Packers Defeat Giants, Beckham Jr. Squashes Beef With Kicking Net


The New York Giants suffered their third loss in a row on Sunday night as they were defeated by the Green Bay Packers 23-16.

- QB Aaron Rodgers' 2-yard TD pass to WR Jordy Nelson in the first quarter was the 50th between the duo in the regular season, the second most in team history behind only QB Brett Favre and WR Antonio Freeman (57 TD passes).

Rodgers had the Packers in position to go up 14-0 - and actually did when Rodgers used a free play to hit Randall Cobb on what would have been a 21-yard TD strike - but Davante Adams was flagged for an illegal shift, offsetting the penalty for 12 men on the field the Giants committed.

Beckham's TD came on an acrobatic catch in the back of the end zone with 2:54 remaining in the game.

"Takeaways are cool, but we've got to come up with the 'W, ' " Jenkins said.

"Our offensive line played extremely well", coach Mike McCarthy said Monday.

Guion, meanwhile, was a factor on the Packers' league-leading run defense, which held the Giants to just 14 first-half rushing yards and 43 yards on 15 carries in the game.

For the Packers Aaron Rodgers didn't have a sparkling night but with the Giants again unable to generate any semblance of a pass rush the future Hall of Fame quarterback had plenty of time to make throws. I've got to play a lot better, but we've got to execute in the passing game as well as we're doing up front and in the run game.

Mason Crosby kicked a 33-yard field goal to make it 20-9 in the fourth quarter.

The Packers defense limited the Giants to 219 yards and did not allow a touchdown for almost 57 minutes, helping the team improve to 3-1 on the season. The Giants' defense hadn't forced a turnover all season before CB Janoris Jenkins had two interceptions in the first half. We still have some work to do and we can better in some areas.

The Packers played without five starters on defense in their win over the Lions and were missing both starting corners. Read on for Packers - Giants highlights and game info. But the Giants inability to run the ball was a major reason in the Packers holding possession for 35:59.

"I think we're the best team in our division, even though we sit at the bottom", Pugh said.

While Rodgers grinded to give Green Bay enough with his arm and legs, Manning was awful until late in the fourth quarter when the game was out of reach.

Rodgers started the game by taking more than eight minutes off the clock on a touchdown drive.

Coach Ben McAdoo said he believed the Giants were close to breaking out offensively in advance of Sunday's 23-16 loss to the Packers. He caught 9 passes for 108 yards on the night. After a career low 23 receiving yards last week Beckham rebounded a bit with five receptions for 56 yards with an acrobatic late-game touchdown to make it 23-16.

The Packers will look to win their third straight game when they face the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.

The Giants' middling running game, with RB Orleans Darkwa as the de facto starter, could be hard-pressed to keep Manning and Co. out of obvious passing downs. Playing from behind most of the game, the Giants relied heavily on Eli Manning, who was sacked three times, and struggled throughout.

Rodgers, meanwhile, was amazed by how much time his line afforded him on a night when he made several great throws but also had multiple misfires that contributed to an uneven performance. But the way he was running, his second consecutive 100-yard game seemed like a forgone conclusion.