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Giants vs. Packers: Stats & Anecdotes


Notes and statistics from the Giants' 37-20 NFC Divisional Playoff Game victory over the Green Bay Packers.

*The victory moved the Giants into the NFC Championship Game on Sunday in San Francisco against the 49ers, who defeated the Giants, 27-20, on Nov. 13 in Candlestick Park.

*The Giants won a playoff game in Lambeau Field for the second time in four seasons to become the first visiting team to win two postseason games here - and they did it in consecutive Packers postseason home games.

*This was the third time the Giants eliminated the defending Super Bowl champion from the playoffs. In 1985, the defeated the 49ers in an NFC Wild Card Game in Giants Stadium, 17-3, and five years later, they beat the Niners in San Francisco in the NFC Championship Game, 15-13.

*No defending Super Bowl champion has won a playoff game since 2005, when New England defeated Jacksonville in a wild card game before losing a divisional playoff game in Denver.

*The Giants enjoyed payback for the 38-35 loss the Packers pinned on them on Dec. 4. This was the second time the Giants lost to a team that finished 15-1 or better in the regular season, but won a postseason rematch. In 2007, they lost the regular season finale to 16-0 New England, 38-35, but reversed the outcome with a 17-14 victory in Super Bowl XLII.

*The Giants became the first No. 4 seed in the NFC to defeat a No. 1 seed in the divisional round of the playoffs. The NFC fourth seeds are now 1-8 in such games and 5-15 overall, including Denver's loss at New England Saturday night. NFC No. 1 seeds were 19-0 in the divisional round from 1988-2006. In the last five seasons, they are 1-4.

*The Giants' all-time postseason record is 22-24.

*The Giants are 5-6 in the divisional round of the playoffs since the 1970 merger, including 2-4 as visitors. They won their last two road games, including a 21-17 defeat the Cowboys in Dallas on Jan. 13, 2008, on their way to Super Bowl XLII.

*This was the seventh postseason meeting between the Giants and Packers. The first five meetings were in NFL Championship Games, plus the 2007 title game. The Packers lead the postseason series, 4-3.

*The Giants are 5-4 in Lambeau Field, 3-3 in the regular season and 2-1 in the postseason.

*This was the fifth time the Giants and Packers met in the regular season and in the playoffs in the same season. It also happened in 1938, 1944, 1961 and 2007. The Giants won three of the five postseason games.

*The 37 points was the Giants' fifth-highest total in a postseason game and the most points they scored since a 39-38 wild card loss in San Francisco on Jan. 5, 2003. It was their highest total in a playoff victory since the 41-0 rout of Minnesota in the 2000 NFC Championship Game.

*The Giants scored 17 points in the fourth quarter, their highest-scoring final quarter in a postseason game since Dec. 9, 1934, when they put 24 points on the board in a 30-13 victory over the Chicago Bears in the NFL Championship Game – better known as the "Sneakers Game."

*The teams combined to score 57 points, the fourth highest-scoring postseason game in Giants history. The record is 77 points (49ers 39, Giants 38) at San Francisco on Jan. 5, 2003.

*The Giants' 420 net yards was their fourth-highest total in a postseason game. They gained 442 yards last week vs. Atlanta. 

*The Giants' 325 net passing yards was their third-highest total in a postseason game and the most they had in the playoffs since throwing for 327 yards at San Francisco on Jan. 5, 2003.

*The Giants' defense held the Packers to 20 points – 20 below their regular season average in Lambeau. Green Bay led the NFL with 560 points, or 35.0 a game.

*The Packers failed on a fourth-down conversion attempt in the fourth quarter when Aaron Rodgers was sacked for a six-yard loss by Michael Boley. The Giants have stopped five consecutive opponent fourth-down conversion attempts, including one against Dallas in the regular season finale and three last week vs. Atlanta.

*This was the Giants' sixth postseason victory under head coach Tom Coughlin. He is second in Giants history in playoff victories, trailing only Bill Parcells, who had eight.

*Coughlin is 10-7 overall in the postseason. The 10 victories tie him with Philadelphia's Andy Reid for second among active coaches. New England's Bill Belichick is first with 16.

*Coughlin has 152 combined regular season and postseason victories. That places him 19th in NFL history, one behind Giants Hall of Fame Coach Steve Owen.

*The Giants are 4-1 in road playoff games under Coughlin. Overall, Coughlin is 6-4 on the road in postseason games with the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Giants. The sixth victory broke a tie with Hall of Famer and former Washington Coach Joe Gibbs and moved Coughlin into second place on the NFL's career list. Another member of the Hall of Fame, former Dallas Coach Tom Landry, was 7-7 in road playoff games.

*Coughlin is 0-3 against Green Bay's Mike McCarthy in the regular season and 2-0 in the playoffs.

*Eli Manning completed 21 of 33 passes for 330 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Manning's 21 completions tied for his second-highest total in a postseason game (he also had 21 against the Packers in Lambeau in the 2007 NFC Championship Game and a career-high 23 last week in the wild card victory over Atlanta).

