NFL Game Summary - Green Bay at NY Giants|
(Sunday, December 4th)
Final Score: Green Bay 38, NY Giants 35
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - The NFC North-champion Packers were
pushed to the brink and answered emphatically, as Mason Crosby booted the
game-winning 30-yard field goal at the buzzer to keep Green Bay's perfect
season alive with a 38-35 victory over the New York Giants.
Hakeem Nicks' second touchdown grab brought the Giants within 35-33 with 58
seconds remaining in regulation, and D.J. Ware punched in the two-point
conversion on a delayed draw to pull even.
But Aaron Rodgers completed four straight passes to cover 68 yards and get in
field goal range, allowing Crosby to come in and split the uprights to seal
Green Bay's (12-0) franchise-record 18th straight win.
The stretch started in Week 16 last season against the Giants, who were
seeking to end another run at an undefeated season.
New York (6-6) famously ended the Patriots' run at perfection in Super Bowl
XLII, but a repeat upset fell short despite a late rally, sending the club
to a fourth straight loss.
The Packers, meanwhile, already clinched their division courtesy of Detroit's
loss to the Saints on Sunday night.
Rodgers threw for 369 yards with four touchdowns and one interception while
adding a team-high 32 yards on the ground.
"To get the ball on the 20 backed up under a minute and take it down there in
to chip shot field goal range is pretty special," Rodgers admitted.
Greg Jennings caught seven passes for 94 yards and a touchdown, while
Jermichael Finley added six grabs for 87 yards and a score, including a 24-
yard gain to start the game's final drive.
"I think the first play was the most important play. That kind of determines
the drive," Rodgers said.
Jordy Nelson made an acrobatic 27-yard catch along the left sideline to gain
Giants territory, and two plays later, Jennings caught an 18-yarder over the
middle to set up the winning kick.
The last drive spoiled a nine-play, 69-yard drive orchestrated by Eli Manning,
whose two-yard toss to Nicks in the final minute was his third touchdown pass.
Manning wound up with 347 yards and an interception.
Both Nicks and Victor Cruz caught seven passes for 88 and 119 yards,
"There's no hanging your head," Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said. "We
battled back and forth, I thought it would be a very close game."
On the third play from scrimmage, Travis Beckum found a seam up the right
side, caught Manning's pass near midfield and zigzagged his way between
Charlie Peprah and Morgan Burnett en route to a 67-yard touchdown.
Finley reached over the goal line for a 12-yard touchdown grab later in the
opening quarter to tie things, and Cruz's 42-yard grab set up Lawrence Tynes'
38-yard kick for a 10-7 Giants lead.
The first play of the second quarter saw the game's first lead change, as Clay
Matthews stepped in front of Manning's outlet pass intended for Ahmad Bradshaw
and returned the interception 38 yards the other way.
Midway through the second, Rodgers threw just his fifth interception of the
season when Chase Blackburn leaked back into coverage and easily took it nine
yards the other way to the Green Bay 12-yard line.
Brandon Jacobs went in from a yard out to give the Giants the lead back, but
Donald Driver caught the first of his two touchdowns -- a 13-yarder -- just
before the break for a 21-17 advantage.
On the first possession of the second half Jennings beat rookie cornerback
Prince Amukamara with a jab step to the outside before cutting upfield.
Amukamara nearly knocked the ball loose in the end zone, but replay confirmed
Jennings had possession before losing control, resulting in a 20-yard TD.
Nicks answered immediately with a 51-yard pickup on the next play from
scrimmage, then caught a four-yard fade in the right corner of the end zone
with one hand.
New York pulled within one, 28-27, when Tynes booted a 50-yard field goal with
10:53 remaining in the fourth.
The Giants forced a punt in their own territory on the ensuing possession, but
went three-and-out to give the Packers the ball back with seven minutes left.
Driver dragged his toes behind the front right pylon for a seven-yard score
with 3:34 on the clock.
Rodgers, who finished with a 106.2 rating, is the first quarterback in NFL
history to post a 100-plus rating in 12 straight games...Matthews also caused
a Manning fumble just before the half, but Crosby missed a 43-yard field goal
at the buzzer...The Packers were 7-of-12 on third down conversions, compared
to New York's 5-of-11 success rate...Packers cornerback Charles Woodson
suffered a concussion in the fourth quarter.
12/04 23:48:51 ET