Eli Manning threw for 347 yards and three touchdowns. While he did throw a costly pick-six to LB Clay Matthews in the second quarter, Manning drove the Giants 69 yards in 2:36 for a touchdown and the game-tying two-point conversion with 58-seconds remaining. Hakeem Nicks had two touchdowns and Victor Cruz finished with seven receptions for 119 yards. Manning was only sacked once despite working behind a revamped offensive line.
The Giants lost starting center David Baas two hours before the game and backup lineman Stacy Andrews was in a hospital for blood clots. With Mitch Petrus making his first start at left guard and Kevin Boothe at center, the Giants ran for 100 yards and averaged 5.0 yards per carry. Ahmad Bradshaw provided a spark and Brandon Jacobs ran for 59 yards on eight carries. The Giants finally gave Eli Manning enough of a running game to work with.
The Giants held the Packers' running game in check. Aaron Rodgers led Green Bay in rushing, scrambling for 32 yards. Ryan Grant managed 29 yards on 13 carries and James Starks had five yards before leaving with an ankle injury. Defensive tackle Linval Joseph did a nice job against the run, leading the Giants in tackles with nine. Chase Blackburn, who was signed last week, saw plenty of playing time at middle linebacker and came up with five tackles.
The Giants defense played much better than last Monday night but Aaron Rodgers was unstoppable when it mattered most. Rodgers completed 28-of-46 passes and threw for 369 yards and four touchdowns. Donald Driver caught one of the scores. On the game-winning drive, Rodgers moved the Packers to the Giants' 29 in two plays. Jason Pierre-Paul continued to be a force, batting down two passes and the Giants did sack the Pack's quarterback twice.
Lawrence Tynes made two field goals, one coming from 50 yards out. The coverage was solid as the Giants held Randall Cobb to just six yards on two punts and a 25-yard average and no touchdowns on kick returns. Devin Thomas averaged 26 yards on kickoff returns and Will Blackmon had a 32-yard return. Punter Steve Weatherford averaged 42.8 net yards per punt and had two inside the 20. The Giants also had four touchbacks on kickoffs.
Tom Coughlin got his team to rally and nearly pull off the upset. And he did that despite losing his starting center two hours before the game and having another offensive lineman sent to the hospital for blood clots. But, he lost two bad coaching challenges and the Giants' D couldn't stop Aaron Rodgers on the final drive. The Giants have lost four straight but their play was significantly better than the week before and they are still alive in the NFC East.