GREEN BAY – The Giants scored first and took a 3-0 lead into the second quarter on Sunday in an NFC Wild Card playoff game at Lambeau Field.
The Giants got near scoring range on their first drive, thanks to a 17-yard completion to WR Victor Cruz on third down, but the drive stalled at the Green Bay 35 when WR Odell Beckham Jr. dropped a third-down pass. The Giants decided to punt, and Packers DB Micah Hyde called for a fair catch at the 6.
The Packers went three-and-out, as a deep shot to TE Jared Cook on third-and-2 was slightly underthrown and broken up by S Landon Collins. P Jake Schum’s punt rolled dead at the New York 38.
The Giants got on the board first with a field goal. Passes of 26 and 13 yards to WR Sterling Shepard moved New York into the red zone, but both Beckham and Shepard dropped potential touchdown passes, and the Giants had to settle for a 26-yard field goal by K Robbie Gould for a 3-0 lead with 5:44 left in the first.
The Packers got going on their second drive with a 13-yard pass to WR Jordy Nelson. Giants CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was announced to have a thigh injury, return questionable. Nelson then drew a pass interference penalty deep downfield on CB Janoris Jenkins on third-and-10, putting the ball on the New York 30.
QB Aaron Rodgers was sacked on second down by CB Cody Sensabaugh on a delayed blitz, though, and a long third-down pass to Nelson was underthrown. The Packers had to punt, and the Giants took over on their own 11.
The Packers responded with a three-and-out that began with a false start. RB Rashad Jennings tried to run up the middle on third-and-11 but came up 1 yard short of the first down, and Giants P Brad Wing’s punt went out of bounds on the Green Bay 45.
Rodgers was sacked again on the final play of the quarter.