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Giants vs. Packers Key Plays


1) Hakeem Nicks' 66-yard catch-and-run.Following up his two-touchdown performance in the wild-card round, Nicks did a lot more than convert a third-and-11 in the first quarter. With the ball on the New York 19, Nicks caught Eli Manning's pass over the middle, bouncing off safety Charlie Peprah's tackle attempt and outrunning cornerback Tramon Williams for a 66-yard touchdown that gave the Giants a 10-3 lead. They would be hearing from Nicks again.

2) Antrel Rolle picks up a rare fumble. After two challenges went against the Giants, Green Bay fullback John Kuhn lost his first career fumble at the Packers 38-yard line with 3:48 to go in the first half. Antrel Rolle scooped it up and returned it nine yards, setting up Lawrence Tynes' 23-yard field goal on the ensuing drive to put the Giants up 13-10.

3) Hail Hakeem. Only a Hail Mary as time expired in the first half could outdo the wide receiver's 66-yard catch and run for a touchdown earlier in the game. Set up by a 23-yard Ahmad Bradshaw run out of bounds that stopped the clock with six seconds, Eli Manning heaved a pass from 37 yards out into the front left corner of the end zone. Nicks went up for the jump ball with Packers defensive backs Charles Woodson and Charlie Peprah. Nicks elevated above them and came down with the ball, giving the Giants a 20-10 lead at halftime. He had 152 yard in the first half, and in the last four games, New York has touchdowns of 72, 74, 99, and 66 yards.

3) Osi Umenyiora's patented strip sack. 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. In his third game, 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.

4) Boley sacks Rodgers on fourth down. 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 on. At the New York 39 and down 20-13, the Packers decided to go for it, but Michael Boley sacked Aaron Rodgers for the second time of the night, 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.

5) Blackburn fumble return/Manningham TD. Knocked out by Kenny Phillips, Ryan Grant fumbled a pass from Rodgers. Chase Blackburn recovered the ball and returned it to the Green Bay 4-yard line. On the very next play, Manning hooked up with Mario Manningham for a touchdown, giving New York a dominant 30-13 lead with 6:48 to play.

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