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    NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: MONDAY, JANUARY 16, 2012 - 10:27 A.M.

    HERE NOW THE NEWS

    THE DATA WILL UPDATE THROUGHOUT THE DAY AND SHOW THE UPDATE TIME IN THE HEADER.

    NFC EAST DIVISION CHAMPIONS

    PLAYOFFS 2 - 0: ON TO THE OTHER BAY!

    THERE IS SO MUCH NEWS AVAILABLE I CAN'T KEEP UP! RATHER THAN RISK A COMPUTER CRASH, I'M PUTTING THIS OUT NOW AND WILL UPDATE AS TIME PERMITS.


    NEWARK STAR LEDGER

    GIANTS-PACKERS GAME REVIEW

    "
    Travel to and from Green Bay was a nightmare. Fares were through the roof
    (and then unavailable by the time the Giants' game against the Atlanta Falcons
    was over. In short, I had to drive to Chicago after the game and then head to
    the airport two hours later.


    Long story short, I didn't watch this game as in-depth as usual, but I got
    through it much more quickly than I had hoped. The fact this is up before Monday
    became Tuesday is actually a major victory.




    But as always, help us out by filling in the gaps and giving us what you
    saw.




    * * * *




    GAME BALLS




    QB Eli Manning. My wife is off from work today so when I got
    home this morning, she was giving me her version of a game review. (I lead the
    league in gassers in her reviews.) She’s a football novice but she’s learning
    with each game during this run here. She told me, “Eli doesn’t run very much.
    Not like Aaron Rodgers. He runs all the time.” Three plays into the game review,
    I rewound his throw to WR Mario Manningham when he had LB Desmond Bishop coming
    right at him and said, “No, he doesn’t run much. But this is how he uses his
    feet, to slide just enough in the pocket to buy time for the receiver to
    complete the route. He’s done that better this year than ever.” QBs
    coach Mike Sullivan and his unorthodox drills
    are a big reason why. Also,
    we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention, “The Block” on RB Ahmad Bradshaw’s run in
    the fourth quarter. “We had to hear about the scramble and now we’ll have to
    hear about ‘The Block,’” RG Chris Snee said. “It’ll be called ‘The Block.’” One
    minor, minor qualm, though: Manning could’ve run for the first down on
    third-and-5 on the opening drive. The presence of LB A.J. Hawk made him rethink
    that one at the last minute and the pass fell incomplete.




    Coach Tom Coughlin. “We must be what, 0-for-100 by now?”
    Coughlin said of replay challenges. Close. They’ve lost eight in a row. But
    frankly, it’s the only area of Coughlin’s jurisdiction that’s been slipping of
    late. He’s got this team believing and the way guys like S Antrel Rolle have
    bought in is kind of incredible.




    Defensive coordinator Perry Fewell. The players said
    afterward the game plan was to defend the edges of the field and keep everything
    the Packers did to the inside and underneath. You could see the way the
    cornerbacks took their drops that’s exactly what they were doing. It was a
    smart, smart plan because Rodgers had killed the Giants near the sideline in
    their first meeting. Not so much Sunday. Take a look at the difference between
    the first and second meeting of these teams in Rodgers’ passes outside the
    numbers, per an
    ESPN stat
    (on the right side of the page): 21-for-25 and three touchdowns in
    Week 13, 11-for-23 and zero touchdowns on Sunday.




    Special teams coordinator Tom Quinn. Rookie LB Greg Jones
    and S Derrick Martin didn’t budge on the surprise onside kick after the 49ers
    were successful in catching
    the Giants napping earlier this season
    . Quinn took a lot of heat last
    season, but Coughlin stood by him and was quick to praise him and assistant
    special teams coach Larry Izzo on Sunday. I’m not sure what happened on the
    blocked field goal. It looked like OT Tony Ugoh stumbled a bit.




    Manningham. I mean, is anybody watching film of the
    Giants inside the 10-yard line? How can you not guard against that play-action
    quick slant behind the linebackers by now? Anyway, nice job by Manningham, who
    had three catches – two for third-down conversions and one for a touchdown.




    WR Victor Cruz. Speaking of third-down conversions, he
    caught three of them. But get this: today, he was asked where the onside-kick
    recovery ranks on his list of plays this year and said, “Probably No. 1.” His
    point was it helped seal a divisional-round game over the defending champs, but
    I think he’s too quickly forgetting any of the five touchdowns of 65 yards or
    more he had this season.




    Martin. He’s flown under the radar this year because he’s a
    special-teamer but he’s a popular guy with his teammates and a heady player,
    according to those who line up next to him.




    Jones. As I said, he didn't budge. He also nearly forced a
    fumble on that kickoff in the first quarter. He's been very good on
    specials.




    WR Hakeem Nicks. You need only to watch Packers CB Jarrett
    Bush’s reaction to his Hail Mary catch to see how it “broke their backs,” as
    Brandon Jacobs put it
    . And speaking of the Hail Mary, I had a guy mention to
    me on Twitter he objects to that term being used because that was a great throw
    and catch. I wouldn’t go that far, but it wasn’t a Hail Mary like the Jaguars’ catch nearly
    making Gus Johnson’s head explode
    was a Hail Mary. This wasn’t luck. It was
    skill. And it was badly misplayed by Bush and outside CB Sam Shields, who
    trailed the play and didn’t hustle toward Nicks in the end zone. There was no
    threat underneath them and even if there was, there was no time left on the
    clock, so a tackle in the field of play ends the half. As for S Charlie Peprah,
    I wonder if he thought the ball was going to carry a bit more in the wind. The
    only quote I saw from him was in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He said he "didn’t
    get off the ground the way I wanted to
    . He just made a better play on the
    ball than I did.”




    RT Kareem McKenzie. I
    mentioned in my game preview
    the Giants would keep a close eye on LB Clay
    Matthews, especially when they wanted to take their shots downfield. They did
    just that. It’s obvious the Packers early on were trying to use Matthews as a
    bit of a decoy at times by sending him up the field and then bringing a blitzer
    underneath him. The Giants’ backs, tight ends and McKenzie did a very good job
    for the most part of staying composed and picking up the right players.




    Bradshaw. While we’re talking about blitz pickups, how about
    the one he had when he went low on Bishop on TE Travis Beckum’s 10-yard catch on
    the opening drive? A big reason why that’s effective is Bradshaw doesn’t always
    rely on the cut block. He’ll go toe-to-toe with a linebacker without even
    blinking. When you dive at ankles too often, blitzers will know it’s coming.
    Bradshaw has the guts to stick his face mask in there, so it was effective
    there. Oh, and he also had that 23-yard cutback run we were gushing about last
    night. You know, the one that made the Hail Mary to Nicks possible. Even Snee
    said it was a “shock” to see Bradshaw suddenly on his right after taking a pitch
    to the left. Terrific, big-time play.




