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Packers 38, Giants 13; postgame notes and stats

Posted Jan 8, 2017

Postgame notes and stats from the Giants' 38-13 loss to the Packers: 


GREEN BAY – Notes and statistics from the Giants’ 38-13 loss to the Green Bay Packers in an NFC Wild Card Game:

•  The Giants finished their season 11-6, including 11-5 in the regular season, their best record since they were 12-4 in 2008.

•  The 25-point margin of defeat was the Giants’ largest since a 49-17 loss in Minnesota on Dec. 15, 2015. Their five regular-season defeats had been by a total of 38 points, the largest a 14-point loss on Oct. 3, also in Minnesota. It was the Giants’ worst postseason defeat since a 44-3 NFC Divisional Playoff loss in San Francisco on Jan. 15, 1994.

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•  The Giants’ alltime postseason record fell to 24-25, including 8-15 on the road.

•  The Giants are now 6-4 in wild card games, including 3-3 on the road.

•  The defeat ended the Giants’ NFL-record five-game postseason road winning streak, which had included two victories in Lambeau.

•  The Giants were the only visiting team to win consecutive postseason games in Lambeau, but couldn’t stretch their streak to three games.

•  The Giants lost here, 23-16, on Oct. 9. Since the 1970 merger (or 1981, when they were first postseason participants after the merger), the Giants are 14-7 in playoff games against teams they faced during regular season, including 10-5 in games against non-division opponents.

•  The Giants are 3-5 in postseason games vs. the Packers.

•  The Giants did not score at least 20 points in any of their last six games (including five in the regular season), their longest such streak since Sept. 22-Oct. 26, 1980. They did not reach the 30-point mark in any of their 17 games.

•  Green Bay’s 38 points tied for the third-highest total allowed by the Giants in a postseason game, and were the most by a team other than San Francisco. The 49ers scored 44 in a 1993 NFC Divisional Playoff Game, 39 in a 2002 NFC Wild Card Game, and 38 in a 1981 divisional matchup.
 
•  The Giants are 0-18 in postseason games in which they allow more than 21 points.

•  The Giants and Packers each made their 32nd postseason appearance, an NFL record they share with the Dallas Cowboys (who will host the Packers in a Divisional Playoff game next week).

•  Despite dominating the game statistically for most of the first half, the Giants finished with fewer total yards (406-365), first downs (23-15), and had a significant time of possession deficit (34:31-25:29).

•  On the final play of the first half, Rodgers threw a 42-yard Hail Mary that Randall Cobb caught in the back of the end zone, despite the nearby presence of six Giants defenders. When the teams last met here in the postseason in 2012, the Giants concluded the half with a 37-yard Eli Manning pass that Hakeem Nicks caught in the same approximate spot on the field as time expired in the first half.

•  Quarterback Eli Manning played in his 12th career postseason game, the second-highest total in Giants history. Pro Football Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor played in 15 playoff games. Manning had been with tied for second with 11 other players who played 11 postseason games.

•  Manning’s NFL-record streak of five consecutive road playoff victories by a starting quarterback ended.

•  Even with the loss, Manning is 8-2 in his last 10 postseason starts, and 8-4 overall.

•  Manning completed 23 of 44 passes for 299 yards, including a 41-yard touchdown to Tavarres King (which pulled the Giants to within 14-13 with 5:16 remaining in the third quarter), and one interception (with 16 seconds left in the game). The late pick ended Manning’s streak of 155 consecutive postseason passes without a pick. His most recent postseason interception had also been in Lambeau, on Jan. 15, 2012.

•  Manning tied Phil Simms (44 at San Francisco on Dec. 29, 1984) for the second-highest pass attempts total by a Giants quarterback in a playoff game. Manning holds the record with 58 in the 2011 NFC Championship Game, also a road game vs. the 49ers.

•  Will Tye (66 yards, including a game-long 51-yarder), Sterling Shepard (63 yards) and Odell Beckham, Jr. (28) led the Giants with four catches apiece.

