Giants Stop Slide, Pound Packers 38-10 On Sunday Night
The New York Giants and Eli Manning put a stop to their November skids with a convincing 38-10 pummeling of the Green Bay Packers at MetLife Stadium on Sunday night.
Unfortunately, the Giants learned after the game that running back Andre Brown fractured his leg in the fourth quarter and will be out for the season.
Manning threw for 249 yards and three touchdowns, after going three straight games without a tossing a TD pass.
Hakim Nicks led all receivers with five grabs for 77 yards and a score. Victor Cruz and Reuben Randle each had a TD catch, while Brown and Ahmad Bradshaw each ran for a score.
Bradshaw rushed for 58 yards and added two catches and 61 yards in the air, including an opening drive 59 yard catch and run that setup Brown’s touchdown – the first opening possession touchdown allowed by Packers this season.
The Giant-D sacked Aaron Rodgers five times, including an Osi Umenyiora sack/fumble recovered by Jason Pierre Paul. Rodgers finished with 219 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
Rodgers connected with Jordy Nelson on a 61-yard score on the Pack’s opening drive to tie the game 7-7.
The bye week proved big for New York, snapping a two game slide to move to 7-4, and a two game led over both the Cowboys and Redskins – with a date in Washington next Monday night.
The team made arguably just two mistakes all night, a wide open drop from Victor Cruz – a noticeable trend that is happening too frequently – and Corey Webster’s bite on a double-move that allowed Nelson to streak down the sidelines all alone for a 61-score.
The loss of Brown – who led the Giants with 64 yards on 13 carries Sunday – could be big, depending on how rookie David Wilson takes on the role in his absence. The first-round pick out of VA Tech fumbled on opening night against the Cowboys and has been used primarily as a kick returner since.
Brown had picked up the slack, carrying the bulk of the load during an early season injury to Bradshaw with Tom Coughlin not ready to lean on Wilson, then taking about a third of the team’s carries after No. 44 returned.
He was tied for the team lead with eight touchdowns on 73 carries for 385 yards in ten official games in 2012, however, in two of those games he suited up but didn’t have a carry.
The Packers (7-4) were riding a five game win streak but slip a game behind the Bears in the NFC North. They host the Vikings next Sunday.