Final

Packers 10

(7-4, 3-3 away)

Giants 38

(7-4, 4-2 home)

Coverage: NBC

8:20 PM ET, November 25, 2012

MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ 

1 2 3 4 T
GB 7 3 0 010
NYG 17 14 7 038

Top Performers

Passing: E. Manning (NYG) - 249 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: A. Brown (NYG) - 13 CAR, 64 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: H. Nicks (NYG) - 5 REC, 77 YDS, 1 TD

Eli Manning, Giants end slide by sacking Aaron Rodgers, Packers

Associated Press

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Adam Merchant had a wish and a command for the New York Giants.

The 15-year-old fan from Barre, Vt., attended practice and then Sunday's game with the Packers thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. He wanted the Giants to snap their two-game slide and get out of their offensive funk.

So he ordered the Giants to "play like world champions," and they delivered a 38-10 rout of the Green Bay Packers.

"That was the theme of our meetings," coach Tom Coughlin said.

Eli Manning came back from the bye week with a rested arm, and that offensive slump was tossed aside. The Giants (7-4) said they turned things around for themselves, and for Merchant, who has cancer.

"They have one wish," Manning said after throwing for three scores to set a team record with 200 TD passes for his career. "It is sad when you think about it -- they have one wish, what you want to do, and he wanted to come to Giants practice ... and to a game.

"He said, 'Go show everybody you are the world champions and why you are the world champions and play that way.' Everybody got fired up and played the way we know we can."

The Packers (7-4) certainly did not. The showcase game was decided early as the Giants outscored the Packers 31-10 in the opening half to end Green Bay's five-game winning streak. While New York took a two-game lead in the NFC East, Green Bay fell out of a tie with Chicago atop the NFC North.

The Packers were missing such key starters as linebacker Clay Matthews, defensive back Charles Woodson and receiver Greg Jennings, and it showed. After being manhandled in last season's playoffs by the Giants, who went on to win the Super Bowl, the Packers weren't much more competitive this time. Aaron Rodgers was sacked five times, including twice by Mathias Kiwanuka, who spent much of the game at defensive tackle rather than in his usual linebacker spot.

"When your quarterback is under pressure like that, it affected me tonight," coach Mike McCarthy said of his play-calling. "I probably didn't call the best game I've called. You have to protect your quarterback. It's your No. 1 responsibility. That's not what we're looking for."

New York's balanced attack was guided by Manning, who had his first strong game in a month with 249 yards passing.

"I never thought my arm was tired, never felt like it," Manning said. "After a week off, you come back to practice, it felt good, alive, balls coming out with a little pop on it.

"After 10 weeks, it definitely needed a little rest."

Coughlin knew Manning would return with some extra verve.

"There was no doubt he was going to come back and play well," Coughlin said. "I think the rest really helped him. ... Eli said he felt as if he was coming back for the start of the season. I was very confident he would come back and be Eli."

Ahmad Bradshaw gained a combined 119 yards and scored a touchdown. He had the first big play of the night to begin the offensive onslaught.

New York struck early with a brilliantly conceived screen pass to Bradshaw off a fake reverse to Victor Cruz. Bradshaw sped down the field before being caught at the Green Bay 2, a 59-yard pickup that led to Andre Brown's scoring run.

Brown later broke his leg; Coughlin did not say which leg after the game.

"It will be a tough loss, he is an important player," Manning said.

Green Bay didn't flinch, with Jordy Nelson getting behind Corey Webster in single coverage down the right sideline for a 61-yard TD reception from Rodgers.

The scoring flurry went back in the Giants' favor -- and pretty much stayed there -- when Manning hit Rueben Randle in the back of the end zone for a 16-yard TD. It was the first score for the rookie and Manning's first touchdown throw in four games, and he set it up with, of all things, a scramble in which he laid his shoulder into Packers cornerback Tramon Williams for a 13-yard gain.

"It sparked our sideline," Coughlin said. "It would not be the recommended way. To see him do that kind of sent the message to the rest of our team: Whatever you have to do to succeed, do it."

Webster's interception led to Lawrence Tynes' 43-yard field goal late in the first quarter for a 17-7 lead, and the Giants weren't nearly done. Manning's 9-yard connection with Cruz tied him for the club record with 199 TD passes, and after Osi Umenyiora's strip-sack of Rodgers was recovered by Jason Pierre-Paul at the Green Bay 23, Bradshaw scored from the 13.

