For the second week in a row, the Packers got a boost from their special teams units, and linebacker Tracy White helped lead the way.
White came out of the bottom of a pile with the football early in the fourth quarter after safety Charlie Peprah jarred the ball loose from Giants kickoff returner Ahmad Bradshaw with a teeth-rattling tackle. White, who recovered a fumble for a touchdown against the Eagles a week ago, came up with the football at the Giants’ 22. The Packers’ offense capitalized when Brett Favre fired a 10-yard touchdown pass to Donald Driver for a 28-13 lead.
Packers cornerback/kickoff returner Tramon Williams sparked the Packers with a pair of big returns. His 41-yard runback to open the second half gave Green Bay the ball at their own 49 yard line. The Packers went on to take the go-ahead lead on Favre’s 2-yard touchdown pass to tight end Bubba Franks.
“We came out in the second half knowing that we had to get the momentum,” said Williams. “The guys were blocking great. They had so many holes and I had to choose one. I chose it and made a play.”
Williams had a 46-yard return late in the first half called back when Colin Cole was penalized for holding.
Williams, filling in for Will Blackmon (broken thumb) averaged 34.0 yards on two returns for the game.
Did not suit up
The following players were not on Green Bay’s 45-man game day roster: RB Vernand Morency, S Aaron Rouse, T Tony Moll, G Allen Barbre, WR Greg Jennings, DT Justin Harrell, DT Daniel Muir, DE Michael Montgomery
Morency has been out with a knee injury since the first day of training camp. He tried practicing last Wednesday, but was limited on Thursday and Friday. Jennings also practiced last Wednesday, but his hamstring was still sore Thursday and Friday. Their status for next Sunday’s game against San Diego likely will depend on how they respond after practicing this Wednesday.
The Giants did not play the following: RB Brandon Jacobs, LB Gerris Wilkinson, CB Kevin Dockery, T Adam Koets, WR Kevin Boothe, WR David Tyree, DT Russell Davis.
Anthony Wright was the designated third quarterback, but entered the game late in the fourth quarter when Eli Manning’s backup, Jared Lorenzen, injured his leg.
Manning plays for Giants
Eli Manning, whose status had been uncertain because of his injury against Dallas last Sunday, received a long and loud ovation when he was introduced prior to the game. He said afterward that he was in good shape physically.
“I feel fine,” Manning said. “My shoulder didn’t bother me at all during the game. I felt like I could throw the ball. I had good velocity on everything. That was not an issue.
“If I feel like I can play, I’m going to play. I always listen to the doctors and the trainers. The doctor said (early last week), ‘You’re probably going to miss a few games.' That doesn’t mean I have to believe it. It doesn’t mean I have to say, ‘I’m out two weeks or whatever.’ My mindset was I wanted to try to play this week. I didn’t really tell anybody that. But I was getting treatment and doing everything I could possibly do to get better. I felt I could play and help the team.”
Manning walked on the field at Giants Stadium a little more than two hours before kickoff. He threw softly with backup Jared Lorenzen about 15 minutes later and then started throwing to his receivers.
Manning threw a variety of passes, including a couple of 20-yard crossing patterns and some fade passes to the corner of the end zone. He later spent time talking with Packers quarterback Brett Favre.
-- The Packers lead the regular season series, which dates to 1928, 25-21-2. The visiting team has won the last four games in the series, dating back to 1998.
-- Brett Favre’s touchdown pass to Donald Driver early in the fourth quarter marked the 35th time the two have combined for touchdowns.
-- Driver has caught a pass in 82 consecutive games, the franchise's second-longest streak behind Sterling Sharpe's 103 (1988-94).
-- Long snapper Rob Davis played in his 153rd consecutive game today. With appearances in the next nine contests, will tie No. 4 Larry McCarren (162) on the franchise's all-time list.
-- Despite sustaining a sprained right elbow in the season opener, Al Harris played in his 156th straight game Sunday (145 regular season, 10 playoffs), a streak that began in Philadelphia in 1998. Since coming to Green Bay in 2003, has started all 68 games (65 regular season, 3 playoffs) as a Packer.
-- The 22-point final deficit was the Giants’ largest in a home opener since a 50-21 loss to Washington on Sept. 19, 1999.
-- The Giants have allowed 80 points in their two games, including last week’s 45-35 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. That is the most points they’ve allowed in their first two games since 1966, when they tied Pittsburgh, 34-34, and lost at Dallas, 52-7. It is the most points they’ve allowed in back-to-back non-strike games since Oct. 21 and 28, 1973, when they lost at Dallas, 45-28, and at St. Louis, 35-27.
-- This is the first time the Giants have allowed at least 35 points in each of two consecutive games since Oct. 28 and Nov. 4, 1973, when they surrendered 35 at St. Louis and 42 at Oakland (not counting the strike-replacement games).