Packers fall to 5-5 with 27-13 loss

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on November 17, 2013 – 6:10 pm

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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ–The Packers’ losing streak reached three games with a 27-13 loss to the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, but the Packers lost no ground in the NFC North title race, thanks to Detroit’s loss in Pittsburgh.

The Packers cut the Giants’ lead to seven points, 20-13, when Eddie Lacy capped an 83-yard drive with a 4-yard touchdown run. The big play in the drive was a 52-yard pass completion from Scott Tolzien to Jarrett Boykin.

After the Packers defense pitched a three-and-out at the Giants offense, the Packers had the ball at their 30-yard line and with momentum on their side. That momentum quickly switched sides, however, when Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, who’s had big games against the Packers in recent years, intercepted a Tolzien pass and returned it 24 yards for a touchdown that gave the Giants a 14-point lead with 10:55 to play in the game. Pierre-Paul’s play would be the game-clincher for the Giants.

Green Bay’s record falls to 5-5, a game behind Detroit and Chicago, each 6-4. Chicago defeated visiting Baltimore in overtime.

Tolzien, in his first pro start, completed 24 of 34 passes for 339 yards, no touchdowns and three interceptions. Eli Manning threw for 279 yards, one touchdown and one interception.


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Giants increase lead to 20-6 after three quarters

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on November 17, 2013 – 5:27 pm

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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ–The Packers were down by 14 points, 20-6, heading into the fourth quarter of Sunday night’s game against the Giants at MetLife Stadium.

Scott Tolzien’s 29-yard pass to Jordy Nelson on the Packers’ first drive of the second half put the Packers across midfield, but two plays later Tolzien was intercepted by linebacker Jon Beason and the Giants were in business at the 50-yard line.

Immediately, Eli Manning connected with Hakeem Nicks on a 35-yard pass. The drive stalled, however, and the Giants had to settle for a 28-yard field goal that gave them a 13-6 lead with 10:06 to play in the third quarter.

Mike McCarthy, in another bold special teams move, ordered a fake punt on fourth-and-seven at the Giants 43-yard line. The Packers came up a yard shy of the first down at the Giants 37-yard line with 6:32 to play in the third quarter.

Manning found Victor Cruz down the right sideline for 25 yards to the Packers 32-yard line. Micah Hyde was in coverage. Two plays later, Manning hit Cruz over the middle for 14 yards to the 16.

On third-and-five, Manning pitched a strike to Brandon Myers for a first down at the 3-yard line. Two plays later, Brandon Jacobs scored from a yard out.


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Crosby’s 57-yarder cuts deficit to 10-6 at half

Posted by Mike Spofford on November 17, 2013 – 4:43 pm

131117-in-game-updates-2b-300EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — K Mason Crosby ended the first half with a 57-yard FG to pull the Packers within 10-6 at intermission.

The Packers took over on their own 37-yard line with 43 seconds left in the half. Passes of 9 yards to WR Jarrett Boykin and 15 yards to WR Jordy Nelson, followed by a spike with 5 seconds left, set up the kick for Crosby.

It’s the longest outdoor field goal in club history and the second longest overall, one yard shy of Crosby’s 58-yarder at the Metrodome in 2011.

The Giants began the quarter by getting a 40-yard field goal from Josh Brown to make it 10-0. A 30-yard pass to WR Victor Cruz on third-and-7 got the drive going. New York then converted a fourth-and-inches at the Green Bay 36 on a run by RB Brandon Jacobs. On the next series, the Giants faced fourth-and-short again, but elected to kick.

The Packers answered with a field goal of their own. QB Scott Tolzien hit passes of 25 yards to Nelson and 45 yards to WR James Jones to get the ball in the red zone, but the drive stalled there. Crosby kicked a 24-yard FG.

That red-zone failure made the Packers just 1-of-7 in scoring TDs in the red zone since QB Aaron Rodgers’ injury.

The Packers defense thwarted the Giants next drive after a 74-yard march. Another fourth-and-short conversion by Jacobs got New York into scoring range. But on third-and-11 from the 15, CB Tramon Williams made a diving interception of a pass that was thrown behind WR Louis Murphy Jr., and the Packers remained within seven points.


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Packers trail, 7-0, following one quarter at MetLife

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on November 17, 2013 – 3:58 pm

131117-in-game-updates-1-300EAST RUTERFORD, NJ–The Packers trailed the Giants, 7-0, following a quarter of action at MetLife Stadium on Sunday.

The Giants took a 7-0 lead on a 26-yard pass from Eli Manning to Rueben Randall with 5:34 to play in the first quarter. It capped a five-play, 42-yard drive. One of the big plays in the drive was a third-and-five run by Andre Brown that gained 10 yards and a first down at the Packers 27-yard line. Micah Hyde was in coverage on the Manning-to-Randall touchdown play.

On the Giants’ next possession, Manning completed a 30-yard pass to Victor Cruz to move the Giants to the Packers 45-yard line. The Giants faced a fourth-and-inches at the Packers 36 and Brandon Jacobs burst through a big hole over left guard for a first down at the 31. That’s where the ball was when the quarter ended.

Packers fans got good news shortly after kickoff: Pittsburgh rallied to beat the Lions, who are now 6-4. With a win, the Packers would move into a first-place tie.


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Packers hold on for 19-17 win over Ravens

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on October 13, 2013 – 3:09 pm

Packers WR Jordy Nelson scores a TD.BALTIMORE–The Packers held off a late Ravens rally to score a 19-17 win at M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday. The win left the Packers at 3-2.

The Ravens cut the Packers’ lead to 16-10 early in the fourth quarter following a 10-play, 80-yard touchdown drive. It made for another tense final quarter for the Packers.

