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Rodgers stars as Packers snap losing streak against Eagles

The win saw the team improve to 5-6 in the NFC North, though they still lag behind division leaders Detroit (7-4) and Minnesota (6-5).

Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers walks off the field after an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers walks off the field after an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
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AARON RODGERS TOSSED two touchdown passes as the Green Bay Packers snapped their four-game losing streak with a 27-13 win over the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday.

Rodgers hit wide receiver Davante Adams for both of his touchdown passes to resurrect the Packers’ outside hopes of forcing their way into the playoff picture following a disappointing campaign.

The win saw the Packers improve to 5-6 in the NFC North, though they still lag behind division leaders Detroit (7-4) and Minnesota (6-5).

The Eagles’ defeat left them rooted to the bottom of the NFC East at 5-6 although they remain in contention for a wild-card berth.

The Packers had opened up a 14-10 lead at half-time and were 17-13 up after both teams began the second half with an exchange of field goals.

However the game swung decisively Green Bay’s way when Eagles lineman Fletcher Cox was penalised for roughing the passer on an incomplete third down pass.

That gave Green Bay an automatic first down and they duly rammed home the advantage to score through fullback Aaron Ripkowski on a one-yard run.

A further field goal put the Packers 27-13 ahead, a lead the Eagles never looked like overhauling as the clock wound down in the fourth quarter.

Rodgers finished with 30 completions from 39 attempts to pass 300 yards.

Rookie counterpart Carson Wentz started brightly but faded as Green Bay took control in the second half. Wentz completed 24 of 36 passes for 254 yards, but threw for no touchdowns and one interception.

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