Sometimes it was mesmerizing, at other times it was exasperating, but it’s always intriguing. Just like clockwork the New York Giants have continued their by-hook-or-by-crook approach to victories having hobbled to a fourth-consecutive victory of the season defeating the Green Bay Packers 27-13.
Kicking off late into the afternoon, the Giants were under increased pressure following the Philadelphia Eagles victory earlier in the day that saw them ascend to the top of the NFC East leaving the Giants three games back. While they endeavored to master their own downfall at times, the Giants got out of Week 11 with a comfortable 14 point victory, albeit against a Packers team that is severely impaired.
With all the recent hype surrounding the return of running back Andre Brown, it was the old war-horse Brandon Jacobs that turned in the key contributions on the ground. That is not to discount the efforts of Brown who regularly gained healthy yardage of seven-plus on his carries, but it was Jacobs in his first appearance since totaling the Giants’ best rushing outing of the season to date in Week 6, that kept the Giants rolling in a manner that the fans have become accustomed to.
Jacobs was called upon for his best battering ram impression as the Giants went for it twice on fourth down. Number 34 moved the chains on both occasions, reaffirming Tom Coughlin’s faith in him and at the same time sparing his blushes, and was also on hand for a stereotypical one-yard punch into the end zone to increase the Giants’ lead to 14 points heading into the final quarter.
While the Giants offense looked much-improved en route to their largest points total since the opening week of the season, it is difficult to look past the defense as key contributors to success for the fourth game running.
Each time the Scott Tolzien-marshaled Packers threatened to get back into the game, the Giants rear-guard were on hand to keep the pendulum swinging in their favor. Linebacker extraordinaire, Jon Beason, intercepted the inexperienced quarterback on the opening drive of the second half, directly after a big completion to Jordy Nelson had got the Packers in motion. It was Jason Pierre-Paul who came up with the timeliest defensive play of the day; the defensive end — who has come under much scrutiny this season — picked off Tolzien and returned it 24 yards for the second Giants defensive touchdown in as many games. The turnover came soon after the Packers had regained some momentum, reducing the deficit to just seven points following a touchdown drive that saw them gain 65 yards on just four plays.
Kudos must also go to the Giants run-defense. It was widely recognized that Eddie Lacy held all the cards in the Packers offense. Heading into this evenings contest at Metlife Stadium, Lacy ranked eighth in the league for rushing yards, averaging 103 yards-per-game since the Packers’ bye in Week 4.
The young talent was subject to the same treatment as those who have mastered his class, Adrian Peterson and LeSean McCoy. Although he scored a touchdown to continue his recent relevance in fantasy football, Lacy was limited to just 27 rushing yards in the contest as the G-Men’s defensive front-seven swarmed him at any given opportunity.
The Giants have now conceded just two offensive touchdowns during their four-game winning streak as the defense continues to lay the foundation on which the season, that began so catastrophically, is being rebuilt.
The victory helps the Giants keep pace in the NFC East and also marks the eighth-consecutive season in which coach Coughlin has orchestrated a winning-streak of four games or more. Though they are not yet considered to be pulling up any trees in the manner of their victories, the Giants are now very much back in the race for a division in which they were deemed no-hopers just a month ago. Both the Eagles and Dallas Cowboys will be all too aware of what a Giants outfit that gets hot around midseason are capable of, and will be tentatively looking over their shoulder as we head towards the business end of the 2013 campaign.