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Giants Take Down Packers And End Their Season, 37-20.


Well, that was a tough pill to swallow. My beloved Green Bay Packers had a near-perfect record in the regular season 15-1 and the New York Giants struggled 9-7. But like someone said neither of those records matter now. Those same Giants are peaking at the right time, and just as they did on their 2007 wild-card run to a Super Bowl title, they now advance to the NFC championship and play at the San Francisco 49ers next weekend. Eli Manning played pretty well in the first half, securing a 37-20 NFC divisional playoff victory Sunday night against our defending Super Bowl Champion Packers.

The Giants' four sacks against Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers hurt the Packers dearly. And maybe coming off a playoff bye week, was not the best outcome for the Packers. "That's the way the game goes," said Packers cornerback Charles Woodson. "A team gets hot, and they're hard to stop. The Giants are getting hot at this particular time to get themselves another shot at a trophy."

Despite its regular-season dominance behind the passing of Rodgers, Green Bay allowed the most passing yards in NFL history in a season (4,796). A league-high 31 interceptions helped offset that, but Manning exploited it from the start at Lambeau Field.

On the last play of the first half, Manning threw high into the end zone. WR Hakeem Nicks boxed out like a basketball player and did his own Lambeau Leap, outjumping Woodson and safety Charlie Peprah for the 37-yard touchdown that gave the Giants a 20-10 lead. And it was pretty much over from there.

The Giants forced three lost fumbles by Green Bay, added an interception, and sacked Rodgers four times and made key defensive plays in the second half. They forced a Rodgers fumble to stop a Green Bay scoring drive in the third quarter. In the final quarter, another Packers' fumble set up a Giants touchdown that gave them a 17-point lead. OUCH!

"We just turned the ball over too many times to win," said Rodgers. Rodgers, who threw for four touchdowns in December against the Giants, finished Sunday with 26 completions in 46 attempts for 264 yards for two touchdowns with an interception (in the final minutes on Green Bay's last drive). Rodgers lamented the season's sudden end. "Disappointing. We play to win championships," he said. "You win a championship, have kind of the top of the mountain, and you forget how bad this feeling is." "Turnover ratio is something we don't lose very often," said Packers coach Mike McCarthy. "We did not play to our identity."

So with all the bad plays last night, I am still happy that it was a great season to celebrate with family and friends. I am excited about our future, the new remodeling project at Lambeau Field, and the draft coming up. Mostly the draft, as we need to help our defense become number one again in the league. I also look forward to meeting new Packer Fans this off season.

So to everyone feeling down and out and a little sad today, keep your chin up and smile...your always a Packers Fan and that is something to be very proud of. As Always.....GO! PACK GO!

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