The New York Giants improved to 4-1 with a stunning 27-22 upset of the Green Bay Packers on Sunday at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London.
The Giants stopped the Packers on fourth-and-1 at the 6-yard line when Xavier McKinney blitzed and batted down an Aaron Rodgers’ pass with 1:02 to play. The Giants also knocked down a Rodgers’ pass on third down.
On the game’s final play, Oshane Ximines denied Rodgers a chance to throw a Hail Mary with a sack/forced fumble.
Coach Brian Daboll was fired up after the game.
Brian Daboll is FIRED UP after that win!!! pic.twitter.com/QxCxJx9zJu— Brandon London (@BrandonLondonTV) October 9, 2022
“I just appreciate all the support, the crowd support here,” Daboll said after the game. “It was obviously a lot of Packers fans, it felt like an away game. But at the end of the game, it felt like a home game.”
The Giants made that happen with the way they played. Trailing 17-3, the Giants scored on five straight possessions to pull off the upset.
Daboll lauded his players.
“I think they play hard and they do what we ask them to do, they trust in the things we ask them to do. They work extremely, extremely hard,” said. “We practice hard, we practice really hard, but we try to practice smart. They play good situational football.”
Daboll also offered unsolicited praise for quarterback Daniel Jones.
“The quarterback had an excellent game. And he’s got a few of those,” Daboll said. “Maybe his stats don’t reflect it, but he’s led the team down to wins, played good in crunch time.”
When the Giants started slowly, Daboll said he just wanted his team to keep playing.
“It’s a long game you can start fast and fade out, you can start fast and end fast. There’s a lot of different things that can happen.,” he said. “I think what we’ve preached is let’s not worry about the scoreboard, let’s not worry about the results. Let’s just focus on the next play and whoever’s in there, let’s do your job to the best of your ability.”
The Giants tied the game at 20-20 with 10:08 to play, going 15 plays and 91 yards in 8:07 without Saquon Barkley, who left the game at the start of the drive with a shoulder injury. Gary Brightwell banged his way in for a game-tying 3-yard touchdown run. Jones went 7 of 8 for 55 yards and ran three times for 25 more yards.
Jones called the Barkley-less drive “big time.”
“There’s no doubt what he brings to our offense any time he’s on the field is special and unique.,” Jones said. “So, to have him back at that point in the game was a little bit of a lift for us.”
Barkley returned when the Giants got the ball back with 8:07 to play. He caught a 40-yard pass from Daniel Jones and later ran 2 yards for the go-ahead touchdown with 6:08 to play as the Giants took a 27-20 lead.
Defensively, the Giants held the Packers scoreless in the second half.
“Wink’s a guy I got a lot of respect for and he out-coached us in the second half” pic.twitter.com/OFyST8Fz7U— Talkin’ Giants (@TalkinGiants) October 9, 2022
- Daniel Jones completed 20 of 26 passes for 211 yards, his first 200-yard passing game of the season. Jones, playing a gutty game a week after an ankle injury, also ran six times for 37 yards.
- Barkley had 70 yards rushing on 13 carries and three catches for 36 yards.
- Darius Slayton had a huge game with six receptions for 79 yards.
- Star running back Saquon Barkley left the game in the third quarter with a shoulder injury. He was injured when tackled after catching a short pass. He returned in the fourth quarter.
- Cornerback Adoree’ Jackson was questionable to return in the second half due to a knee injury. With starting cornerback Aaron Robinson already on injured reserve, that left the Giants with Fabian Moreau and Nick McCloud at cornerback. When Moreau went down, Justin Layne took his place.
- The Giants’ defense took another hit when rookie defensive tackle D.J. Davidson was carted off in the third quarter.
This was a pro-Packers crowd:
Giants greeted warmly in London. pic.twitter.com/7O1WTQorbD— Tom Rock (@TomRock_Newsday) October 9, 2022
Saquon the QB:
Was Daniel Bellinger going to throw this? Does it really matter?
What shoulder injury?
Jaylon Smith started at inside linebacker instead of Micah McFadden. Safety Julian Love, who cleared the concussion protocol, also started. At wide receiver, Marcus Johnson, elevated from the practice squad, started opposite David Sills.
CB Cor’Dale Flott (calf)
WR Kenny Golladay (knee)
DL Leonard Williams (knee)
LB Azeez Ojulari (calf)
WR Wan’Dale Robinson (knee)|
QB Tyrod Taylor (concussion)
WR Kadarius Toney (hamstring)
The Giants return to East Rutherford, N.J. next Sunday to host Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens at MetLife Stadium. Game time is 1 p.m. ET. CBS has the broadcast.