Green Bay Packers look small against Giants, down 10-6

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Updated: November 17, 2013

The Green Bay Packers defense was unable to contain the New York Giants offense in the first half.

First it was Ford Field. Then it was the Metrodome. Now it’s the Meadowlands.

Playing for the third consecutive year in the house of horrors that is MetLife Stadium, the Green Bay Packers stumbled to a 10-6 halftime deficit against the New York Giants.

Green Bay got off to a slipshod start on both sides of the ball. They were flagged for 12 men on the field on the Giants’ opening drive, then were penalized for 12 men in the huddle on their first drive. After they were forced to punt, they promptly gave up a long 32-yard return to Reuben Randall.

On the ensuing drive, embattled Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers fielded some bizarre formations, even putting linebacker Clay Matthews III — playing with a wrist wrap instead of a club this week — in coverage. Quarterback Eli Manning took advantage, throwing a touchdown pass to Randle.

The Packers’ second offensive drive ended in frustration as quarterback Scott Tolzien was hit hard and the pass fell incomplete.

The defense had no answer for the Giants as they marched down the field. On fourth-and one, head coach Tom Coughlin elected to go for it against the suspect defense. Running back Brandon Jacobs rushed for five yards to extend the drive. However, on fourth down from the Green Bay 22-yard line, Coughlin elected to kick the 40-yard field goal to take a 10-0 lead.

Following an incompletion, Tolzien snapped the three-and-out streak, hitting wide receiver Jordy Nelson up the middle for 25 yards. Then on a beautiful play-action fake, he completed a crisp 45-yard pass to James Jones.

Unfortunately, continuing a season-long trend, the drive stalled inside the red zone and the Packers were forced to settle for a 24-yard Mason Crosby field goal.

Just when it seemed like the Giants were going to charge right back into the end zone, cornerback Tramon Williams stepped in front of a pass and returned the ball 10 yards to the 21-yard line. It was Manning’s 17th interception of the season. Brandon Jacobs converted twice on fourth and one.

The half ended on a high note as head coach Mike McCarthy sent Crosby out for a 57-yard field goal attempt. He nailed it.

Standouts

Second-string quarterback Scott Tolzien’s numbers weren’t spectacular (seven of 11 passing for 131 yards), but he was under constant duress. He maintained his poise, stood firm in the pocket, and kept his eyes downfield despite two particularly hard hits.

Tramon Williams struggled for most of the half, but he did make a nice tackle of Andre Brown and came up with the important interception that kept the Packers in the game.

Slipups

The offensive line was simply atrocious. They were unable to open running lanes for Eddie Lacy and James Starks, and they gave up at least two sacks.

Tramon Williams was flagged for defensive pass interference in the second quarter. Overall, the defense was virtually nonexistent, able neither to stop the run or cover the pass.

Injuries

Cornerback Davon House left with an unspecified leg injury and did not return.

What’s next

The Packers get the ball to start the second half. It will be imperative for them to mount a long drive and hopefully come away with some points. They cannot afford to surrender too much time of possession if the defense is to have any chance of stopping the Giants offense in the second half.

About the author(s)

Rourke Douglas Decker covers the Green Bay Packers beat for Water Cooler Sports. He resides with his family in the Twin Cities. He can be reached for questions or comments at . Connect with .

531 comments
Communist Rockefeller
Communist Rockefeller

You know, if you switch the interception and touchdown columns, Scott Tolzein had a pretty good game.

Houndog
Houndog

Do you think Kenny Albert parades around his hotel room in a garter belt and stockings like his old man did?

natradamus
natradamus

sitting in a room with hot garbage is very similar to watching a vikings game

Rourke
Rourke

Third and 11. So . . . 21-yard gain coming up?

bp.
bp. moderator

Siragusa ads nothing.

Rourke
Rourke

It's probably just as well that this team will miss the playoffs. Seattle is almost a lock for the No. 1 seed, and there was no way this team was going to win at CenturyLink Field anyway.

jwood23 bear down
jwood23 bear down moderator

Also: LOLions.

Stafford continues to be Megatron or bust.

Maized and Confused
Maized and Confused

Ted, Mike, And Dom need to go into the locker room and just stare into each other's dead eyes for 3 hours after this game and realize what they've done.

S1L3NT_resignation
S1L3NT_resignation

Even Minnesota will beat us. This team is nothing without Rodgers.

bp.
bp. moderator

Classic Green Bay tackling there.

LaCWrestler
LaCWrestler

Packers only chance at playoffs is beating the VIkes next week and Rodgers beating the Lions on hanksgiving. 

natradamus
natradamus

 I do not the context to the question-  nor do i want to

Houndog
Houndog

4 week old hot garbage!

cd4packers
cd4packers

 Oh, but the Packers are on the move….

jmac3444
jmac3444

 not sure seattle is all that great

jwood23 bear down
jwood23 bear down moderator

 they're gonna smoke CHI.  AP against that run D?  It's gonna be UGLY

Pat Fenis, Esq.
Pat Fenis, Esq. moderator

 Please. Allow me to escort you another 4 yards.

BearsSaveLives
BearsSaveLives moderator

 He's an overrated wide receiver though. 

BearsSaveLives
BearsSaveLives moderator

 I thought Rodgers said he wouldn't be back until Week 14. 

bp.
bp. moderator

 Yep.  They needed one win and his return.

Rourke
Rourke

Be that as it may, this Packers team is not beating them.

jwood23 bear down
jwood23 bear down moderator

  yeah, it's a problem when half your yardage is to one guy.  That was CHI problem last year.

NightStalkerThief
NightStalkerThief

Lol did you just say the saints offense sucks? You might wana brush up on your football knowledge before you make yourself look ignorant. I'll assume ur just trolling

UNC Beat Duke
UNC Beat Duke

   I'm sure about that he has good hands lol

Lions 49 Packers 7
Lions 49 Packers 7

  That is not a problem. Stafford is good enough and smart enough to find Johnson

BearsSaveLives
BearsSaveLives moderator

  Yeah, I misread it originally. I stand corrected

LaCWrestler
LaCWrestler

  And that is his goal, not when he will be back

BearsSaveLives
BearsSaveLives moderator

  Yes he has. It was 12, so I apologize. 

Aaron Rodgers suggested Tuesday that his goal is to return for the Week 12 game against the Vikings.