Giants punch ticket to San Francisco

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Though the script isn’t quite identical, what with the Giants launching their postseason run at home against a team they should have beaten, the 2007 Road Warriors storyline is in full bloom, thanks to a 37-20 trouncing of the Packers in Green Bay.

And it could have been worse, especially with referee Bill Leavy’s crew failing to give the Giants possession of a ball that clearly had been fumbled by Packers receiver Greg Jennings and later extending the home team’s final scoring drive by calling the Giants for a blow to the head of quarterback Aaron Rodgers — when Rodgers actually fell into the chest of a defender.

The Giants outgained the Packers, 420 to 388, thanks in large part to 330 passing yards and three touchdowns from quarterback Eli Manning.  Green Bay, which had 13 turnovers all season, had four on Sunday, including two from Rodgers.

Peyton’s kid brother has climbed onto the upper echelon of quarterbacks with his play in the clutch, consistently converting third downs and generally making big plays.

For the Packers, the big plays were too few and far between.  And so the Giants, by winning the first playoff game in Wisconsin since the 2007 NFC title game, have a two-game postseason winning streak at Lambeau Field.

The Giants’ win broke a 7-0 start to the postseason for the home teams.  It marks the second NFC upset of the weekend, with 36 and 37 points being the winning sum and neither the Saints nor the Packers ringing up those numbers.

Next up for the Giants, who lost to the Packers during the regular season by three, is a return to San Francisco, where the Giants fell by seven.  And if the Giants can turn the tables on the Niners, and if the Patriots can beat the Ravens, the rematch of Super Bowl XLII would also be a rematch of New York’s stirring November win, 24-20, at New England.

Of course, the Harbaugh brothers may have something to say about a Giants-Pats rematch.  Jim and John likely have dreams (or maybe nightmares) of a brother vs. brother return bout on the biggest stage in sports.

85 responses to “Giants punch ticket to San Francisco

  1. Just moved here from Ontario and 1st time seeing the “great” Erin Rogers in action. He seems to lack the accuracy required to be anything more than a one year wonder. Matt Flynn should get an opportunity next week to confirm that he has what it takes to be the future of this team. Either way, the Packers will have some decisions to make this offseason…
    Also, I’d never heard of Greg Jennings, but he is awful!
    As well, the officiating was atrocious…Giants should have won 44-3.

  2. That laughter you hear is coming from Hattiesburg, Mississippi. This weekend proved that Rodgers isn’t in the company of Brady, Montana, and Elway.

  3. I have heard all these analysts saying “Who’s gonna go into Lambeau and win in January?” All I kept thinking was “not the Packers!” They built a dome team that plays in Wisconsin in January!

    Awesome performance by NYG! They had to utterly dominate to make this happen as the officials did everything they could to give the game to GB! Wow, what a performance!

  4. Thumbs Up: Brady vs. Eli Part II: Rumble in the House that Peyton Built.

    Thumbs Down: Super Harbowl!

  5. McCarthy – “Gentleman, I could give this to a lot of people, but the game ball is rightfully Bill Leavy’s. Great game out there Bill.”

  6. Question – would you rather see Jim vs John Harbaugh in the Super Bowl, or a Giants/Patritos re-match?

    Thumbs up for Harbaugh Bowl, thumbs down for Giants/Pats

  7. Impressive win for the Giants, no doubt.

    Considering the Skins took the *** out of the Giants not once, but twice, this season as a Skins fan this win takes the sting out of another piss poor season by the Skins.

  8. Excellent win by the Giants. As for the Pack, look for the debate again about resting vs playing through – Rodgers hadn’t played since Christmas and the timing with their WRs looked like it.

  9. The Giants played better and deserved to win. Green Bay played like a team that shouldn’t be in the playoffs. It was pathetic. Congrats to the Giants. Offense wins games, defense wins championships.

  10. What a game-plan by the Giants. They did the smart thing and looked at what Romeo Crennel did in Week 15. The Packers aren’t perfect on offense.

  11. Hats off to Eli Manning & Co. Despite the horrible calls by the referees, the Giants triumphed. Packers got totally outplayed on every aspect of the game.
    Eli played like a champion. His 17-yard 3rd down completion to Cruz was phenomenal. Props to Cruz on that on side kick grab as well. Nicks played his best game. So happy for the Giants.

  12. Say it with me Packer fans—-“Who cares if we can’t rush the passer? Who cares if we can’t defend recievers downfield? We have Aaron Rodgers, and we won 15 games, so it’s clearly not a big deal!!”

    Offense wins games……

  13. I know we’ll be reading stories about how tough the Giants played the Pack, or how defense wins championships, but the honest truth is the Packers played a terrible game tonight.

