Members of the Giants' offense talked all week about the need for a fast start in order to make a run at the perfect Packers.
In their three consecutive losses, the Giants hadn't scored a touchdown before halftime. On Sunday, however, they remedied the situation and received a boost from a forgotten source.
Tight end Travis Beckum, who had just one catch the whole season, caught his second on the third play of the game, zigzagging for 67 yards into the end zone. His third career touchdown sent his team – and the crowd – into a frenzy straight out of the gates.
"It should," said Beckum, whose only reception up to that point was for two yards against the Eagles in Week Three. "It was the third play of the game, my first play in. It's always good to jump up early on a team like that. I don't think there was one person in here that didn't think we could win that game."
Aside from the effect on the game, it was a much-needed gut check for the former third-round draft pick. Beckum has only been targeted four times in his third season as Jake Ballard and Bear Pascoe have received the bulk of the work.
"I think I needed that personally," Beckum said. "I think that it was a good ego booster as far as me knowing what I'm capable of doing, and at the same time, showing my coaches and my teammates I'm capable of doing it as well."
Eli Manning was asked about what he said to Beckum after the score.
"That was a great job," Manning said. "A great route by him and that's what he can do. He has great speed. He just ran right by the safety, ran outside of him. I moved the safety with a little pump to Hakeem, the other one, so I was able to throw it deep down the middle. He did a great job catching it, zigzagging in for a touchdown. Good to get him into the mix and get him a touchdown."
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