GREEN BAY, Wis. — The ball popped loose from Green Bay running back James Starks’s grasp Sunday night after he made a catch with less than three minutes to play and the Packers leading by a touchdown. For the briefest of moments, Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and Coach Ben McAdoo thought another frustrating night for the offense might be salvaged.
“We saw him cough the ball up, and we might have a chance to go down and tie it up,” said Beckham, who had caught his first touchdown pass of the season moments before. “I was very excited.”
But Starks, in a pile of players, recovered the fumble. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers then converted a third-and-10 on the next play with a 13-yard pass to Randall Cobb, and that was that. The Packers ran out the clock as the Giants lost their third consecutive game, 23-16.
Both teams were…