Manning throws TD, sets up another, Giants lead

Associated Press  |  Last updated November 25, 2012
Showing the benefits of a bye week, Eli Manning threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to rookie Rueben Randle and set up another score with a 59-yard screen pass to help the New York Giants take a 17-7 first-quarter lead over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night. Andre Brown scored on a 2-yard run after the long pass to Ahmad Bradshaw and Lawrence Tynes kicked a 43-yard field goal after a Corey Webster interception in the game that had the early signs of a shootout at MetLife Stadium. Aaron Rodgers and Jordy Nelson hooked up on a 61-yard scoring pass that had to be reviewed to see if the receiver stepped out of bounds before making the catch. Each team scored a touchdown on its opening possession, with the Giants accomplishing the feat for the first time since playing Carolina in the third week of the season. The Manning to Bradshaw screen, which was set up by a fake end around, gave New York a first and goal at the Packers 2. Rodgers needed only four plays to take the Packers 77 yards. The scoring pass came after he eluded a pass rush, allowing Nelson to get behind Webster. Green Bay had a chance to take the lead on its second possession but Mason Crosby was wide left on a 55-yard field goal. The Giants went 55 yards in eight plays on the ensuring series with Manning keeping the drive alive with a 13-yard, third-down scramble on which he tried to run over cornerback Tramon Williams. Randle got his first career TD reception and Manning threw his first touchdown pass in four games to cap the drive. Webster came off receiver James Jones to step in front of Randall Cobb and intercept Rodgers on the next play from scrimmage. Tynes kicked his field goal four plays later. The Giants came into the game riding a two-game losing streak and looking to snap the Packers' five-game winning streak. Packers defensive end C.J. Wilson injured a knee on the opening series and was listed as questionable to return. Backup linebacker Jamari Lattimore hurt a calf.
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