    LB Michael Boley. I want to give Fewell and his assistants
    more props on this one because they helped make Boley’s first sack possible with
    great design up front. DE Osi Umenyiora ran a twist with a standing DE Justin
    Tuck to Boley’s right and that forced RT Bryan Bulaga to slide down inside a bit
    before he picked up Tuck looping toward him. At that point, Boley has a ton of
    room inside of him. Now, time to credit Boley for being physical with RB James
    Starks to take away Rodgers’ escape hatch to his right. That left him only to
    step up into the pocket. Once Boley shed Starks and crashed down on Rodgers,
    that outlet was gone, too. I’ll have more on Boley’s crucial sack on
    fourth-and-5 down below. Boley now has three sacks in the regular season and
    playoffs combined: two of Rodgers and one of Tom Brady. Not too shabby right
    there.




    S Kenny Phillips. I thought he just got lucky when he
    knocked the ball from RB Ryan Grant to set up a touchdown that gave the Giants a
    17-point lead.




    S Deon Grant. He came down on Grant to knock a ball out of
    his hands on a short hook. He also had an interception in the fourth quarter.
    But most importantly and impressively, he fell on his sword after the game when
    asked
    about a shoving match with TE Jermichael Finley
    and said it was absolutely
    his fault for overreacting. Very, very admirable right there.




    Rolle. See the under-the-radar play.




    Umenyiora. He's absolutely right when he says he'd be among
    the sack leaders had he played 16 games.




    CB Aaron Ross. If Umenyiora doesn’t come through with a
    strip sack, we might be writing much different stories today. (See below.) But
    he did and Ross had an otherwise solid game. He just needs to remember to
    hydrate well, which has been an issue for him in the past.



    CB Corey Webster. He didn't show up much. That's a good
    thing.




    Packers WR Donald Driver. He made an outstanding catch with
    Phillips reaching into the “basket” (that’s what Herm Edwards called the
    receivers’ hands in my
    Sunday story
    ) in the third quarter. While watching that play live, I saw
    Phillips crashing down and didn’t think Driver had a prayer of catching that.
    Later, he made an outstanding leaping catch with LB Jacquian Williams all over
    him and I starred that play as a potential turning point for Green Bay’s
    offense. It wasn’t, though Driver isn’t to blame for that.




    Bishop. He was not one of the Packers I’d describe as rusty
    and played an outstanding game, particularly with his pressures up the
    middle.




    Packers LB Brad Jones. Blocked field goal and a sack in the
    fourth quarter.




    * * * *




    FREE-PASS PURGATORY




    Rodgers. He and his targets were definitely out of synch,
    though his reactions told me he believed it was more them than him. Early in the
    third quarter, on a misfire to WR Greg Jennings, who got behind Ross in man
    coverage, Rodgers seemed to want Jennings to continue up the seam instead of
    bending his route a bit to the middle. Jennings adjusted because Phillips was
    deep to the outside, presumably as part of that contain coverage the Giants were
    playing. The big miss was on the third-and-5 to start the fourth quarter. It
    looked like he either wanted Finley to flatten his route out a bit or not sit
    down like it appeared Finley did. Troy Aikman said it’s more on Rodgers. I don’t
    know about that one.




    * * * *




    GASSERS




    Peprah. “You have to tackle in the playoffs,” he said. Yes,
    and you have to wrap to tackle. In all, I counted nine missed tackles for 92
    extra yards for the Packers through two-plus quarters. I stopped counting at
    some point late in the third quarter.




    Bush and Shields. See above.




    Finley, Grant, Starks,
    Packers FB John Kuhn, TE Tom Crabtree. Drops
    and fumbles from this bunch.




    Referee Bill Leavy and his crew. Between the botched replay,
    the helmet-to-helmet hit by Umenyiora that never came close to happening, the
    helmet-to-helmet hit by Bishop on Manning that actually did happen but wasn’t
    called and a few other missed calls, that was a bad job by that crew.




    * * * *




    UNDER-THE-RADAR PLAY




    Maybe I’m trying to be a bit too smart for the room again, but the open-field
    tackle by Rolle on Starks at the end of his 29-yard run turned out to be a big
    one. When I saw Starks get the edge, I thought he was gone. Rolle came down to
    cut the angle and get a piece of Starks as he tried to cut back. It was Rolle or
    the end zone there and Rolle won.




    The Packers wound up settling for a field goal that made it 20-13. If they
    get a touchdown there, the game takes on a new feel. Plus, when the Giants kick
    a field goal midway through the fourth quarter, it’s still a one-possession game
    and the Packers can take the lead with a field goal.




    But that’s not the way it played out, thanks to an unheralded play by Rolle,
    which was followed by his excellent pass defensed on a fade in the end zone a
    few plays later. That was a dandy because he avoided Driver when he crossed with
    Jennings in an attempt to rub him off the route.




    * * * *




    SECOND GUESSES




    I was telling someone recently the NFL should just do what the NHL does with
    its replay system and have everything reviewed in the “War Room” (though not the
    one in Toronto). PFT’s Mike Florio, a hockey buff, mentioned
    that same concept on Sunday night
    . I’m waiting to hear back from the league
    on the fumble by Jennings that was twice ruled down by contact, but Fox’s
    Mike Pereira agreed it should’ve been ruled a fumble. Bad job
    by Leavy and the replay official there. It’s clear they thought Jennings’ calf
    was down before the ball started to move but that’s not the way I saw it. There
    has to be a way to make these rulings more consistent and accurate. To me, if
    there’s a way to bump this up the chain of command to a more centralized
    decision-maker, I’m all for it.




    DE Jason Pierre-Paul badly wanted a holding call on Packers
    LT Chad Clifton on a second-and-9 late in the second quarter.
    Of all the holding calls the players and coaches were begging for, that one
    brought with it the best case because Clifton prevented him from working back to
    the line of scrimmage after getting a good push upfield. Still, he was
    complaining about it far too long. After the next play, in fact.




    The other holding complaint that had some juice to it was when Tuck got
    tackled by Bulaga on the next-to-last play of the third quarter.




    I know the Packers wanted the wind and that’s why they deferred after winning
    the opening toss. I’m not second guessing that decision at all. I just wonder if
    this game was played over again today, would they decide to put their offense on
    the field first? That long Giants drive to open the game, even though it only
    netted a field goal, did exactly what they wanted it to do: play keep-away from
    Rodgers & Co.




