The New York Giants lost their third straight game Sunday night, falling to the Green Bay Packers, 23-9. The Giants are 2-3 and in last place in the NFC East. The Packers are 3-1.
The Giants failed to take advantage of a Green Bay secondary that was missing both of its starting cornerbacks, Damarious Randall (groin) and Sam Shields (concussion). Eli Manning completed only 18-of-35 passes for 199 yards and one touchdown. He was sacked three times and under pressure much of the night. The Giants ended up with only 219 total yards of offense.
Defensively, Janoris Jenkins got the Giants’ first two interceptions of the season. The Giants, though, got virtually no pressure on Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Green Bay had touchdown
Despite struggling most of the night, the Giants still had a chance after an 8-yard pass from Manning to Odell Beckham cut the score to 23-16 with 2:54 left. James Starks of Green Bay fumbled at the Packer 35-yard line, but the Packers recovered. On the next play, a third-and-10, Randall Cobb got Green Bay a game-clinching first down with a 13-yard reception. The Packers ran the clock out from there.
Beckham had five catches for 56 yards and a score. Bobby Rainey had six catches for 52 yards and ran five times for 22 yards.
Moments that mattered
Finding out right before the game that both Green Bay starting cornerbacks, Damarious Randall (groin) and Sam Shields (concussion) would not play. (Read the full story)
Packers go 4-of-4 on third down en route to a 16-play, 75-yard, 8:42 opening drive to take a 7-0 lead. Steve Spagnuolo talked during the week about the Giants’ issues on third downs, and they cropped up here.
Janoris Jenkins gets Giants’ first interception ... and their second. It took 255 minutes of football and bailed the Giants out at least temporarily as Green Bay had driven from its 7-yard line to the Giants’ 21. On the previous play, offsetting penalties nullified a touchdown that would have given the Packers a 14-0 lead. Jenkins got a second interception with just more than three minutes left in the first half, setting the Giants up at the Green Bay 40-yard line.
Giants’ secondary takes another hit. The Giants got good news to start the game when cornerbacks Eli Apple and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie were active. Unfortunately, both players left the game early in the second quarter with groin injuries. DRC, though, did return. (Read the full story)
Touchdown .. oops, wait, sack/fumble. Eli Manning overthrew a wide open Will Tye who would have had an easy 61-yard touchdown with 1:27 left in the half. On the next play, Manning turned the ball over on a sack/fumble at the Giants’ 31. Green Bay turned that into three points, taking a 17-6 halftime lead when the Giants could have been within one at 14-13.
Green Bay eats up the clock. The Packers pretty much killed the Giants’ chance for a comeback with a 13-play, 73-yard drive that too 6:22 off the clock. It resulted in a 25-yard Mason Crosby field goal to give Green Bay a 23-9 lead with 6:42 remaining in the game.
Odell’s first TD. Odell Beckham got his first touchdown of the season on an 8-yard pass from Manning with 2:54 left, making the score 23-16 and giving the Giants a chance.
The Giants host the Baltimore Ravens (3-2) Sunday at MetLife Stadium. The Ravens lost Sunday to the Washington Redskins, 16-10, and have dropped two straight games after a 3-0 start.