles went five plays for seven yards on the potential game-tying drive before Jones sealed the win with his touchdown run on Green Bay’s ensuing possession.
Aaron Rodgers was brilliant once again, tossing three touchdown passes and becoming the fastest quarterback in league history to 400 touchdown passes. Davante Adams caught two of those touchdowns, tying Don Hutson’s franchise record with his seventh consecutive game with a touchdown reception. He finished with 10 catches for 121 yards and two scores. Rodgers went 25 of 34 for 295 yards and three scores.