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Pick the top play from the Packers’ Week 14 loss to the Giants

Highlights were few and far between in Monday night’s loss to the Giants

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The runaway train of good vibes that has been the Packers’ past month was brought to a screeching halt in week 14. More accurately, the train was derailed, set on fire, and caused an ecological disaster. The Packers fell to the New York Giants, 24-22, reducing the margin for error in their playoff push and effectively closing the door on their division title chances. Undrafted rookie and current New York hero Tommy DeVito rushed for 71 yards, escaping pressure from an over-eager Packers front 7 time and time again. In a blind experiment, you’d be forgiven for mixing up the two teams’ final stat lines.

The Packers did not force a single turnover while the Giants got just enough from their 3 takeaways to have a chance at the end. Jordan Love and a receiving corps missing Christian Watson looked disjointed and uncomfortable for the majority of the night, but did score what should have been the game-winning touchdown. Of course, that was not the case! Let’s try to salvage some top plays from a disastrous Monday night.


The Packers’ recent string of hot starts didn’t carry over into Monday night as both sides traded punts early, only to be bailed out by a missed 48 yard field goal by the Giants.

Jayden Reed High Steps to 6

Faced with 4th and 1 near midfield on the next drive, Dontayvion Wicks kept the Packers alive. Despite originally being ruled short of the line to gain, upon review it was determined that as he was out of bounds in mid air, his outstretched arm made it over the line before the play was ruled dead. After a punishing, 35 yard AJ Dillon catch and run, Jayden Reed took the end around (a common theme of the night) and high stepped into the end zone for a rushing touchdown, his second of the year. With Kayvon Thibodeaux not focused on Reed in motion, he had an unabated path for the score.

Saquon Barkley got the Giants on the board the next drive thanks to Tommy DeVito’s timely scrambles and Wan’Dale Robinson’s 32 yard scamper.

Moments later, the Packers’ drive was stopped dead in its tracks thanks to a Jordan Love fumble near the red zone.

On a 4th down at midfield for the Giants, Eric Wilson read Saquon Barkley like a book as he cut upfield, but Jordan Love gave the ball right back with a poorly thrown pass downfield that fell into Jason Pinnock’s hands for a gift-wrapped interception.

After going ahead 10-7 at the end of the first half, the Packers forced another three and out to open the second. What happened next was just another item in a long list of monumental mess-ups. Keisean Nixon muffed the punt, but instead of falling on the ball and living to see another day, Nixon tried to run with the ball, resulting in a fumble and the Giants getting the ball at the 31. Thanks to a 26-yard DeVito scramble, it only took three plays for the Giants to take their first lead of the game, 14-10.

Not to be outdone in the realm of special teams blunders, the Giants’ Bobby McCain muffed Daniel Whelan’s punt on the next drive, and the Packers (sort of?) capitalized with a field goal to cut the lead to 1.

On the next drive, the Giants found more success with Tommy DeVito using his legs to make plays. Then, at the Green Bay 36, a back-breaking flea flicker resulted in a 25-yard Wan’Dale Robinson catch. On 3rd and 7 from the 8-yard line, DeVito hit Isaiah Hodgins to go up by 8.

The Packers’ offense began to play with some urgency in response, but in the red zone, Jon Runyan Jr. and Rasheed Walker were toppled like a house of cards, paving the way for Dexter Lawrence and Azeez Ojulari to sack Jordan Love on 3rd and 11. Naturally, the next play was a missed field goal to shut down yet another promising drive.

Tucker Kraft Rumbles Downfield

With 8:59 to go and down 8, the Packers’ chances to stage a comeback were dwindling. Tucker Kraft made his best play of the day with an over-the-middle grab followed by Giants defenders bouncing off of him like rubber balls hitting a brick wall.

Again deep in Giants territory, a Jayden Reed pop pass put the offense in a 3rd & 10 that they failed to convert. Anders Carlson did, however, nail the 48-yarder to close the gap.

Saquon Coughs it Up

On just the third play of the Giants’ next drive, Saquon Barkley broke loose. After being bottled up most of the evening, Barkley exploded up the right sideline. This should have been the dagger, but this nightmarish affair had one more surprise waiting. Barkley stumbled at the end of the run untouched and fell to the ground. Only one issue for Barkley: the ball popped out. Carrington Valentine made the heads-up decision to scoop the ball up and made a brilliant return against a confused Giants offense. Upon review, the refs (never said a bad word about them actually) made a great call and gave the Packers one more chance.

Malik Heath Gets on the Board

With 3:34 to go, it was time for Jordan Love to continue cementing his spot as a franchise quarterback. Despite poor play throughout much of the game, he delivered. AJ Dillon finished off a few nice runs and Love calmly led the offense down the field to the 6-yard line. On 2nd down, Malik Heath seemed to have caught a touchdown, but the play was ruled a drop upon review. Love went right back to Heath the very next play and he delivered, making an incredible fingertip grab to score his first NFL touchdown. The Packers’ prevent defense would blow the lead shortly after, but the remarkable catch should not be soon forgotten.


Poll

Which play from the Packers’ week 14 loss to the Giants was the best?

This poll is closed

  • 6%
    Jayden Reed High Steps to 6
    (4 votes)
  • 29%
    Tucker Kraft Rumbles Downfield
    (19 votes)
  • 15%
    Saquon Coughs it Up
    (10 votes)
  • 48%
    Malik Heath Gets on the Board
    (31 votes)
64 votes total Vote Now

That’s it for this week’s top plays! The Packers will look to get back on track and produce some more excitement against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this weekend. Check back next week to hopefully celebrate a bevy of plays to choose from.