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Gameday Live 15: Giants at Packers

Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers says he won't

Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers says he won't let his recent head injuries prevent him from scrambling when the need arises. Credit: Getty Images

That's the end of game, as the Giants lose to the Packers, 45-17, for their second straight loss.

*The Giants must win in Washington next week and have Green Bay lose at home to Chicago to make the playoffs.

Giants: 9-6 (4-3 road)
Packers: 9-6 (6-1 home)

Scores by quarter for the Giants: 0, 14, 3, 0
Scores by quarter for the Packers: 14, 7, 10, 14

-This was the Giants' worst loss of the season, and the Packers scored 24 points off Giants' turnovers (N.Y. had five of them).

*Pam Oliver reported on T.V. the Giants' travel plans will be altered again. They will not be able to fly into New York tonight. Enjoy Wisconsin, fellas!

**Manning threw his second interception of the game, his league-leading 22nd of the season, to rookie Sam Shields to ice the game. It appeared Shields' second foot came down out of bounds, but Coughlin had already used all his challenges. The Packers scored a touchdown on the ensuing drive.

Eli threw his third and fourth picks of the day later in the quarter to Collins and A.J. Hawk, respectively, but by then, the game wasn't in doubt. It was the Giants' fifth turnover.

Packers' sixth scoring drive: 5 plays, 46 yards, 2:49

Scoring play: Kuhn 5-yard pass from Rodgers (Crosby kick) ... it was his fourth TD of the season and second today. 

Key play: Shields' INT; also, Jennings 24 yard pass from Rodgers on first-and-10 from the Giants' 46.

Packers' seventh scoring drive: 6 plays, 49 yards, 1:55

Scoring play: Kuhn 1-yard run (Crosby kick) ... it was his third TD of the day (two rushing, one receiving). He has five TDs on the season.

Key play: Collins INT; also, Kuhn 2-yard run on third-and-1 from the Giants' 40.

Here are your three stars for today's game:

1. Rodgers: 25-of-37 for a career-high 404 yards and four TDs (tying his season-high). Also, 2 carries for 26 yards.

2. Kuhn: 6 carries, 22 yards, two TDs; 2 catches, 7 yards, TD

3. Jennings: 7 catches for 142 yards.

And a bonus fourth star, Nelson: 4 catches, 124 yards, TD, lost fumble.

*The Packers had a 37:01-22:45 advantage in time of possession, and a 515-386 advantage in total yards.

Here are today's final stats...

 

Giants

Manning: 17-of-33 for 301 yards, two TDs, four INTs; 1 carry, 12 yards

Bradshaw: 12 carries, 31 yards, lost fumble; 5 catches, 41 yards

Jacobs: 8 carries, 47 yards, lost fumble

Manningham: 4 catches, 132 yards, TD

Nicks: 4 catches, 93 yards, TD

D.J. Ware: 2 catches, 24 yards

Hagan: 2 catches, 11 yards

Tynes: 1-for-1 on FGs; 2-for-2 on XPs

Tuck: sack, fumble recovery

Ross: forced fumble

Phillips: 10 tackles

Packers

Jackson: 18 carries, 39 yards; 1 catch, 10 yards

Nance: 9 carries, 32 yards

Jones: 4 catches, 36 yards, TD

Driver: 3 catches, 44 yards

Crabtree: 1 catch, 21 yards

Andrew Quarless: 1 catch, 16 yards

Lee: 2 catches, 4 yards, TD

Crosby: 1-for-1 on FGs; 6-for-6 on XPs

Collins: INT and fumble recovery

Williams/Hawk/Shields: INT each

Matthews/Woodson: forced fumble each

Bigby: fumble recovery

*The attendance at Lambeau Field today was 70,649.

Okay, that's all for today's game. Please check back below for updates on my pregame keys to the game. Thanks to all for coming out!

As always, it was my honor and pleasure to bring everyone all of today's live game action.

See ya'll back here next Sunday, as the Giants visit the Washington Redskins at 1 p.m. Have a great Sunday night everyone!  

