Manning has the best complement of pass-catching weapons he’s had in his career. In a passing league, the Giants have the personnel for a high-flying aerial attack. It was grounded on Monday for the most part, once again, because of a porous offensive line.
You can’t just go out and win on paper, Pugh said. We’re not comparing teams in fantasy football.
On a night the Giants honored the 10-year anniversary of their 2007 Super Bowl team, one that lionized the wide receiver position after a miraculous, once-in-a-lifetime catch, the Giants wide receivers were largely caged animals Monday, with Manning’s gatekeepers leaving too wide of a gap between the bars.
Touchdown. Devonta Freeman found the end zone for his second touchdown of the first half, a score that capped Atlanta’s second impressive drive of the game. This one, a 10-play, 87-yarder, took just 4:12 off the clock. 14-7, Falcons.
Touchdown. Well, that was easy, too. The Packers on their first drive of the game answered the Falcons’ first drive with seven points of their own. The 11-play, 75-yard drive was capped by a 1-yard Ty Montgomery touchdown run. 7-7, tie game.
It was 14-13 when Whitney Mercilus got free around the end and sacked Brady from the blind side. The ball popped free on the hit and it was picked up and returned 22 yards by Jadeveon Clowney for a touchdown.
But the Patriots responded again late in the half when Brady found Hogan wide open again for a 47-yard touchdown.
Clowney had two sacks along with his fumble return. He became the third player in Texans history with two sacks and a fumble return for a touchdown in a game, joining Mario Williams and J.J. Watt.