I have to admit, I was dead wrong about this Giants team folding in the second half, and being a tough test in general. I thought the Packers would blow them out of the water in the second half. They kept punching back.
It was pretty evident that the longer layoff (ie ten days between games) caused a little rust to form on the offense. The drops, the wasted time outs, etc. Just out of sync all over. But, as Mike McCarthy said after the game, they made the catches when they needed to at the end.
I think McCarthy went to the run game, even when it was ineffective, simply to keep the number of snaps where Aaron could be exposed to getting hit. The line played decently, but that Giants defensive front is very, very good.
While the line played well overall, Marshall Newhouse had his worst game of the season.
Brutal injury for Andrew Quarless. My wife was sitting right behind his family and said they looked devastated. I can only imagine.
I didn't get an update on James Starks, but I saw him walking around after the game. He looked ok, not wearing anything on his foot that I could see.
That catch that Jordy Nelson had up the left sideline during the drive that ended in Donald Driver's second touchdown was one of the greatest catches I've ever seen a Packers wide receiver make. Simply incredible.
Speaking of Driver - not too shabby a catch by the old man on that second touchdown either.
Really liked what we saw from Saine. Good burst and vision and he showed his soft hands on the screen pass.
Nice long run after the catch from Ryan Grant as well on the checkdown from Rodgers.
I think the Packers will be without Charles Woodson's services next week after he suffered a late game concussion.
D.J. Smith is a good tackler - but lord does he need to work on rushing the passer. He was painful to watch when he was asked to do it.
Hell of a game from Clay Matthews.
It was really apparent from the press box how badly Peprah and Burnett were biting on Manning's pump fakes early. On one play where Tramon Williams was beat deep, it was clear he was expecting safety help.
McCarthy is giving his team their first "Victory Monday" tomorrow. Very well deserved.
"I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle – victorious."