NFL Match Report: Massive win for Giants

Green Bay Packers 10-38 New York Giants

Last night, Eli manning said that he felt like his arm was refreshed and that he has more pop in his throw after the week off. Eleven weeks can take its toll on a throwing arm and it seems the rest couldn’t have come at a better time for the Giants.

Green Bay were without several key players from both their offence and defence. Clay Matthews, Charles Woodson and Greg Jennings being some of the bigger absentees. The Packers certainly felt their losses, too, as QB Aaron Rodgers was sacked five times throughout the game.

It was the home side who got the game going and Eli was able to orchestrate a first drive TD. Ahmad Bradshaw received a screen pass from his captain, before gaining a colossal 65 yards. This lead to their first TD, as fullback Andre Brown rushed in to put the Giants ahead.

Green Bay responded quickly though, as Rodgers passed to Jordy Nelson for a 61 yard TD on their first drive. Crosby converted the PAT.

On the Giants next possession, Manning threw a few passes astray and Green Bay received the ball back. They stuck to a running game on this drive before Chris Canty tripped Rodgers on 3rd down and Crosby aimed the field goal attempt wide. The Giants next few plays saw M. Bennet blocking the Packer’s offensive line with ease. This allowed Manning extra time in the pocket on countless occasions. The rookie wide receiver Rubin Randle received a TD pass with two minutes left, his first TD in the NFL.

With only two minutes left, Aaron Rodgers was picked excellently by Corey Webster, which resulted in a field goal from Lawrence Tynes. Rodgers was sacked again, this time by Chase Blackburn. This ended an eventful first quarter.

The second quarter began with Green Bay returning the ball to New York. The Giants mixed up their offensive plays well here, Bradshaw again gaining crucial yards before Manning found Cruz for a TD between double coverage.

Green Bay failed to complete another TD for the rest of the same and their last points came from a 28 yard field goal. On their next drive, Rodgers was stripped by Osi Umenyiora and Jason Pierre-Paul picked up the fumble for some yards. Bradshaw completed another TD for New York, taking his total yards to 117 for the game. At half time, the score read Green Bay 10-31 New York.

As the 3rd quarter got under way, the battle between Andre Rolle and Randle Cobb was a spectacle worth noting. Rolle was getting the better of the Packers wide man, which made things for Rodgers very difficult.With three minutes left to play, Manning found Hakeem Nicks from the shotgun. The play was challenged by green Bay but eventually, the TD was award to New York.

This was the final score of the game and also, Eli Manning’s 200th career TD pass, making him the most successful QB in the franchise’s history.

Green Bay struggled to get going and Rodgers continued to get sacked. The game ended 10-38, meaning that the Giants are now 7-4 with a two game lead over their NFC east rivals, where as Green Bay slip behind the Bears in the NFC north. Next week see’s the Giants travel to Washington to face the in form rookie RG3 and co. Green Bay face Minnesota in an equally tricky encounter.

Stats

Green Bay New York
Rush 116 yds 147 yds
Pass 201 yds 243 yds
Sacks 5 1
TD 1 5
QB Passes/ Yards 14/25 for 219 yards. 1630 for 249 yards.