The Giants win their fourth game in a row, and third straight over the Packers, with their most complete effort of the season. New York moves to 4-6 and Green Bay falls to 5-5.
Full game grades and analysis for "Big Blue" are below.
Green Bay - 13
New York - 27
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vs. Packers Week 11
Game Analysis for the New York Giants
Pass Offense: Outside of the interception and missed touchdown to Cruz, Manning was on-point for the majority of the day. His ability to complete passes to eight different receivers was particularly impressive.
The pass protection was strong through the first three quarters but faltered in the fourth by allowing three sacks.
Run Offense: After a strong first half, Brown struggled to find running room in the final 30 minutes. Jacobs was good in short yardage all game, though, with two fourth-down conversions and a one-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.
Pass Defense: They allowed too many big plays, as Tolzien completed five passes for over 20 yards and two over 40 yards. However, all three levels of the defense had an interception and Jason Pierre-Paul’s pick-six might have been the best single play of his four-year NFL career.
Run Defense: The only blemish was the touchdown by Eddie Lacy, though the rookie deserves much of the credit for the powerful four-yard run. The Giants ability to slow down and, sometimes, even completely stop top running backs this season is very impressive.
Special Teams: Today was arguably the best game for this unit all season. Along with the positive plays in the first half, they also stopped a punt fake by the Packers short of a first down in the third quarter.
In addition, Steve Weatherford atoned for a poor effort last week with high, booming punts on all five of his attempts.
Coaching: The fourth-down decisions by Tom Coughlin were the highlight for the coaching staff. Also, kudos to Kevin Gilbride for opening up the Giants offense against a banged up Packers secondary. It would have been easy to go the conservative route, given the fact that the defense was facing a third-string quarterback.
First-Half Analysis for the New York Giants
Pass Offense: Eli Manning was playing his best stretch of football all season until the Giants next-to-last drive of the half. First, he underthrew a wide-open Victor Cruz in the end zone, turning a sure touchdown into a near interception.
Then he actually threw an interception a few plays later, ending a lengthy drive that would have likely netted at least three points.
Run Offense: It was a slow start for this group but they got it going late in the second quarter. Andre Brown continues to impress with his physical style of running.
Also, Brandon Jacobs converted both fourth-down attempts. The second one was particularly impressive, since he was initially stopped short of the first down but used his massive frame to push the pile.
Pass Defense: Uncharacteristically, the Giants have allowed several big plays in the first half. However, they have stepped up in key moments with good pressure and tight coverage to keep the Packers out of the end zone.
Run Defense: After a rough outing last week against Rashad Jennings, the front seven is back to being formidable against the run. They have completely shut down impressive rookie running back Eddie Lacy with a strong push against the Packers offensive line and sure tackling.
Special Teams: This much-maligned unit has been strong today. The highlights are a 32-yard punt return by Rueben Randle and a 40-yard field goal from Josh Brown. The only significant miscue was Ryan Mundy’s inability to pin Steve Weatherford’s first-quarter punt inside the 5-yard line, instead allowing a touchback.
Coaching: Tom Coughlin made the right decision on all three 4th-and-1 decisions. New York converted both that they went for and Josh Brown kicked the field goal on the one they didn’t.