    Pereira tweeted the spot on RB D.J. Ware’s run on
    third-and-2 after Umenyiora’s strip sack was a good
    one
    . I don’t know what angle he saw but I’ve watched the broadcast view a
    few times now and Ware certainly doesn’t look a half-yard short of the stick. I
    mean, he might be short by inches but I don’t see it from the high sideline
    view, which didn’t show the ball because it was obstructed by Ware’s body. Maybe
    Pereira had a different angle in the studio. In any event, that was a pretty
    powerful run by Ware to spin off Bishop and even come close to the stick. It was
    reminiscent to a run by Jacobs against Atlanta to pick up a first down.




    One good call by the officials was when they didn’t flag CB Charles
    Woodson
    for pass interference when he jammed Beckum in the fourth
    quarter. It looked like the contact happened before the ball left Manning’s
    hand. And that’s after I slowed it down to watch it. They got it correct
    live.




    * * * *




    ODDS AND (TIGHT) ENDS




    I ran out of room in Boley’s game ball so I’ll tackle it here because there’s
    an interesting moment right before his sack on fourth-and-5 that was pretty much
    the defensive play of the game. Tuck is standing and signaling to Umenyiora.
    They were obviously working out some kind of twist there. But then, Tuck says
    what sounded like, “(Forget) it,” and puts his hand in the dirt. From the look
    of things, Umenyiora might’ve missed Tuck nixing whatever they were planning
    because he tries to loop into the “A” gap only to see Tuck has rushed there. If
    Boley doesn’t get his outstanding rush from the outside to get around RB
    Brandon Saine and get a hand on Rodgers, there’s a big hole for
    Rodgers to step up, escape and either run for the first down or buy time to
    throw to the crossing WR Jordy Nelson. But Boley got there and
    held on for a big, big play.




    Joe Buck and Aikman were trying to figure out why the Giants
    called a timeout before their third play from scrimmage. They guessed there was
    a substitution issue and that’s exactly what it was. You hate to burn a timeout
    that early, but the Giants had an extra guy on the field. Bradshaw was in the
    slot in a six-receiver set. As you know, that’s impossible because five linemen
    plus a quarterback and six receivers is too many on the field. The Packers
    wanted a 12-men-in-the-huddle penalty and I’m not sure how the Giants weren’t
    nailed for that one because you can’t see the huddle on the broadcast. Had they
    been backed up another 5 yards there, maybe they don’t convert the third-down
    pass to Manningham (It went for 19 yards, but who knows how the extra 5 would’ve
    changed the calls on both sides) and that important long first drive doesn’t
    happen.




    Speaking of Aikman and Fox, good job by them immediately identifying
    Umenyiora had saved a TD with his strip sack because Jennings had gotten past
    Ross. Aikman saw it right away and they had the replay ready when they came back
    from break. Now, one I thought they might’ve missed while watching live was a
    second-and-7 check-down pass from Rodgers to Starks. I would’ve loved to see a
    wide-angle replay there because Driver
    had gotten past Rolle
    and appeared to be open enough for Rodgers to take a
    shot. It seems like he’s looking in Driver’s general direction but never takes
    the shot. Live, I thought it was there for the taking.




    One more note about the touchdown Umenyiora saved: that was probably set up
    in the Packers’ minds by Ross’ breaking on an earlier pass that could’ve been a
    pick six had Rodgers not delivered it close to the sideline. The coaches
    probably thought Ross couldn’t wait to get his hands on another one. If so, they
    timed the double-move call perfectly. The only problem was Clifton and
    LG T.J. Lang didn’t stop Umenyiora on a swim move between
    them.




    The Packers have a go-to play for them they tried in the third quarter on a
    deep ball to Nelson Ross knocked down. It’s a fake stretch play to the right and
    a throwback deep to the left. The Giants obviously scouted that one well.




    Packers S Morgan Burnett had a pretty good game. He got his
    hand on a pass for TE Jake Ballard in the end zone and also
    made a very nice tackle on Jacobs in the fourth quarter. Burnett avoided a stiff
    arm and got to Jacobs’ body. That’s not easy to do.






    I thought Bradshaw was going to rip apart at the knees when Matthews chased
    him down from behind on first-and-goal two plays after Kuhn fumbled. Good hustle
    by Matthews, as always, and good flexibility on Bradshaw’s part because that
    could’ve been ugly. It looked like he might’ve slid a bid on the turf, which
    surely helped.




    I didn’t see when Kuhn got injured while watching live. Now I see when. And
    now I see why. LB Mathias Kiwanuka absolutely crushed him while
    Kuhn tried to stick him on a lead block. That wasn’t what caused the injury. The
    problem was Crabtree threw Rolle down into his legs. But the only reason he was
    in position for that to happen was Kiwanuka blasted him backward. Another
    outstanding physical play for him that didn’t make the stat sheet.




    Ross said a big reason for the secondary’s improved play of late is “the
    after-work studying is really helping us a lot. About a month and a half now at
    my house, Kenny’s house and Corey’s house.” They used to do one night of group
    studying a week. “Now, we do like three nights,” Ross said.




    Snee said Packers DL B.J. Raji came up to him to talk about Raji’s saying the
    Giants’ offensive line isn’t as “physical” as other units. “First of all, me and
    B.J. are cool and he immediately said at the beginning of the game that was
    blown out of proportion. And I believe him,” Snee said. “He’s a heckuva player.
    They’ve got a bunch of big bodies inside. It was tough sledding for the running
    game.”




    The Packers should’ve seen the Giants’ draw play when they called a timeout
    right before Bradshaw’s run and realized the Giants were content with running
    the ball and heading into halftime with a 3-point lead. In fact, they did the
    Giants a favor by calling that timeout. You’d have to figure the draw up the
    middle wasn’t going to allow Bradshaw to get out of bounds, even though
    LT David Diehl said the linemen thought they were going to gash
    the Packers’ three-man front there. On the next play, Green Bay was still in a
    three-down front and Bradshaw was able to work his magic.




    And finally, at the end of Bradshaw’s 23-yard run, who was waiting with open
    arms on the sideline for him? Mitch Petrus. No
    apology necessary this time.
    Oh, and I finally got to Petrus to ask him what
    the heck he was saying and why in that clip from the Falcons game. He insists he
    was talking about a play from much later in the game and not the safety. Plus,
    he said he was out of breath at the time so that’s why he was tough to
    understand. … Sigh … I liked our version so much better."

    GIANTS' TOM COUGHLIN DOESN'T AGREE WITH TWO QUESTIONABLE RULINGS IN WIN OVER PACKERS

    "
    Tom Coughlin, like basically everyone who has seen the replays, doesn't have
    an explanation for two calls officials made that ultimately allowed the Packers
    to go on to score their two touchdowns in the Giants'
    37-20 win Sunday
    .


