EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 04: Hakeem Nicks #88 of the New York Giants catches a 2-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter against Sam Shields #37 of the Green Bay Packers at MetLife Stadium on December 4, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

Giants Vs. Packers 2012: New York Meets Green Bay In NFC Divisional Round

The Giants were able to topple the Falcons on Wild Card weekend so they move onto the Divisional round where they'll play the Packers in Green Bay.

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Giants Vs. Packers: Refs Rule Greg Jennings Was Down, Tom Coughlin Fumes

The ball popped out of Greg Jennings' hands as he hit the ground. It looked like the Green Bay Packers wide receiver fumbled after a six-yard catch. The Giants jumped on top of the ball. It looked like they might have it, but a review ruled that Jennings was down before the ball spring loose.

Judge for yourself.

And here's the animated GIF version of the same play.

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The Giants thought they had it. Head coach Tom Coughlin challenged the play. When the ruling came back, you could almost see the steam coming out of Coughlin's ears.

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It was big break for the Packers. They kept the ball and scored five plays later, when running back John Kuhn found the end zone after Rodgers hit him on an eight-yard pass.

For updates and analysis on these teams leading up to their matchup, visit Packers blog Acme Packing Company, Giants blog Big Blue View and SB Nation New York. Don't forget to check out SB Nation's NFL hub for all your playoff news.

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NFC Divisional Playoffs, Giants Vs. Packers: Both Teams Healthy Heading Into Sunday

Outside of a pair of backup linebackers, the Green Bay Packers and the New York Giants will head into Sunday night's NFC Divisional Playoff game somewhat close to full strength. For the Packers, Robert Francois is listed as doubtful with a hamstring injury on Friday's injury report. The Giants' Mark Herzlich has already been ruled out due to an ankle injury.

Otherwise, no player has a designation worse than "probable" for either team. Greg Jennings and James Starks are both listed with knee and ankle injuries, respectively, but both were full participants in practice this week and are not expected to be limited come game time. Both of the Packers' starting offensive tackles are listed as well, but Bryan Bulaga (knee) was able to practice and Chad Clifton (hamstring/back) has been held out of Friday practices all season.

The Giants' Ahmad Bradshaw is dealing with a sore back and a broken bone in his foot. He was unable to practice until Friday of this week but, like Clifton, that hasn't been unusual this season. D.J. Ware is also expected to play despite suffering a minor concussion last week.

For updates and analysis on these teams leading up to their matchup, visit Packers blogAcme Packing Company, Giants blog Big Blue View and SB Nation New York. Don't forget to check out SB Nation's NFL hub for all your playoff news.

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Giants Vs. Packers, NFL Playoffs 2012: Wind In The Forecast In Green Bay

The Green Bay Packers will face the New York Giants Sunday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. in a matchup of two teams with elite passing offenses, subpar rushing offenses and, with the exception of the Giants' de-pantsing of the Atlanta Falcons last week, suspect defenses. Weather is a persistent question for playoff games in Wisconsin in January, but, according to Weather.com, snow won't be falling Sunday. There will, however, be winds between 15 and 25 m.p.h.

With winds like that, whether Aaron Rodgers and Eli Manning can complete passes with the accuracy they and their receivers are used to will be a huge factor in the ballgame. Lucky for Manning and Rodgers, they're each facing a team with a similar offensive identity. Everyone has to deal with the wind, after all.

For updates and analysis on these teams leading up to their matchup, visit Packers blog Acme Packing Company, Giants blog Big Blue View and SB Nation New York. Don't forget to check out SB Nation's NFL hub for all your playoff news.

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Giants Vs. Packers, NFL Playoffs 2012: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman To Call 2007 NFC Championship Game Rematch

With the team from the country's largest media market traveling to face the defending Super Bowl Champions, FOX will have Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and field reporters Pam Oliver and Chris Myers on hand to call Sunday afternoon's New York Giants-Green Bay Packers NFC Divisional Playoffs game.

The core of the same crew was on hand for the 2007 NFC Championship Game between the same two teams in the same venue. Aikman remembered how cold that game was and came away impressed with how Giants quarterback Eli Manning played.

"If there was ever a game I thought should’ve been cancelled because of weather, that would've been it," said Aikman. "I was amazed that they were even able to play and I didn't think either team would be able to throw the ball.

"Eli threw it amazingly well. That was an impressive performance."

For more on the Sunday's game, be sure to head over to SB Nation's Giants blog Big Blue View. For more on the Packers, check out Acme Packing Company. Stay tuned to our updated StoryStream as well.

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NFC Divisional Playoffs, Giants Vs. Packers: SI's Peter King Likes Green Bay In A Nail Biter

The first matchup between the New York Giants and the Green Bay Packers in the regular season was a thrilling game, ending on a Mason Crosby field goal to win the game as time expired. The teams traded blows back and forth all game and it even had the Giants tying the game with less than a minute left on a two-point conversion. Sports Illustrated's Peter King expects another game in more of the same fashion.

