Sunday, September 16, 2007

Week 2: Packers @ Giants: Second Quarter

Second Quarter
Packers 0, Giants 0

15:00-13:18
Favre shows some of the Favre of old, firing a laser into Donald Driver for a 15-yard gain. Favre's third-and-ten pass is batted down. Fourth down.

Packers 0, Giants 0

13:18-13:10
Gibril Wilson flattens Jon Ryan on a punt, earning a 15-yard penalty and a first down. Joe Buck and Troy Aikman start talking about Ryan's "guns." Favre's first pass of the drive is deflected by Aaron Ross into Gibril Wilson's waiting arms. 275th career interception.

Packers 0, Giants 0

13:10-11:31
Ward gains a few yards before Manning's third-down pass to Jeremy Shockey is incomplete. Feagles barely gets the punt by Brady Poppinga.

Packers 0, Giants 0

11:31-8:18
Osi Umenyiora tackles Wynn for a five-yard loss. Favre completes a 46-yard pass to James Jones to the Giants 30-yard line. Brandon Jackson follows that up with a two-yard run. Favre completes a screen pass to former Giant Ryan Grant for 22 yards. On first-and-goal, Jackson rushes for one yard. DeShawn Wynn scores his first career touchdown and the first Packers touchdown of the season on a 6-yard run.

Packers 6, Giants 0

Mason Crosby's extra point is good.

Packers 7, Giants 0

8:18-7:16
Eli Manning connects with Eli Manning on a forty-yard pass after Charles Woodson slips. Manning connects with Plaxico Burress on a twenty-eight-yard touchdown pass.

Packers 7, Giants 6

Lawrence Tynes' extra point is good.

Packers 7, Giants 7

7:16-5:24
Joe Buck calls Ryan Seacrest an "unstoppable force in this universe." The Packers are really going after Giants CB Corey Webster in this game. Packers call their second timeout on third down and five.
Gamebreak: Joey Galloway catches a 69-yard TD pass, putting the Bucs up 14-0 on the Saints.
Packers punt to R.W. McQuarters.

Packers 7, Giants 7

5:24-1:38
Al Harris is called for illegal contact, giving the Giants a first-down on second-and-six. This just does not seem like the same defense we saw last week. On third-and-three, Manning completes a 19-yard pass to Jeremy Shockey for a first down into Packers territory. Giants wide receiver Steve Smith is out for the game with a scapula injury. Burress catches a 6-yard pass to the Packers 30. Third-and-four for the Giants.
Two Minute Warning
Jeremy Shockey converts third-down, but the play is offset by an offsides penalty by Aaron Kampman and a delay of game penalty Jeremy Shockey. On third-down again, Shockey drops a pass at the two-yard line. Lawrence Tynes converts 48-yard field goal.

Giants 10, Packers 7

1:38-:04
Tramon Williams returns the kickoff to the 48-yard line. Negated by a holding penalty. Packers get ball at 15-yard line. On third-and-nine, DeShawn Wynn gains ten yards for a first down. Packers call final timeout of half with :14 left in the half after Wynn gains eight yards. Third-down pass to Bubba Franks is incomplete. Jon Ryan punts. Penalty, replay fourth down. Punt out of bounds.

Giants 10, Packers 7

End of Second Quarter
End of First Half
Giants 10, Packers 7

Statistical Breakdown
Passing
Eli Manning, NYG: 10/16, 143, 1 TD
Brett Favre, GB: 11/17, 139, 1 INT
Rushing
Derrick Ward, NYG: 8 rushes, 45 yards
Brandon Jackson, GB: 8 rushes, 26 yards
DeShawn Wynn, GB: 7 rushes, 8 yards, 1 TD
Sinorice Moss, NYG: 1 rush, 4 yards
Receiving
James Jones, GB: 2 catches, 53 yards
Amani Toomer, NYG: 2 catches, 48 yards
Jeremy Shockey, NYG: 2 catches, 38 yards
Plaxico Burress, NYG: 2 catches, 32 yards, 1 TD
Ryan Grant, GB: 1 catch, 21 yards
Donald Driver, GB: 2 catches, 20 yards

Analysis
This is definitely not the same Packers defense we saw last week. The Giants offense is just making plays all over the field. Favre needs to be the gun-slinger right now, and not the game manager. However, Brandon Jackson looks pretty good, with more than half of his total rushing yards last week in just the first half.

Third quarter up next.

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