    First there was the apparent fumble by Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings.
    Giants safety Deon Grant stripped Jennings late in the first quarter and replays
    showed that Jennings' knee was not down prior to the ball coming out as ruled on
    the field. Yet, even after going under the hood when Coughlin challenged the
    play, referee Bill Leavy did not overturn the ruling.




    Five plays later, Aaron Rodgers connected with fullback John Kuhn for an
    eight-yard touchdown, which tied the game at 10 early in the second quarter.



    When asked about the play, Coughlin said he "doubts" he will receive an
    explanation from the league.




    "There is, but I won't get into it," Coughlin said when asked if he saw
    something on film that made the ruling any clearer one way or another, an
    indication that he didn't agree with the call.




    NFL spokesman Greg Aiello, citing Rule 7, Section 2, Article 1 of the NFL
    Rule Book, told the Star-Ledger in an email that Leavy ruled Jennings' calf to
    be down on the play and didn't need his knee to be down.




    "Referee Bill Leavy conducted the instant replay video review and determined
    that there was no indisputable visual evidence to warrant reversing the on-field
    ruling of down by contact." Aiello wrote. "As a result, the ruling on the field
    stood."




    On 3rd-and-10 with 6:28 remaining in the game and the Giants leading 30-13,
    Rodgers' pass to Donald Driver fell incomplete setting up an all-or-nothing
    fourth down. But Rodgers was hit by Osi Umenyiora as he released the pass and an
    official threw a flag, ruling the hit to be helmet-to-helmet.




    Once again, replays prove otherwise. The Packers capitalized scoring a
    touchdown six plays later when Rodgers found Driver for a 16-yard score to give
    them some semblance of life.




    When asked why he thought the penalty was called Coughlin said, "I have no
    idea."




    What he does know is that it was a legal play and one that he won't
    discourage his players from doing.




    "Aggressive football play," Coughlin described it as. "The quarterback is
    following through as he releases the ball. The hit is from the side, there’s not
    helmet involved, it’s from shoulders to waist. We’ll coach that one
    forever."

    NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: OSI UMENYIORA WITH GIANTS TODAY DUE TO ERNIE ARCORSI'S STUBBORNNESS

    Excerpt: "
    The Giants defense has been a
    stubborn unit this postseason, conceding 22 points in two games. Sunday, the
    unit smothered the NFL's No. 3 offense this season
    , by means of forcing
    timely turnovers and consistent pressure on Aaron Rodgers
    , the Green Bay
    Packers quarterback.


    SI.com's
    Peter King wrote today
    that the stubbornness of former Giants general
    manager Ernie Accorsi benefited the Giants once again Sunday.




    In the trade that landed Eli Manning with the Giants, on draft day in 2004,
    the San Diego Chargers would not relinquish the soon-to-be Giants quarterback
    without acquiring defensive end Osi Umenyiora as part of the compensation, King
    writes.




    Accorsi refused to yield, even though Umenyiora was a little known player at
    the time. The dividends were once again felt by the Giants Sunday, when
    Umenyiora's strip-sack of Rodgers (the 32nd forced fumble of Umenyiora's career)
    proved a pivotal moment in the second half of the Giants' victory." Read more...

    NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: ELI MANNING, GIANTS, WILL FACE HISTORICAL DISADVANTAGE AT CANDLESTICK PARK

    Excerpt: "
    The Giants face the San Francisco
    49ers Sunday in the NFC Championship Game with a trip to the Super Bowl at
    stake. The following pieces tell the 49ers' side of the story leading up the
    game.


    Kevin
    Lynch, San Francisco Chronicle
    : Unlike the Giants, who have won four road
    playoff games under Tom Coughlin, the 49ers have historically struggled --
    they're only won twice on the road in the postseason since 1957. Luckily, with
    the Giants' victory, the 49ers will play Sunday at Candlestick Park, where they
    are 18-4 since 1980, including Saturday's victory over the New Orleans
    Saints.




    Vittorio
    Tafur, Chronicle
    : 49ers cornerback Carlos Rogers, who intercepted Eli
    Manning twice when the teams met in San Francisco on Nov. 13, watched Sunday's
    game between the Giants and Green Bay Packers
    in bed. "We got the turnovers
    and were able to get to Eli,” Rogers told the Chronicle of the Nov. 13 game.
    “The team has gotten better since we played them. They’re familiar with us just
    as we’re familiar with them.” Read more...



    ##

    SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS: A LOOK AT GIANTS' OPPONENT IN NFC TITLE GAME

    "
    After beating the
    Green Bay Packers, 37-20,
    on Sunday in the NFL playoffs, the Giants will next face the San Francisco
    49ers in the NFC Championship Game. Here's a look at the meeting:



    49ers record: 14-3, won the NFC West and claimed the No. 2
    seed in the playoffs.
    Last meeting: 49ers
    def. Giants, 27-20
    , at Candlestick Park on Nov. 13.
    With the Giants
    driving for the would-be tying touchdown, they stalled at the 49ers 10-yard
    line. A fourth-down pass by Eli Manning was batted down by Justin Smith, and the
    Giants were sent home with the first of four consecutive losses.




    WHAT TO KNOW




    •?In the year of the tight end in the NFL, the Giants have already faced two
    of the best in the postseason — the Atlanta Falcons' Tony Gonzalez and Green
    Bay’s Jermichael Finley. Neither truly hurt them. Vernon Davis (left) will take
    his turn next Sunday. Davis had a game-turning catch-and-run for a touchdown in
    the first meeting, and got open for the winning score in the waning seconds Saturday
    against the New Orelans Saints.
    He finished with 180 yards and two TDs.




    •?Sound familiar: The quarterback is the No. 1 overall pick and spends much
    of his first few seasons making fans and media wonder if he’ll really every be
    worth it. That’s Alex Smith, who in his sixth season has finally found his game.
    Some will call him a game manager, and his efficient touchdown-to-interception
    ratio of 17-to-5 during the regular season indicates he isn’t asked to do too
    much. His performance Saturday against the Saints (299 yards, three TDs, no
    picks and a rushing TD) shows he can win, not just manage, a game.




    •?You’d be hard-pressed to find a better rushing defense than the 49ers have.
    They have yielded all of three touchdowns on the ground in 17 games. The Giants
    picked up 93 yards in the first meeting, but only gained an average of 3.2 yards
    per carry. (It should be noted that Ahmad Bradshaw did not play that week.) The
    49ers made the Saints even more one-dimensional than they seemed the rest of the
    season. New Orleans rushed for just 37 yards — an early 17-0 Niners lead helped
    take away the Saints’ ground game."