•  In addition to his four receptions, Beckham had the first two kickoff returns of his career, totaling 48 yards.

•  King had a team-high 73 receiving yards on three receptions. His touchdown, the only one scored by the Giants, was the first of his career. He has four catches in nine regular-season games, including two in seven games this season. Last week in Washington, his 44-yard reception set up Robbie Gould’s game-winning 40-yard field goal.

•  Rookie Paul Perkins started at running back and led the team with 30 yards on 10 carries. He also caught three passes for 27 yards. Rashad Jennings ran for 29 yards on five attempts, and added on 4-yard reception.

•  Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers completed 25 of 40 passes for 362 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. In his last eight games, Rodgers has thrown 22 touchdown passes and zero interceptions.

•  The Giants had not surrendered a 300-yard passing game by an opposing quarterback since Jan. 5, 2003, when San Francisco’s Jeff Garcia threw for 331 yards in a 49ers wild card victory.

•  Manning vs. Rodgers was the first wild card matchup in NFL postseason history between former Super Bowl MVP quarterbacks.

•  Rodgers was the first quarterback to throw four touchdown passes against the Giants in a postseason game. The previous record of three was set thrice previously, including twice by Pro Football Hall of Famers: Green Bay’s Bart Starr in the NFL Championship Game here on Dec. 31, 1961, and Joe Montana in an NFC Divisional Playoff Game in San Francisco on Dec. 29, 1984. Another 49ers quarterback, Jeff Garcia, threw three touchdown passes in the Niners’ 39-38 NFC Wild Card victory on Jan. 5, 2003.

•  Cobb (five receptions for 116 yards) caught three or Rodgers’ scoring passes, Devante Adams (eight catches for 125 yards) had the other. Cobb was the first Giants opponent to catch three touchdown passes in a postseason game. He has two 100-yard games this season, both against the Giants. He had 108 receiving yards on Oct. 9.

•  The Giants sacked Rodgers five times, and each player who participated in bringing him down picked up his first career postseason sack: Landon Collins, Romeo Okwara, Kerry Wynn, Johnathan Hankins and Coty Sensabaugh.

•  Linebacker Jonathan Casillas led the Giants with 11 tackles (seven solo). Collins added nine stops (six solo).

•  The Giants did not have a takeaway for the first time since their victory against Baltimore on Oct. 16.  

•  Robbie Gould made both of his field goal attempts (from 26 and 40 yards) and is a perfect 12-for-12 since joining the Giants on Oct. 20, and eight-for-eight in his postseason career.

•  Marshall Newhouse started at right tackle instead of Bobby Hart, as he did in the regular-season finale last week in Washington. This was Newhouse’s sixth career postseason game, and third start; he started twice at left tackle for the Packers in the 2012 playoffs. Hart played as an extra lineman/tight end.

•  Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie left the game in the first quarter with a bruised thigh and returned only briefly.
 
•  The Giants’ game captains were Odell Beckham, Jr., Rodgers-Cromartie and Damon Harrison.

•  The Giants’ inactive players were defensive ends Jason Pierre-Paul (core muscle) and Owa Odighizuwa (hamstring), tight end Jerell Adams, offensive lineman Will Beatty, safety Nat Berhe, running back George Winn, and linebacker Ishaq Williams.

•  The following Giants players made their postseason debuts: Andrew Adams, Eli Apple, Odell Beckham, Jr., Jay Bromley, Landon Collins, Larry Donnell, Ereck Flowers, B.J. Goodson, Johnathan Hankins, Damon Harrison, Bobby Hart, Janoris Jenkins, Rashad Jennings, Brett Jones, Devon Kennard, Tavarres King, Roger Lewis, Jr., Romeo Okwara, Paul Perkins, Eric Pinkins, Justin Pugh, Bobby Rainey, Weston Richburg, Coty Sensabaugh, Sterling Shepard, Kelvin Sheppard, Deontae Skinner, Robert Thomas, Will Tye, Olivier Vernon, Trevin Wade, and Kerry Wynn.