 

End of the 3rd Quarter: Packers 31, Giants 17

Packers' fourth scoring drive: 8 plays, 38 yards, 3:27 

Scoring play: Crosby 31-yard FG ... it was his 21st made field goal in 27 attempts. The Packers now have 10 points off two Giants turnovers.

Key play: Bradshaw fumble (more below); Also, Tom Crabtree 21-yard pass from Rodgers on second-and-7 from the Giants' 36. 

Giants' third scoring drive: 6 plays, 46 yards, 2:46 

Scoring play: Tynes 38-yard FG ... it was his 18th made field goal in 21 attempts, including 16 in a row.

Key play: Nicks 27-yard pass from Manning on first-and-10 from their own 47. It was a well designed play where Bradshaw showed his hands as if he was getting a screen and then Nicks snuck behind him up the field. He was left wide open.

Packers' fifth scoring drive: 4 plays, 70 yards, 2:26

Scoring play: Donald Lee 1-yard pass from Rodgers (Crosby kick) ... it was Lee's second TD of the season and Rodgers' 26th TD pass, including three today.

Key play: Driver 33-yard catch from Rodgers on first-and-10 from their own 30; Jennings beautiful diving catch for 36 yards from Rodgers on the next play.

Players who impressed for the Giants:

-Jacobs' six-yard gain on the second play of the half was his longest carry of the game thus far.

-Phillips made a nice play to knock the ball away from Nelson on third-and-7 to force the field-goal attempt.

-Holder Sage Rosenfels did a nice job to get the ball down on the field-goal attempt after a high snap.

-Manning ran for a gain of 12 yards on a first-down run.

-Bradshaw had a 12-yard catch-and-run from Eli to convert a third-and-9 on the Giants' 13.

Players who struggled:

-Bradshaw lost his league-high sixth fumble when Woodson poked the ball away and Atari Bigby recovered for the Packers on the 50-yard line. It came on a third-and-2 from the Green Bay 41-yard line. Woodson has five forced fumbles on the season.

-On the third-down before the Giants' field goal, Hagan broke off his route when the slant was open and would have gained enough yards to pickup a first down. Offensive Coordinator Kevin Gilbride was not pleased with Hagan when he came off the field.

-Nicks returned a kickoff for the first time this year and second time in his career and it nearly ended in disaster, as he lost the ball and Green Bay recovered. But Coughlin challenged the call, and it was overturned because the refs could clearly see Nicks' forearm hit the ground before the ball came loose. 

-On the kickoff, rookie Phillip Dillard was penalized 10 yards, pushing the Giants' starting point to their own 12-yard line. On the first play of the drive, B.J. Raji sacked Manning for a loss of five yards.

-On a first-down play from the Giants' 37, Jacobs had a long run around the right end, but Matthews came up from behind and punched the ball loose. Collins recovered for the Packers on his own 27. It was Jacobs' second lost fumble of the season. Coughlin challenged the call, but it was upheld.

What to watch for in the fourth quarter: Are the Giants going to clinch a playoff berth? Or will they make next week's game a must-win and still need help?

 

Here are some halftime stats for your viewing pleasure...

Giants

Manning: 8-of-15 for 175 yards, two TDs, INT

Bradshaw: 6 carries, 23 yards; 2 catches, 11 yards

Jacobs: 3 carries, 7 yards

Manningham: 2 catches, 90 yards, TD

Nicks: 3 catches, 66 yards, TD

Derek Hagan: 1 catch, 8 yards

Tynes: 2-for-2 on XPs

Tuck: fumble recovery

Ross: forced fumble

Kenny Phillips: 7 tackles

Packers

Rodgers: 14-of-23 for 216 yards, two TDs; 1 carry, 15 yards

Jackson: 10 carries, 26 yards; 1 catch, 10 yards

Dimitri Nance: 4 carries, 16 yards

Kuhn: 3 carries, 16 yards, TD; 1 catch, 2 yards

Nelson: 2 catches, 87 yards, TD, lost fumble

Jennings: 5 catches, 82 yards

Jones: 3 catches, 24 yards, TD

Driver: 2 catches, 11 yards

Crosby: 3-for-3 on XPs

Williams: INT

*The Packers had a 19:31-10:29 advantage in time of possession.

