Green Bay Packers defeat New York Giants 38-35, remain undefeated : Packers Insider

Green Bay Packers defeat New York Giants 38-35, remain undefeated

December 4, 2011 by  
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By Mike Vandermause, Green Bay Press-Gazette

~EAST RUTHERFORD, N.Y — Mason Crosby kicked a 30-yard field goal on the last play of the game, keeping the Green Bay Packers’ undefeated season going with a 38-35 victory over the New York Giants on Sunday.

The Giants had tied the game at 35 with 58 seconds left on a 2-yard touchdown pass from Eli Manning to receiver Hakeem Nicks and a two-point conversion run by D.J. Ware.

Aaron Rodgers then drove the Packers downfield, hitting four straight passes to put Crosby in field-goal position at the Giants’ 12-yard line with 3 seconds left.

Green Bay Packers kicker Mason Crosby (2) is mobbed by teammates after kicking the game-winning field goal Sunday against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. / Evan Siegle/Press-Gazette

The Packers took the second-half kickoff and drove 80 yards in 10 plays, with Rodgers hitting Greg Jennings on a 20-yard touchdown pass and 28-17 lead with 9:50 remaining in the third quarter.

The Giants responded with a five-play, 71-yard scoring drive, with Manning hitting Hakeem Nicks on a 4-yard scoring pass against Charles Woodson. Nicks caught four passes for 71 yards on the drive.

On the first play of the second quarter, Clay Matthews intercepted Manning and returned it 38 yards for a touchdown to give the Packers their first lead of the game, 14-10.

But Aaron Rodgers was picked off deep in Packers territory by Chase Blackburn, who returned it 9 yards to the Giants’ 12. Two plays later Brandon Jacobs scored on a 1-yard TD run to put New York ahead 17-14.

The Packers responded with an 11-play, 80-yard drive for a touchdown, with Rodgers connecting with a wide open Donald Driver on a 13-yard scoring pass.

Clay Matthews first half pick-six of Eli Manning was the biggest play of the game for the defense and one of few times the Giants offense was stopped by the Packer defense.

Mason Crosby missed a 43-yard field goal on the final play of the half that could have given the Packers a 24-17 lead.

Manning connected with tight end Travis Beckum on a 67-yard touchdown pass on the third play of the game, with Charlie Peprah getting beat in coverage.

The Packers responded with a 64-yard TD drive getting capped off on a Rodgers 12-yard touchdown pass to Jermichael Finley.

Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes booted a 38-yard field goal to put the Giants ahead 10-7.

The Packer Express returns to Green Bay to face the Raiders on Sunday at Lambeau Field.

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