    Congrats to the Giants, you at least held on to passes and generally made tackles – you were certainly the better team tonight.

  14. Jim Harbaugh said part of the reason he didn’t want to coach Miami is that he didn’t want to be in the same conference as his brother. I think part of him is hoping for a Ravens loss so there is no chance he’ll have to face his brother in the Super Bowl. And a much bigger, more competitive part is hoping for a Ravens win so he can exact his sibling revenge for losing earlier this year.

    Giants and Patriots rematch would be pretty interesting as well. I wonder if Vegas will bother to favor a team.

    Of course, now that we’ve all written the two story lines, it will either be 49ers vs. Patriots or Giants vs. Baltimore.

  15. After watching Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees choking it up in the playoffs, it makes me wonder if anyone else may slip into the MVP race. LeSean McCoy? Tom Brady? And as much as I hate to admit it… Eli Manning?

  16. I can’t wait to hear what that smug GB head coach has to say. He was never concerned with their defense giving up tons of yardage. He thought Mr. Discount Double Check could outscore everyone. Not so much. Go make more commercials, Pack!

  17. Still any questions about whether Eli Manning is elite?
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    Yes. That Packers D was awful all year.

  18. The Giants beat the refs and Aaron Rodgers tonight on the road. Quite an accomplishment.

    Lets all hope this is the last we see of Bill Levy and his crew

  19. Congrats to the Giants…You beat the pack and the refs….Im glad you guys won since everyone knows the pack and saints were the media darlings and both our teams just messed up their dream match up Rodgers vs Brees….Its going to be a great physical game next sunday……Goooo NINERS!!

  20. The Giants were the better team, but the Packers hearts were not in this game whatsoever. The tragedies of the deaths of B.J. Raji’s father and Joe Philbin’s son’s death in the last week was on there minds. Team family comes before football for these guys. It’s a shame the incidences happened now, but that is life.

  21. One of the worst officiated game this year: No roughing the passer on Eli in the first half, the no fumble call on the 49ers that was clearly a fumble in the first half, and the phantom roughing the passer call on the Giants in the second half which was clearly not a penalty.

    Great win by Eli and the Giants. Aaron Rodgers and the Packers are over-rated. Giants will win the Super Bowl this year.

  22. Has going to a NFL game turned into an event for yuppies even in Green Bay? Is it me or do you find it weird that those Packers fans next to the 1 Giants fan were all smilimg on the last TD by Jacobs?…If my Dolphins ever make the playoffs (Okay, stop laughing)..I sure would not be smiling if the other team just killed the season.

  23. Not a great Giants fan – but sure glad they eliminated GB and Mr. Rodgers.
    As for the remark about the Saints & GB choking. At least the Saints put up a fight and was one of the better games of the playoffs. I don’t call that choking.

  24. Thanks Packers! The fan supports you while you win a championship on the road for yourselves and the only one on the team who even bothers to show up is the 36 year old Donald Driver! This yeas was for the fans and this is how you show up! Guess we know where the fan ranks in Pro Football! Where do you think you are playing? The land of 10,000 fair weather fans in Minnesota? This is Green Bay football! You Failed!

  25. Sledghorn I agree with your post but at the end of the Saints game I don’t think Bree’s choked as much as their porous defense . Another minute or two could have gone the other way. Rogers was a little frustrated today by dropped passes, coverage etc which seems more choke worthy

  26. Not a follower of any of the remaining teams, but if the Giants beat San Fran next week, they will win the superbowl. Doesn’t matter if it’s against the Ravens or Pats. Giants seem to be the better balanced team.

  27. Congrats to the Giants, it was a thorough beating.

    As for the Packers, where was the ball security? 6 fumbles all year and then 3 today. And beyond the 3, there was one more that should have been a fumble and two or three more where the ball was lost just after being down.

    Grant’s last one was the worst since he just has to be smarter and know what the game situation is. He had three guys on him and loses the ball trying to fight for an extra half yard when he already had a first down by several yards. He needed to get both hands on the ball and get down.

    That one play took it from a 10 point game with the ball at mid-field with plenty of time left to game-over.

  28. The Giants have overcome 7 CBs going on IR, their 1st round pick out for 10 weeks, their 2nd rounder out on IR, their MLB on IR and losing Tuck and Osi for a combined 9 weeks of the year.

    I’m proud of this team and their heart. Who woulda thunk it, Eli gets vilified for calling himself elite, yet, he’s still in the dance while the so called Elite QBs are gonna be at home watching him.

    ALL IN BIG BLUE.

