Giant Killers: Packers Super Run Dethroned in 37-20 Season Ending Loss to Giants

Aaron Rodgers walks off the field at the end of an NFL divisional playoff football game against the New York Giants

15-1.

Winners of 19 of 20.

Defending Super Bowl Champs.

It doesn’t matter.

The Packers 2011 season ended with a loud thud Sunday at Lambeau Field, as the New York Giants avenged an earlier season loss to the Pack with a 37-20 beatdown.

Green Bay hadn’t played for two weeks, and it showed. They fumbled three times on offense, and also had a number of other mistakes which included dropped passes and overthrows.

Giants QB Eli Manning was a whole lot sharper than Aaron Rodgers. Manning was 21 of 33 throwing for 330 yards, 3 touchdowns and a pick. Rodgers was 26-for-46, 264 yards, 2 TD’s, and a pick. Rodgers did have some running room. He finished with 66 yards on seven scrambles.

The Packers become the first ever 15-1 team in NFL history to not at least to advance to their conference title game. The Giants stunned them with a hail mary at the end of the first half that was answered as Manning’s pass was pulled in by Hakeem Nicks for a 37-yard score to make it 20-10 at the half.

Nicks caught seven passes for 165 yards and two touchdowns, with another huge play, a 66-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter. His score at the end of the half came with defenders all around.

The Giants defense did enough to stop the Pack, as Green Bay’s offense picked a bad day to play their worst offensive game of 2011.

New York, led by Manning, rolled up 422 yards, while the Pack were held to 388 yards, which on this day was not enough to get the job done.

While it will take time to get over this loss, it also magnifies another major issue for this team – they were not good enough on defense to get the job done.


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5 Responses to “Giant Killers: Packers Super Run Dethroned in 37-20 Season Ending Loss to Giants”

  1. GBDude says:

    McCarthy needs to Go. That game plan was HS style

  2. Kush says:

    Why did the Packers start Brad Jones? He was getting knocked all over the field and couldn’t keep from being blocked or stay on his feet? They insert Erik Walden in the defense and they suddenly shut down the Giants and hold them to no first downs. Then reinsert Jones and New York starts moving the ball all over them again. Coaching lost this game along with dropped passes!!!!

  3. jj says:

    That is what happens when you play conservative football at the end. It was 3 weeks that Rodgers did not play a game & ask Belichuk about keeping is guys in rhythm.

    McCarthy is a hack coach, Steelers should of won 2011 SB but cuz the Pack won, they are afforded this terrible loss.

    & I was just waiting for Grant to fumble & sure enough he did at the worst possible time.

    Never did like Rodgers & this team & am glad they are out, just like Brees & his Saints.

  4. Geeba Geeba says:

    I’ve got a biased view as I grew up in NY area and have been living in Da Bears land for a long time. Trying to be objective:

    1) the pack has had to have above average offensive games to make up for a poor defense. Yesterday it was a below average offense due to turnovers, missed passes/receiving.

    2) The talk I’ve been seeing and agree with is that it could have been even worse for the Pack if it wasn’t for some ridiculous officiating, as discussed during the telecast.

    3) The rushing game has been questionable. I know some people feel that rushing is a minimal part of the game now, but not imho. If Rodgers is carrying the day passing AND rushing — it’s too one dimensional.

    4) Matthews is a great talent but his overplay style can get him way out of position. This was evident on the two crucial 4th quarter runs by Jacobs and the other NY running back. Matthews was a big culprit in the losing the contain on those plays. I don’t know if this is due to his “me first” mentality or if it’s what allowed by the coaching staff. I suspect it’s his ego. That has to change in a team concept.

    4) McCarthy a hack? That’s too brutal. What changed from last year when their was Cheese talk that he will be the fifth face on Mt. Rushmore? Do you think a majority of NYers feel that NY coach Coughlin is a genius? Absolutely not. Trust me. McCarthy’s fine.

    5) Everything evens out. Tebow this year – eventually goes down in flames. Last year GB eked it’s way into the playoffs and dodged many bullets to win it all. This year’s loss just averaged that out.

    6) Overconfidence.

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