 

End of the 2nd Quarter: Packers 21, Giants 14

Giants' first scoring drive: 4 plays, 70 yards, 2:24

Scoring play: Nicks 36-yard pass from Manning (Lawrence Tynes kick) ... it was his 11th TD catch of the season and Manning's 29th TD pass. Nicks also went over 1,000 receiving yards for the season on the play.

Key play: Nicks 18-yard pass from Manning on second-and-7 from their own 33. Also, Charles Woodson was penalized five yards for illegal contact on the play before the touchdown.

Giants' second scoring drive: 1 play, 85 yards, 0:12

Scoring play: Manningham 85-yard TD from Manning (Tynes kick) ... it was Manningham's eighth TD catch and Eli's 30th TD pass (second today). It was the longest completion of Manning's career and the Giants' longest offensive play of the season.

*Manning is the first Giants' QB in 47 years to throw 30 touchdown passes. Y.A. Tittle threw 36 in 1963. 

Key play: The Giants took over on their own 15 after a Nelson fumble (more below).

Packers' third scoring drive: 6 plays, 79 yards, 3:19

Scoring play: Kuhn 8-yard run (Crosby kick) ... it was his third TD of the season. It was also Green Bay's first rushing touchdown in its last 98 carries.

Key play: The Thomas personal foul penalty (more below); Also Jennings 26-yard pass from Rodgers on first-and-10 from their own 37.

Players who impressed for the Giants:

-Michael Boley hurried Rodgers on a third-and-10 pass to force an incompletion and bring up a punt.

-Nicks was left wide open by the Packers' secondary on the touchdown pass. He caught the ball around the 12 and ran in untouched until he reached the goal line.

-Nelson caught a screen pass on third-and-8 from the Giants' 25, but Ross forced a fumble and Tuck recovered for the Giants on his own 15. It was Tuck's fifth recovery of the season.

-On the touchdown catch, Manningham outjumped Williams on the outside and then shook him free and strutted into the end zone.

Players who struggled:

-The Giants allowed Green Bay to convert two third downs on their second drive of the quarter before the Nelson fumble — Jones caught a 13-yard pass on third-and-10 from the 48, and Driver made a spectacular one-handed grab for a gain of five on third-and- from the 32.

-Terrell Thomas made a nice tackle to stop Driver dead in his tracks for a six-yard gain. But he ruined it by stepping on Driver as he was getting up and was penalized 15 yards for a personal foul. That gave Green Bay a first-and-10 from the Giants' 16 instead of second-and-4 from the 31.

-Manning nearly threw an easy interception to Nick Collins on the Giants' last drive of the half, but the safety dropped it.

What to watch for in the second half: Can the Giants get their running game going? They have just 30 yards on nine carries.

 

End of the 1st Quarter: Packers 14, Giants 0

Packers' first scoring drive: 1 play, 80 yards, 0:11

Scoring play: Jordy Nelson 80-yard pass from Rodgers (Mason Crosby kick) ... it was Nelson's second TD catch of the season and Rodgers' 24th TD pass. It was also Nelson's career long reception.

Key play: Dodge's punt on the play before the TD netted only 25 yards (more below).

Packers' second scoring drive: 10 plays, 44 yards, 4:53

Scoring play: James Jones 3-yard pass from Rodgers (Crosby kick) ... it was Jones' fifth TD catch of the season and Rodgers' 25th TD pass.

Key play: Kuhn three-yard gain on third-and-1 from the Giants' 24 (more below). The drive started after a Manning interception. The touchdown came on third-and-goal from the 3.

Players who impressed for the Giants:

-Chase Blackburn made the stop on the opening kick return, something that, after last week, should be noted.