  29. Q. You know why Aaron Rodgers did commercials for State Farm?

    A. Because the “Good Hands” people couldn’t use his receivers in their ads.

  30. Great
    win by the gmen. As a niner fan I Am glad that both the giants and niners showed that it’s complete teams that win championships and not tecmo bowl scoring. I would say good luck to the giants but i am rooting for the niners. I do hope for a good game however.

  31. How fitting. In February 2011, the censors repeatedly removed our posts congratulating the Packers after they beat us in Super Bowl XLV. Now they’ve removed my post thanking the Giants for shutting up some of the most obnoxious fans on the site.

    People like to rag on Steelers fans, but we didn’t spend the year after beating the Cardinals going on every single one of their threads posting “Steelers > Cardinals” like a bunch of junior high kids. Of course it’s not all Packer fans, but they have a loud contingent that are among some of the most unsportsmanlike jerks I’ve ever encountered. Apparently we’re not allowed to say so, but thank heavens the Giants have spared us all another year of their nonstop braggadocio.

  32. So does everyone remember saying the Giants were out this year getting rid of Boss and Smith?

    Well where are they now?

    I know where the Giants are going that is to the NFC Championship Game under the leadership of Eli Manning one of the Elite QB’s of the game.

    Arron and Drew MVP I do not think so that title belongs to the one and only Easy E
    Go Big Blue !!!!!!!!!!!

  33. I posted this week that the Giants would win by a TD – and i got a lot of thumbs down.

    Told you i would be posting after the Giants won – now where are all the big talkers?

  34. Erin better look out, Packer fans will turn on him like they did Favre. They forget that Favre played during an era where defensive backs could actually hit wide receivers, defensive linemen could actually hit a QB and QB’s didn’t wear skirts. With the pass happy NFL that doesn’t allow for defense, Rodgers may pass many of Favre’s passing records but he will never get close to consecutive games played record unless Goodell turns the league into flag football.

  35. I wonder if Packer fans are ready to give Rodgers the “Favre treatment” and crown Mr. Flynn their savior!

  36. 49ers open at 2.5 favorites & it’ll be a pick ’em by game time. This is a bad match up for the 49ers because the Giants are the most balanced team in the playoffs. Yesterday’s game between the 49ers & Saints showed 1 thing: Vernom Davis is the biggest threat the 49ers have. Here’s 3 names for you… Jason Witten, Tony Gonzalez & Jermichael Finley; what do they all have in common? They’re all better than Davis & they were all shut down by Michael Boley & the Giants. Good luck next week, 49ers.

  37. If it wasn’t for the refs’ incompetence/bias, the score would have been 43-6 for the Giants. The refs allowed the Packers to get 14 points off blown calls.

    Allow me to be the first to give the Packers a Giant moon! I don’t usually gloat, but those insufferable Packers fans deserve it! They’re completely classless.

  38. Before the playoffs started, the media had already decided the Saints and the Packers would play in the NFC Championship. The Niners and Giants had different plans.

    Should be a great game just like earlier in the season when they played each other. I think both teams have improved since then.

    I’d love to see the Niners use Hunter in passing situations more often; like how the Saints use Sproles.

    Go Niners, one step away from the big game

  39. burnitinthestreet says:
    Jan 15, 2012 8:13 PM

    Also, I’d never heard of Greg Jennings, but he is awful!
    ===========================
    Really?

    Ever heard of the Super Bowl?

    Dude, just go back to Hockey. Think U of W Hockey and IHL is out there somewhere.

  40. McCarthy should immediately line up every Packer receiver, tight-end and running back in front of a Juggs machine and let the machine rip. Let me clarify — this isn’t to help make the iron-handed players better catchers. I’m talking about shooting those footballs square at the players’ heads. They deserve concussions for all those drops, the dopes.

  41. It was one of the worst officiated playoff games I have ever seen for a big game. The refs gave the Pack that first touchdown even though it was obvious the receiver fumbled which led to 7 Packer points. That wasn’t a helmet to helmet hit on Rogers giving them a first down. That was a Pack fumble in the 4th qtr on the last play before the 2 min warning. But the Gmen kicked ass!!! They’ve got a shot if they can stay healthy. I’d love to see another Patriots/Giants re-match.

