Giants Vs. Packers: Aaron Rodgers Leads Green Bay To 45-17 Win

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Giants Vs. Packers: Aaron Rodgers Throws Third TD, Puts Green Bay Up 14

In his first game back, Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers has now thrown for three touchdowns, the third a one-yard dart to TE Donald Lee. Rodgers has dished out 321 yards on 32 attempts, with WR Greg Jennings’ 118 leading the way.

Green Bay has now outgained New York by over 140 yards. That plus a pair of turnovers have put the Giants in a hole. Hakeem Nicks fumbled the ball away on the ensuing return, with Green Bay recovering, but officials ruled he was down after a Tom Coughlin challenge. A holding call on the return has Eli Manning starting from his own 12-yard line.

The disparity between each team’s running game has continued, with New York sitting at 37 yards to Green Bay’s 76.

The Packers and Giants traded field goals to open the second half. Green Bay hasn’t led by two touchdowns since early in the second quarter. The game was briefly tied in the middle of the second.

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Giants Vs. Packers: John Kuhn Plows Through New York Defense, Retaking The Lead

The Green Bay Packers running game has left QB Aaron Rodgers without much support this season, but FB John Kuhn just turned in a great effort on an eight-yard charge up the middle to give Green Bay a 21-14 lead. Kuhn’s knee hit turf very near the goal line — replays were inconclusive, but Kuhn jumped up and signaled the sideline to hurry up and send on the field goal team before the Giants could challenge.

The Packers actually have far more rushing yards than the Giants do, believe it or not. Four different Packers runners have 15 or more yards on the ground, while New York’s running game has only produced 17 total.

The Giants get the ball back with under two minutes to go, and they’re actually starting to run the ball more effectively with Green Bay’s defense playing loose. A pair of draws to Ahmad Bradshaw have both produced decent yardage, but there’s not enough time on the clock to run draws all the way down the field.

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Giants Vs. Packers: Eli Manning To Mario Manningham Ties It Up

One play after the red zone fumble by Green Bay Packers WR Jordy Nelson, New York Giants QB Eli Manning hit WR Mario Manningham after a slip by CB Tramon Williams. Manningham did the rest, running most of the field to complete an 85-yard touchdown strike. The Giants have now scored twice on plays in which a Packers defensive back fell down in coverage, meaning somebody’s going to be talking to the Green Bay equipment manager at halftime.

The catch-and-run was the longest pass of Manning’s career and the longest Giants play of 2010.

Both quarterbacks have now thrown for a handful more than 160 yards, along with two touchdowns. The Packers have outgained the Giants 222 to 185. Nelson’s fumble killed a great drive and gave the Giants momentum heading into their own drive, but Green Bay will have more chances. They’re currently driving near midfield.

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Giants Vs. Packers: Eli Manning To Hakeem Nicks Cuts Green Bay's Lead In Half

With Green Bay Packers CB Charles Woodson slipping to the ground, New York Giants WR Hakeem Nicks wound up with a clear lane to the end zone after QB Eli Manning found him wide open. The 36-yard score makes the second quarter score 14-7, Packers.

Manning has now thrown for 83 yards on ten attempts, with 66 of those yards going to Nicks. Green Bay has rushed the ball better and showed more interest in doing so — the Giants running game has a surprising 17 yards after only seven carries.

The Packers responded by driving into the red zone. WR Donald Driver broke free in the end zone a couple plays after making an excellent one-handed, diving catch, but pressure by DE Osi Umenyiora prevented QB Aaron Rodgers from spotting him. On the next play WR Jordy Nelson fumbled while diving for a first down, and New York recovered.

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Giants Vs. Packers: Aaron Rodgers Fires Another Touchdown, Green Bay Up 14-0

Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers is making a mark on this game after missing time due to a concussion, throwing his second touchdown of the first quarter after an interception by New York Giants QB Eli Manning to CB Tramon Williams.

Rodgers found James Jones in the end zone after scrambling in very Rodgers fashion. A couple plays prior he broke loose for a gain and could’ve attempted to plow through Giants defenders as he neared the end zone, but slid to avoid a hit. He stood to celebrate his safe play, giving himself a baseball umpire’s safe signal and throwing in a fist pump.

Rodgers has thrown for 74 more yards than Manning has, along with two more touchdowns and one fewer interception. He’s also the game’s leading rusher after that one scramble. So yeah, it’s safe to say he’s making an impression here.

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Packers Vs. Giants: Aaron Rodgers Connects With Jordy Nelson For Game's First Touchdown

After an uneventful first drive, Aaron Rodgers wasted no time giving the Packers a first quarter lead on their second possession.

Rodgers found Jordy Nelson on a post route near midfield, and Nelson outran the Giants secondary for an 80-yard touchdown pass. It's a career long for Nelson, and gave the Packers a 7-0 lead after the Mason Crosby extra point. It also gave no small bit of comfort to Packers fans wondering if Rodgers would be okay after his second concussion of the season.

Until that throw, both teams had looked tentative and neither had crossed the opponent's 45. Rodgers' strike to Nelson changed that, and gave Green Bay an early lead to work with.

And since that play, Eli Manning's gone from connecting on all three of his passes so far to throwing an interception to Tramon Williams that set the quarterback's new career high for picks in a season.

The Packers may have a chance to build a big lead early.

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Packers Vs. Giants: Aaron Rodgers Starting As Teams Clash For Playoff Positioning

The day's most important NFL game is taking place in frigid Green Bay.

The 8-6 Packers and 9-5 Giants need wins to stay in the running for the NFC's wild card spots; the Packers must win today's game to stay in playoff contention. And Green Bay is likely getting Aaron Rodgers back after a concussion kept him out of the Packers' loss to New England last week.

The Packers are also the team with less momentum, despite the Giants' collapse against the Eagles last week. Green Bay's lost three of four games, and cannot win the NFC North.

Look for Rodgers to have a big day if he is indeed healthy and the Green Bay line can handle the Giants' rush. And the Packers' defense, which played better against the Patriots than the 31 points allowed would suggest, will have its own hands full with a dominant Giants running game and a passing game that has been bolstered by the return of Hakeem Nicks from injury.

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