choppy, Packers D gets to Giants in 23-16 win
Oct. 10, 2016
Packers' Aaron Rodgers reacts to his first down run during the
first half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants
Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016, in Green Bay, Wis.
GREEN BAY, Wis. — Aaron Rodgers
threw two touchdowns passes in an otherwise choppy night for the
Green Bay offense, and the Packers' defense rattled the New York
Giants and limited Odell Beckham Jr. in a 23-16 victory Sunday
Rodgers was 23 of 45 for 259 yards and also threw two interceptions.
Jordy Nelson and Davante Adams each had highlight-reel touchdown
catches to help the Packers build an 11-point halftime lead.
But the offense was mired by uncharacteristic drops, and couple of
big plays were called back by penalties. Mason Crosby kicked three
field goals, including two in the fourth quarter.
New York's Eli Manning was 18 of 35 for 199 yards, and the Packers
pressured him much of the night.
The Giants looked out of sorts until a hurry-up drive that ended
with Beckham's 8-yard touchdown catch with 2:54 left.
EYES ON ODELL
Beckahm's first touchdown catch of the season stood on replay review
after the receiver jumped high in the air for Manning's pass and was
ruled inbounds after straddling the back line of the end zone.
Beckham raised his both arms in the air in celebration after
watching the replay on the Lambeau Field video board. He finished
with five catches for 56 yards.
Perhaps more importantly for the Giants, Beckham didn't throw an
attention-grabbing tantrum like the meltdown he had the previous two
weeks against Minnesota and Washington.
SHAKING IT UP
The Packers' 16-play, 75-yard drive to open the game took up the
first 8:42 of the game, the team's longest scoring drive by time on
the season that ended with a touchdown . Coach Mike McCarthy threw
different wrinkles at the Giants by using different personnel
combinations on the opening drive, instead of sticking with the
usual three-wide receiver combination of Nelson, Randall Cobb and
Adams, with Eddie Lacy in the backfield.
Two rookies teamed up for a turnover late in the first half for the
Packers that set up a field goal. Linebacker Kyler Fackrell, a
third-round draft pick, forced a fumble after sacking Eli Manning on
second-and-10 from the Giants 39. Defensive tackle Kenny Clark, the
Packers' first-round pick this year recovered the fumble at the 31
with 1:15 left. Crosby kicked a 44-yard field goal with 3 seconds
left to give Green Bay a 17-6 lead.
ON THE CORNER
Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins had two interceptions in the first
half, one coming on third-and-6 at the Giants 21 after a pass
deflected off Nelson's hands . It was Jenkins' first
two-interception game since his rookie season with St. Louis, when
he had two against Arizona on Nov. 25, 2012.
Giants: The battered secondary lost CB Eli Apple to a groin injury
in the second quarter. The rookie missed New York's 24-10 loss last
week at Minnesota because of a hamstring injury, and had been listed
as questionable for the Packers game. ... Dwayne Harris was taken to
the locker room two separate times in the second half, for X-rays on
his jaw and toe. ... DT Damon Harrison was in the locker room for an
unknown injury for much of the Packers' game-opening touchdown
drive. He returned for the Giants' second defensive series.
Packers: Backup S Chris Banjo (hamstring) limped off after the
opening kickoff of the second half. ... Lacy left late in the third
quarter with a left ankle injury. He had 81 yards on 11 carries,
including 77 yards on nine carriers in the first half.