    CHRIS CANTY SAYS HIS KNEE IS OK BUT HE DID NOT FAKE INJURY

    "Chris Canty is fine. Good enough to laugh about his injured knee in the postgame
    locker room and relieved enough to take a swipe at the Packers fans who booed
    him when he went down with what they believed was a fake injury.


    “I heard that, I heard that,” the Giants’ defensive tackle said with a grin
    after the team’s 37-20
    upset victory in the divisional playoff game
    today. “The fans pay their
    money, they’re entitled to cheer as they see fit or boo as they see fit. It’s
    unfortunate they won’t be able to cheer next week.”




    Canty seemed to think he had suffered a significant injury at a really bad
    time. He also needed help getting off the field. But after being examined by
    team doctors, he was cleared to return.




    “Just got a little shaken up there at the end but it happens, it’s football,”
    Canty said. “I’m a hundred percent, I’m ready to go next week.”




    Canty said he let his teammates know right away he’d be okay. But in the
    meantime, Packers tight end Jermichael Finley was agreeing with the fans by
    saying Canty had taken a dive to slow the Packers’ momentum. (They had gone 60
    yards in eight plays, thanks in part to a questionable roughing-the-passer
    penalty on Osi Umenyiora.)




    Ironically, Deon Grant got into a shoving match with Finley. Grant took a
    dive in the Week 2 victory over the Rams and was the subject of scrutiny for
    much of the next week.




    After the game, Grant said he lost his cool.




    “I have to go on air and apologize to (Finley),” he said. “He was mad,
    thinking (Canty) was faking and I got at him like, ‘You don’t say nothing unless
    you know for a fact the guy is faking.’




    “But I took it too far because he calmed down and I kept going and he walked
    toward me to talk. I shoved him first.” Read more...

    AARON RODGERS STYMIED BY GIANTS' PASS RUSH AS PACKERS FALL

    Excerpt: "Aaron Rodgers saw the pocket collapsing and attempted to escape forward, toward
    the line of scrimmage. By then, the Green Bay Packers quarterback’s offensive
    line resembled a group of falling dominoes as the barrier of protection — and
    time to release the ball — grew desperately thin around him.


    It was fourth-and-5 in Giants
    territory early in the fourth quarter of today’s game at Lambeau Field. The
    Packers were trailing by a touchdown and their window of opportunity was
    closing.




    But as important as the play was for Green Bay, it was doomed from the start.
    Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora crashed inside, forcing left tackle Chad
    Clifton to follow him and abandon any outside rushers.




    That left linebacker Michael Boley free to storm in with a one-on-one matchup
    against third-string Packer running back Brandon Saine, a rookie who could offer
    nothing more than a weak push and a jersey grab to stop him.




    Boley wriggled his way toward Rodgers’ ankles and hauled the quarterback
    down, finishing off the sack by mimicking Rodgers’ signature touchdown dance,
    where he emphatically places a championship belt around his waist.




    “We came out today and played some smash-mouth football,” said Jason
    Pierre-Paul, who pounced on Rodgers right after Boley.




    In the most crucial of moments in today’s 37-20
    Giants victory
    , like that fourth down that silenced the Packers, the Giants
    asserted their strongest suit — the pass rush. Rodgers was sacked four times and
    took five hits, disrupting an offense that ranked third in the NFL during a
    near-perfect regular season.

    “We might not have showed most of it during the regular season, but that
    doesn’t matter,” Umenyiora said. “This is the postseason and we’re playing the
    way we’re supposed to be playing right now.” Read more...

    GREEN BAY PACKERS SUFFER A "GREAT LETDOWN" TO GIANTS AT LAMBEAU FIELD

    Excerpt: "
    Aaron Rodgers hadn’t played since Christmas night. And it showed. The rest of
    the Green Bay Packers hadn’t competed in two weeks, and it looked like two
    years.


    Dropped passes. Fumbles. Shaky quarterbacking. And questionable coaching
    decisions.




    The Packers suffered from every one of those today as their once-dream season
    died with a
    37-20 loss
    to the Giants in the NFC
    divisional round. Afterward, Green Bay’s 15-1 regular season — the best in
    franchise history — was already forgotten.




    “No one’s going to remember the 15-1,” said Packers nose tackle B.J. Raji,
    the Westwood High alumnus who spends his offseason in Washington Township and
    trains with several of the Giants players. “Now, all they’re going to talk about
    is the great letdown at home, in front of your home fans that love you and
    support you.”




    Green Bay had won 21 of their previous 22 games, including a victory last
    February in Super Bowl XLV. The Packers then won 15 of 16 games this year thanks
    in large part to a remarkably crisp offense that posted the second-most points
    in NFL history (560).




    But the Packers didn’t resemble themselves against the Giants.




    Green Bay, which lost just six fumbles in the first 16 games, lost three
    against the Giants. The Packers’ receivers combined to drop eight passes. And
    Rodgers threw just his seventh interception of the season.




    The Packers, who were second in the league in turnover differential at
    plus-24, had four turnovers in a game for the first time since Oct. 3, 2010.




    “We did not play to our identity,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said.




    It wasn’t just on offense, either.

    McCarthy had a curious game plan, first calling an onside kick that failed
    early in the second quarter with the game tied at 10. Then, with the Packers
    trailing, 20-13, and 13 minutes still left in the game, McCarthy went for it on
    fourth-and-5 from the Giants 39 and Rodgers was sacked.


    Defensively, the Packers were plagued by busted coverages, sloppy tackling
    and an inability to get off the field on third down. The Giants even hit a
    37-yard Hail Mary touchdown pass to Hakeem Nicks
    on the final play of the
    first half.




    “Frankly, I think the biggest thing was the self-inflicted wounds,” McCarthy
    said. “The dropped balls, I don’t know how many first downs we had. We left some
    yards on the field. We had some opportunities to make plays.” Read more...

    ELI MANNING ANCHORS GIANTS' WIN OVER PACKERS, SHOWING HIS LEADERSHIP AGAIN

    "
    Almost four years ago to the day that the Giants strolled into Lambeau Field for the
    NFC Championship Game as heavy underdogs, their quarterback was viewed as a
    weakness that can derail their unlikely postseason run in a blink of an eye.



    Today, the stakes were similar; the opponent and setting — though about 40
    degrees warmer — the same. So, too, were the expectations. The Giants were
    eight-point underdogs against the defending Super Bowl champions, who had not
    lost a playoff game since October 2010.




    But for Eli Manning, the bar was raised; as opposed to 2008 when the Giants
    ground game had fueled them, a brilliant performance was needed from their
    quarterback to continue another unexpected postseason run. This time around the
    Giants weren’t there in spite of him — their season would’ve ended weeks ago
    without him.




