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Packers are down, ....

Discussion in 'Packer Fan Forum' started by IPBprez, Nov 28, 2005.

  1. IPBprez

    IPBprez Cheesehead

    Dec 14, 2004
    Posted Nov. 28, 2005
    Green Bay Packers receiver and kick returner Andrae Thurman shows his frustration after
    fumbling and losing a late fourth quarter kickoff return Sunday against the Philadelphia
    Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pa.
    Corey Wilson/PackersNews.com

    Packers are down, and officially out

    Turnovers ensure first losing season since 1991

    By Pete Dougherty

    PHILADELPHIA — The Green Bay Packers couldn’t find respite even against a team that’s been knocked around as much as they have this season.

    The Philadelphia Eagles, whose season went into a tailspin starting with the Terrell Owens fiasco last month, lined up Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field with scatter-armed backup Mike McMahon at quarterback and three starting offensive linemen sidelined.

    Yet, like seven teams before them this season, they found a way to beat the lost-cause Packers in a close game.

    It’s no coincidence the Packers have lost seven games this season by a touchdown or less, this time 19-14 on two fourth-quarter field goals that were the difference for the Eagles.

    The story has been the same in almost all those defeats and has become the refrain of a losing season: The Packers stay close but are too easily goaded into turnovers, and without sufficient playmaking talent on offense, or a dynamic turnover-forcing player on defense, they don’t make the decisive plays with the game on the line.

    As in several of their defeats this season, this game ended with a failed effort at a last-gasp score. Against the Eagles, quarterback Brett Favre forced a bomb into triple coverage that was intercepted in the end zone with 38 seconds to play.

    “I hope no one’s getting used to losing, because I’m not,â€

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