Stat worth noting: The Packers scored four touchdowns in four trips inside New York’s red zone; the Giants were 0-3.
Stat worth noting II: Michael Strahan only had one tackle and dropped an easy interception.
Turning point: Despite playing pretty poorly, the Giants did enter halftime with a 10-7 lead. That was very short-lived. Green Bay started the first possession of the second half at their own 49-yard line following a 42-yard return by Tramon Williams and effortlessly marched 51 yards in 10 plays. Brett Favre capped the drive with a two-yard strike to Bubba Franks to give the Pack a 14-10 lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
Play to remember: With the Giants trailing 7-0, Eli Manning and Plaxico Burress connected on a beautiful pass to even the score in the second quarter. Manning, who had plenty of time, lofted a perfect pass over Green Bay S Atari Bigby for Burress’ fourth TD of the very young season. Needless to say, Manning’s right shoulder looked just fine on that pass.
Play to forget: It’s rare that Amani Toomer loses his cool. Jeremy Shockey getting a dumb penalty? Well, that’s par for the course. But Toomer? Sure enough, though, Toomer drew a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for jawing at Packers LB Nick Barnett, who hit Toomer from behind then stood over him and wouldn’t let him up after a late third-quarter play. The infraction moved New York, which was on the Green Bay eight-yard line, all the way back to the Packers 23. They had to settle for a field goal and still trailed 14-13 after three quarters.
By the Numbers
3 – Drops by Jeremy Shockey against Green Bay. He also committed a silly penalty that cost the Giants good field position.
11 – Years since the Giants last started the season with an 0-2 mark. Not coincidentally, that was Dan Reeves’ last season as Giants coach.
112.4 – The QB rating for Brett Favre, who lit up the Giants defense all afternoon.
“We have no excuses. There is no explanation for it. We gave ourselves some opportunities and then took them away, so we became our own worst enemy.” – Giants coach Tom Coughlin
“We’re getting way too much attention right now. We’re 2-0 and we’ve got a long ways to go.” – Packers coach Mike McCarthy
What went right
Both Eli Manning and Osi Umenyiora suited up and played. Unfortunately it didn’t much matter. Lawrence Tynes was also able to play and he connected on two-of-three field-goal attempts.
Derrick Ward posted his second straight solid game in place of injured RB Brandon Jacobs. Ward averaged six yards a carry en route to a 90-yard afternoon. He also caught four passes for 35 yards.
Gibril Wilson rebounded from a foolish roughing the kicker penalty with an interception on the next play. Wilson corralled a Brett Favre pass that was intended for Packers WR Donald Driver and tipped by Giants CB Aaron Ross at the New York 14, thwarting a Packers scoring threat.
Jeff Feagles was his usual superb self, averaging 43.7 yards on three punts, one of which he kicked out of bounds at the Packers 5-yard line.
What went wrong
The Giants had absolutely no pass rush against Brett Favre all afternoon. For as bad as the secondary and LBs have been in coverage, the defensive line certainly hasn’t done anything to help matters. Favre had no trouble whatsoever getting passes off all afternoon. He was only sacked once for a one-yard loss.
With the Giants already down 28-13 Eli Manning inexplicably threw the ball right into the midsection of Packers DT Corey Williams, who couldn’t have been more than five yards away.
Rookie Ahmad Bradshaw sabotaged an otherwise excellent day on returns when he fumbled early in the fourth quarter. With New York trailing 21-13, Bradshaw coughed up the ball at the New York 22 after he was hit by former Giants draft pick Charlie Peprah.
Corey Webster played. New York’s CB continues to struggle mightily. He was called for a questionable pass interference penalty, but was also badly beaten multiple times, including on a 46-yard catch by James Jones. Webster also missed a key sideline tackle because he refuses to use his arms when tackling.
The rest of New York’s beleaguered secondary wasn’t much better. The safeties – Gibril Wilson and James Butler – seem lost out there and corners Sam Madison and R.W. McQuarters just aren’t even close to getting the job done either.