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Packers-Eagles first-half relrections

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By Dan Arkush

Beggars can’t be choosers, but the Packers would be leading the Eagles by more than the 14-3 advatage they enjoy at halftime in Philadelphia if not for James Jones holding true to his inconsistent form and dropping a sure TD pass just before halftime that would have really put the Eagles in a deep hole.

As it was, the Packers mostly had their way with the Eagles, who looked very flat for the most part, especially when DeSean Jackson went out with an early knee injury before returning. Green Bay’s short-passing game clicked with its usual efficiency, and rookie Tom Crabtree kept up the trend of everybody on the roster coming out of the woodwork to make a key contribution at any time with the game’s first score.

The Packers’ took a two-TD lead when Rodgers connected with James Jones, who beat Asante Samuel in the endzone.

A big boost was provided by rookie RB James Starks, who is running with speed and power for the second straight week.

The Eagles showed a little flicker of life before the half ended with a 29-yard David Akers field goal set up by Michael Vick’s 44-yard hook-up with Eagles WR Jeremy Maclin and Vick’s 14-yard scramble.

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