Hobbled Packers lose to Eagles

Tolzien takes over for injured Wallace at QB
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Photo by Jim Leuenberger Packers receiver Jordy Nelson dives for the end zone during Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lambeau Field in Green Bay. The Packers lost 27-13.

Photo by Jim Leuenberger Packers coach Mike McCarthy talks to quarterback Scott Tolzien during a game Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lambeau Field in Green Bay. The Packers lost 27-13.

Another game, another injured Green Bay Packers quarterback.

Thrust into duty just a few days after being elevated from the practice squad, quarterback Scott Tolzien took over the Packers’ offense Sunday in a 27-13 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles at Lambeau Field in Green Bay.

After losing Aaron Rodgers to a broken collarbone on the Packers' first drive last week, the Packers lost his replacement, Seneca Wallace, to a groin injury after the team’s first drive Sunday.

“It’s two weeks in a row,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said on the difficulty of losing a quarterback in each of the last two games. “You have a guy that goes through the week and takes all the reps. Unfortunately, he suffered the injury there in the first series.”

While Tolzien threw two interceptions, one in the end zone in the second quarter and another off a deflection in the third quarter, the former Wisconsin quarterback played well. He completed 24 of 39 passes for 280 yards with one touchdown--22 yards to Brandon Bostick in the third quarter to cut the Eagles’ lead to 20-10.

“You’ve got to prepare yourself for that, so that it’s not a shock when you go in,” Tolzien said. “That’s why you prepare that way, so you’re not surprised when your number is called.”

Tolzien’s play was so impressive, McCarthy wasted no time announcing the third-stringer would start against the Giants on Sunday in New York.

“I thought Scott did a hell of a job,” McCarthy said. “We’re running plays he hasn’t even practiced yet. For the most part, he was seamless in the huddle.”

The Packers' defense was far less impressive.

After stopping the Eagles’ first possession, the defense gave up a 55-yard touchdown on a throw from quarterback Nick Foles to DeSean Jackson in the first quarter. The Eagles added a 25-yard Alex Henery field goal in the second quarter.

Packers kicker Mason Crosby, who missed from 53 and 42-yards, put in a 26-yard field goal to cut the Eagles lead to 10-3.

The Eagles scored on their first possession of the second half when Foles found Riley Cooper for a 45-yard touchdown. A 41-yard field goal by Henery would put Philadelphia up 20-3. Foles and Cooper would connect again in the third quarter on a 32-yard throw and catch.

Crosby kicked a 35-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter to make it 27-13, and the Packers appeared to have the momentum after cornerback Tramon Williams hit Foles in the backfield and knocked the ball loose at the Philadelphia 13-yard line.

A few plays later, Tolzien appeared to find receiver Jordy Nelson in the end zone, but the play was ruled an incomplete pass as Nelson fell on the ball and did not secure it. McCarthy challenged the call, but it was upheld.

“It was obviously disappointing,” Nelson said. “I thought the last view gave enough evidence that my hand and arm were underneath (the ball).”

That gave the Eagles the ball back with 9:32 left to play. A methodical drive, similar to what the defense gave up against Chicago last week, kept Green Bay from getting the ball back.

Rookie first-round draft choice Datone Jones logged two sacks in the game. Rookie running back Eddie Lacy had 73 yards on 24 carries.

Jarrett Boykin was Tolzien’s favorite target, catching eight balls for 112 yards. Nelson finished with six catches for 56 yards.

Philadelphia’s LeSean McCoy had 155 yards on 25 carries. Foles finished 12 for 18 for 228 yards and three touchdowns.

Rodgers was called “week-to-week” after the Bears game and might not return until after the Thanksgiving Day game against the Detroit Lions (6-3), who moved into first place in the NFC North on Sunday with a victory over the Bears, who are tied with the Packers (5-4).