*Manning now has 157 postseason completions, which ties Phil Simms for first place on the Giants' career postseason list.

*Manning's 330 yards were a career postseason high and the third-highest total by a Giants quarterback in a playoff game. Kerry Collins threw for 381 yards in the 2000 NFC Championship Game and for 342 yards in a wild card game in San Francisco on Jan. 5, 2003.

*Manning's previous postseason high was 277 yards last week against Atlanta.

*Manning increased his career postseason yardage total to 1,904, which moves him past Simms (1,679) and into first place on the Giants' all-time list.

*Manning's three touchdown passes tied his career postseason high set last week and increased his total to 14, extending his own franchise postseason record.

*Manning joined Simms, Collins and Scott Brunner as the only Giants quarterback to throw at least three touchdown passes in at least two postseason games.

*Manning's 66-yard touchdown pass to Hakeem Nicks in the first quarter was the fourth-longest postseason play in Giants history and the second in as many weeks that was at least that long.

Manning and Nicks tied the record last week with a completion against Atlanta of 72 yards, the mark first set by a Brunner-to-Earnest Gray pass on Jan. 3, 1982 at San Francisco. In third place is a 67-yard pass by Charlie Conerly to Frank Gifford against the Chicago Bears on Dec 30, 1956.

*Nicks caught seven passes for 165 yards and two touchdowns. The 165 yards were the second-highest total by a Giant in a postseason game. Bob Schnelker holds the record with 175 receiving yards at Baltimore on Dec. 27, 1959.

*Nicks has 280 receiving postseason receiving yards, which puts him in fifth place on the Giants' career list – after just two games.

*Nicks' average of 23.57 yards per catch was the highest ever by a Giant with more than four receptions in a postseason game.

*Nicks caught two touchdown passes in the Giants' victory over Atlanta last week. He joins Amani Toomer as the only Giant to score at least two touchdowns in at least two postseason games.

*Nicks' four postseason receiving touchdowns are second in Giants history behind Toomer's seven.

*Nicks became Manning's most frequent postseason touchdown target with four. Toomer and Plaxico Burress each caught three Manning playoff touchdown passes.

*Victor Cruz had five receptions for 74 yards, while Mario Manningham had three for 31 yards, including his second touchdown in as many weeks.

*Lawrence Tynes scored 13 points (three field goals and four extra points) to increase his Giants career postseason total to 44. That moved him past Brad Daluiso and Ken Strong (36 each) and Amani Toomer (42) and into first place on the franchise's career postseason scoring list.

*Tynes' four field goal attempts (he had one blocked) gave him 13 in the postseason, a Giants record. His nine postseason field goals tie Brad Daluiso for first place.

*Tynes now owns the Giants' record for career postseason extra points attempted and made (17 each).

*Brandon Jacobs scored the Giants' final touchdown on a 14-yard run with 2:36 remaining. It was his fifth postseason touchdown (fourth rushing), which broke a tie with Joe Morris and Strong and moved him into second place on the Giants' career postseason list. Toomer is first with seven playoff touchdowns.

*Jacobs' four rushing touchdowns put him in a first-place tie with Morris.

*Defensive end Osi Umenyiora and linebacker Boley each had two sacks. They became the seventh and eighth Giants with at least two sacks in a postseason game. Boley's sacks were the first of his postseason career. He had one sack in the regular season. Umenyiora has five sacks in the three games since he returned from an ankle injury.

*McCarthy won a replay challenge with 8:24 remaining in the first quarter. On the kickoff following Tynes' first field goal, rookie returner Randall Cobb fumbled the ball, which was recovered by the Giants. McCarthy challenged, saying Cobb was down by contact prior to losing the ball. After review, referee Bill Leavy reversed the call on the field and the Packers retained possession.

*Coughlin lost a replay challenge with 1:34 remaining in the first quarter, when Rodgers completed a pass to Greg Jennings, who fumbled. The ball was recovered by the Giants, but the officials ruled Jennings was down by contact before losing the ball. Coughlin challenged the ruling, but after review, Leavy upheld the ball on the field, despite replays that seemed to show Jennings lost the ball before he was down. Coughlin has lost his last eight replay challenges, including two in the regular season game against Green Bay. 

*Brad Jones blocked Tynes' 40-yard field goal attempt in the second quarter. It was the third time this season a Tynes field goal attempt was blocked. The Redskins' Brian Orakpo blocked a 38-yard attempt by Tynes on Sept. 11 in Washington and Buffalo's Alex Carrington got a hand on his 50-yard attempt in MetLife Stadium on Oct. 16.

*The Giants' inactive players were linebacker Mark Herzlich, wide receiver Ramses Barden, running back Da'Rel Scott, offensive linemen Jim Cordle and James Brewer, and defensive linemen Jimmy Kennedy and Justin Trattou.

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