National Football League
                  === Giants top Packers to continue roll ===
 East  Rutherford,  NJ ( -  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.
 "He  made a nice  play, but it's on me. I gave him a freebie there, really. It
 was a huge momentum swing," Tolzien said of the Pierre-Paul interception.
 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.
 "We're  playing  better defense,  we've rushed  the ball  better, we've done a
 little  better  job tightning  up with  the turnovers,"  Giants head coach Tom
 Coughlin said of the team's winning streak.
 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.
 Tolzien's  starting  debut began  ominously, as the  Packers' first two drives
 both  ended  in three-and-outs during  an opening  quarter in which the Giants
 dominated en route to building a 10-0 lead less than a minute into the second.
 Randle  helped set up New York's initial score with a 32-yard punt return into
 Packers'  territory,  then hauled in  Manning's bullet down the middle shortly
 afterward  for  a 26-yard  touchdown that  sent the Giants  in front with 5:34
 remaining in the period.
 Cruz's  30-yard  catch-and-run on New York's  next possession, along with a 5-
 yard  rush  on 4th-and-1, helped  set up a 40-yard  field goal from Josh Brown
 that extended the margin to double-digits.
 Tolzien  began to find  a groove on the ensuing trip, finding Nelson for a 25-
 yard gain and connecting with James Jones on a 45-yard deep strike that led to
 Mason Crosby's 24-yard field goal that got Green Bay on the board.
 The  Packers halted a potential scoring drive when Tramon Williams intercepted
 Manning  deep in  enemy territory late in  the first half, and Tolzien got his
 team in range for Crosby to knock through a 57-yard field goal as time expired
 to bring Green Bay within 10-6 at the break.
 Jon  Beason intercepted Tolzien's second pass of the second half, however, and
 Manning hit Hakeem Nicks in stride for a 35-yard gain on the following play to
 bring  New  York to the  Packers' 15.  The Giants' offense stalled thereafter,
 though,  and Brown came on for a 28-yard field goal to restore the seven-point
 After  forcing  another Packers'  punt, Manning  engineered a 10-play, 63-yard
 march  to  enable New  York to  create some  distance. He  went 6-for-6 on the
 sequence, highlighted by a 25-yard connection with Cruz and an 8-yard delivery
 to  Brandon  Myers on  3rd-and-5 that  created a  1st-and-goal from the three.
 Jacobs punched it in from a yard out two snaps later to give the Giants a 20-6
 advantage late in the third quarter.
 The Packers needed just five plays to answer. Boykin made an acrobatic 52-yard
 catch to put Green Bay back in the red zone, with Eddie Lacy powering off a 4-
 yard run to finish off the short trek and make it a one-possession game.
 Green  Bay's defense  then induced a quick three-and-out, but Pierre-Paul came
 up  with his interception  immediately after the punt to turn the tide and put
 the Packers back in a 14-point hole.
 Tolzien got Green Bay inside the Giants' 35 just after the two-minute warning,
 but his errant throw for Boykin down the middle was picked off by Antrel Rolle
 to end any comeback hopes.
                                   Game Notes
 Lacy's touchdown was only the second allowed by the Giants' defense during the
 team's  four-game win  streak ... Crosby's 57-yard kick was the second-longest
 field goal in Packers history, surpassed only by his 58-yarder at Minnesota on
 Oct.  23, 2011 ... New York has now won the last three meetings in the series,
 following  up a  37-20 victory at Lambeau  Field in the 2011 NFC Playoffs with
 last  season's 38-10  triumph at  home ...  Lacy was  held to  27 yards  on 14
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