Drive of the Game: Giants get winning touchdown

The New York Giants gained 403 yards Sunday against the Green Bay Packers. It takes a lot of defensive breakdowns to allow that many yards, and the Packers made three of them on New York's game-winning drive.

On the first play of the fourth quarter, Giants running back Tiki Barber got free again, this time sprinting 38 yards to the Green Bay 11. As was the case on Barber's 52-yard, third-quarter touchdown run, tight end Visanthe Shiancoe made the key block.

Packers defensive tackle Kenny Peterson lined up across from Giants left guard Jason Whittle. Whittle, however, did not block Peterson, bypassing the second-year player to take on linebacker Nick Barnett. Peterson, thinking he had a clear shot at Barber, starting going upfield, only to be victimized by a trap block from Shiancoe.

That block sprang Barber, but he needed a little more help to turn a nice gain into a big gain. He got it when weakside linebacker Na'il Diggs came too far inside and was shoved out of the way by center Shaun O'Hara. Still, Barber should have gained only about a dozen yards on the play, but safety Mark Roman took a horrible angle. His diving tackling attempt was in vain, and Barber had clear sailing before finally being pushed out of bounds at the 11-yard line.

After a short pass, the Giants lined up in a five-wide-receiver set. Nobody was open, but there were no Packers in the ZIP code as lead-footed Giants quarterback Kurt Warner made a dash for the goal line. While Warner slid too early to score a touchdown, that blunder — as well as a false start on the next play — only prolonged the inevitable.

After a short run and an incomplete pass, Giants tight end Jeremy Shockey lined up as the sole wide receiver on the right side of the Giants' formation. The Packers got a great matchup, with the 6-foot-3 Michael Hawthorne equipped to handle the big Shockey. Hawthorne even had help to the inside from safety Darren Sharper. Hawthorne, however, was beaten cleanly on an outside move at the goal line by Shockey, and Warner's fade to the corner connected for the winning score.

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