The 31 points were the most New York scored in a half all season and nearly equaled the 33 it scored in its two losses before the bye.

And the Giants had more offense in them. Manning threw his 200th TD pass to move ahead of Phil Simms, a 13-yarder over the middle to Hakeem Nicks, who stretched the ball over the goal line as he was tackled.

"There was a different enthusiasm in practices," Manning said, "and I think that paid off in the game."

It paid off for the Giants, and for their young fan.

"It kind of hit home," Justin Tuck said. "You got this kid that don't know us from James and watches us on TV every Sunday and it's so profound."

Game notes

The Giants lost safety Kenny Phillips with a knee injury in the third quarter. He was making his first appearance since Week 4, when he was sidelined with a knee problem. ... Giants right tackle David Diehl sustained a stinger in the first half. ... Green Bay lost safety M.D. Jennings (rib), DE C.J. Wilson (knee), and RB Johnny White (concussion). ... Rodgers was 14 of 25 for 219 yards, one TD, one interception and one lost fumble.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
GB
NYG
1st Downs1623
Passing 1st downs
913
Rushing 1st downs
67
1st downs from Penalties
13
3rd down efficiency
5-126-12
4th down efficiency
0-11-2
Total Plays5862
Total Yards317390
Yards per play5.56.3
Total Drives1111
Passing201243
Comp - Att
15-2716-30
Yards per pass
7.48.1
Interceptions thrown
10
Sacks - Yards Lost
5-291-6
Rushing116147
Rushing Attempts
2631
Yards per rush
4.54.7
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-25-6
Penalties7-494-24
Turnovers20
Fumbles lost
10
Interceptions thrown
10
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession28:4731:13

Passing Leaders

GBC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Rodgers14/252198.8115-29
Harrell1/2115.5000-0
NYGC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Manning16/302498.3301-6

Rushing Leaders

GBCARYDSAVGTDLG
Starks8354.408
Green10303.008
NYGCARYDSAVGTDLG
Brown13644.9116
Bradshaw10585.8113

Receiving Leaders

GBRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Nelson27135.51614
Finley35117.00265
NYGRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Nicks57715.413013
Bradshaw26130.50593

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERGBNYG
nygTD12:38Andre Brown 2 Yd Run (Lawrence Tynes Kick) 07
gbTD10:44Jordy Nelson 61 Yd Pass From Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby Kick) 77
nygTD02:38Rueben Randle 16 Yd Pass From Eli Manning (Lawrence Tynes Kick) 714
nygFG00:23Lawrence Tynes 43 Yd 717
SECOND QUARTERGBNYG
nygTD09:37Victor Cruz 9 Yd Pass From Eli Manning (Lawrence Tynes Kick) 724
gbFG03:37Mason Crosby 28 Yd 1024
nygTD00:44Ahmad Bradshaw 13 Yd Run (Lawrence Tynes Kick) 1031
THIRD QUARTERGBNYG
nygTD03:36Hakeem Nicks 13 Yd Pass From Eli Manning (Lawrence Tynes Kick) 1038

Research Notes

Aaron Rodgers attempted one pass of more than 30 yards downfield Sunday, and completed it to Jordy Nelson for a 61-yard touchdown. Entering Sunday, Rodgers had 10 plays of 30+ yards this season, tied for 17th in the NFL. Rodgers led the league in 30+ yard pass plays each of the previous three seasons.
Eli Manning averaged a season-high 11.4 yards per attempt and three touchdowns on passes inside the painted numbers. The last time he had three touchdowns on such throws in a game was Week 2 of 2008 against the Rams.
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Aaron Rodgers was under duress, sacked or hit while throwing on 17 of 33 (51.5 percent) dropbacks. That was the highest percentage of dropbacks a qualifying quarterback was pressured in a single game this season. Entering Sunday, the Giants pressured the opposing quarterback on 23.2 percent of dropbacks, 10th-most in the league.
Aaron Rodgers (GB): Season-low 17.3 Total QBR in Sunday's loss to the Giants. It was his lowest in a game with at least 20 action plays since Week 4 of 2008 against the Buccaneers (6.8), his 4th career NFL start.
Aaron Rodgers and the Packers are 7-4... through 11 games, he has already been sacked one more time than he was all of last season, and he's also been intercepted one more time than he was all last year:
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Giants surpass 30 points in 1st half of game for 3rd time in last 4 seasons. They had no such regular-season games from 1986 to 2008.

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