Green Bay Packers at New York Giants: Live Score, Highlights and Analysis
Where: MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey
When: Sunday, November 25, 2012 - 8:20 p.m. ET
The 7-3 Green Bay Packers will be trying to exact revenge against the 6-4 New York Giants, after the G-Men came into Lambeau Field last postseason and beat the No. 1 seeded Packers 37-20 on their way to winning Super Bowl XLVI.
Both teams lead their respective divisions, but the Packers have won five games in a row, while the Giants have lost two games consecutively.
The Packers have played four games in New Jersey since 1998, and Green Bay has won all four games, including one in Jersey last season. The Packers want to continue their winning momentum, as they now have the NFC North lead, after chasing the Bears all season. Meanwhile, the Giants played badly in a 31-13 loss at Cincinnati two weeks ago and are trying to right the ship after their bye week.
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Final score- Giants 38, Packers 10
The Packers were completely outplayed tonight. The worst performance by the Packers in about five years that I can recall. As Chris Collinsworth said tonight, "Sometimes you just have to burn the tape."
The Packers had multiple issues tonight. They couldn't pass block. They couldn't rush the passer themselves. They also couldn't stop the run. That's a bad combination. That's why you lose by four touchdowns.
The good news? Aaron Rodgers is still in one piece.
4:53 in the 4th quarter
The Green Bay defense allows the Giants to drive from their own 14, all the way to the 1-yard line of the Packers. Somehow, the Packers kept the Giants out of end zone though.
The Packers also take out Aaron Rodgers, who has been sacked five times and harassed all evening, and put in back up Graham Harrell after the change of possession.
Best decision made all night by coach Mike McCarthy, although some fantasy football players won't be happy about the move.
14:16 in the 4th quarter
The Packers show a little life and drive from their own 25 yard line to the Giants 14, but come away with nothing, as they turn over the ball on downs. One of those nights. At least the Packers showed a little something. Will the defense finally show a little pride now?
3:41 in the 3rd quarter
The Giants take a 38-10 lead after Eli Manning throws a 13-yard touchdown pass to Hakeem Nicks. Start up the classic Don Meredith tune. "Turn out the lights, the party's over."
The Packers just need to stay as healthy as possible the rest of the game.
A totally embarrassing performance by the Packers tonight. Completely outmatched.
9:41 in the 3rd quarter
Both teams trade punts to start the 2nd half. The Packers are going to have to drive 91 yards to score. Again, the Packers need to have quicker options for Aaron Rodgers in the passing game, due to the New York pass rush.
Halftime stats from ESPN.com...
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
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The Packers are down 31-10 to the Giants. They have been totally dominated in all phases of the game too. The goal for the Packers should be to make sure Aaron Rodgers gets out of MetLife Stadium healthy tonight, as he's been running for his life.
The Packers get the 2nd half kickoff and will need to score right away to send a message. This game reminds me of the 2009 playoff game against the Arizona Cardinals, when the Packers also fell behind by three touchdowns.
The Pack came back to tie that game, but they face a much more difficult front four from the Giants.
The coaching staff has to make adjustments, not only to help protect Rodgers, but also to give Rodgers quicker options as he drops back to pass.
Speaking of rushing the passer, the Packers need to do more of what Dezman Moses did late in the 1st half when he sacked Eli Manning. Except for that play, Manning has had time to pick the Packers apart.
:44 to go in the 2nd quarter
The Packers allow Aaron Rodgers to get stripped of the ball with 1:03 left in the 1st half and recover the football. As quick as you can say Osi (the man responsible for the strip), the G-Men score another TD on a 13-yard run by Ahmad Bradshaw.
The Giants already have 96 yards rushing. Embarrassing.
Giants lead 31-10.
2:00 to go in the 2nd quarter
The Packers need a big stop defensively after kicking a field goal, and they got it. It even included a sack by Dezman Moses. The Packers will get one more chance in the 1st half to cut into the the two touchdown lead by the G-Men.
3:37 in the 2nd quarter
Mason Crosby kicks a 28-yard field goal, which might help his confidence, but I disagree with the decision making there. The Packers are still down by two touchdowns and were only a couple inches away from making a 1st down. I think the Packers should have gone for it on 4th down.
Giants lead 24-10 now.
9:37 in the 2nd quarter
The Packers look very lethargic, both offensively and defensively. The Giants have doubled the time of possession and the yardage of the Packers in the game. Eli Manning, who is getting way too much time in the pocket, hits Victor Cruz on a 9-yard TD pass to finish off another drive.
The Giants are having their way with the Pack, both running the rock and throwing the football.
The Packers need to get their act together soon, or risk getting blown out tonight.
Giants lead 24-7.
:23 in the 1st quarter
Big stop for the Green Bay defense to hold the Giants to just a 43-yard field goal by Lawrence Tynes.
The Giants now lead 17-7.
2:18 in the 1st quarter
After getting burned by Aaron Rodgers on a 61-yard TD pass earlier in the 1st quarter, Corey Webster pays back Rodgers as he picks him off at the Green Bay 33 yard line.
2:38 in the 1st quarter
Eli Manning comes through once again on 3rd down, as he hits rookie WR Rueben Randle on a 16-yard TD pass. Randle beat CB Davon House on the play.
Giants lead 14-7.
7:15 in the 1st quarter
Mason Crosby just misses a 55-yard field goal. It was plenty far enough, but faded left at the end. It looked like Crosby hit it solid, but the miss won't help his confidence, as he's now missed eight out of his last 14 field goal attempts.
9:52 in the 1st quarter
Casey Hayward almost had his sixth pick of the season covering Victor Cruz in the slot on 3rd down. The kid has unbelievable instincts for the football.
10:44 in the 1st quarter
Aaron Rodgers once again lights up the Giants secondary, as he throws a 61-yard TD pass to a WIDE open Jordy Nelson down the right sideline.
The game is now deadlocked at 7-7.
12:38 in the 1st quarter
The Packers get burned big time on a 59-yard screen pass to Ahmad Bradshaw, as both A.J. Hawk and Brad Jones blitzed. It was the perfect call by the G-Men. It led to a two-yard TD run by Andre Brown of the Giants.
Giants lead 7-0.
The Giants will receive the opening kickoff.
With Greg Jennings officially being put on the inactive list for the game, it ends any speculation about Jennings playing tonight.
Still, the Packers have to be very encouraged about the recent progress Jennings has had regarding his abdominal injury. Jennings had minor surgery three weeks ago.
I would expect Jennings to be ready to go next week versus the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field next Sunday, based on how he felt this week.
The inactives from the Giants per Alex Raskin from CBSSports.com are LB Jacquian Williams, WR Domenik Hixon, Adewale Ojomo, OT James Brewer, TE Adrien Robinson, DT Marvin Austin and OL Selvish Capers.
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