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Jan 8, 4:40 PM Giants at Green Bay
Game 17 - Wildcard Playoff
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Giants lose to the Packers 38-13.
Eli Manning was 23 of 44 for 299 yards with 1TD and 1 INT, and 1 carry for 11 yards.
Paul Perkins rushed for 30 yards on 10 carries, and caught 3 passes for 27 yards.
Rashad Jennings rushed for 29 yards on 5 carries, and caught 1 pass for 4 yards.
Bobby Rainey rushed for 0 yards on 1 carry, and caught 1 pass for 8 yards.
Tavarres King caught 3 passes for 73 yards and 1TD.
Will Tye caught 4 passes for 66 yards.
Sterling Shepard caught 4 passes for 63 yards.
Victor Cruz caught 3 passes for 30 yards.
Odell Beckham Jr. caught 4 passes for 28 yards.
Landon Collins, Coty Sensabaugh, Johnathan Hankins, Kerry Wynn, Romeo Okwara each had 1 sack.

Robbie Gould kicked 26 and 40 yard field goals.

"It was exciting to see the Giants in the playoffs, and things were going so well. The Giants owned this game at the start. They weren't putting up a lot of points, but they were certainly controlling the game. I really thought it would be a low scoring match up that they would win. The offense had two long drives and a field goal in the first quarter, and Green Bay couldn't move the ball at all. That continued into the second quarter and the Giants scored another field to go up 6-0. Then Green Bay's kick returner got some nice yardage, but the defense stopped them at the Giants 44-yard line. They punted and Dwayne Harris caught it at the Giants 8-yard line, which wasn't a good choice as it could have bounced into the endzone.
With Manning taking a sack on one of the next few plays, the Giants were three and out. Brad Wing's punt didn't travel that far so Aaron Rodgers had the ball at the Giants 38-yard line. He wasted no time going for a big play, Rodgers connected with Davante Adams for 31 yards. Two plays later he hit Adams again for a touchdown, which gave Green Bay a 7-6 lead. Harris took the kickoff to the 32-yard line, but the Giants went three-and-out. After the punt, Rodgers had about a minute and a half left with no timeouts. That led to him throwing a Hail Mary pass on fourth down that was caught by Randall Cobb, and suddenly the whole game was changed around with the Packers leading 14-6 to end the half.
It was encouraging to see the Giants stop the Packers on three plays to start the third quarter, and the Giants offense moved the ball pretty well before having to punt. Then Green Bay took a chance on their side of the field on a fourth-and-one, and were stuffed by the Giants defense. Two plays later, Manning hit Tavarres King for a 41 yard touchdown and the Giants were back in this game, trailing by just one point.
Unfortunately the Giants never scored again through the rest of the third and fourth quarter, and Rodgers became unstoppable. His next four drives were touchdown, field goal, touchdown and touchdown. The Giants were punt, punt, fumble and interception. That all totaled up to a 38-13 win for Green Bay. It was all very disappointing because the Giants looked like they could do it in the beginning. They'll regret the dropped passes and poor choices.
Bobby Rainey downed a kickoff headed out of bounds at the Giants 3-yard line and that helped the Giants go three-and-out. Ben McAdoo could have called a timeout before Rodgers threw that Hail Mary to remind the players how to defend against it. They let a fumbled ball sit on the ground and the Packers scooped it up. There's more, and it all adds up when you're playing a good team like the Packers. The Giants did win eleven games and got into the playoffs, so at least this season ends on a much better note than it did last year. "

