A Tale of Two Halves: Packers start hot, end cold in loss to Giants

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LONDON, England — “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”

Those words open Charles Dickens’ famous novel “A Tale of Two Cities,” a story that takes place across Paris and London. For the Packers’ story in London on Sunday, it was a “Tale of Two Halves.”

After jumping out to a 20-10 lead in the first half, Green Bay failed to find the endzone for the rest game, losing to the New York Giants, 27-22, at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Things started well for the Packers. The opening drive ended with a Mason Crosby field goal, and the offense scored two touchdowns in the first quarter alone. The defense did their part too, forcing punts on New York’s first two drives. It was the first time this season that the Packers didn’t allow their opponent to score on their first possession.

However, it seems the Packers decided to hold an extended moment of silence to honor the late Queen Elizabeth during the second half of Sunday’s game.

The Giants opened the third quarter with a grueling seven-minute drive that ended with a field goal, then followed it up with an eight-minute drive that ended with a game-tying touchdown.

In the fourth quarter, Giants running back Saquon Barkley was untouchable, as he took a pass 41 yards into the red zone and then found the endzone on a direct snap just a few plays later to give New York the 27-20 lead.

The Packers came gut-wrenchingly close to tying the game, but a 69-yard drive stalled out on New York’s six-yard-line after Aaron Rodgers had two passes swatted away. The Giants took an intentional safety to run out the clock, and the Packers were forced to say ‘Cheerio!’ to their three-game winning streak.

Green Bay returns to Lambeau Field next Sunday to take the other team from the Big Apple, the New York Jets. That game is scheduled to start at noon.