How the Packers blew a big lead and lost a stunner to the Giants in London

By 1TidBit

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Penalty takes away sack How did the second half start? With a holding penalty on Darnell Savage wiping away an 11-yard sack from Rashan Gary on first down. What could have been 2nd-and-21 stayed 1st-and-10, and the Giants used the redemption to stage a scoring drive.

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Sack eliminates scoring opportunity The big swing toward the Giants began on the Packers’ first drive of the second half. Big plays by Allen Lazard (17 yards), A.J. Dillon (11 yards) and Randall Cobb (14 yards) got the Packers to New York’s 36-yard line

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Marathon drive Pat O’Donnell pinned the Giants back at the 9-yard line, but Daniel Jones led the offense on a marathon march, traversing the full 91 yards in 15 plays. The drive featured a pair of third-down conversions and took eight minutes off the clock. Jones completed seven passes and ran three times on designed plays.

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Three-and-out Desperate for a drive to change momentum and give the defense a break, the Packers offense went three-and-out on three incomplete passes from Aaron Rodgers.

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Barkley makes a big play On the second play of the ensuing drive, the Packers defense had a major coverage breakdown and let Saquon Barkley cross into the field on a mesh concept and catch an uncontested throw. In the open field, Barkley made Darnell Savage miss and created a 41-yard play that immediately put the Giants into the red zone.

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Back-to-back failures Down seven, the Packers methodically drove to the Giants’ 6-yard line. From there, it all went haywire. On both 3rd-and-2 and 4th-and-2, Rodgers had his passing attempt batted down at the line of scrimmage. On third down, Rodgers’ attempt might have given Randall Cobb a chance to make the play.

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Feels familiar? The Packers have basically played this same game for the last month. After getting an early lead, the lull hits on offense, the defense gives up a couple of drives, and suddenly it’s an unexpected fistfight. This time, the end result was a loss.