Philly Flashback

With a big Monday night game coming up against the Eagles, Laura takes Packer Report subscribers back to a similar contest: September 9, 1996. James Willis (pictured) couldn't catch Brett Favre, and the Eagles couldn't catch the rest of the Packers, either.

This Monday night, the Packers have a chance to make a statement.

They can re-establish their Lambeau Field advantage and reclaim a winning record with a victory over Philadelphia under the bright spotlight of Monday Night Football.

For inspiration, here's a look back at a monumental Monday Night Football win over the Eagles on Sept. 9, 1996. In their first Monday night home game in a decade, Green Bay left no doubt about their championship power with a 39-13 trouncing of Ray Rhodes' Eagles.

Green Bay was coming off a 34-3 shellacking of the hapless Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Opening Day. That was a fun outing in the Florida sun with more than half of Tampa Stadium packed with backers of the Green and Gold. But the 1996 Bucs were a far cry from the Super Bowl champions they would eventually become and the big win wasn't a meaningful measure of the Packers' power.

The Philadelphia game was considered a bigger challenge. The defense had to prove they could stop Ricky Watters. Green Bay's defense proved that - holding Watters to 38 yards - and a lot more. The group made its presence felt early and often.

Green produced four first half take-aways within the first few minutes. Doug Evans picked off Rodney Peete in the red zone to set up a field goal. Defensive end Sean Jones then jarred loose a Watters fumble which was recovered by linebacker Brian Williams.

Quarterback Brett Favre, riding his four-touchdown pass performance at Tampa Bay, shook off an 0-for-5 start and engineered the first of five Green Bay touchdown drives with a 25-yard pass to Robert Brooks. He finished 17-of-31 for 261 yards without an interception.

The Packers enjoyed a 20-point second quarter to break the game wide open. Favre led scoring droves of 77-, 52- and 75-yards to send Green Bay into halftime with a 30-7 advantage.

The lead seemed insurmountable and it was. The Eagles could muster only a late touchdown. Peete suffered through a miserable performance most o the way, finishing 10-of-25 for 142 yards and three interceptions. He was spelled by former Packer Ty Detmer.

For Green Bay, Edgar Bennett rushed for 93 yards on 17 carries and added 49 yards receiving. Brooks was the leading receiver with 130 yards on just 5 catches.


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