EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.—For the past three games, the Packers have moved the ball and put themselves on the edge of field-goal range, or knocked on the door for touchdowns.
But too many times, the offense has come up short, and that trend maddeningly continued on Sunday at MetLife Stadium in a third straight loss, 27-13 to the New York Giants.
In the first three quarters, three times the Packers crossed midfield and came away with nothing, and the one time they reached the red zone, they settled for a field goal. The result was a 14-point deficit that ultimately became the final margin.
“As an offense, we started getting a little tempo going, started making some plays down the field once we got the balls in our hands, and when we got down there we didn’t capitalize,” receiver
“That’s something that’s been a thorn in our side all season, the red-zone conversions,” guard
Equally unsatisfying were separate drives that saw throws to
One of those stops was the result of an interception by Giants linebacker Jon Beason. The last of those three failures came when a fake punt on fourth-and-7 was stopped one yard short of the first down, at the New York 37-yard line.
The inability to seize momentum was seemingly there on numerous occasions, but the full swing never materialized.
That was no more evident than in the fourth quarter, when the offense finally found the end zone, using a 52-yard pass to
The defense then responded with a pair of sacks by
The defense wasn’t blameless in this game, giving up four big gains that each led to a score by the Giants offense.
Reuben Randle’s 26-yard TD pass started the scoring, while Victor Cruz had receptions of 30 and 25 yards, leading to a TD and field goal, respectively. Hakeem Nicks added a 35-yard grab when cornerback
The defense rose up twice, getting an interception by Williams in the second quarter to thwart a potential scoring drive. Then in the fourth quarter came the two-sack stop, but just as quickly the game swung back to the Giants.
“We held them back there in good field position, but we need to do that all game,” Matthews said.
“We did good things out there, but ultimately you have to do great things to win ballgames.”
Pierre-Paul’s play was a great one, the biggest in the game bar none. The Packers will need some of those to maximize on the reprieve they were given Sunday, when the Lions lost to the Steelers, keeping Green Bay at 5-5 just one game back of the division lead, jointly held by 6-4 Detroit and Chicago.
It will come down to grabbing the momentum when it’s there for the taking, and not letting go -- in the next game, and the rest of the season.
“We’re 5-5, everything’s in front of us,” Jones said. “We’re one game back. We’ve got a lot of good players, a lot of good coaches, we’ll be OK. We just have to find a way to get a win.”
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