One Giant Leap
By Dan O'Donnell
Here's Falcon's analysis of yesterday's win from the always-great PackersRadioNetwork.com site:
"Apparently, no one will be able to score more than 13 points against the Packers. Well, no one in the NFC East anyway. Another suburb defensive effort sprinkled in with timely special teams plays and a sharp Brett Favre all led to a 35-13 win over the Giants.
To be sure the Giants were able to move the football but a few untimely penalties really hurt the Giants and the Packers were able to take advantage of that. There weren't a lot of big plays by the Packers offense but there was enough continuity to control the clock.
Consider the third quarter: a big kickoff return by Tramon Williams gave the Packers a short field. The Packers were able to take the lead but not with a quick strike. Instead it was a well-constructed, patient 10 play drive that led to a touchdown. On New York's next possession the Giants get to the red zone but a costly penalty on Amani Toomer forces a third-and-long and the Giants settle for a field goal."
The Packers come right back with another 10 play drive. Nothing fancy, nothing explosive, just Brett Favre being sharp and just like that it's 21-13. Now the Giants are reeling. It's the fourth quarter and the Packers have had the ball for most of the half. Then comes the key part: good teams know how to force mistakes and then capitalize on those mistakes. The Giants cough up the kickoff and the Packers recover. Five plays later it's another Packers touchdown. That's all it took. Not big plays but little ones. Those little plays added up to a giant victory.