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Packers and Giants provide a little late drama to save us from another dull primetime game

Despite opportunities throughout the game, the Giants could not capitalize.

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jamBoth Eli Manning and Aaron Rodgers struggled on Sunday Night Football, and it wasn’t the most exciting game. Despite a dramatic late-game Odell Beckham Jr. touchdown, the Packers managed to pull off a 23-16 victory.

Manning was under consistent pressure from Green Bay, taking four sacks, and he fumbled the ball once late in the second quarter. The Packers were able to convert the turnover into a field goal to extend the lead over the Giants. Manning completed just 18 of 35 passes for 199 yards, and the Giants got into the end zone just once despite several trips to the red zone.

It even seemed like that touchdown, which came late in the fourth quarter on an 8-yard Manning pass to Odell Beckham Jr., might not stand.

Beckham’s catch was initially ruled a touchdown, and while it was difficult to tell if his heel had touched out of bounds while making the catch, officials upheld the ruling because of inconclusive evidence to overturn it. It was one of very few things that went right for the Giants against Green Bay.

Afterward, Beckham made amends with the kicking net he took his frustrations out on just a few weeks ago.

It looked like the Giants might get a shot to even things up when James Starks fumbled the ball on Green Bay’s next possession, but Starks recovered and the Packers were able to kneel it out for the win.

Manning’s completion percentage was an abysmal 51.1 percent, and the Giants struggled to get anything going on the ground. New York’s top rusher was Bobby Rainey, who carried the ball five times for a total of 22 yards. New York totaled just 43 yards on the ground.

Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins managed to intercept Rodgers twice, giving New York opportunities to keep the game competitive, but it couldn’t capitalize on the turnovers. Rodgers was off his game and completed just over half of his passes, also, but still threw for 259 yards and two touchdowns.

New York didn’t fare much better against the run until Eddie Lacy left the game with an ankle injury. Lacy rushed for 81 yards on just 11 carries before the injury. They did a better job of containing Starks, who had 33 yards on 12 carries.

It didn’t help that the Giants were missing starting cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and rookie corner Eli Apple, but what’s more troubling is the way they struggled to generate any pressure on Rodgers despite spending big to update the pass rush this offseason.

The Giants fall to 2-3 and are last in the NFC East, while the Packers are now 3-1 and fighting to keep up with the Minnesota Vikings.