PACKERS ROUNDUP: Packers now at .500 after Giants win 27-13
The Green Bay Packers are one game behind co-leaders Detroit and Chicago in the NFC North, after the Pack lost to the Giants at New York yesterday, 27-to-13. The Packers trailed the entire game. They got to within seven in the fourth quarter when Eddie Lacy scored on a four-yard touchdown rumble. But on Green Bay's next series, Scott Tolzien threw an interception to Jason Pierre-Paul, who ran it back 24 yards to give the Giants their final margin of victory -- New York's fourth straight win after starting the season at 0-and-6. Tolzien had three interceptions, but he did throw for 339 yards in his first N-F-L start. Jordy Nelson had eight catches for 117 yards. Mason Crosby booted two field goals, including a 57-yarder -- the second-longest in Green Bay history. But the Packer running game struggled, as Lacy was held to 27 yards. The Green Bay defense continued to miss tackles and open receivers, with corner Sam Shields out with a bad hamstring suffered late last week. Tramon Williams had the Packers' first interception in four weeks, but Green Bay still has a minus-six turnover differential on the season. Eli Manning threw for 279 yards, a touchdown, and an interception for the Giants. Victor Cruz had eight catches for 110 yards, but New York was out-gained in total yards 394-to-334. The Packers have lost three straight after Aaron Rodgers went out with a broken collarbone. They'll host Minnesota next Sunday.
The Chicago Bears moved into a tie for the N-F-C North Division lead with a 23-to-20 home overtime win over Baltimore. The Bears and Detroit are both 6-and-4, after the Lions lost at Pittsburgh 37-27. Green Bay is a game back in third. Minnesota dropped to 2-and-8 after losing at Seattle 41-to-20.
The Bears were down to 10-nothing when the game was almost two hours by high winds, pounding rains, and a tornado warning. After the weather cleared, Robbie Gould booted the game-winning field goal, a 38-yarder at 6:18 into the O-T. Matt Forte ran for 125 yards and a receiving touchdown for Chicago. Baltimore has now lost four-of-five, as Joe Flacco threw two interceptions.
The Lions lost after Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns. He had four on the day. Calvin Johnson had six catches for 179 yards and two scores for the Lions.
In the Minnesota loss, Christian Ponder threw for 129 yards, a touchdown, and two interceptions including a pick-six to Walter Thurmond. Matt Cassel replaced Ponder in the fourth quarter and threw for 78 yards, a score, and a pick. Adrian ran for 65 yards. Jarius Wright caught both of Minnesota's touchdowns.