Packers grind out long drive for early lead over Giants

AP

The Giants spent a lot of money on their defense this offseason, and decided to test it early on.

In the short term, it didn’t work.

After winning the toss and deferring to the second half, the Giants gave up a long touchdown drive to Aaron Rodgers and the Packers to fall into a 7-0 hole on Sunday Night Football.

The Packers used their bye week to mix up their personnel, changing snap-by-snap to different groupings, from three-wide on the first snap to a heavy package on the second.

It helped them grind out a 16-play, 75-yard drive, which chewed up eight minutes and 42 seconds of clock before the Giants ever touched the ball. A short pass to Jordy Nelson capped it, but Rodgers was orchestrating things well early, showing what they’re capable of as an offense.