Prior to that six-yard reception by Beckham, the explosive Giants wide receiver ran two downfield routes in which he created separation and an open target for his quarterback. But on each play, Manning found himself on the turf, Ansah standing over him on one, with Manning unable to go through his progressions, or really do anything besides brace himself for a hit.
When the offensive line held sturdy, the Giants offense flowed. New York put together an eight-play, 75-yard drive in the first quarter that culminated in a touchdown and a tie game.
We took care of the ball and were blocking them pretty well, McAdoo said of that series. We were just moving the chains and staying ahead of the chains.
But as to why the Giants couldn’t maintain that kind of play all night �� Good question, he said.
Packers safety Kentrell Brice was ruled questionable to return with a groin injury.
Packers defensive lineman Mike Daniels was ruled out with a hamstring injury.
Field goal. The Falcons’ seven-play, 58-yard drive, which began with a 35-yard run by Tevin Coleman, stalled when Clay Matthews sacked Matt Ryan on third down. Matt Bryant made a 51-yard field goal to extend Atlanta’s lead. 17-7, Falcons.
The Patriots extended their halftime lead to 28-20 in the third quarter before Houston used a 12-yard TD pass from Watson to Ryan Griffin, and a 31-yard Ka’imi Fairbairn field goal to edge back in front 30-28 early in the fourth quarter.
The Texans forced New England to punt with just over seven minutes to play, but had to settle for a 36-yard Fairbairn field goal with 2:24 left. Houston failed on a third-and-1 at the Patriots 18.