EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (WSAU-TSN) The Green Bay Packers continue to find life without Aaron Rodgers to be extremely challenging.
Scott Tolzien threw three interceptions in place of the injured former league MVP, one of which was returned 24 yards by Jason Pierre-Paul for a momentum- changing touchdown in the fourth quarter that helped the New York Giants to a 27-13 victory over the free-falling Packers at MetLife Stadium.
Tolzien did do some good things in his first NFL start, throwing for 339 yards on 24-of-34 efficiency and leading a long touchdown drive early in the fourth quarter that brought the Packers within 20-13. His next series ended in disaster, however, with Pierre-Paul making an athletic leaping grab of the young quarterback's attempt in the flat and racing untouched to the end zone with 10:49 left to play.
Green Bay (5-5) has now dropped three straight since Rodgers exited the team's Week 9 loss to Chicago early with a fractured left collarbone.
Conversely, New York (4-6) has now reeled off four consecutive wins since a dreadful 0-6 start. Pierre-Paul's touchdown highlighted a strong defensive effort that limited the Packers to 55 rushing yards, while Victor Cruz paced the offense with an eight-catch, 110-yard performance.
Eli Manning added a touchdown pass to Rueben Randle and finished with 279 yards and an interception on a 25-of-35 completion rate.
Jordy Nelson racked up 117 yards on eight catches for Green Bay, with Jarrett Boykin amassing 91 yards on six grabs.