Jalen Hurts and the Philadelphia Eagles ran over Green Bay, knocking Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers out in the third quarter of a 40-33 NFL victory.
The Eagles improved their NFL-best record to 10-1 while the Packers, their playoff ambitions in tatters, fell to 4-8.
“We got the GOAT!” Eagles quarterback Hurts said in a post-game television interview, though he was quick to wish four-time NFL Most Valuable Player Rodgers a speedy recovery.
Rodgers, already nursing a broken thumb, said he suffered a rib injury in the first half, which was aggravated in the third quarter apparently when he absorbed one of three sacks on the night.
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Aaron Rodgers was injured in the loss. (Photo by Scott Taetsch / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)
“I was just having a hard time breathing and rotating my upper body,” Rodgers said. “I was worried about a punctured lung as well, so I wanted to get that checked out. I’ll get a scan tomorrow.”
Rodgers said his lung was fine, and despite “intense” pain he envisioned playing next weekend “as long as I check out OK tomorrow.”
The Packers had trimmed the deficit to 34-23 with a field goal before Rodgers departed.
Backup Jordan Love connected with Christian Watson for a 63-yard touchdown and authored a field goal drive, but it wasn’t enough against the formidable Eagles offense.
Still it was quite the statement for Love, with calls before Monday’s game for the back-up quarterback to play out the rest of the season with little to play for outside of planning for the future.
Rodgers’ injury only made that a more appealing idea, although Packers head coach Matt LaFleur poured cold water over it post-game.
“We got to have more conversation before we even get into that but no, as long as he’s able to go, I expect him to be out there,” he said of Rodgers.
Watson was certainly full or praise for Love when asked about that touchdown post-game by reporters.
“It was perfect,” he said.
“Obviously, me wanting to utilise that speed, and then obviously him thinking about that when he’s throwing the ball, I think it was a perfect pass. Perfect opportunity for me to catch it on the run and get some YAC (yards after contact).”
Hurts piled on 310 total yards, completing 16 of 28 passes for two touchdowns. His 157 rushing yards set the Eagles’ single-game record for a quarterback as the team gained a whopping 363 yards on the ground.
Hurts connected with Quez Watkins for a 30-yard touchdown to make it 27-20 at halftime, and pushed the lead to 34-20 midway through the third with a six-yard scoring pass to A.J. Brown.
‘KINDA F***ED’: MURRAY GIVES BLUNT REPLY TO CARDINALS’ WOES
Kyler Murray has vented his frustrations after the Arizona Cardinals fell to the LA Chargers 25-24 on Monday (all times AEDT) to drop to 4-8 in what’s been a forgettable season.
Murray post-match was asked about a play in the first half when he threw deep to DeAndre Hopkins on fourth and one and the play was intercepted.
He bluntly responded: “Schematically, I mean, they kinda... we were kinda f***ed.”
Murray had earlier expressed disappointment with the Cardinals’ inability to close out the game.
“We didn’t finish. We had every opportunity to win that game and could’ve controlled it and ended on our terms, and we didn’t do it. That’s pretty much the frustration,” Murray said.
It comes after a report emerged stating Murray, who returned from hamstring injury, and Arizona coach Kliff Kinsgbury used the quarterback’s time on the sidelines to sit down to work on their communication after their relationship had grown tense throughout this season.
But Murray downplayed talk of any friction between he and his coach.
“There’s no tension,” he said. “This whole season has just been kind of not the way anyone wanted or envisioned it to go. Between me and him though, we’re good.”
RAMS FALL TO 10-YEAR LOW
The Chiefs notched a 26-10 win over the Rams in a game quarterback Patrick Mahomes called “ugly.”
Mahomes threw one TD, Isiah Pacheco ran for another and Harrison Butker kicked four field goals as the Chiefs failed to convert five of their six red-zone scoring chances into touchdowns.
“I felt like we didn’t execute at a high level in the red zone,” Mahomes said. “I threw a dumb, dumb interception there at the end of the game. But it’s a team game. The defence stepped up – they played great.”
At 3-8, the Rams are now off to their worst start since 2011 in a drastic drop off after winning the Super Bowl in February.
Their eight losses this year are only three less than what they’ve totalled in the last two seasons combined and their worst return under Sean McVay in his five campaigns in charge as he continues to search for answers.
McVay had a day to forget in more ways than one after he was accidentally taken out by Roger Carter when the Rams 250-pound linebacker ran onto the field.
It left the LA coach’s headset flying as he nursed a sore jaw for the rest of the game, however he downplayed any fears of concussion post-match.
“It was a good shot, but I’m OK,” McVay said post-match, per OutKick, before suggesting Carter had more awareness of the situation.
“I don’t think I broke my jaw so I’ll be fine.”
PURCELL FIRES UP AT WILSON IN NEW BRONCOS LOW
Tensions are starting to boil over at the Denver Broncos amid a frustrating season.
Russell Wilson’s shortcomings have been well documented, with the nine-time Pro Bowl quarterback a shell of his former self.
The Broncos’ season fell to a new low on Monday, getting blown out by the struggling Carolina Panthers 23-10 including trailing by as much as 23-3 late in the fourth.
Wilson was inefficient, going 18-of-37 for 142 yards and averaging just 4.1 yards per attempt as the Broncos fell to 3-8 on the season.
