GREEN BAY – A Giants turnover and late field goal stretched the Packers’ lead to 17-6 at halftime on Sunday night at Lambeau Field.
To start the second quarter, the Packers’ defense again allowed one first down but got the stop after that. A tackle for loss by S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix preceded a false start, and the Giants couldn’t convert the long yardage.
The Packers went three-and-out, though, with LT David Bakhtiari getting called for a questionable holding penalty on a third-down completion to WR Davante Adams. Two snaps later, P Jake Schum’s punt went out of bounds on the New York 45-yard line, just a 33-yard net.
The Giants immediately got into scoring range on a 27-yard pass from QB Eli Manning to TE Will Tye, but the Packers’ defense held there. K Josh Brown’s 47-yard field goal was good, pulling New York within 7-3 with 8:21 left in the half.
The Packers answered quickly. RB Eddie Lacy broke off a 31-yard run on the first play of the ensuing series, and followed with a 6-yard run. RB James Starks ran for 5 to pick up a first down, and then Rodgers hit Adams on back-to-back plays, first for 9 yards and then for 29 and a TD over CB Michael Hunter. K Mason Crosby’s extra point made it 14-3 with 6:01 left in the half.
Green Bay’s defense then got its first three-and-out of the game, but the Giants got the ball back when CB Janoris Jenkins got his second interception of the game, this one at the Green Bay 40-yard line.
A 13-yard pass to WR Odell Beckham Jr. moved the chains, but CB Micah Hyde broke up Manning’s third-down pass to WR Sterling Shepard. Brown’s 41-yard field goal made it 14-6 Packers with 1:51 left in the half.
The Giants’ defense responded with a three-and-out, as DT Damon Harrison deflected Rodgers’ third-down pass at the line of scrimmage. Schum’s low punt was returned by Dwayne Harris to the New York 39.
Then, one play after Manning overthrew a wide open Tye deep over the middle, Packers rookie LB Kyler Fackrell sacked Manning and knocked the ball loose. Fellow rookie DT Kenny Clark recovered, giving Green Bay the ball on the New York 31 with just over a minute left in the half.
The Packers did little with it and brought on Crosby for a 44-yard field goal on the final snap.