Five key plays that shaped the game

November, 26, 2012
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Here are the five key plays from the Giants' 38-10 victory over the Packers on Sunday night:

The trick play: The Giants showed a little creativity on their first drive of the game, and it paid off. On second-and-10 from their own 39-yard line, Eli Manning faked an end-around handoff and then threw a screen pass to Ahmad Bradshaw, who scampered 59 yards downfield to the Packers' 2-yard line. Two plays later, Andre Brown punched the pigskin into the end zone for a 7-0 Giants lead.

The first sack: Chris Canty had the first of the Giants' five sacks of Aaron Rodgers -- and it was a big one. With the game tied at 7, the Packers were in Giants territory, poised to take the lead. But on third-and-3 from the Giants' 35-yard line, Canty tripped up Rodgers from behind for a loss of two yards. Green Bay then curiously elected to try a 55-yard field goal by Mason Crosby, who had the worst kicking percentage in the NFL coming into the game. Crosby's attempted missed, and the Giants recaptured the momentum.

The pick: Corey Webster got burned on a 61-yard touchdown pass from Rodgers to Jordy Nelson, which tied the game at 7. But Webster redeemed himself with a beauty of an interception later in the first quarter, stepping in front of a pass intended for Randall Cobb. The Giants, who led 14-7 at that time, converted the ensuing possession into a Lawrence Tynes field goal that upped their lead to 10 points.

The strip sack: With the Giants leading 24-10 late in the second quarter, the Packers had the ball, hoping to get within seven points at halftime. But on first-and-10 from their own 39-yard line, Rodgers was hit on the arm by Osi Umenyiora and fumbled -- Umenyiora's specialty. Jason Pierre-Paul recovered the ball at the Packers' 23, and two plays later Bradshaw was in the end zone. Instead of the Packers cutting into their deficit, the Giants led 31-10 at the half, firmly in control of the game.

One more sack: The Packers got the ball to start the second half, and really had to score right away in order to make this a game. But on third-and-11 from their own 30-yard line, Rodgers was sacked by Mathias Kiwanuka -- the first of Kiwanuka's two sacks on the night. The Packers punted, and never threatened the Giants in the second half.
Kieran Darcy is an 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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