-Nicks did a nice job to get both feet down along the right sideline on the Giants' first offensive play for a gain of 12 yards. But later in the drive, he jumped offside to turn a second-and-8 into a second-and-13. Two plays later, the Giants were forced to punt.

-Bradshaw picked up two yards to convert a third-and-1 from his own 47. He has converted six of his eight third-and-1 carries this season.

-Tuck stopped Jackson in the backfield for a loss of a yard.

Players who struggled:

-Dodge shanked his first punt, and it went out of bounds at the Packers' 20-yard line for a net of only 25 yards. Coughlin had another little chat was his punter on the sideline — he wasn't pleased. His second punt netted 52 yards, a much better job.

-Antrel Rolle was burned down the middle of the field by Nelson on the touchdown pass.

-Jacobs was stopped by Matthews for a loss of a yard on second-and-10, and on the very next play, Tramon Williams intercepted Manning and returned it nine yards to the Giants' 44. It was Eli's league-leading 21st interception and Williams' sixth INT of the year.

-The Giants' defense couldn't stop bruising fullback John Kuhn on third-and-1, as he banged his way for a gain of three yards with a nice second effort.

What to watch for in the second quarter: Can the Giants get on the board and stop shooting themselves in the foot? Or is this a hangover from last week?

 

*The Packers have won the toss and will receive.

 

Good afternoon Giants enthusiasts! Welcome to Week 16 in the NFL!

I'm Chris Mascaro and I'll be bringing you all of today's live game action, as the Giants (9-5, 4-2 road) take on Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers (8-6, 5-1 home) on the Frozen Tundra of Lambeau Field.

After last week's debacle, the Giants must regroup. Why? Because it's a win-and-in scenario for them today. If the Giants are victorious, they can lose next week's game in Washington and still make the NFC tournament.

That's something Eli Manning made sure his teammates knew this week. Said Manning: "I just wanted to remind everyone of our situation, keep your head up, and that we're in a good position, a good spot. We're in charge of our own destiny. We're going to write the ending to this story, no one else."

They could've written an even better story with a win last week, but can get their mojo back with their fourth win in five games today. The Giants haven't lost to a team other than Philadelphia since a Week 10 loss to Dallas.

As for the Packers, they've lost two straight and three of four. Rodgers missed last week's 31-27 defeat in New England because of a concussion — the second one he's suffered this season. Matt Flynn played well in Rodgers' absence (he threw for 251 yards, three TDs and one INT), but couldn't lead the team to victory.

It was the first game Rodgers missed since becoming Green Bay's starter at the beginning of the 2008 season. In the four-game span prior to the concussion, he had thrown 11 touchdowns and no interceptions.

Despite the injury, Rodgers maintains he'll continue to break out of the pocket — something the Giants don't want to hear after giving up 130 yards on the ground to Michael Vick last week. On the season, Rodgers has 309 rushing yards on 55 carries with four TDs.

Stopping Rodgers and company will be one of the keys to the Giants' success, or lack thereof, this afternoon. Here are three more keys, and if you don't like them, there's always this stuff.

1. Can the Giants bounce back? Last week's loss was about as bad as it'll ever get for a team. Can the Giants regroup today? Or will they come out flat? We'll see in a matter of hours.

Green Bay also knows a thing or two about losing close games — all six of its losses have been by four points or less.

The Giants' last trip to Lambeau was a successful one — a 23-20 victory in the NFC Championship Game in what was Brett Favre's final game as a Packer.

*Falling behind 14-0 after the first quarter and giving up an 80-yard TD pass to open the scoring is not exactly the start the Giants had in mind.

2. Can Eli avoid Clay Matthews. The second-year linebacker with the flowing blonde locks is tied for second in the NFL with 12.5 sacks. Manning has only been sacked 15 times this season, including just three times in the last seven games. The Giants and Packers are third and fourth in the NFL in sacks with 42 and 40, respectively. Osi Umenyiora and Justin Tuck are the only teammates in the league with 10+ sacks apiece.

