Halftime: Giants 31, Packers 10

November, 25, 2012
11/25/12
10:19
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- A quick take on the first half:

Return to form: The Giants looked like the team that started the season 6-2, not the team that lost to the Steelers and Bengals in back-to-back weeks before their bye. Big Blue took the opening kickoff and found the end zone less than three minutes later, on a two-yard touchdown run by Andre Brown. The critical play, however, was a 59-yard screen pass and run by Ahmad Bradshaw, after a nifty end-around fake.

Early answer: The Packers tied the score in less than two minutes, on a 61-yard touchdown pass from Aaron Rodgers to Jordy Nelson. Giants cornerback Corey Webster, who has been burned several times this season, got toasted again on a play-action fake. Webster had an eventful first half (see below).

Eli strikes back: Eli Manning hadn't thrown a touchdown pass in three consecutive games for the first time since his rookie year. That streak is over. Manning had a pair of first-half TD tosses, to rookie Rueben Randle (16 yards) in the first quarter and Victor Cruz (nine yards) in the second, which gave the Giants a 24-7 lead. The connection with Cruz also gave Manning 199 career touchdown passes, which tied him with Phil Simms for the Giants' franchise record.

More Corey: Webster redeemed himself with an interception of Rodgers later in the first quarter, stepping in front of Randall Cobb, which led to a Giants field goal. Either the Giants had prepared for that play or Webster made a brilliant individual read, because Cobb was not the man Webster was originally covering on the play.

In the second quarter, though, Webster was flagged for defensive holding on a third-and-11 play, keeping a Packers drive alive. That drive resulted in a Green Bay field goal, making the score 24-10.

Finishing touch: Bradshaw capped off a brilliant first half for the Giants with a 13-yard touchdown run, making the score 31-10. That was set up by a trademark Osi Umenyiora strip-sack of Rodgers, with Jason Pierre-Paul recovering the fumble.
Kieran Darcy is an ESPNNewYork.com staff writer. He joined ESPN in August 2000 after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, where he played four years of JV basketball.
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