Banged up Packers fall to Eagles, 27-13

Banged up Packers fall to Eagles, 27-13

Seneca Wallace's time as Green Bay's quarterback didn't last long.
Seneca Wallace's time as Green Bay's quarterback didn't last long.

Wallace injured his groin on the first drive of Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles, leaving the Packers in scramble mode at quarterback for the second week in a row.  Former Wisconsin Badger Scott Tolzien, just signed from the practice squad on Wednesday, took over.

Tolzien completed 24 of 39 passes for 280 yards and a touchdown in his first significant NFL action, but also tossed two interceptions, including one in the end zone on a pass intended for an open Jordy Nelson.

Green Bay leaned heavily once again on rookie running back Eddie Lacy, who had 73 yards on 24 carries.

But the story of the game (other than Green Bay's quarterback situation) was the Packer defense's inability to keep the Eagles from hitting big plays.  Nick Foles hooked up with DeSean Jackson for a 55 yard touchdown in the first quarter, after Tramon Williams and Morgan Burnett batted the underthrown ball in the air, making it 7-0 Philadelphia.

Then in the third, down 10-3, the Packers allowed Foles to hook up with Riley Cooper on a 45 yard score which pushed the Eagles lead to 17-3.

It was 20-3 when Tolzien found tight end Brandon Bostick for a score, pulling the Packers back within 10, but Foles tossed another touchdown pass to Cooper to make it a 17 point game, seemingly putting the game out of reach.

But the Packers kicked a field goal to make it 27-13 in the fourth, then, Tramon Williams sacked Foles and recovered the ensuing fumble, putting the Packers in great position to score a touchdown.  On fourth down, however, a pass to Jordy Nelson was ruled incomplete, and even though replays showed Nelson in control of the football, Mike McCarthy failed to win the subsequent challenge.  The Eagles then ran out the final 9 minutes of the game to pick up the win.

It's the first time the Packers have lost back to back regular season games at Lambeau Field since 2008.  Green Bay (5-4) travels to face the New York Giants at 3:25 next Sunday.  The Giants have won three games in a row after starting the season 0-6.
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