    And he delivered yet again, completing 21 of 33 passes for 330 yards, three
    touchdowns and an interception, which combined to equal a pristine quarterback
    rating of 114.5. He was in complete control, side-stepping incoming rushers,
    zipping passes in tight windows, and converting third downs without an impact
    run game for much of the contest in leading the Giants to another upset playoff
    win over the
    Green Bay Packers at Lambeau, 37-20.




    His 21 completions gave him 157 for his postseason career, tying him with
    Phil Simms for the franchise record. The Giants’ victory over the 15-1 Packers
    was Manning’s fourth career road playoff victory — tying an NFL record — and put
    him two wins away from becoming the 11th quarterback to win multiple Super
    Bowls.



    Through two games this postseason, he is 44-of-65 for 607 yards, six
    touchdowns and an interception.




    “I think it is his mentality. It is his approach,” coach Tom Coughlin said
    when asked why his quarterback plays so well in the playoffs. “Nobody sees what
    he does behind the scenes. He is a studier and a pounder.”




    Today’s performance was another page in a growing chapter of a season that
    began with him proclaiming that he belonged in the discussion among elite NFL,
    which at the time drew snickers from critics.




    But he has gone out and proved he at least belongs in the discussion, putting
    together best season of his career after perhaps his worst, in which he threw an
    NFL-high 25 interceptions in 2010, and knocking out perhaps the league’s top
    quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, from the postseason along the way.




    Now, he is leading another surprising playoff run, this time in the driver’s
    seat, the unassuming leader of a football team that has complete confidence in
    him.




    “I think we are always confident going into games,” Manning said. “Guys
    understand the way to win football games against good teams. Our defense is
    playing great with pressure and turnovers. Our offense for the most part is
    protecting the ball and playing smart football. When we have a chance to make a
    big play we are making them.”



    GIANTS VS. PACKERS: HAKEEM NICKS' HAIL MARY CATCH HIGHLIGHTS A BIG DAY FROM GIANTS' WIDEOUTS



    "Perception changed for the good somewhere between the moment a Hail Mary left
    Eli Manning’s right arm and the moment it landed, cradled against Hakeem Nicks’
    stomach in the end zone just as the first half came to an end.




    The Giants wide receivers were not
    the ones expected to steal the show in a house packed to the rafters to see
    Jordy Nelson, Greg Jennings, Jermichael Finley and the rest of the Green Bay
    Packers’ pass catchers running their fast-break offense to perfection.




    But this, Nicks’ second — and slightly more impressive — touchdown of the
    first half sealed it.




    One playmaking unit had given way to another. The Giants wideouts, who have
    shown explosive potential throughout the season, have become the standard two
    games into the playoffs.




    “That was just crazy,” tight end Jake Ballard said of the Hail Mary grab.
    “After that play, we’re all hootin’ and hollerin’, we gotta keep going, we gotta
    keep pounding.”




    Nicks, Mario Manningham and Victor Cruz combined for 270 receiving yards and
    three touchdowns in a
    37-20 stomping of the Packers
    at Lambeau today.




    Nicks led all receivers with 165 and the two crucial scores. The Packers’ top
    three finished with 124 and one touchdown.




    Bottled up by the Giants secondary and butter-handed when passes came their
    way, they shed their dangerous label and relegated themselves to an opening act
    for the three wearing blue and white.




    “I have always been told that big time players step up in big-time roles,”
    Nicks said. “I’ve been told that since high school.”



    The scene was foreshadowed with 3:55 remaining in the first quarter, the
    score tied at three. Manning hit Nicks on an in-route 17 yards downfield with
    Packer safety Charlie Peprah closing in fast.




    Nicks then bounced off Peprah, spinning himself into the opposite direction
    with an open field in front of him. Like he did a week ago against the Atlanta
    Falcons, Nicks turned the remaining half of the field into a track meet and
    burned three more Packer defenders giving chase.
    “When we have a chance to
    make a big play, we’re making them,” Manning said.




    Otherwise, Cruz and Manningham filled in all the gaps.




    There was Cruz’s 28 yards receiving on the opening drive to set up the first
    field goal, and his 11-yard grab on a key third-and-5 that set up the Giants’
    first score in the fourth. And Manningham helped put the game away with a 4-yard
    touchdown where he beat Packers corner Tramon Williams in a footrace along the
    back of the end zone.




    All of which helped everyone else see what they’d always seen themselves as —
    one of the best corps left playing.




    “I feel like we are,” Manningham said. “I don’t want to sound arrogant, but I
    think we are.”



    GIANTS BEAT PACKERS, 37-20, RIDING MOMENTUM INTO NFC TITLE GAME



    "On the dry-erase board inside a jubilant visitors’ locker room at Lambeau Field,
    a simple message was scribbled that pretty much summed up the attitude of the
    temporary occupants.




    “Play physical football,” it began. “And beat the hell out of #88.”




    Nearby, Antrel Rolle was talking to reporters about the paper pinned to his
    locker. It was a picture of Aaron Rodgers’ head with an arrow pointing to a red,
    cherry-flavored Tootsie Pop. Below it was the word “sucker.”




    Even during Tom Coughlin’s news conference, the most straight-laced coach in
    the league got as close to puffing his chest out as he’ll ever go when he
    proclaimed, “I think we are a dangerous team.”




    Uh, yeah. Everyone knows that by now, especially the
    no-longer-defending-champion Green Bay Packers, whose near-perfect season ended
    with a decisive, 37-20 defeat in today’s NFC divisional-round game to a Giants team riding a wave of momentum
    unlike any they’ve experienced since early 2008.




    They’re confident. They’re ****y. And after getting revenge for the loss to
    the Packers last month, they’re on their way to a rematch with the 49ers in next
    weekend’s NFC Championship Game.




    “This football team will be ready to play. We’re going to be hard to beat and
    that’s why we’re confident,” defensive captain Justin Tuck said. “We know what
    we have in this room. I know (Jason Pierre-Paul) guaranteed a win and things
    like that.




    “We’re very confident. We believe in this football team. If it comes out our
    words (make it) sound like we’re arrogant, I’m sorry.”
    Tuck claimed very few
    people gave the Giants a chance to win. He’s wrong. Very wrong.




    The Giants (11-7) were the trendy pick because they were the hot team and
    have been doing all of the things that win games this time of year, like getting
    after the quarterback, running the ball well, playing solid downfield coverage,
    winning the turnover battle and riding Eli Manning’s hot hand.




