4:40 PM Giants at Green Bay
Game 17 - Wildcard
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.
caught 4 passes for 63 yards.
Victor Cruz caught 3 passes for 30 yards.
Beckham Jr. caught 4 passes for 28 yards.
Landon Collins, Coty Sensabaugh,
Johnathan Hankins, Kerry Wynn, Romeo Okwara each had 1 sack.
Gould kicked 26 and 40 yard field goals.
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.
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. "
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.
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."
- FIELD GOAL
Robbie Gould 26 Yd Field Goal
info: 9 plays, 54 yards, 3:34
- FIELD GOAL
Robbie Gould 40 Yd Field Goal
info: 7 plays, 70 yards, 2:47
Davante Adams 5 Yd pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason
Drive info: 3
plays, 38 yards, 1:25
Randall Cobb 42 Yd pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason
Drive info: 8
plays, 80 yards, 1:38
Tavarres King 41 Yd pass from Eli Manning (Robbie
Drive info: 2
plays, 41 yards, 0:45
Randall Cobb 30 Yd pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason
Drive info: 4
plays, 63 yards, 2:23
- FIELD GOAL
Mason Crosby 32 Yd Field Goal
info: 5 plays, 23 yards, 1:29
Randall Cobb 16 Yd pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason
Drive info: 10
plays, 80 yards, 5:14
Aaron Ripkowski 1 Yd Run (Mason Crosby Kick)
Drive info: 9
plays, 55 yards, 5:48
had a 105-7 edge in total yardage in the first quarter.
are 0-18 in postseason games in which they allow more than 21 points.
did not score at least 20 points in any of their last six games.
are now 6-4 in wild card games, including 3-3 on the road.
loss ended their NFL-record five-game postseason road winning streak, which had
included two victories in Lambeau.
Landon Collins, Romeo Okwara, Kerry Wynn, Johnathan Hankins and Coty Sensabaugh,
all with 1 sack, had their first ever in a postseason game.
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.
Aaron Rodgers now has had 3 successful Hail Mary TD passes in the last 2 seasons.
Aaron Rodgers has thrown 22 touchdown passes and no interceptions in his last
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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