Wednesday, June 20, 2018
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Eli sets all-time record in rout

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — So much for that tired arm for Eli Manning, and that offensive slump for the Giants. They got it fixed in a bye week, then routed the Packers 38-10 Sunday night.

The showcase game was decided early as the Giants outscored the Packers 31-10 in the opening half. Manning reached 200 career touchdown passes, surpassing Phil Simms for No. 1 in franchise history, by throwing for three scores as New York snapped a two-game slide, ended Green Bay's five-game winning streak, and opened a two-game lead in the NFC East. A win at Washington next Monday night would virtually seal a second straight division crown.

"Play like world champions," coach Tom Coughlin said. "That was the theme of our meetings this week and Saturday."

The Packers were missing key starters such as linebacker Clay Matthews, defensive back Charles Woodson and receiver Greg Jennings, and it showed as they fell one game behind NFC North leader Chicago. After being manhandled in last season's playoffs by the Giants, the Packers weren't much better. Aaron Rodgers was sacked five times.

Manning had his first strong game in a month, with 249 yards passing.

"There was no doubt he was going to come back and play well," Coughlin said. "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."

Ahmad Bradshaw gained a combined 119 yards. New York struck early with a screen pass to Bradshaw off a fake reverse to Victor Cruz. Bradshaw was caught at the 2, a 59-yard pickup that led to Andre Brown's TD run. Brown later broke his leg; Coughlin did not say which leg.

Green Bay didn't flinch, with Jordy Nelson getting behind corner Corey Webster in single coverage down the right sideline for a 61-yard touchdown reception.

The scoring flurry went back in the Giants' favor when Manning hit Rueben Randle in the back of the end zone for a 16-yard touchdown. Manning set it up with a scramble in which he laid his shoulder into cornerback Tramon Williams for a 13-yard gain.

"It sparked our sideline," Coughlin said. "It would not be the recommended way. To see him do that kind of sent the message to the rest of our team: Whatever you have to do to succeed, do it."

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