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10 Eagles-Packers oddities from an 88-year rivalry

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Some of the greatest moments in Eagles history came against the Packers. Chuck Bednarik stopping Jim Taylor to clinch the 1960 NFL Championship. Donovan to FredEx on 4th and 26. Koy Detmer going into his Zorro routine at Lambeau in 1998.

The Eagles and Packers have a rich history, a history that dates back to 1933. The Eagles’ first road game in franchise history was against the Packers at City Stadium in Green Bay in 1933, and former Temple star Swede Hanson, who grew up in Central Jersey, scored the first TD in Eagles history that day in a 35-9 loss.

With the Eagles and Packers meeting Sunday at Lambeau, here are 10 curious historical nuggets we dug up from Eagles-Packers history:

NICK AND CARSON: In the last 10 years, only two opposing quarterbacks have gone into Lambeau Field and thrown three TDs with no INTs in a win over the Packers. They are Nick Foles in the Eagles’ 27-13 win in 2013 and Carson Wentz in the Eagles’ 34-27 win last year. Since Lambeau Field opened in 1957, only 11 other QBs have done that.

THE CHIP KELLY AFFECT: The Packers’ 53 points against the Eagles in a 53-20 win at Lambeau in 2014 are the 3rd-most the Eagles have ever allowed and the most they’ve allowed in the last 48 years. 

NICE CATCH, FREDEX: The Packers have won 26 straight games when they’ve had a 14-point lead after the first quarter and they’re 41-1 over the last 35 years. The only loss was against the Eagles at the Linc in the 2003 playoffs. The Packers led 14-0 on two TD passes from Brett Favre to Robert Ferguson, but the Eagles outscored them 20-3 the rest of the way thanks to Donovan McNabb’s 4th-and-26 completion to Freddie Mitchell, Brian Dawkins’ INT of Favre in overtime and 35-yard return and David Akers’ game-winning field goal.

 

BRETT FAVRE LOL: Brett Favre’s 63.5 passer rating against the Eagles was his lowest against any team he faced. It’s also 6th-lowest ever of the 41 QBs who’ve thrown at least 200 passes against the Eagles. Favre was 0-6 in his career in Philadelphia with four TDs and 10 INTs.

T.O. and B-DUB: In 2004, the Eagles beat the Packers 47-17 at the Linc, and it’s the only time in the last 50 years where two Eagles surpassed 150 receiving yards in the same game. Terrell Owens was 8-for-161 and Brin Westbrook 11-for-156. The Eagles also had two 150-yard receivers in a 1962 loss to the Cards in St. Louis (Timmy Brown and Tommy McDonald). 

NICE PASS, DELBERT: In 1937, in the fourth quarter of a season-ending 37-7 loss to the Packers at the Wisconsin State Fair Park in West Allis, Wisc., Eagles back Delbert Allen “Rabbit” Keen threw an 86-yard TD pass to Joe Carter. It stood as the longest TD pass against the Packers until 1953 and to this day - 83 years later - it remains the 11th-longest TD pass ever against the Packers and the 14th-longest TD pass ever by an Eagle. It was also the only completion of Keen’s career. Needless to say, Keen holds the NFL record for longest completion in NFL history by a player who only completed one pass.

THEY BEAT 'EM WHEN IT COUNTED: The Packers won the first 10 matchups with the Eagles and were 14-1 against the Eagles when the Eagles beat them 17-13 in the 1960 NFC Championship Game at Franklin Field. The Eagles didn’t beat them again until 1974. So in the Eagles’ first 40 years of existence, they were 2-19 against the Packers but beat them in the most important meeting - the only playoff loss ever suffered by Vince Lombardi or Bart Starr. 

PILING UP THE STATS: Aaron Rodgers has the 5th-highest passer rating ever against the Eagles at 103.9 (minimum 100 attempts), trailing only Philip Rivers (120.2), Peyton Manning (114.6), Woodbury’s Milt Plum (110.8) and Kirk Cousins (104.9). This is the second straight week the Eagles have faced a QB with one of the top-10 passer ratings ever against them. Russell Wilson is No. 7 at 101.1.

WATCH OUT FOR NO. 17: Davante Adams has 306 receiving yards in three games against the Eagles, 3rd-most by a Packer against the Eagles behind Sterling Sharpe (391) and Max McGee (378). Adams had 13 yards in his first game against the Eagles, in 2014, but 113 in 2016 and 180 last year. If he surpasses 100 yards Sunday, he’d become the 11th player ever with three straight 100-yard games against the Eagles. 

WHERE'S JEFF DELLENBACH? Eight players - including two Hall of Famers - played at least 32 games for both the Eagles and Packers: Ed West (167 Packers, 32 Eagles), Jim Ringo (131, 56), Al Harris (102, 80), Reggie White (95, 121), Cullen Jenkins (93, 32), Jeff Thomason (75, 46), Tim Hauck (58, 48) and Michael Haddix (32, 88). Tim Harris, Ron Hallstrom, Doug Pederson, Jeff Dellenbach and Tracy White didn’t make the cut.