Injuries, losses mounting for Pack
GREEN BAY, Wis. – Aaron Rodgers carried a clipboard. Seneca Wallace wore a knit cap and a downtrodden look, relegated to the sideline with a sore groin.
Ravaged again by injuries, the Packers still got a good performance out of third-string quarterback and former practice squad player Scott Tolzien considering the circumstances.
As it turns out, quarterback may not have been the biggest concern for coach Mike McCarthy following a 27-13 loss Sunday to the Philadelphia Eagles .
"We had a lot of tough situations today, no excuses," McCarthy said. "I thought Scott Tolzien played as well as could be expected."
Tolzien, who played in college at Wisconsin, entered after Wallace left following the first series with the groin injury. Rodgers was already out with a fractured left collarbone suffered in a Monday night loss to the Bears.
Tolzien was 24 for 39 with 280 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions. He zipped a 22-yard pass to Brandon Bostick with 3:29 left in the third quarter to cut the Eagles' lead to 20-10.
Nick Foles was better.
A week after tying the NFL record by passing for seven TDs, Foles threw for three long touchdowns.
Foles found DeSean Jackson for a 55-yard score in the first half. Touchdown passes to Riley Cooper from 45 and 32 yards highlighted a 17-point second half for the up-tempo Eagles.
"He has great poise," Cooper said about Foles. "He's going to sit in the pocket and kind of dissect the defense."
Philadelphia handed Green Bay its first back-to-back home losses since 2008, Aaron Rodgers' first season as the starting quarterback. It was the worst home loss for the Packers since falling 38-10 to the New York Jets on Dec. 3, 2006.
The Eagles, the NFL's road warriors, improved to 5-5, with all their victories coming away from Philly.
They won a battle of attrition at Lambeau Field on Sunday.
"You've got to win your home games," McCarthy said. "We've lost two in 6 days and this stings."
Foles exposed Green Bay's secondary in the second half. Cooper was wide open on both of his long scores, rolling over the goal line on his 45-yard TD catch after being untouched on the ground, then working his way free toward the left sideline after Morgan Burnet slipped for a 32-yard score to make it 27-10 with 10 seconds left in the third quarter.
Linebacker Clay Matthews returned after a four-game absence, wearing a large, black wrap to protect his injured right thumb. The Packers did manage three sacks, but pass-rushing specialist Matthews was neutralized mostly by the tricky, quick-strike Eagles.
"I've never been a part of something like this, where we can't stop a team in the last 2 weeks," defensive lineman B.J. Raji said. "Need the ball back for your offense, and whatever they ran worked."