Tight end Paul Coffman caught a one-yard touchdown pass and set up three other scores with key receptions today to help the Green Bay Packers end a three-game losing streak with a 27-14 victory over the error-prone New York Giants.
Coffman, overshadowed in the Packer offense by all-pro wide receivers John Jefferson and James Lofton, took advantage of single coverage to catch six passes for 92 yards. Harlan Huckleby, making his first NFL start, made a one-yard touchdown run, Jefferson caught a 26-yard scoring pass from Lynn Dickey and Jan Stenerud kicked field goals of 50 and 35 yards.
Both teams are 2-3.
The Giants didn't cross midfield until the third quarter against a Green Bay defense that had yielded an average of 33 points per game over the last three weeks. The Giants were shut out until Doug Kotar's one-yard touchdown run late in the third period. Earnest Gray caught a two-yard scoring pass from Phil Simms with 1:20 remaining for the Giants' other score.
After Kotar's touchdown, the Packers put the game away on a 19-play, 80-yard drive, sustained by three penalties to the Giants -- the most penalized team in the NFC. Terry Jackson was called for pass interference on third and three and after a 25-yard pass to Lofton on third and 20, Jackson was flagged for running into the punter on fourth down. A roughing-the-passer penalty against Gary Jeter on third and eight set up Dickey's 26-yard touchdown pass to Jefferson on third and goal with 8:48 left in the game.
Running back Rob Carpenter, acquired by the Giants Wednesday from the Houston Oilers, did not play. Carpenter, expected to add life to a listless New York running game, arrived Friday and did not have sufficient time to practice with the team.
The Packers, who made repeated turnovers in the last three games, dominated the first half with ball control -- maintaining possession for 20:25 of a possible 30 minutes.