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Packers-Eagles second-half relrections

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Dan Arkush

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By Dan Arkush

The Packers have a shot at becoming the first No. 6 seed to win the Super Bowl after hanging on for dear life in a 21-16 victory over the Eagles in Philadelphia.

Michael Vick and the Eagles made it interesting with a last-ditch drive with time winding down, but CB Tramon Williams' interception in the Packers endzone in front of intended receiver Riley Cooper sealed the deal for the Packers, whose better balanced attack ended up making the biggest difference, with help from two costly missed field goals by David Akers.

Aaron Rodgers, who threw three TD passes to three different receivers, and rookie James Starks, a major force with 123 yards rushing on 23 carries, were the big guns against an Eagles defense that stiffened after the Packers' third TD of the afternoon and made a game out of it.

Early in the second half, Vick connected with WR Jason Avant for a TD two plays after Eagles DE Juqua Parker's recovery of an Aaron Rodgers' fumble recovery.

But the Packers came right back with an impressive scoring drive. After veteran WR Donald Driver picked up a couple of first downs, Starks contributed a 19-yard jaunt and RB John Kuhn caught a pass for 16 yards, yet another running back, Brandon Jackson, danced into the endzone after catching a short pass with a convoy courtesy of Packers OLs Daryn Colledge and Mike Wells to make it 21-10.

Vick closed the gap with a TD for a QB sneak, but another potential classic comeback fell short thanks to both Williams and Desmond Bishop, who tripped up DeSean Jackson on a late reception for a possible score had he not gotten just enough of a hand on the fleet-footed menace.

 

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