"You've seen it before, a season where the Giants were unstoppable. Well, this year it looks like Green Bay is on a mission to go all the way. They let the Giants rule almost right up to the end of the first two quarters before Aaron Rodgers stole the lead with his first touchdown of the day. Rodgers followed that up with a Hail Mary touchdown to bring the curtain down at the end of the half, with his home crowd cheering their 14-6 score.
Along with sack yardage, the Giants defense had Rodgers at 4 yards passing in the first quarter, and 20 during the second before those two killer touchdown drives. They had sacked Rodgers 4 times for a loss of 30 yards, and forced him into an uncharacteristic intentional grounding call. Rodgers was completing less than half his passes on his first five possessions. The Giants had lost Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie early on, and though it looked like they were handling things, those last two drives showed they were lacking his presence in the secondary.
Rodgers-Cromartie made an appearance at the start of the second half, but was only able to play with the special teams unit. Meanwhile, Rodgers had to make do without his top receiver, Jordy Nelson, out for the rest of the game with a rib injury. Rodgers did just fine with his other receivers, completing 14 passes out of 18 for 207 yards and 2 touchdowns during the second half. It turned out that Green Bay didn't have to bother scoring those 24 additional points.
Even with head coach Mike McCarthy spotting the Giants 58 yards by going for a fourth-and-one on his side of the field, the Giants offense went nowhere and they were shut out for the full second half. The Giants could have done so much more in this game. The offensive line early on gave Eli Manning the time he needed, but his receivers let him down.
The last time Manning faced the Packers he threw to Odell Beckham Jr. 12 times, and completed just 5 of those passes for 56 yards and 1 touchdown. Today Beckham saw 11 passes come his way, and caught just 4 for 28 yards. Beckham sometimes distracts himself, thinking of his next move when a sure catch is coming, and he drops it.
It hurt today when the Giants needed him playing at his best. Beckham's not in his rookie year like some of the others, Bobby Rainey, Paul Perkins and Sterling Shepard, who also made mistakes today. Ben McAdoo could have done better as well, but he is in effect a rookie head coach. McAdoo is still trying to figure out how to be a good one, while handling the play calling as well. If Rodgers-Cromartie was in for the full game today, things wouldn't have gotten so out of hand, but the Giants likely would have lost anyway. McAdoo has till next season to figure out how to make his talented offense work well enough to score points. That was their biggest shortcoming on the year."

First Quarter

Play: Robbie Gould 26 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 9 plays, 54 yards, 3:34
Giants 3-0

Second Quarter

Play: Robbie Gould 40 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 7 plays, 70 yards, 2:47
Giants 6-0

Play: Davante Adams 5 Yd pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby Kick)
Drive info: 3 plays, 38 yards, 1:25
Packers 7-6

Play: Randall Cobb 42 Yd pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby Kick)
Drive info: 8 plays, 80 yards, 1:38
Packers 14-6

Third Quarter

Play: Tavarres King 41 Yd pass from Eli Manning (Robbie Gould Kick)
Drive info: 2 plays, 41 yards, 0:45
Packers 14-13

Play: Randall Cobb 30 Yd pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby Kick)
Drive info: 4 plays, 63 yards, 2:23
Packers 21-13

Play: Mason Crosby 32 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 5 plays, 23 yards, 1:29
Packers 24-13

Fourth Quarter

Play: Randall Cobb 16 Yd pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby Kick)
Drive info: 10 plays, 80 yards, 5:14
Packers 31-13

Play: Aaron Ripkowski 1 Yd Run (Mason Crosby Kick)
Drive info: 9 plays, 55 yards, 5:48
Packers 38-13


Giants had a 105-7 edge in total yardage in the first quarter.

Giants are 0-18 in postseason games in which they allow more than 21 points.

Giants did not score at least 20 points in any of their last six games.

Giants are now 6-4 in wild card games, including 3-3 on the road.

Giants loss ended their NFL-record five-game postseason road winning streak, which had included two victories in Lambeau.

Giants Landon Collins, Romeo Okwara, Kerry Wynn, Johnathan Hankins and Coty Sensabaugh, all with 1 sack, had their first ever in a postseason game.

Giants Tavarres King had a team-high 73 receiving yards on three receptions, and his touchdown, the only one scored by the Giants, was the first of his career.

Packers Aaron Rodgers now has had 3 successful Hail Mary TD passes in the last 2 seasons.

Packers Aaron Rodgers has thrown 22 touchdown passes and no interceptions in his last 8 games.

Packers Aaron Rodgers is the first quarterback to throw four touchdown passes against the Giants in a postseason game.

Packers and Giants each made their 32nd postseason appearance, an NFL record shared with the Dallas Cowboys (who will host the Packers in a Divisional Playoff game next week).
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