Green Bay converted a critical third-and-1 play with 10:13 to play. Aaron Rodgers completed a sideline throw to Jordy Nelson.

Eddie Lacy caught the Ravens in a blitz on the next play, and Lacy broke loose for a 17-yard run. Again, the Packers faced a third-and-short play. This time, Lacy pounded out the first down.

A pass to Jermichael Finley gained 19 yards and put the Packers in field goal range to widen their lead to two scores. Lacy ran twice against a fatigued Baltimore defense. On third-and-three from the Ravens 12-yard line, following a Packers time out, Rodgers threw safely out of bounds. Mason Crosby then booted a 31-yard field goal that gave the Packers a 19-10 lead with 4:17 to play.

The Packers then reduced the Ravens to a last-gasp, fourth-and-21 play, but Tandon Doss got behind the Packers coverage for a 63-yard pass from Joe Flacco, who followed with an 18-yard touchdown pass to Dallas Clark. All of a sudden, the Ravens were back in the game with 2:04 to play, trailing by two points.

With all three timeouts remaining, Baltimore elected to kick away on the kickoff. Lacy carried for a yard that brought the game to the two-minute warning. Tension had fully returned.

Rodgers ran for six yards and the Ravens called time out. The game came down to a third-and-3 play. Roders found Finley over the middle and Finley completed a 51-yard, catch-and-run play that clinched victory.

Lacy rushed for 120 yards, his first-ever 100-yard game. Rodgers completed 17 of 32 passes for 315 yards, one touchdown and one interception.


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Packers add to lead in third quarter, 16-3

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on October 13, 2013 – 2:27 pm

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BALTIMORE–The Packers held a 16-3 lead over the Ravens after three quarters of action at M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday.

A three-and-out capped by a sack by Micah Hyde, a short punt and a 23-yard return by Hyde put the Packers at the Ravens 39-yard line early in the third quarter, but what appeared to be a turning point in the game in the Packers’ favor was canceled by a Jimmy Smith interception in the end zone of an Aaron Rodgers pass intended by Jordy Nelson.

On the Packers’ next possession, Jarrett Boykin, playing in place of Randall Cobb (ruled out with a knee injury), caught a short pass and went 43 yards with it to the Ravens 25-yard line. Following a holding penalty on Jermichael Finley, Rodgers faced a third-and-17. Rodgers misfired on a pass for Finley. Mason Crosby’s 50-yard field goal gave the Packers a two-score lead, 9-0.

Lightning struck almost immediately. Joe Flacco completed a pass over the middle to Marlon Brown. He broke Tramon Williams’ tackle attempt and Brown went 59 yards to the Packers 6-yard line. The Packers defense held, again, and the Ravens elected to kick a field goal and cut the Packers’ lead to 9-3.

Rodgers made lightning strike for the Packers on their next possession. He froze the Ravens secondary with a play-action fake and then hit a streaking Jordy Nelson in stride to complete a 64-yard touchdown pass that put the Packers up, 16-3, with 2:12 to play in the third quarter.


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Packers extend lead to 6-0 on final play of first half

Posted by Mike Spofford on October 13, 2013 – 1:37 pm

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BALTIMORE –A 31-yard FG by Mason Crosby on the final play of the first half gave the Packers a 6-0 lead over the Ravens.

Packers LB Nick Perry strip-sacked QB Joe Flacco, with DE Datone Jones recovering the ball and returning it 20 yards with just 2 seconds left in the half. Crosby then made the kick as time ran out.

Moments earlier, the Packers failed to extend their lead as K Crosby missed a 44-yard field goal try.

That came one play after WR Randall Cobb made a catch over the middle but was hit low and injured. After being helped off, and a personal foul was marked off on the Packers, Crosby missed wide right, breaking his streak of 10 straight makes to start the season.

The Packers preserved their initial 3-0 lead with a goal-line stand. A 45-yard pass to TE Dallas Clark moved the Ravens into scoring range, and they eventually had first-and-goal from the 4. But three Ray Rice runs got only to the 1, and then when the Ravens decided to go for it on fourth down — after the Packers declined a holding penalty on third down — Bernard Pierce was stuffed at the goal line and the Packers took over.

Green Bay blew a chance for great field position on special teams. TE Ryan Taylor blocked a punt, but FB John Kuhn tried to pick up the rolling football and failed. The fumble was recovered by the Ravens for a first down at their own 41, and moments later Clark had his big pass play and Baltimore was threatening to score.

The Packers went nowhere, however, as WR Jarrett Boykin — in the game in place of the injured James Jones — dropped a pass over the middle that would have picked up the first down.

Early in the quarter, the Packers nearly had a costly turnover. Ravens DE Elvis Dumervil sacked Aaron Rodgers and forced a fumble for the second time in the game, but WR Jarrett Boykin recovered for Green Bay inside the Packers’ 10-yard line. RT Don Barclay, who is struggling to block Dumervil, had recovered the previous fumble by Rodgers.


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Packers hold 3-0 lead after one quarter of play

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on October 13, 2013 – 12:40 pm

Packers RB Eddie LacyBALTIMORE–The Packers held a 3-0 lead over the Ravens on Sunday, following one quarter of play at M&T Bank Stadium.

The Packers stormed out of the gate on the strength of two Eddie Lacy runs totaling 47 yards. Jordy Nelson dropped a second-down pass that would’ve likely carried inside the 10-yard line. On third-and-four, Aaron Rodgers threw incomplete. Mason Crosby then booted a 45-yard field goal to give the Packers a 3-0 lead with 13:11 to play in the first quarter.

Baltimore was unable to mount a scoring threat.

James Jones sustained a leg injury and his return was questionable.

Rodgers completed five of nine passes for 46 yards in the quarter. Lacy rushed five times for 57 yards.


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