No contribution can be overlooked in a playoff game such as the one between the Giants and Packers on Sunday. However, these three players took it to another level at Lambeau Field, propelling Big Blue to an NFC Championship berth this weekend. Through Wednesday, fans can vote for Hakeem Nicks, Eli Manning, or Michael Boley as their "Extra Effort" Player of the Game. Here is a look at their performances during New York's 37-20 victory over Green Bay:
1) The only debate regarding Hakeem Nicks will be which touchdown was better. In the first quarter, the wide receiver broke loose for 66-yard touchdown to give the Giants an early 10-3 lead. That was only to be followed up by his leaping Hail Mary catch in the end zone in the closing seconds of the first half for a 37-yard touchdown. Following up his two-touchdown performance in the first round against Atlanta, Nicks' stat line included seven catches for 165 yards (23.6) and two scores.
2) Eli Manning continued to polish his postseason resume, completing 21 of 33 passes for 330 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. 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. Manning also increased his career postseason yardage total to 1,904, moving him past Simms (1,679) and into first place on the Giants' all-time list.
3) Playing injured in their first meeting, the Packers got a taste of a healthy Michael Boley on Sunday. He led the team with nine tackles, three for losses, two sacks, two quarterback hits and a pass defended. Boley, who only had one sack in the regular season, notched his second of the day on a failed fourth-down conversion attempt in the fourth quarter when he took down Aaron Rodgers for a six-yard loss.
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