Eli Manning throws three scoring strikes as Giants crush Packers
East Rutherford, NJ, United States (4E Sports) – Eli Manning threw three touchdown passes and set a team record with his 200th scoring pass as the New York Giants snapped the Green Bay Packers’ five-game winning streak via a 38-10 victory Sunday at MetLife Stadium.
Manning completed 16 of 30 throws for 249 yards and his 38-yard scoring pass to wide receiver Hakeem Nicks in the third quarter vaulted him over Phil Simms as the team’s top touchdown passer.
“Any time you’re mentioned with Giants’ players – Phil Simms and Charlie Conerly – and some of those quarterbacks, it’s an honor,” Manning said. “The thing I’m most proud of tonight is the way we played and getting a win.”
“Great, I’m happy for him and many, many more,” said Giants coach Tom Coughlin of Manning’s achievement.
Nicks tallied 77 yards on five receptions while fellow wideouts Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle each caught a touchdown as the Giants ended a two-game losing skein coming off a bye week and remained atop the NFC East with a 7-4 mark.
Running back Andre Brown ran for 64 yards on 13 carries and a touchdown while Bradshaw added 58 yards on 11 carries and a score aside from 61 yards on two catches for the Giants.
“It was a huge win coming off the bye facing a team like Green Bay. You could easily come in and falter and be lackadaisical, but we came out firing and we understood this was a game we needed to win and you could see it in the way we played,” said Cruz.
Aaron Rodgers hit 14-for-25 with 219 yards and a touchdown pass to wide receiver Jordy Nelson, who finished with 71 yards on two catches.
“We were beaten in every facet really, starting with myself. I feel when your team plays and performs that way, it starts with the head coach. We had mental errors, the penalties and this was out of character for our football team,” said Packers coach Mike McCarthy.
Brown opened the first period with a two-yard touchdown run but Rodgers connected with Nelson for a touchdown to tie the count.
Then, Manning hit Randle with a 16-yard touchdown pass and Lawrence Tynes added a 43-yard field goal for a 17-7 Giants lead.
The Giants then padded their lead to 31-10 behind two touchdown passes by Manning while the Packers came up with just a 28-yard field goal by Mason Crosby.