Whoever gets to the quarterback more today could be the winner.

*Matthews didn't get a sack, but was otherwise a monster with five tackles (including one for a loss) and a forced fumble on Jacobs that led to a Green Bay touchdown. Tuck had a sack and two tackles for a loss, but didn't get much help from his fellow linemates.

3. Can either secondary stop the other's passing attack? The Packers have a very strong receiving corps, led by Greg Jennings (1,026 yards and 12 touchdowns), James Jones (635 yards, four TDs) and Donald Driver (480 yards, four TDs).

On the other side, the Packers have to worry about Hakeem Nicks (959 yards, 10 touchdowns) and Mario Manningham (711 yards, seven TDs). 

Whichever unit comes up with more yards today may see itself on the winning side.

*Jennings and Nelson each went for over 120 yards, Driver and Jones made some key receptions, and even Kuhn and Lee got into the act. There was no stopping Rodgers on this day, as he had over 100 more passing yards than Eli. Manningham (four for 132 and a touchdown) and Nicks (four for 93 and a score) both had good days, but it wasn't nearly enough.

Here are the inactives for the Giants today, courtesy of Mr. Tom Rock, who is live at Lambeau Field. Darius Reynaud and Will Blackmon are out, meaning Aaron Ross will most likely be the main punt returner today. Tackle Will Beatty is also out. And yes, Matt Dodge will punt. Also, defensive tackle Linval Joseph is active for just the fifth time this season.

Here is the weather report from Green Bay, where it's cloudy and in the mid-20s. There is a chance for flurries during the afternoon.

Finally, here are a few notes on today's game:

-The Packers, who have won nine of 10 at home, finished last season 11-6 (including playoffs). They are 2-1 against NFC East opponents this year. They beat Philly 27-20 on the road in Week 1 and Dallas 45-7 at home in Week 9, but dropped a 16-13 overtime decision in Washington Week 5. The Giants are 3-0 against the NFC North this year.

-The Giants enter the day fourth in the NFC in points scored with 360 (behind, in order, Philly, Dallas and New Orleans). The Cowboys have played an extra game, as they scored 26 in a loss to Arizona last night. The Giants have allowed 288 points, which is best in the NFC East and fifth best in the conference (behind Green Bay, Chicago, Atlanta and New Orleans).

-The Packers have scored 333 points (best in the North and sixth in the NFC) and they've allowed only 220 (best in the NFL).

-The Packers are tied for seventh in the league in turnover margin at +5 (19 giveaways, 24 takeaways). They are tied with the Browns. The Giants lead the NFL in takeaways (34) and are tied for the league lead in giveaways (35) with the Vikings and Panthers. The net result of a -1 turnover margin is 14th in the league.

-Rodgers has completed 65.4 percent of his 410 passes this season for 3,289 yards. The 27-year old, a six-year veteran out of Cal, is averaging 8.0 yards per attempt. He has thrown 23 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 13 games, and his 98.5 passer rating is fourth in the NFL.

-Brandon Jackson rushed for 99 yards on a season-high 22 carries in last week's loss to New England. He has just three rushing touchdowns on the year, the last coming in Week 9.

-Brandon Jacobs was held to 34 yards on 12 carries last week, his lowest total since becoming the starter three weeks ago. He and Ahmad Bradshaw, who ran for 66 yards on 19 carries, both had a streak of two straight games with a touchdown snapped.

-The Packers are going for just their second win in five games. A win today would guarantee them a winning record for the second straight season and third time in the last four years.

-This is the second time this season both the Giants and Jets are on the road. It also happened Week 9 when the Giants earned a 41-7 win in Seattle and the Jets earned an overtime win in Detroit. Can they duplicate that feat today?

Okay, that's all for now. But we've got plenty more to talk about today, so keep it locked here throughout the afternoon!

I'll be back after each quarter with updates.

We're about 15 minutes from football on FOX! 

*The Giants can lose this week and still make the playoffs with a win in Washington next week and a Green Bay loss to Chicago. 

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