New York defeats Green Bay 38-10
After a much-needed bye week for the New York Giants, they came roaring back on Sunday night and crushed the Green Bay Packers 38-10.
The win snapped a two-game losing streak for the team and ended its infamous November swoon. For the Packers, they saw their five-game win streak end and its NFC North tie with the Chicago Bears.
The Giants came out strong and by halftime, they had outscored the Packers 31-10. For the night, New York quarterback Eli Manning went 16 for 30, 249 yards and three touchdowns.
There had been questions about whether Manning’s arm was tired but it appears that a week of rest was all that he needed.
Coach Tom Coughlin said of his player via ESPN, “There was no doubt he was going to come back and play well. I think the rest really helped him. … Eli said he felt as if he was coming back for the start of the season. I was very confident he would come back and be Eli.”
Running back Ahmad Bradshaw also came back rested and played a combined 119 yards and a touchdown.
Unfortunately for the team, they lost running back Andre Brown in the game to a broken leg.
As for Green Bay, it was again hit with the injury bug as the team was missing much-needed linebacker Clay Matthews, defensive back Charles Woodson and receiver Greg Jennings.
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers was 14 for 25, 219 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
San Francisco beats New Orleans 31-21
After taking over for a concussed Alex Smith last week, backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick played well and got the starting nod for the New Orleans Saints game.
He again had a good game, leading his team to a second win and now a quarterback battle appears alive and well in San Francisco.
Against the Saints, Kaepernick was 16 for 25, 231 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He found some good weapons including running back Frank Gore with 83 yards while the passing game had Delanie Walker with three receptions for 81 yards and Mario Manningham with five receptions for 69 yards.
For the Saints, quarterback Drew Brees Brees had 267 yards and three touchdowns.
His team’s running game was stifled by the 49ers defense, which held the Saints to 59 yards.
As for this week’s game against the St. Louis Rams, who will be on the field, Kaepernick or Smith?
Coach Jim Harbaugh was again noncommital and tried to imply keeping Smith out on Sunday had been a precaution for his long-term health.
He said on Sunday via AP, “The fact he had symptoms seven to eight days later, I’m not going to put a guy back out there. He eventually got cleared. The plan was to rotate him back into the action (in practice), but not all the way to the front line. … That would give him a chance to get cleared up completely.”