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Oct 9, 8:30 pm - Giants at Green Bay
Game 5
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Giants lose to the Packers 23-16.
Eli Manning was 18 of 35 for 199 yards, and had 1 fumble and 1 TD.
Bobby Rainey rushed for 22 yards on 5 carries, and caught 6 passes for 52 yards.
Orleans Darkwa rushed for 11 yards on 7 carries.
Paul Perkins rushed for 9 yards on 2 carries, and caught 1 pass for 13 yards.
Odell Beckham Jr. caught 5 passes for 56 yards and 1 TD.
Will Tye caught 2 passes for 37 yards.
Jerell Adams caught 2 passes for 27 yards.
Sterling Shepard caught 2 passes for 14 yards.
Janoris Jenkins had 2 Interceptions.
Josh Brown kicked 47, 41, and 30 yard field goals.

Game Notes:
"Green Bay got the ball first in this game, and they were making play after play while slowly moving the ball down the field. Every time Aaron Rodgers needed something to keep a drive going he was able to get it done. By the time Rodgers finally threw his two yard touchdown pass, almost nine minutes were gone in the quarter. The Giants, on their turn, went mostly no huddle, and after making one first down they were off the field in about two minutes.
Next Green Bay had to start at their own eight yard line, and once again the defense couldn't get them off the field. The first quarter ended on a good note though. With a 3rd-and-6 on the Giants 21 yard line, Rodgers rushed the play and caught the defense with 12 men on the field, but an illegal shift on the offense resulted in a do over, so his touchdown pass didn't count. Then Janoris Jenkins intercepted Rodgers on his next pass to end the quarter.
The second quarter started with the Giants on the 7 yard line after an Ereck Flowers holding penalty that also took away a nice 16 yard catch by Odell Beckham Jr. After Bobby Rainey caught one, Beckham caught another for a first down. That was followed of course by a false start by Bobby Hart. It didn't help matters, and this drive ended with a punt. So far on two drives all the Giants had to show was two first downs, and both on passes to Beckham.
When the defense forced Green Bay three and out, and Will Tye took an Eli Manning pass for 27 yards downfield, things were looking up. They came away with a field goal, but Green Bay followed up with a touchdown to put them ahead 14-3. The Giants went nowhere, but Jenkins stopped Rodgers once again with another interception. Another first down pass to Beckham, and a short run by Bobby Rainey, got the Giants close enough to add another field goal. With less than two minutes to go, Rodgers looked foolish when three straight incomplete passes took only 24 seconds off the clock. The Giants had almost a minute and a half left to help close the gap, but Manning was sacked on the second play and fumbled the ball over. Green Bay went on to end the half with another field goal and a 17-6 lead.
The Giants chipped away, adding another field goal in the third quarter, and Green Bay added two more in the fourth. I was really hoping when Manning hit Beckham for a touchdown to make it a 23-16 game, that they could bring it home this time, but that didn't happen. Green Bay was able to kill the three minutes that were left to end the game. Overall it was another disappointing game, with the same continuing problems, especially for the offense. I don't know what to think any more."

Game Notes:
"How is it possible that Victor Cruz had zero catches in this game? Well, Eli Manning went to him on only two occasions, so you'd think that he was killing it with Sterling Shepard and Odell Beckham Jr. They were targets a combined 19 times, but shared only 7 receptions for 70 yards and 1 touchdown. Now compare that to the running backs, catching 7 of 8 of Manning's 8 throws for 65 yards. This is the second game in a row where the Giants passing game has been stunted while trying to use the best playmakers on the field for that job.
The running game also faltered. Orleans Darkwa had trouble carrying the main load in this game compared to the last.
On a positive note, Bobby Rainy has been doing his part filling in for Shane Vereen. He's showing that he can run with the ball, and make the catches as well. That goes the same for Paul Perkins, though both have had limited attempts.
Manning was sacked three times tonight, so adding it all up it looks like the offense needs a bit of fixing. The thought last week was that they were a little bewildered by Minnesota playing cover 2 defense. Of course they expected to see it again, and judging at how they handled it, they can expect to see it a lot more.
As for the defense, they couldn't get any real pressure on Aaron Rodgers who had plenty of time to throw the ball. In the first quarter cornerback Janoris Jenkins did get the Giants first takeaway of the season, and then added another interception in the second. It's too bad Jenkins wasn't able to continue doing that, because overall the defense couldn't get off the field. This was especially true on third downs, and they gave up 147 yards on the ground. Going over all this it was almost surprising that the Giants managed to make things interesting at the end. One touchdown in the fourth quarter made it 23-16, so they trailed by just one score.
Then the defense took the field and they gave all they had left. Stopping Green Bay on a third and ten would have given the offense one last shot, but Rodgers completed a short pass. Randall Cobb broke tackles and took it 13 yards, and to the two minute warning. The Giants had spent their time outs, so that was it. The best I can say is that the Giants looked a little better in this loss than the others, but that's not enough. Winning football games is what it's all about, and maybe playing the Ravens in a home game next Sunday during daylight hours will give them a boost."

First Quarter

Play: Jordy Nelson 2 Yd pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby Kick)
Drive info: 16 plays, 75 yards, 8:42
Packers 7-0

Second Quarter

Play: Josh Brown 47 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 5 plays, 26 yards, 1:24
Packers 7-3
Play: Davante Adams 29 Yd pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby Kick)
Drive info: 5 plays, 80 yards, 2:20
Packers 14-3
Play: Josh Brown 41 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 5 plays, 17 yards, 1:13
Packers 14-6
Play: Mason Crosby 44 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 4 plays, 5 yards, 1:15
Packers 17-6

Third Quarter

Play: Josh Brown 30 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 9 plays, 41 yards, 4:43
Packers 17-9

Fourth Quarter

Play: Mason Crosby 33 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 9 plays, 65 yards, 4:46
Packers 20-9
Play: Mason Crosby 25 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 13 plays, 73 yards, 6:22
Packers 23-9
Play: Odell Beckham Jr. 8 Yd pass from Eli Manning (Josh Brown Kick)
Drive info: 10 plays, 63 yards, 3:45
Vikings 23-16

Giants have lost their last 7 games after trailing at halftime.

Giants gained just 219 yards, their lowest total since 197 yards at Detroit in 2014.

Giants, with 20 or fewer points in 4 of 5 games, rank 27th in the NFL in that area.

Giants Odell Beckham Jr. scored his first touchdown of the season with 2:54 left in the 4th quarter.

Giants rookie tight end Jerell Adams had the first two catches of his career, for 27 yards.

Giants came up with 2 interceptions, their first of the season, and both by Janoris Jenkins.

Packers came away with 4 sacks, 3 on Eli Manning, and one on Beckham's failed trick play.

Packers 16-play, 75-yard opening drive took up the first 8:42 of the game. It was the team's longest scoring drive by time on the season that ended with a touchdown.
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