NFC Divisional Playoffs
Green Bay Packers (15-1)
New York Giants (9-7)
Green Bay, Wisconsin
4:30 P.M. EST
When these two teams met earlier this season in Week 13, fans were treated to a back-and-forth, offensive gem won by Green Bay, 38-35, in New Jersey. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers continued to play with MVP form, leading a game-winning scoring drive in the final minute. But Rodgers' New York counterpart, Eli Manning, showed himself up to the task as well. Both quarterbacks enter the game with championships on their resumes and both have designs on adding another.
After leaving the Meadowlands with that thrilling win, the Pack were tipped to finish out a perfect regular season. However, they were unexpectedly toppled by the Kansas City Chiefs. Certainly, Manning and some of his teammates know a little something about knocking off an undefeated ballclub, having famously upset the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl in 2008. Big Blue took a playoff trip to a frost-bitten Lambeau Field for the NFC Championship Game during that postseason run, upsetting Brett Favre in his last game in Green Bay.
The Packers' preparations to avoid another playoff upset at the hands of the Giants have been interrupted by the tragic death of the 21-year-old son of the offensive coordinator, Joe Philbin. Packers head coach Mike McCarthy coach called the drowning death of young Michael Philbin a "punch in the heart." The elder Philbin will reportedly be with the team today at Lambeau but there's no telling what sort of emotional toll the events of the past week have taken on him or his players.
Can Manning pull off another sub-zero stunning at Lambeau? Or are the Packers just too precise to be stopped?
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01/15/2012 7:55 PM EST
And Packers are the first home team upset in the NFL playoffs. New York goes back on to San Francisco while Green Bay stays home to wonder what could have been. Rust never sleeps.. not even if you earn a bye week.
01/15/2012 7:54 PM EST
What A Performance
@ Hood305Star :
Victory Formation ...... #Giants
01/15/2012 7:53 PM EST
3rd and 15
Rodgers throw is batted up and picked off by Grant. What concentration by Grant who lays out for it before it can drop. Apropos ending. Giants should kneel it out.
01/15/2012 7:52 PM EST
Who Is Nearly FIred During His Finest Seasons
@ jeffpearlman :
Tom Coughlin absolutely, positively has to get his due as one of the great NFL coaches of the modern era. A masterful job today. Masterful.
01/15/2012 7:50 PM EST
Starks pulled down in backfield just before we get to the two-minute warning. I'm getting the feeling that Giants have no interest in allowing a window-dressing score.
01/15/2012 7:49 PM EST
Packers moving the chains, going through motions. Defenders standing up at the line. but Osi is in for a sack!
01/15/2012 7:47 PM EST
@ willbrinson :
It's going to be really awkward when State Farm keeps running the Discount Double Check commercials for the next month.
01/15/2012 7:46 PM EST
01/15/2012 7:45 PM EST
And, despite my being underwhelmed with his running all day, Jacobs does get OUTSIDE and run it to the far pylon for six.
01/15/2012 7:44 PM EST
Wide Toss To Jacobs
To his credit, he doesn't get outside and goes down in bounds (for a loss). Second and goal.