Ladies and gentlemen, Hakeem Nicks is an alien. Eli Manning has thrown an interception, the Green Bay Packers defense has made a couple of goal line stands and the referees gave the Pack one major gift, but the New York Giants and the Packers looked set to enter halftime with the G-Men up 13-10. Thanks to Nicks, they have another seven points. The Giants' wide receiver got up to haul in a hail mary at the end of the half, and his team leads 20-10 at Lambeau Field.
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Even before the hail mary catch, Nicks was the best player on the field. He enters the locker room with 152 yards and two touchdowns on just five catches. He scored the Giants' first touchdown as well, bouncing off Charlie Peprah before ripping off a big run to record a 66-yard touchdown reception.
The Packers' defense forced a couple of field goals in the red zone and blocked another, while their touchdown came after a fumble that wasn't. Greg Jennings lost a ball while the Packers were down 10-3 that was initially called a fumble, but Bill Leavy overruled his crew and called down by contact. Tom Coughlin threw his challenge flag, but the play surprisingly stood. The Packers went on to score a touchdown on that drive on a short pass to John Kuhn.
New York's second touchdown drive took just 41 seconds. On third down on the Giants' 40-yard line, with no time outs, Ahmad Bradshaw set up the hail mary with a 23-yard run where he impressively got out of bounds, leaving six seconds on the clock. The touchdown came on the next play, as Nicks made the Packers defense look silly.
Eli Manning has by far his best halftime yardage total of the season, with 274 yards at the break. Aaron Rodgers has a very pedestrian 112 yards on 12-21 passing,
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