Super Bowl champion Giants rout Packers 38-10

Mon Nov 26, 2012 12:45am EST
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By Larry Fine

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Reuters) - The New York Giants came out firing after a week off, routing the Green Bay Packers 38-10 on Sunday to break a two-game losing skid and strengthen their hold on the NFC East.

Quarterback Eli Manning, who had thrown one touchdown pass and six interceptions in his last four games, had renewed zip on his deliveries as he threw for three touchdowns and surpassed Phil Simms as the team's all-time leader with 200 TD passes.

The Super Bowl champion Giants improved to 7-4 to extend their division lead to two games over the Dallas Cowboys (5-6) and Washington Redskins (5-6), who they play next week.

Visiting Green Bay had their five-game winning streak snapped as they dropped to 7-4 and a game behind the Chicago Bears (8-3) in the NFC North but still lead the wildcard race.

New York, caught in one of their familiar mid-season slumps, came alive in a showdown between the last two Super Bowl winners and fueled hope of a run at back-to-back titles.

"Eli said he felt as if he was coming back for the start of the season again," Giants coach Tom Coughlin told reporters.

"I thought that was a very good sign. I was very confident he would come back and be Eli."

Manning directed a balanced attack in which the Giants gained 249 yards through the air and 147 yards on the ground, Andre Brown gaining 64 yards and Ahmad Bradshaw rushing for 58, both of them running for touchdowns.   Continued...

New York Giants running back Andre Brown (35) breaks past Green Bay Packers inside linebacker A.J. Hawk (bottom L) and linebacker Dezman Moses (54) for a long gain in the second quarter of their NFL football game in East Rutherford, New Jersey November 25, 2012. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine