GREEN BAY, Wis. -- A few halftime thoughts from a mostly silent but slightly angry Lambeau Field:
The Green Bay Packers can't stop the New York Giants' offense, and their one interception hasn't been enough to keep this a one-score game. The Giants have piled up 311 total yards, including 274 yards passing by quarterback Eli Manning, and haven't punted. This was the fear that has followed the Packers throughout the season: That a hot quarterback/offense could capitalize against their porous defense and knock them out of the playoffs. After scoring 10 points in the final two minutes of the half, the Giants are halfway to doing that.
Packers coaches were imploring their defensive backs to back up just before Manning's 37-yard Hail Mary touchdown pass to receiver Hakeem Nicks. They didn't get back soon enough. For reasons that must be explained, cornerback Charles Woodson and safety Charlie Peprah were the only players in position to defend the play. Jarrett Bush and Sam Shields were late. Nicks made a great catch, but still. On the final play of the half, shouldn't everyone be positioned in the end zone?
Don't forget the value of Ahmad Bradshaw's 23-yard run on third-and-1 just before that play.
The Packers' offense has appeared disjointed, to say the least. They were fortunate not to have a fumble charged to receiver Greg Jennings, and fullback John Kuhn's fumble put the Giants in position for a field goal. I've counted three drops -- by tight end Jermichael Finley, running back James Starks and tight end Tom Crabtree -- and quarterback Aaron Rodgers uncharacteristically missed a wide-open Jennings in the first quarter for what would have been a touchdown.
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