At the end of the first half it’s Giants 20, NFL referees 10. After we picked ourselves up off the floor following Eli Manning’s half-ending touchdown heave, we sifted through a few numbers…
- Ryan Grant has 24 yards on three carries for an average of eight yards per carry, with the latter number clearly far ahead of his per game pace throughout the regular season. Yet the Packers still aren’t recognizing his hot hand and rolling with it. His weekly average this year was 37.3 yards per game, and he’s nearly doubling his yards per carry (4.2), a pace that will slow, but one that still warrants a few more touches.
- Prior to Ahmad Bradshaw’s 23-yard run to set up Manning’s miracle heave for that soul-crushing touchdown, it was the opposite story for the Giants’ running game, and especially Bradshaw. The Giants’ lead runner had only marginally more yards (13) than carries (seven) for a meager per carry average of 1.8.
- D.J. Ware and Brandon Jacobs haven’t done much better. Without Bradshaw’s half-ending run, the Giants had 14 yards on 12 carries for 1.2 yards per carry. That’s a pathetically low total even by New York’s standards and their league-worst rushing offense that was one of only two units to average less than 90 yards per game during the regular season (89.2).
- In fairness, the Giants’ rushing game has suffered due to a simple lack of opportunities, with the play distribution leaning heavily towards Eli Manning’s hot arm. Manning’s already completed eight passes for 15 yards or more.
- The most ridiculous pace from the first half that’s sure to slow dramatically also comes from Manning, who’s chugging towards 548 passing yards. He’s completed only two more passes than Aaron Rodgers (Manning has 14 to Rodgers’ 12), yet he still has 157 more yards, and is incredibly averaging over 11 yards per attempt.