Sunday, September 9, 2007

Week 1 - Packers vs. Eagles, First Half

An attempt at a live blog for the game:

September 9, 2007
Week 1
Philadelphia Eagles @ Green Bay Packers
Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

Starting Lineups
Green Bay Packers
QB: Brett Favre (258nd consecutive start)
RB: Brandon Jackson (R)
FB: Korey Hall (R)
WR: Donald Driver
WR: James Jones
TE: Donald Lee
LT: Chad Clifton
LG: Darryn Colledge
C: Scott Wells
RG: Jason Spitz
RT: Mark Tauscher
DE: Aaron Kampman
DE: Cullen Jenkins
DT: Johnny Jolly
DT: Ryan Pickett
OLB: Brady Poppinga
MLB: Nick Barnett
OLB: A.J. Hawk
CB: Charles Woodson
CB: Al Harris
SS: Atari Bigby
FS: Nick Collins
Philadelphia Eagles
QB: Donovan McNabb
RB: Brian Westbrook
FB: Thomas Tapeh
WR: Reggie Brown
WR: Kevin Curtis
TE: L.J. Smith
LT: William "Tra" Thomas
LG: Todd Herremans
C: Jamaal Jackson
RG: Shawn Andrews
RT: Jon Runyan
DE: Jevon Kearse
DE: Trent Cole
DT: Broderick Bunkley
DT: Mike Patterson
OLB: Takeo Spikes
MLB: Orlando Gaither
OLB: Chris Gocong
CB: Lito Sheppard
CB: Sheldon Brown
SS: Sean Considine
FS: Brian Dawkins

They played "Taper Jean Girl" by Kings of Leon, one of my favorite songs, on Fox before the start of the game. Must be a good omen.

First Quarter
14:37 - Packers force the Eagles 3 & Out on the first drive of the season. A very good start with some help from penalties.
14:15 - Brandon Jackson gains two yards on his first NFL carry.
13:27 - Packers go 3 & Out on first series after incompletion on pass to Ruvell Martin.
13:10 - TOUCHDOWN! Muffed punt by Greg Lewis on first career punt return recovered by Tracy White in the end zone. Mason Crosby converts first career extra point. (7-0)
13:10 - Crosby has a huge leg as evidenced by his touchback on the kickoff.
10:34 - Nick Barnett intercepts Donovan McNabb on a very athletic play at the 34 yard line.
10:30 - Brandon Jackson drops his first career reception.
10:30 - Favre completes first pass of season to Donald Driver for first completion of season.
9:40 - Mason Crosby makes 53-yard field goal, first of career. (10-0)
Packers definitely made the right decision in taking Crosby over Dave Rayner.
7:31 - Packers force another 3 & Out.
7:13 - Al Harris shaken up after hit by Atari Bigby and taken into locker room.
7:05 - James Jones makes first career reception.
4:46 - Favre throws first interception of the season (#274 of career) after Sheldon Brown steps in front of Bubba Franks.
0:10 - McNabb completes 36-yard pass to Kevin Curtis to the Green Bay 6-yard line on Tramon Williams.
The loss of Harris is really hurting the Packers pass D in the nickel and dime defenses.
End of First Quarter, Green Bay leads Philadelphia 10-0.

Just saw a commercial with Jonathon Ogden of the Ravens dancing. A lot. Didn't want to see that.
Fox is going to have another Yankees-Red Sox game on this Saturday. Ugh.

Second Quarter
14:10 - Nick Barnett forces Westbrook out of bounds at the 6-yard line on third and goal.
13:34 - David Akers kicks 23-yard field goal, but it is negated by holding penalty.
13:30 - Akers makes 33-yard field goal. (10-3)
Oh God, Ryan Seacrest is going to host the Emmys.
11:22 - DeShawn Wynn takes first career carry for 8 yards on a third down.
Those new Heineken commercials are really, really weird and freak me out.
Commercial for It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. I actually saw it being filmed in Philly in June. Neat, huh?
10:23 - Al Harris is back on sideline with heavily taped elbow.
10:09 - Al Harris returns to field.
7:10 - Cullen Jenkins injured.
Another hit to the Packers defense. With Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila's decline, Jenkins' emergence has been a pleasant surprise, but the potential loss of Jenkins would be extremely detrimental.
6:54 - Jenkins' injury reported as a calf cramp.
6:00 - McNabb throws 9-yard TD pass to Jason Avant. Akers' extra point good. (10-10)
5:46 - Packers only have one first down so far.
5:28 - Packers pick up second first down on 10-yard pass to Driver.
4:57 - This just in: Tony Siragusa is the most annoying sideline reporter on TV.
4:05 - Jevon Kearse mauls Brett Favre, forcing a sack and fourth down, before limping off to the sideline.
2:48 - McNabb is sacked by KGB.
Pittsburgh-Cleveland is on CBS. Derek Anderson is already in the game in the second quarter.
:58 - Favre completes consecutive passes to Driver and Jackson, totaling 28 yards.
:38 - Ruvell Martin catches pass for first down at Eagles 38.
:11 - Favre sacked by Monte Reagor back to Eagles 47. Packers use final timeout.
:00 - First half ends with 15 yard pass to Jackson

End of First Half: Packers 10, Eagles 10

First Half Statistical Leaders
Brett Favre, GB: 11/20, 100 yards, 0 TDs, 1 INT
Donovan McNabb, PHI: 10/17, 111 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
Brandon Jackson, GB: 5 carries, 13 yards
Brian Westbrook, PHI: 11 carries, 49 yards
Brandon Jackson, GB: 3 receptions, 34 yards
Brian Westbrook, PHI - 5 receptions, 37 yards
Kevin Curtis, PHI: 1 reception, 37 yards
Nick Barnett, GB: 5 tackles, 1 INT
Sheldon Brown, PHI: 4 tackles, 1 INT
Takeo Spikes, PHI: 4 tackles

Green Bay is struggling offensively. Jackson and Wynn need to step up for the Packers to win this game. That's about all their is to say about this.

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