NFL Playoff Game
New York Giants vs Green Bay Packers Preview
Pro Bowl quarterback Aaron Rodgers proved to be a man of his word when he told reporters that the Green Bay Packers were capable of running the table to secure a NFL playoff game. Six straight wins led to the eighth straight postseason appearance for Green Bay, which looks to remain on the fast track when it hosts the New York Giants on Sunday in an NFC wild card matchup at Lambeau Field (Enter contest).
Rodgers tossed 15 of his NFL-best 40 touchdown passes during the Packers’ winning streak. The 33-year-old recorded his second straight four-TD performance in Sunday’s 31-24 victory over Detroit, securing the NFC North title for his team and conference Player of the Month honors to boot. While Green Bay has been a staple in the playoffs, New York is making its first postseason appearance since it posted a victory over the Packers in the divisional round of the 2011-12 playoffs en route to upending New England in Super Bowl XLVI. Eli Manning, who has won eight of his last nine playoff starts, completed just 18-of-35 passes for 199 yards in a 23-16 loss to Green Bay on October 9.
ABOUT THE GIANTS (11-5)
The flashy Odell Beckham Jr. (NFL third-best 101 receptions for 1,367 yards) and fellow wideout Victor Cruz were quick to dismiss Monday’s celebrity-filled off-day trip to Miami rather claiming that it was any sort of distraction heading into the playoff game. Beckham had five receptions among his team-high 12 targets and found the end zone in the waning moments of the first meeting with the Packers. Cruz, on the other hand, was held without a catch. Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week after reeling in two of his NFL second-best six interceptions in a 19-10 victory over Washington on Sunday.
ABOUT THE PACKERS (10-6)
Jordy Nelson recorded one of his NFL-best 14 touchdowns this season against the Giants. But Randall Cobb won the reception battle the last time around with nine receptions for 108 yards. The speedy wideout participated in both practices this week after missing the last two games with a left ankle injury. Fellow wide receiver Davante Adams, who also had a highlight-reel TD grab versus New York in the first meeting, had two touchdowns against the Lions last week and has five scoring receptions in his last five games at home.