At one point during the game, Broncos defensive lineman Mike Purcell got into Wilson’s face on the sideline to seemingly vent his frustration at the team’s woes on the offensive end.
The Broncos went all in on Wilson by surrendering a huge trade haul to the Seattle Seahawks to acquire him, surrendering two first-round picks, two second-round picks, a fifth-round pick, Drew Lock, Shelby Harris and Noah Fant before handing him a five-year, $245 million extension (AUD $364m).
And so frustrations from Purcell and Denver’s defence isn’t a surprise given they’ve been solid at that end of the ground this season, notwithstanding Monday’s outing against Carolina including a big performance from quarterback Sam Darnold (164 yards), who outplayed Wilson for most of the game.
Although it could’ve simply been a heated in-game confrontation, Denver clearly has major problems at the moment and little to be optimistic about as the Wilson move has backfired badly.
JAGUARS WIN IN EPIC FINISH
The Jacksonville Jaguars have pulled off a thrilling late-game comeback over the Baltimore Ravens to win 28-27.
Trevor Lawrence found Marvin Jones Jr. for a touchdown and two-point conversion with 14 seconds left in a match-winning play as the Jaguars scored 18 points in the final six minutes of play.
Justin Tucker then attempted a 67-yard field goal in a bid to win it for the Ravens, but it just fell short to seal the result.
“The fact that we had a chance and I just didn’t deliver, it’s heartbreaking to me,” Tucker said.
It capped off a thrilling fourth quarter where both teams combined for 33 points, going back and fourth in a high-scoring final stanza.
Lawrence went 29-for-37 for 321 yards with two touchdowns and had no interceptions, while Lamar Jackson was equally impressive at the other end with 16-of-32 for 254 yards, one touchdown, no interceptions and 89 rushing yards.
DOLPHINS WIN FIFTH IN A ROW
The Miami Dolphins made it five wins in a row in a 30-15 victory over the Houston Texans to improve to 8-3.
Dolphins wide receiver duo Jaylen Waddle (five receives, 85 yards) and Tyreek Hill (six receives, 85 yards) starred, with both players ranked top 10 in receiving yards per game this season, per StatMuse.
Waddle in the first quarter broke Miami’s franchise record for the most receiving yards in the first two seasons of a career (1,926), per ESPN.
Meanwhile Tua Tagovailoa threw for 299 yards and had his fourth-straight game without an interception.
The Dolphins are now undefeated (8-0) in games Tagovailoa has played this season including beginning their five-game winning streak when he returned from concussion protocol.
Miami led by as much as 30-0 at half-time before Houston mounted a challenge, but it was ultimately too late as the Texans fell to 1-9-1.
Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel said the win streak “means a lot, because it wasn’t just handed to us. It’s earned. They did things the right way and that shapes the way you do things moving forward.
Miami’s defence held the Texans scoreless until late in the third quarter. “That was awesome to see from our defence,” Tagovailoa said.
“The turnovers, the sacks, the big hits that they were making defensively – it’s always great to watch when we’re also able to do some things well offensively.”
BENGALS CONTINUE SURGE
The Bengals, who fell to the Los Angeles Rams in last season’s Super Bowl, beat the AFC South-leading Tennessee Titans, 20-16, in Nashville.
Quarterback Joe Burrow connected with Tee Higgins on a 27-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter to secure a fifth win in six games for the 7-4 Bengals.
“This is the kind of game that great teams win,” Burrow said. “It’s not always going to be pretty. This is the NFL. You’re playing really, really good teams on the opposing end.
“You’ve got to find ways to win, and we’re starting to do that.”
The Titans fell to 7-4 after they struggled to deal with Bengals receiver Higgins, who had seven catches for 114 yards and a TD.
The Las Vegas Raiders won a shootout in Seattle in overtime, beating the Seahawks, 40-34.
In Cleveland, Nick Chubb ran in an overtime touchdown to give the Browns a 23-17 comeback win over Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The game-winning play capped a fine individual performance from the Browns running back, who rushed for 116 yards on 26 carries.
Tampa Bay had led 17-10 going into the fourth quarter after Brady had found Ko Kieft with a five-yard pass in the third.
But with 32 seconds left on the clock, Browns quarterback Jacoby Brissett found David Njoku in the endzone to take the game into overtime.
The Bucs were forced to punt twice and Brissett led the Browns on a six-play, 71-yard drive that was finished off by Chubb.
Brissett was likely making his final start of the season with star quarterback Deshaun Watson’s 11-game suspension coming to an end on Monday.
Mike White, replacing the benched Zach Wilson at quarterback for his first start of the season, threw for three touchdowns and 315 yards as the New York Jets beat the Chicago Bears, 31-10.
The Washington Commanders picked up their sixth win in seven games, beating the Atlanta Falcons, 19-13.
BUCCANEERS 17 BROWNS 23
BENGALS 20 TITANS 16
TEXANS 15 DOLPHINS 30
BEARS 10 JETS 31
FALCONS 13 COMMANDERS 19
BRONCOS 10 PANTHERS 23
RAVENS 27 JAGUARS 28
CHARGERS 25 CARDINALS 24
RAIDERS 40 SEAHAWKS 34
RAMS 10 CHIEFS 26
SAINTS 0 49ERS 13
PACKERS 33 EAGLES 40