Highlights: Well Giant fans, the Giants 1st playoff appearance since 2011 is over with a convincing win by the Green Bay Packers 38-13. The game started out as if the Giants would advance and face the Cowboys in the divisional round by taking a 6-0 lead and holding the Packers offense to only 7 yards of total offense midway through the 2nd quarter. The Giants should have had a bigger lead if not for the drops by OBJ and Sterling Shepard in the end zone. It was only a matter of time for Rodgers and the Packers offense to show some life as they finally got on the board with 2:20 left until halftime. The Giants failed to do anything on their next possession; which allowed the Packers a little time before the half to put more points on the board and they didn’t disappoint the home fans as Rodgers found Randall Cobb in the back of the end zone with time expiring to give the Packers a 14-6 halftime lead. In the 2nd half, Packers HC Mike McCarthy made an ill advised decision on going for it on 4th and inches on his own 42 yard line and lost; as the Giants defense stopped them and gave the ball back to their offense. Eli Manning wasted no time and found Tavarres King for 41 yards and Giants TD pull within one point (after the extra point) 14-13. Well, from that point on Giants forgot to play football and the Packers scored 24 unanswered points to advance to the divisional round next week against the Cowboys.
Hero: Got to give it to QB Aaron Rodgers (25/40 362/4TD) who once again has shown his greatness.
Goat: Going to give this to OBJ with his uncharacteristically bad performance with at least 4 drops with one in the end zone in the 1st quarter. OBJ looked defeated at times and understandably frustrated by his lack of performance.
Final Thoughts: The Giants had a chance in this game early in the 3rd quarter trailing 14-13. Unfortunately; the defense which played so well for 28 minutes in the 1st half, seemed to have given up and allowed the Packers to pull away for an easy win 38-13. This season should be considered a successful one for the Giants despite this loss as they finally made it back to the playoffs and can now build on this during the off season. GM Jerry Reese will have key free agents to make a decision on and also a few players who could be casualty cuts to save money on the cap. Over the next few months leading up to the draft and beyond, I will breakdown some of these possible moves that Reese might need to make to keep the Giants moving in the right direction.