Report Card: Top of the class

November, 26, 2012
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RUSHING OFFENSE

The Giants' rushing attack was back. They ran for 147 yards on 31 carries. Ahmad Bradshaw looked fresh and ran hard off the bye with 58 yards on 10 carries and had a touchdown. Andre Brown ran for 64 yards on 13 carries and scored a touchdown but unfortunately broke his fibula.

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PASSING OFFENSE

Tired arm? Eli Manning ended a three-game touchdown drought with three against Green Bay. He had no interceptions and the offensive line allowed just one sack despite losing David Diehl to a burner.

Hakeem Nicks looked closer to his old self after the bye break and had a touchdown and a 30-yard catch-and-run. He might've had another touchdown if Manning didn't miss him on a bomb with an underthrown pass. Victor Cruz scored on a short touchdown, Rueben Randle added another TD and the Giants even got something out of their screen-play offense with a 59-yard catch-and-run by Bradshaw.

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RUSHING DEFENSE

The Packers rushed for 116 yards on 26 carries but really it felt like they ran that much in an effort to keep the Giants off Aaron Rodgers' back.

The Packers' longest run of the night was a 12-yard run by Randall Cobb. Rodgers ran all over the field but only managed 22 yards as the Giants managed to contain the mobile quarterback.

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PASSING DEFENSE

The Giants' lone mistake was a 61-yard touchdown pass from Rodgers to Jordy Nelson. Otherwise, the Giants defense did a terrific job against the Packers' high-powered offense.

The Giants were concerned about Randall Cobb and it showed as they held Cob to four catches for 39 yards. They sacked Rodgers five times, hit him seven times and picked him off once. With Kenny Phillips back, the Giants brought back the three-safety wrinkle and it worked.

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SPECIAL TEAMS

The Giants held Randall Cobb to just 20 yards on two punt returns and an average of 26 yards on six kickoff returns. They even used Antrel Rolle on kickoff coverage to help out.

Lawrence Tynes made a 43-yarder. Rueben Randle's one muffed punt return was really the only negative.

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COACHING

The Giants clearly accomplished what they wanted to during the bye. They self-scouted and tried to figure out ways to spark the team. They got creative with their personnel usage - especially on defense  and dominated Green Bay.

The defending champions started their final six-game stretch to close the season in dominant fashion.





Ohm Youngmisuk has covered the Giants, Jets and the NFL since 2006. Prior to that, he covered the Nets, Knicks and the NBA for nearly a decade. He joined ESPNNewYork.com after working at the New York Daily News for almost 12 years and is a graduate of Michigan State University.
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