    They did all of the above today and even tossed in a 37-yard Hail
    Mary touchdown from Manning to Hakeem Nicks
    on the final play of the first
    half, following a terrific 23-yard cutback run by Ahmad Bradshaw.




    They played physical, they overcame a few injuries and questionable calls and
    they flustered the “sucker.”




    That would be Rodgers, the potential league MVP who seemed to be a bit rusty
    and out-of-synch with his receivers in their first game since Christmas
    night.




    “Oh, it’s real,” said Rodgers, who was 26-for-46 for 264 yards, two
    touchdowns and a late interception by Deon Grant that sealed it. “We got beat by
    a team that played better tonight.”



    Said Pierre-Paul: “They weren’t on their game, but that’s not my fault.”




    It all began with a pace the Giants couldn’t have drawn up much better. Like
    Super Bowl XLII, which they defeated the Patriots 17-14 after losing a
    38-35 track meet
    in the regular season (the same score as the loss to Green
    Bay last month), they knew they had to slow down today’s game and play keep-away
    from Rodgers.




    After the Pack won the opening toss but deferred, the Giants went 67 yards in
    13 plays on a drive that lasted 6 minutes, 27 seconds. It ended with a field
    goal, and the Packers tied it on the next series, but the pace was certainly the
    right one for the Giants.




    However, Nicks put his foot on the gas with a 66-yard touchdown one week
    after a 72-yarder against the Falcons. Last week, he avoided safety Thomas
    DeCoud; today, he bounced off a poor shoulder-tackle attempt by former Giants
    draft pick Charlie Peprah.




    “You have to tackle in the playoffs,” Peprah said.




    You also have to catch the ball and not turn it over. The Packers had six
    drops, three lost fumbles and the one interception by Grant. John Kuhn’s fumble
    with 3:48 left in the second quarter, which occurred when he ran into one of his
    blockers, gave the Giants the ball at the Packers’ 34. The Giants turned that
    into a field goal and a 13-10 lead. A sack by Michael Boley gave them the ball
    back at their own 31 with 41 seconds left in the second quarter.




    Seemingly content to head into the locker room with a three-point lead, the
    Giants ran a draw play. The Packers called timeout at the snap, so they lined up
    and ran a toss left to Bradshaw. Pretty soon, he was on the right sideline and
    well downfield.




    Bradshaw looked to see there were 15 seconds on the clock before the play, so
    knew he had time to pick up as much yardage as possible before getting out of
    bounds.




    “It was a shock to see him over there,” right guard Chris Snee said. “But he
    makes plays.”




    Instead of attempting a 55-yard field goal, Coughlin opted for the “flood
    tip” Hail Mary that Nicks caught off his face mask with Charles Woodson
    covering. Coughlin saw Nicks’ 4-XL gloves appear in mid-air and immediately knew
    he had a good shot to bring it down.
    “That gave us a huge lift right there,”
    Coughlin said. “It’s one or two times a year that play is completed and
    fortunately for us it was completed tonight.”




    Green Bay pulled within a touchdown but a failed fourth-and-5 early in the
    fourth quarter followed by a Giants field goal extended the lead to 23-13 with
    7:48 to play.




    Kenny Phillips’ forced fumble on Don Bosco grad Ryan Grant, a recovery and
    return to the 4-yard line by Chase Blackburn and Manning’s touchdown to
    Manningham had Phillips and Rolle doing a sideline shimmy together. The Giants’
    sideline was celebrating but surprisingly calm, as if they fully expected this
    to happen.




    Which it did. Now, in the words of the late rapper Notorious B.I.G., and as a
    few players sang on their way into the locker room, they’re “going, going, back,
    back to Cali, Cali,” where they lost 27-20 in Week 10.




    “We’re happy as hell about this win. But we’re thinking,” Snee said. “We have
    greater plans. We’re thinking about next week, what that atmosphere will be
    like.




    “You saw it on TV; (Candlestick Park) was rockin’ and they were hitting. So
    it’ll be a very physical game.”



    POLITI: GIANTS DOMINATE PACKERS, SHOWING FLASHES OF 2007 MAGIC



    "They scored a back-breaking touchdown on a brilliant Hail Mary pass, but this
    time in this football cathedral, it was the other team that didn’t have a
    prayer.




    The Giants might have stolen a
    touchdown at the end of the first half with the first chuck-it-and-pray pass
    that quarterback Eli Manning can remember completing since, well, ever.




    But this was a victory that required no jangling of the rosaries or
    sacrifices to the football gods, no late-game magic or last-second field goals.
    The Giants dominated a Packers team with a 15-1 record that, for most of the
    regular season, had looked like one of the best in NFL history.




    They shut down quarterback Aaron Rodgers, the likely MVP of the league with
    all the Xbox 360 stats. They treated Lambeau Field and all its mystique and
    tradition as if it were their backyards. And yes, they survived an officiating
    crew that sometimes ruled as if they were wearing cheeseheads.




    Final score: Giants
    37, Packers 20.
    Up next: A trip to San Francisco for the NFC Championship
    Game, and a week certain to be filled with comparisons to the 2007 Giants team
    that peaked late and won the Super Bowl.




    That’s only natural. This is the same franchise with many of the same
    players, once again needing to win on the road against favored teams to make
    history. Still, after seeing the way they rolled through the first two playoff
    games by a combined 61-22 victory margin, it’s worth asking.




    Are these Giants even better than their counterparts from that
    magical run four years ago?




    “I guess the scores or the stats might say that,” defensive end Justin Tuck
    said, “but it doesn’t matter if you win a game by 1 or 40.”




    He’s right, of course. That they needed a 47-yard overtime field goal in the
    icy air four years ago to stun this same franchise in the NFC title game didn’t
    make it less satisfying at all. The Giants lived on the edge throughout that
    run, which is what made it so memorable for anyone who went along for the
    ride.




    This team? It wrecked a solid Atlanta Falcons team 24-2 in the first week,
    then came to the less-frozen tundra here and outclassed the favored Packers in
    every single phase of the game.




    Defensively, the Giants sacked and rattled Rodgers, who completed a
    Sanchez-esque 56.5 percent of his passes. They locked down his talented
    receivers, allowing just one pass longer than 20 yards.




    The Packers had scored fewer than 21 points just once in their last 20 games.
    If not for an awful roughing-the-passer call in the fourth quarter that extended
    a desperation drive, they might have stayed stuck on 13.




    Everyone wanted to fire defensive coordinator Perry Fewell a few weeks ago
    when this team couldn’t stop anyone. Now, the way this defense is playing, he
    could end up as a head coaching candidate someplace else.




    “Success breeds confidence,” coach Tom Coughlin said of his defense. “And
    they’re a pretty confident group now.”




