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Giants D gets after Packers Rodgers


Nursing a hamstring injury, Michael Boley played sparingly in the Giants' first meeting with the Packers last month. Meanwhile, Osi Umenyiora also sat out that game, unable to return until the regular season finale.

Along with the rest of a defense getting healthy at the right time, they couldn't wait to get another shot at Aaron Rodgers.

Well, make that two shots.

The linebacker and defensive end both notched two sacks apiece, leading a defensive effort in the 37-20 victory at Lambeau Field.

"We had great play coverage in the back," Umenyiora said. "We just tried to find ways to get to him. I think we did a good job of that and disrupted him just enough."

Rodgers completed 26 of 46 passes for 264 yards (5.7 AVG) with two touchdowns and an interception.

In his first two games back from injury, Umenyiora had two sacks against Dallas in the regular season finale and another in the wild-card matchup with the Falcons. The Packers game was his third, and Umenyiora ratcheted it up another notch, stripping Aaron Rodgers on the Packers' opening drive of the second half. It was his fourth career postseason sack.  

"We did well. We know that we're a good football team, that we're a very good defense. We might not have shown most of it during the regular season, but that doesn't matter. This is the postseason and we're playing the way we're supposed to be playing right now."

Meanwhile, Boley led the team with nine tackles and notched his second sack on a key fourth-down stop.

Beginning the drive at their own 24, the Packers drove into Giants' territory to start the fourth quarter. However, the Giants strung together a few stops and forced a fourth-and-five.

Down 20-13, the Packers decided to go for it, but Michael Boley sacked Rodgers, turning the ball over on downs. On the ensuing drive, Lawrence Tynes kicked a 35-yard field goal to give the Giants a 23-13 lead with under eight minutes to play.

"They've done some great things on offense, and they have a lot of confidence in it," Boley said of the Packers going for it. "So for us, we stepped up, we made a big play."

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