Giants' big win marred by injury to Brown
AMERICAN FOOTBALL:The Giants’ startlingly lopsided 38-10 win over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night came at a price. Running back Andre Brown, who was enjoying a breakthrough season and had eight of the team’s 14 rushing touchdowns, went down with a broken fibula.
Running back Ahmad Bradshaw said it was difficult to find words to console Brown, who had 73 carries for 385 yards and led the team with 5.3 yards per rushing attempt. Brown was one of the feel-good stories this season after spending last year on the Giants’ practice squad. In his first three years before that, he saw time with the Giants, Denver and Indianapolis; his two carries netted a 1-yard loss during that span.
“I feel bad for Andre,” Bradshaw said. “He’s my little brother. It’s heartbreaking for me to see him so down.”
The Giants, who drafted Brown in 2009, had increasingly turned to him in short-yardage situations. That included the opening possession of Sunday night’s game, when his two-yard burst off left tackle capped a six-play, 74-yard drive and set the tone against a Packers team that had won five consecutive games.
Brown left the game for good after ripping off a 16-yard gain with 10:55 remaining as the Giants, in command by what would be the final score, killed the clock.
The high-flying Baltimore Ravens broke San Diego Chargers’ hearts and dealt a major blow to their playoff hopes when Justin Tucker kicked a 38-yard field goal to complete a hard fought 16-13 win in overtime .
While the AFC North leading Ravens improved to 9-2 with their fourth straight victory, Philip Rivers and the Chargers slipped to 4-7, despite having never trailed Baltimore in regulation on a sunny afternoon at Qualcomm Stadium.
A touchdown by wide receiver Malcom Floyd early in the second quarter put San Diego in control for much of the game but Baltimore forced overtime with a late score by tight end Dennis Pitta and a Tucker field goal with just three seconds left.
Tucker’s field goal came six plays after a stunning catch-and-run by Ray Rice to convert a controversial fourth-and-29 from Baltimore’s 37. It was the Ravens who prevailed when Tucker coolly powered the ball through the uprights to end a 12-play drive.