    But the confidence comes from the quarterback. Manning is always pegged at a
    level just below the top tier of quarterbacks in the NFL — not quite Rodgers or
    Tom Brady, not quite his brother Peyton — but in the big games, he always seems
    to find a way to beat them.



    Maybe that’ll change now. Manning was an efficient 21-of-33 passing for 330
    yards, good for a 114.5 passer rating that completely overshadowed Rodgers’
    78.5. But most importantly, when he had an opportunity to send his team into the
    locker room at halftime with all the momentum, he succeeded where Rodgers
    failed.




    This is where the game turned for the Giants: Rodgers had the football with
    1:51 left in the half and plenty of time to erase a 13-10 lead. Then Giants
    linebacker Michael Boley sacked him on a third-and-6, forcing the Packers to
    punt.




    Manning had just 41 seconds on the clock and was backed up at his 31. After a
    9-yard run and an incomplete pass, the Giants looked ready to head to the locker
    room content with their lead.




    But then Green Bay called a time out, and in that break, Manning found
    running back Ahmad Bradshaw and delivered a message before the next play: “If
    you break free, make sure you get out of bounds.” He did, after a 23-yard run to
    move the ball to the Green Bay 37, leaving six seconds on the clock and a chance
    for a prayer.




    The play is called “Flood Tip.” Three receivers lined up to the left of
    Manning, including his top target Hakeem Nicks. The Giants run this every
    Saturday at the end of practice, but Manning can’t remember a single time he’s
    completed a Hail Mary
    — in the pros, in college, wherever.




    “I just went up for it, and once I felt it in my hands and my chest,” Nicks
    said, “I locked onto it.”




    That the ball also connected with his helmet will bring back more of those
    2007 comparisons. Nicks, with his big hands covered in red gloves, managed to
    hold onto the ball “with a whole lot of people banging around in the end zone,”
    Coughlin said, and a 13-10 lead grew to 20-10.




    “It broke their backs,” running back Brandon Jacobs said. “They were walking
    around the field with their heads down. I knew they were done.”




    The Packers were not completely done, but the Giants had the answer for
    everything. A team that had to win its final two games just to make the
    playoffs, one with a 9-7 record that reeked of mediocrity, is now one victory
    from the Super Bowl.




    They play the San Francisco 49ers now, on the same field where they won the
    NFC Championship Game in 1991. The 49ers will be favored, but Jacobs was asked
    how confident he was that his team could keep rolling right to Indianapolis for
    Super Bowl XLVI.




    He leaned into the microphone.




    “Very.”



    GIANTS VS. PACKERS: QUARTER BY QUARTER



    "FIRST QUARTER




    Warmed up, and ready to go
    The Giants spent most
    the first quarter a week ago against the Atlanta Falcons getting a feel for the
    game. They didn’t need that yesterday. Eli Manning started fast, using designed
    rollouts to complete his first two passes as the Giants took a 3-0 lead, and
    then turning to Hakeem Nicks on a crossing pattern that — after Nicks bounced
    off Packers safety Charlie Peprah — became a 66-yard touchdown. But the most
    important, and mystifying, play of the first 15 minutes came when Deon Grant
    appeared to strip Greg Jennings and Kenny Phillips picked up the loose ball. But
    one of the officials jumped in late and declared Jennings down by contact. Tom
    Coughlin challenged the ruling, but it was upheld. The Packers responded to the
    break by working the ball down inside the Giants’ 10-yard line on a quick pass
    to James Jones. Then the teams switched sides.




    SECOND QUARTER




    Eli saves his best for the last
    The first and
    last play of the second quarter were touchdowns, and both represented
    significant momentum shifts. John Kuhn caught an 8-yard touchdown to draw the
    Packers even at 10-10. But the play of the first half came on the final snap,
    when Eli Manning threw a ball up for grabs in the end zone and Hakeem
    Nicks’ hands
    , facemask and chest worked in concert to collect the touchdown.
    That gave the Giants a 20-10 lead, and shocked the Lambeau crowd. Manning
    finished the half with 274 yards. Moments before the Nicks catch, the Giants
    seemed content to run out the clock, but Ahmad Bradshaw’s 23-yard gain made the
    last-gasp throw an option. In between, the Giants survived a Manning
    interception in the Packers’ half of the field and turned a Kuhn lost fumble —
    the first of his career — into a field goal by Lawrence Tynes.




    THIRD QUARTER






    It looked worse than it was
    This is where you
    expected the game to tilt in the Packers’ direction. They took the ball first
    and figured to get their offense going. Unfortunately for Green Bay, the Giants
    also got their pass rush going — and it saved a touchdown. Aaron Rodgers had
    Greg Jennings breaking free behind the secondary for a score. But Osi Umenyiora
    got there first, forcing a fumble that Deon Grant recovered to end one drive.
    The Giants then stiffened later in the quarter and held Green Bay to a field
    goal. The Giants ran all of six plays from scrimmage in the third, and watched
    the Packers pick up seven first downs and hold the ball for 11:11. But the
    Giants still held a 20-13 lead when the 45 minutes of game time were in the
    books. Rodgers had two scrambles for first downs in the quarter — his fourth and
    fifth first downs of the game.




    FOURTH QUARTER




    Textbook job at closing it out
    The first five
    minutes essentially made the next 10 all but a formality. First, Michael Boley’s
    sack of Aaron Rodgers on fourth-and-5 — a gamble, for sure, by Packers coach
    Mike McCarthy with his team still only trailing by one score — gave the Giants
    the ball. And on third-and-1 on their next possession, Eli Manning and Mario
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    WOW great great stuff RF! What a win yesterday!

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    Just want to say thanks for including us in this every day! We appreciate the support of Big Blue Nation.


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    good stuff

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    thanks Roanoke!




    great, great win yesterday! now on to SF and hopefully the outcome a little different than a few weeks ago!


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    [quote user="NY_Eli"]WOW great great stuff RF! What a win yesterday![/quote]

    We are headed for the Promised Land!
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    thanks Roanoke!




    great, great win yesterday! now on to SF and hopefully the outcome a little different than a few weeks ago!

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    Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: MONDAY, JANUARY 16, 2012 - 10:14 A.M.

    [quote user="Giants_101"]Just want to say thanks for including us in this every day! We appreciate the support of Big Blue Nation.

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    [Y] We're ALL IN!
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    Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: MONDAY, JANUARY 16, 2012 - 10:14 A.M.

    [quote user="MaCkTiC"]good stuff
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    Re: NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: MONDAY, JANUARY 16, 2012 - 10:27 A.M.

    Is it Sunday already ???

    Thanks for the news on this fine fine fine day mate

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