Packers lifeless again in the Meadowlands, lose, fall to third place in NFC North
By Brian E Murphy, PackersInsider senior editor
~Starting their third different quarterback in 13 days, the Packers offense was predictable and lifeless, and the defense once again made Eli Manning look like the Super Bowl MVP he used to be. The Packers lost to the Giants 27-13.
It wasn’t for a lack of effort from practice-squad quarterback Scott Tolzein.
But with leaks on the offensive line, especially around Marshall Newhouse with Jason Pierre-Paul, it made things miserable for the whole offense.
Coach McCarthy threw away the whole first quarter with the safe, predictable run-run-pass-punt sequence, allowing the Giants to get out to a 10-0 lead early in the 2nd quarter before the Packers had even gotten a single first down.
Mason Crosby was the Packers player of the game as he made a 57-yard field goal as the first half expired, with plenty of room to spare, to cut the score to 10-6 entering the second half, with the Packers having the ball to start the half.
The Packers failed to show up in the third quarter as they were outscored 10-0, with a Tolzein interception, as the Giants raced to a two touchdown lead.
Eddie Lacy capped a nice drive with a touchdown with under 13 minutes to go, to cut the lead to 20-13.
But after the defense did a great job getting the ball back for the offense to tie it up at 20, Tolzien found Giants DE Pierre-Paul for a 24-yard pick-six interception. Instead of a drive to tie it at 20, it was suddenly a 27-13 score and game over essentially.
Tolzein ended the game with an atrocious three interceptions. The good news for the Packers is that their defense finally came up with an interception as Tramon Williams picked off Eli Manning. The turnover lead to a Packers punt though.
The loss, the Packers third straight straight, sends the Packers to 5-5 and in freefall mode.
It’s just another game that showed why many personnel evaluators around the league said that if not for Aaron Rodgers, Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy would be flipping burgers or bagging groceries somewhere.