EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- His fantasy football owners may not be as forgiving, but New York Giants running back Andre Brown was just fine with Brandon Jacobs scoring the one-yard touchdown at the end of the Giants' long third-quarter drive Sunday.
"B.J., he's a big back, and last year I played most of the short yardage and goal line, so I was on the other end," Brown said after the 27-13 victory against the Green Bay Packers. "This week it was Brandon coming to get me, where last year I was coming to get Ahmad Bradshaw out. So it's all good as long as we get the score. B.J., he keeps that pile moving, and we're good."
Jacobs hadn't played since injuring his hamstring rushing for 106 yards in the Week 6 loss to the Bears. Brown made his season debut in last week's victory against the Oakland Raiders, rushing for 115 yards on 30 carries in his first game back since breaking his leg in the preseason. With Jacobs active for Sunday's game, Peyton Hillis went to the bench and the Giants pummeled the Packers with two huge running backs. Brown ended up with 66 yards on 18 carries. Jacobs had only nine yards on five carries, but two of those carries converted short fourth-down attempts and another was a touchdown.
"We're just going to hit everybody in the mouth, and that's what it is," Brown said. "B.J., he's a spark out there. He's a leader. He's the guy. He's going to keep me motivated, keep the whole offensive line motivated, and that's what we're going to do. We're going to go out there and bang it up."
A reliable running game is critical to the success of the play-action passing game with which the Giants have struggled for so much of this year. It's critical to improvements in pass protection, which has been a trouble spot all season. But the actual production they're getting with Brown as the lead guy in the backfield is a major plus as well.
"The balance part of the thing is what we were striving to accomplish," Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. "And I think we are accomplishing that to a certain extent."
Brown is just happy to be playing, and to be the main man in the backfield after sharing the stage with David Wilson in the preseason and watching the first nine games of the regular-season from the sidelines. So if Jacobs is going to get his touchdowns, you're not going to hear him complaining about it. Brown got eight of them last year in only 10 games. Right now he's playing, on a team that's winning its games, and that's all that matters.