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Eli Manning, New York Giants (October 9, 2016)

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The New York Giants lost their third game in a row, losing to the Green Bay Packers 23-16 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin on Sunday night. The Giants are now 2-3 and in last place in their division.

The Packers gained a 17-6 advantage by halftime as the Giants offense continued to struggle. In six first-half possessions, New York only gained four first downs and 93 total net yards (79 passing 14 rushing).

The Packers started the game with a 16-play, 75-yard march that took 8:42 off of the clock and culminated with a 2-yard touchdown pass. After gaining one first down, the Giants were forced to punt. Green Bay once again drove deep into Giants territory but cornerback Janoris Jenkins intercepted quarterback Aaron Rodgers at the New York 5-yard line. After both teams exchanged punts, the Giants “drove” 26 yards in five plays to set up a successful 47-yard field goal by place kicker Josh Brown. Packers 7 – Giants 3.

The Packers responded with a quick 5-play, 80-yard touchdown drive that started with a 31-yard gain by running back Eddie Lacey and ended with a 29-yard touchdown pass from Rodgers to wide receiver Davante Adams as the Packers went up 14-3. After a three-and-out by the Giants, Jenkins intercepted Rodgers for the second time, setting up the Giants at the Green Bay 40-yard line. New York was only able to gain 17 yards on this “drive” but it was enough to set up Brown for a 41-yard field goal.

The Giants defense forced a three-and-out, but the Packers got the ball right back when quarterback Eli Manning was sacked and fumbled the ball away at the New York 31-yard line with 1:15 to play before halftime. The Packers were only able to net five yards, but it was enough to set up a successful 44-yard field goal as time expired. Packers 17 – Giants 6.

After both teams exchanged punts to start the 3rd quarter, the Giants cut the Green Bay advantage to 17-9 as New York gained 41 yards in nine plays to set up a 30-yard field goal by Brown. Both teams went three-and-out. Green Bay then extended their lead to 20-9 early in the 4th quarter on a 9-play, 65-yard drive that ended with a 33-yard field goal.

The Giants gained one first down and punted again. The Packers then drove a dagger into the Giants with a 13-play, 73-yard drive that took 6:22 off of the clock and resulted in 25-yard field goal. This gave Green Bay a 23-9 lead with 6:39 left to play. The Giants finally scored their first touchdown of the night on their next, and unfortunately, last possession. New York drove 63 yards in 10 plays as Manning hit wide receiver Odell Beckham for an 8-yard touchdown with 2:54 left in the game. However, the Giants defense could not hold as the Packers gained 13 yards on a 3rd-and-10 pass to seal the contest.

Offensively, Eli Manning was held to 18-of-35 for 199 yards, 1 touchdown, and no interceptions. Running back Bobby Rainey was the leading receiver with six receptions for 52 yards. Beckham caught 5-of-12 passes thrown in his direction for 56 yards. Wide receiver Sterling Shepard only had two catches for 14 yards and wide receiver Victor Cruz was shut out. Giants running backs were held to an embarrassing 42 yards on 14 carries. Overall, the Giants only gained 219 total net yards and were 4-of-13 (31 percent) on 3rd down.

Defensively, the Giants allowed 406 total net yards (147 rushing, 259 passing). Jenkins did have two interceptions and the team defensed nine passes, but the Giants did not register a sack and only hit Rodgers three times.

Video highlights/lowlights are available at Giants.com.

Inactive for the game were free safety Darian Thompson (foot), safety Nat Berhe (concussion), defensive tackle Robert Thomas (illness), running back Rashad Jennings (thumb), tight end Larry Donnell (concussion), offensive tackle Marshall Newhouse (calf), and quarterback Josh Johnson.

Cornerback Eli Apple, who came into the game with a hamstring injury, left in the first half with a groin injury. Wide receiver/Returner Dwayne Harris suffered jaw and toe injuries.

Video clips of post-game media sessions with Head Coach Ben McAdoo and the following players are available at Giants.com:

  • Head Coach Ben McAdoo (Video)
  • QB Eli Manning (Video)
  • WR Odell Beckham, Jr. (Video)


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