Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers passes during the first
half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants,
Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The
Green Bay Packers had everything they needed to bounce back from a
dismal West Coach performance: Lambeau Field weather on the road, a
struggling young opponent and, of course, Aaron Rodgers.
Rodgers threw four touchdown passes in the snow and the Packers
(9-3) rebounded from an embarrassing 29-point loss to San Francisco
and beat the New York Giants 31-13 Sunday.
“I loved the conditions,” said Rodgers, who was 21 of 33 for 243
yards and no interceptions on a slippery, snowy day at MetLife
Stadium. “I admit I was a little worried that it might be more rain
than snow. When those big flakes were falling down, I felt pretty
good about our chances.”
Rodgers hit Davante Adams on touchdown passes of 8 and 17 yards,
found a wide-open Allen Lazard for 37 yards and capped the
performance with a 1-yarder to Marcedes Lewis. The Packers also
intercepted rookie Daniel Jones three times, with the picks setting
up 10 points.
The loss sent the Giants (2-10) to their eighth straight loss, their
worst skid since 2004.
“It’s tough to lose and no one likes to lose,” said Jones, who was
20 of 37 for 240 yards, including an 18-yard touchdown pass to
Sterling Shepard. “Through it we have been able to stick together
and keep working each week. We have to maintain that focus.”
Aldrick Rosas added field goals of 27 and 45 yards for New York,
which has a 7-21 mark since Pat Shurmur took over last season.
A light snow started falling before game time and it quickly covered
the field, forcing work crews to shovel the yardage lines during
breaks. It also made it look like Wisconsin, and the Packers had no
problem in beating New York for the third straight time.
Packers' Marcedes Lewis, right, catches a touchdown during
the second half.
“We feel like we should win a game
like that against that opponent,” Rodgers said. “They’ve been
struggling this season. You still have to go out and execute. They
get paid, too. There’s a lot of pride on that football team and a
lot of good players. It was important for us to get a good road
victory in a game that you all expect us to win, and that we expect
The last time was in the NFC wild-card game in January 2017. Rodgers
also threw four touchdown passes in that one, a game that started
New York on a three-year run that has seen it win 10 games and
change coaches and general managers.
The Packers scored the first three times they had the ball, with the
first two drives ending on touchdown passes by Rodgers. The first
covered 8 yards to Adams and the second was the strike to Lazard on
a crossing pattern.
In between the scores, Jones had an 18-yard touchdown pass to
Shepard, who recently missed five games with his second concussion
of the season.
Kevin King, beaten on the Shepard catch, got revenge quickly,
intercepting Jones’ pass at the Green Bay 36. It set up a 47-yard
field goal by Mason Crosby and pushed the lead to 17-7 early in the
On the ensuing possession, the Giants had the ball for 9:31 before
settling for a 27-yard field goal by Rosas. He would add a 45-yarder
midway through the third quarter to cut the deficit to four points.
Rodgers responded, leading the Packers on a 14-play, 75-yard march.
It ended with him taking a quick snap with the Giants having too
many defenders on the field and finding Adams in the end zone for a
New York never got close again.
“We’re playing hard and we’re executing for three quarters, and then
you get to the fourth quarter and it seems like we’re close and the
wheels seem to fall off,” veteran defensive back Michael Thomas
said. “It’s just experience, game experience. You can’t buy it.
Being baptized by fire is how you get that experience. We’ll be
ready for it in the future. Unfortunately, right now, we’re not
Packers' Davante Adams (17) catches a touchdown pass during
the second half.
Packers linebacker Za’Darius Smith was in Jones’ face most of the
game. He had five of the seven quarterback hits on the rookie. He
also added four tackles. Blake Martinez led the team with 10.
Packers: DE Tyler Lancaster (neck) left in the third quarter.
Giants: Rookie CB Corey Ballentine left in the second half with a
concussion, his second of the season. Jones said he tweaked his
right ankle before halftime. He said it was sore after the game.
Packers: return home to play Washington next Sunday.
Giants: at Philadelphia for first of two games between teams in
final four weeks.