Monday, November 26, 2012
Five key plays that shaped the game
By Kieran Darcy
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Here are the five key plays from the Giants' 38-10 victory over the Packers on Sunday night:
The trick play: The Giants showed a little creativity on their first drive of the game, and it paid off. On second-and-10 from their own 39-yard line, Eli Manning faked an end-around handoff and then threw a screen pass to Ahmad Bradshaw, who scampered 59 yards downfield to the Packers' 2-yard line. Two plays later, Andre Brown punched the pigskin into the end zone for a 7-0 Giants lead.
The first sack:Chris Canty had the first of the Giants' five sacks of Aaron Rodgers -- and it was a big one. With the game tied at 7, the Packers were in Giants territory, poised to take the lead. But on third-and-3 from the Giants' 35-yard line, Canty tripped up Rodgers from behind for a loss of two yards. Green Bay then curiously elected to try a 55-yard field goal by Mason Crosby, who had the worst kicking percentage in the NFL coming into the game. Crosby's attempted missed, and the Giants recaptured the momentum.
The pick:Corey Webster got burned on a 61-yard touchdown pass from Rodgers to Jordy Nelson, which tied the game at 7. But Webster redeemed himself with a beauty of an interception later in the first quarter, stepping in front of a pass intended for Randall Cobb. The Giants, who led 14-7 at that time, converted the ensuing possession into a Lawrence Tynes field goal that upped their lead to 10 points.
The strip sack: With the Giants leading 24-10 late in the second quarter, the Packers had the ball, hoping to get within seven points at halftime. But on first-and-10 from their own 39-yard line, Rodgers was hit on the arm by Osi Umenyiora and fumbled -- Umenyiora's specialty. Jason Pierre-Paul recovered the ball at the Packers' 23, and two plays later Bradshaw was in the end zone. Instead of the Packers cutting into their deficit, the Giants led 31-10 at the half, firmly in control of the game.
One more sack: The Packers got the ball to start the second half, and really had to score right away in order to make this a game. But on third-and-11 from their own 30-yard line, Rodgers was sacked by Mathias Kiwanuka -- the first of Kiwanuka's two sacks on the night. The Packers punted, and never threatened the Giants in the second half.