  42. Where oh WHERE are the Packer posters on this site? I have yet to see one make a comment. Interesting that they are always around when the Vikings lose but when they lose…

  43. 49ers open at 2.5 favorites & it’ll be a pick ‘em by game time. This is a bad match up for the 49ers because the Giants are the most balanced team in the playoffs. Yesterday’s game between the 49ers & Saints showed 1 thing: Vernom Davis is the biggest threat the 49ers have. Here’s 3 names for you… Jason Witten, Tony Gonzalez & Jermichael Finley; what do they all have in common? They’re all better than Davis & they were all shut down by Michael Boley & the Giants. Good luck next week, 49ers.
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    I have another one for you. 9ers already beat the Giants. Putting up all those points on that pathetic GB D is one thing. 9ers D is elite and will quite possibly shut down that Giants O. Look at how flustered Brees was (on a sunny SF day). Don’t think Eli will be able to do much…

  44. Consensus in this season is that other than Boley, the Giants LB are atrocious. BTW, Niners can run…

    Finley did get 87 yards and TD and Witten also got around 70 yards. Not exactly shut down.

  45. These bandwagon 49er fans who came out of the woodwork (I don’t remember more than 49 of them when Singletary strolled the sideline???) are next up to be humbled. Too, TOO much bragging from these clowns — masking their fear — and the game isn’t even in the books good.

  46. The Giants played better and deserved to win. Green Bay played like a team that shouldn’t be in the playoffs. It was pathetic. Congrats to the Giants. Offense wins games, defense wins championships.
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    You don’t get off that easy. Packers still suck!

  47. How fitting. In February 2011, the censors repeatedly removed our posts congratulating the Packers after they beat us in Super Bowl XLV. Now they’ve removed my post thanking the Giants for shutting up some of the most obnoxious fans on the site.

    People like to rag on Steelers fans, but we didn’t spend the year after beating the Cardinals going on every single one of their threads posting “Steelers > Cardinals” like a bunch of junior high kids. Of course it’s not all Packer fans, but they have a loud contingent that are among some of the most unsportsmanlike jerks I’ve ever encountered. Apparently we’re not allowed to say so, but thank heavens the Giants have spared us all another year of their nonstop braggadocio.
    ————
    Amen. They’re not just like that when they’re winning. They chant obnoxiously even when you’re beating them. It’s like they don’t know football.

  48. The Giants were the better team, but the Packers hearts were not in this game whatsoever. The tragedies of the deaths of B.J. Raji’s father and Joe Philbin’s son’s death in the last week was on there minds. Team family comes before football for these guys. It’s a shame the incidences happened now, but that is life.
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    Whatever you’ve gotta tell yourself, buddy.

  49. This pointed out two problems with replay. First the replay official should be able to see what everybody else sees, and clearly state exactly what that is and demonstrate it to representatives of both teams. Second penalties are not reviewable, even by the officiating crew itself, no matter how questionable or critical to the outcome of the game. I also cannot understand why successful challenges should be limited. If a crew makes 15 mistakes favoring either team, they should be able to point that out, even in the last two minutes. Unsuccessful challenges could carry a delay of game penalty if no timeouts remain. The Networks could save the commercial breaks and run them during reviews. Officiating seems to have actually gotten worse since replay, but they

  50. mikey77750 says:Jan 15, 2012 8:22 PM

    The Giants were the better team, but the Packers hearts were not in this game whatsoever. The tragedies of the deaths of B.J. Raji’s father and Joe Philbin’s son’s death in the last week was on there minds. Team family comes before football for these guys. It’s a shame the incidences happened now, but that is life.

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    Funny, I seem to remember a certain Green Bay QB who wore a #4 jersey having the best game of his life up to that point shortly after the death of his own father. And his teammates most certainly helped that to happen. I’m sure the team felt bad for Philbin & Raji, but then use it for motivation and go and win for them. Your explanation is nothing more than an excuse.

  51. When the refs blew the first call I said perhaps an honest mistake but a bad one. When they did it again I said fix. There is either something up with the refs or they just stink.

    This game should have been a 21 point win, but they won easily enough despite the refs wishes.

  52. It looks like the Packers have quite a rebuilding job in front of them this off season. Statistically, they had the worst defense in the league, so much of the defense needs to be jettisoned and replaced, including the coaching. Their receivers cannot hang onto a pass and looked average. They have no running game whatsoever, except from their QB. Speaking of the QB position, I think that Flynn should be given every opportunity to battle Rodgers for the starting job. Rodgers may have had a stat-stuffed regular season, but he looked awful yesterday. The offensive line definitely needs upgrading too. Overall, it looks like a lot of work to make this team playoff-ready. Funny, because earlier this season all the media could do is wonder about how long the Packer dynasty would last. They answered that question yesterday – exactly one season.

  53. Since I’m not an NFL player or coach, I can say without fear of fine, that the officiating during the NY-GB game stunk. My gosh, even those in the cheap seats knew the flag against Osi was trumped up.

    I hope the NFL doesn’t reward those refs by allowing them to work any more games this season.

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