The New York Giants are back in the NFC Championship game after a shocking 37-20 win over the Green Bay Packers.
New York nabbed four Packer turnovers and forced Aaron Rodgers into one of his poorest games of the season en route to earning a trip to play the San Francisco 49ers for the right to play in Super Bowl XLVI.
While Victor Cruz earned a lot of attention for his play during the regular season’s stretch drive, Hakeem Nicks has been a monster in postseason. He caught seven passes for 165 yards and two touchdowns including a game-shifting hail-mary at the end of the first half to give New York a 20-10 halftime lead.
Meanwhile, New York’s defense was brilliant, sacking Rodgers four times and providing sound coverage in the secondary that limited the likely NFL MVP to a 78.5 quarterback rating.
It was a different story for the quarterback opposing Rodgers.
For all of his negative criticism, Eli Manning keeps finding a way to get it done in hostile environments. Manning is the only quarterback in NFL history to claim two playoff wins at Lambeau Field.
Now, he is one win away from playing a Super Bowl in Indianapolis – the same city where his brother, Peyton, became an NFL legend.
As for the Packers, their 15-1 season will have a rather large historical stain on it.
Green Bay is the first team in NFL history to post a 15-1 regular season record and lose its first playoff game.