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Instant Analysis: Giants defeat Packers, improve to 4-1  



The New York Giants and Green Bay Packers put on a show in the first London Game that pitted two teams with winning records against each other. With their quarterback and running back fighting through injuries on one side of the ball, the Giants' defense shut out the Packers in the second half for a 27-22 victory. The Giants improved to 4-1 on the season and 3-0 all-time in London.


The Giants return to U.S. soil and will host the Baltimore Ravens in Week 6. The inter-conference foes have alternated wins and losses in their last four meetings. Baltimore won the most recent matchup in 2020.


*No one can ever question Daniel Jones' toughness. The Giants ruled out seven players for Week 5 due to injuries, but the quarterback was not among them. All eyes were on Jones this week after he suffered an ankle injury in Sunday's win over the Bears. Jones was limited in two practices to start the week in East Rutherford but was full-go for Friday's workout north of London. However, backup Tyrod Taylor, who suffered a concussion shortly after Jones went down in Week 4, made the trip but did not play. That led to the elevation of Davis Webb from the practice squad.

*The Giants entered Week 5 leading the NFL with 192.5 rushing yards per game, their most through four games since Vince Lombardi was the offensive coordinator in 1956. Fittingly, Saquon Barkley's league-leading 463 rushing yards and 570 yards from scrimmage are the most and second-most through four games in franchise history, respectively. With his team trailing 17-3 in the second quarter, Barkley took a direct snap and broke a 40-yard run, sparking the first touchdown drive of the day.

*Barkley ran for 68 yards on 12 carries before leaving momentarily in the second half with a shoulder injury. He returned to a tie game in the fourth quarter and broke free on a 41-yard catch-and-run. Later in the drive, he scored a go-ahead touchdown from two yards out on another direct snap. Barkley finished with 70 yards on 13 carries and three catches for 36 yards.

*While fighting through the ankle injury, Jones completed 21 of 27 passes for 217 yards. He also added 41 yards on seven runs, most of which came in the second half after the Giants didn't lean on his legs to start the game.

*With Barkley out, second-year pro Gary Brightwell scored his first career touchdown on a clutch two-yard run to tie the game with 10:08 remaining. It capped a 15-play, 91-yard drive.

*Late in the first half, the Giants got creative with a double reverse in the red zone. Jones pitched the ball to Barkley going one way, and the running back tossed it back to tight end Daniel Bellinger, who ran it in for a two-yard touchdown.

*With a banged-up receiver corps, Darius Slayton stepped up on Sunday with a team-high six catches for 79 yards, including a 26-yarder. Slayton, who led the Giants in receiving yards his first two years, had just one catch this season before the trip to London.


*The Giants entered Week 5 with the second-ranked defense both on third down and in the red zone. Aaron Rodgers and the Packers went 4-for-10 in the former and 2-for-3 in the latter. The Giants also stopped the Packers on fourth down that all but sealed the game, thanks to a batted pass by Xavier McKinney on fourth-and-one from six yards out. Rookie Kayvon Thibodeaux did the same thing on the other side of the field on the previous play.

*A week after having a season-high six sacks, the Giants didn't get to Rodgers until late in the third quarter, when defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence forced Green Bay out of field goal range on a key stop on third-and-eight. Lawrence, voted a team captain for the first time, is having a career year. He has three sacks through five games after having nine in his first three seasons combined.

*After allowing 20 points in the first half, the Giants shut out the Packers for the next 30 minutes.

*The only questionable player on the final injury report was defensive lineman Leonard Williams (knee), who missed his third game with a knee injury. Williams had never missed a game in his high school, college, or NFL career until this season.

*Cornerback Adoree' Jackson suffered left early in the second half with knee and neck injuries.


*With an all-Scottish kicking tandem, Graham Gano made both his attempts from 48 and 37 yards with Jamie Gillan holding.


NYG: CB Adoree' Jackson (knee/neck), FB Chris Myarick (ankle)


NYG: CB Cor'Dale Flott (calf), WR Kenny Golladay (knee), LB Azeez Ojulari (calf), WR Wan'Dale Robinson (knee), QB Tyrod Taylor (concussion), WR Kadarius Toney (hamstring), DL Leonard Williams (knee)

GB: T Rasheed Walker, G Sean Rhyan, WR Samori Toure, DT Devonte Wyatt (quad), DT Jonathan Ford