Our weekly “Chips Report” will always include two blue chippers (outstanding, exceptional play), two red chippers (good, though maybe not great) and two cow chips (dud performances). From the Week 13 win over the New York Giants…
- Jordy Nelson––Every catch Nelson made was a lesson in route running, body control, foot placement and ball security. He made his living along the side, seemingly every catch made by tip-toeing along the sideline. Though he was limited to four catches, he made each catch count taking them for a combined 94 yards. His final catch for 27 on the Packers’ last possession of the game helped set up Mason Crosby’s game-winning field goal.
- Donald Driver––On a day when Packers’ receivers were dropping balls left and right, Driver caught every pass targeted for him. He only caught four, but two went for touchdowns. A third was caught along the sideline for a first down, which required a replay to confirm whether he kept both feet in bounds. The veteran still has it.
- Clay Matthews––Matthews was the only Packers putting a rush on Eli Manning. Most of him damage came in the first half when he deftly intercepted a pass intended for Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw in the flat and took it to the house. He followed that up with a second-quarter strip-sack of Manning that was recovered by B.J. Raji. Matthews finished with two tackles and two quarterback hits on the day.
- Aaron Rodgers––Rodgers finished with a season-low 106.2 passer rating, due mostly to completing only 28 of 46 passes. Dropped passes certainly were a factor. But the passes he did complete went for 369 yards. The drive he directed that set up the fourth-quarter game-winning field goal can only be described as “surgical.” That alone is worthy of the red chip. Tim Masthay deserved consideration for red chip too after each of five punts were downed inside the 20.
- Charles Woodson––The Packers came into the game with their defense having the fewest penalty yards in the entire NFL. On Sunday Woodson was flagged for two times for 20 yards, one for illegal contact for five yards and another for roughing the passer for 20 yards. He also was beat by Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks for a third-quarter touchdown that pulled the Giants within four points. It tough to blame Woodson for being injured and having to leave the game, but his replacement, Jarrett Bush, gave up a fourth-quarter reception that set up the Giants’ game-tying touchdown.
- Marshall Newhouse––The Packers have Newhouse plenty of help, chipping in with tight ends and running backs. Whenever he was isolated, he was abused by Giants pass rushers including Jason Pierre-Paul and Dave Tollefson. The Giants put six quarterback hits on Aaron Rodgers on the day. They weren’t all Newhouse’s fault, but he was exposed when he didn’t have help. Charlie Peprah deserved consideration for a cow chip after the Packers gave up several deep passes and the Giants threw for 347 yards.