There's something about the Giants that the Packers can't quite shoo away. It's called a pass rush. New York can get pressure on Aaron Rodgers rushing four men, which leaves seven back to clog passing lanes and makes life a little more difficult for Rodgers to find open receivers. The Packers, though, have a great deep-ball thrower, and with Aaron Ross and Corey Webster having shown themselves to be susceptible to the deep throw -- and with Greg Jennings due back from his late-season knee sprain -- I like the heavy-hearted Packers. They'll be playing to win, too, for offensive coordinator Joe Philbin after the drowning death of his son. Packers 24, Giants 23

For more on the Sunday's game, be sure to head over to SB Nation's Giants blog Big Blue View. For more on the Packers, check out Acme Packing Company. Stay tuned to our updated StoryStream as well.

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NFC Divisional Playoffs 2012, Giants Vs. Packers: B.J. Raji Doesn't Think Giants Offensive Line Isn't 'Tough'

The New York Giants and Green Bay Packers are getting set to square off for the second time this season. In the first matchup, the Packers won on a late Mason Crosby field goal, but the New York Giants had the Packers on the ropes. The Giants offense also had a big day in the game, but Packers nose tackle B.J. Raji apparently wasn't very impressed.

"I mean, I played them once this year and once last year. I can only judge by my vantage point up front, not necessarily the most physical - their backs are pretty physical, but not the toughest o-line," Raji told the Star Ledger. "Not saying they're soft, but not the toughest group I've been against." Though the Giants offensive line isn't "tough" according to Raji, the Packers only sacked Eli Manning once in the first match up.

Not only does Raji not think the Giants offensive line is tough, he also doesn't think their tight ends are very good. Raji said, "(the tight ends) aren't in any position to say too much. They're not the best players at their position that we've seen." In the first matchup, Giants tight end Travis Beckum had a 67-yard touchdown catch while Jake Ballard had three receptions for 47 yards.

For more on the Sunday's game, be sure to head over to SB Nation's Giants blog Big Blue View. For more on the Packers, check out Acme Packing Company. Stay tuned to our updated StoryStream as well.

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Giants Vs. Packers, NFL Playoffs 2012: Game Schedule And More

While a berth in the conference championship game is the main prize that awaits the winner of Sunday's do-or-die showdown between the Green Bay Packers and New York Giants from historic Lambeau Field, both combatants in this NFC Divisional Playoff may have a little revenge on their minds as well.

The Giants had their 2010 postseason prospects wrecked by a 45-17 thrashing at the hands of the Packers in their most recent stop in Wisconsin, which took place in the second-to-last week of that year's regular season. That lopsided victory also served as a springboard to Green Bay's run to an eventual Super Bowl title, with the team prevailing in six consecutive games to capture the Lombardi Trophy beginning with that result.

Date & Time: Sunday, January 15th, 4:30 p.m. ET

Location: Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

TV: FOX

Announcers: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver and Chris Myers

For more on the Sunday's game, be sure to head over to SB Nation's Giants blog Big Blue View. For more on the Packers, check out Acme Packing Company. Stay tuned to our updated StoryStream as well.

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NFC Divisional Playoffs, Giants Vs. Packers: Giants Defensive Tackles Quietly Do The Dirty Work

Much of the press clipping and accolades bestowed on the New York Giants front seven typically on pass-rushers Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Tuck, Osi Umenyiora and Mathias Kiwanuka. Little attention gets paid to the work that defensive tackles Chris Canty, Rocky Bernard and Linval Joseph, but Jorge Castillo of The Star-Ledger writes that their efforts are appreciated inside the locker room.

"We joke about that all the time as far as ‘the defensive ends of the New York Giants,’ " defensive end Dave Tollefson said. "It’s like, ‘Hey, we got D-tackles, too!’ But obviously it’s kind of like an unsung hero type of deal because you could argue that their job is much more important than ours."

Tollefson adds that the defensive tackles have to get sacks, as well. Of the 48 quarterback sacks the Giants recorded in 2011, six were from the defensive tackle position. Canty had four, and was third on the Giants with 11 tackles for a loss, while Joseph added a pair of sacks among his 49 tackles this season.

For more on the Sunday's game, be sure to head over to SB Nation's Giants blog Big Blue View. For more on the Packers, check out Acme Packing Company. Stay tuned to our updated StoryStream as well.

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Giants Vs. Packers, NFL Playoffs 2012: Giants Not Convincing Experts For Upset Over Packers

The New York Giants are no strangers to knocking off the Goliaths of the NFL. They've done it in against the undefeated Denver Broncos during the 1998 season and the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl a few years ago. While New York wasn't able to send the Green Bay Packers to its lone loss of the regular season, they will look to make the Green Bay Packers a one game and out team in the 2012 NFL Playoffs. But don't tell that to the CBS panel picking the game.

Related: Pass Rush Is Key To Beating Packers, Saints | 2012 NFL Playoff Upset Watch

Four of the five CBS experts picking this game have selected the Packers to defeat the Giants. Mike Freeman is the lone selector who believes the Giants can knock off the 15-1 Packers. The chorus, however, changes when the panelists need to pick based on the spread, which is 7.5 points in favor of the Packers. New York has a slight edge over Green Bay, 3-2, when picking against the spread.

Check out the complete 2012 NFL playoffs schedule. Visit SB Nation's Acme Packing Company for more on the Packers and Big Blue View for more on the Giants.

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Giants Vs. Packers: Ahmad Bradshaw's Injury Keeps Him Out Of Practice; D.J. Ware Returns

The New York Giants running game hit full stride last week against the Atlanta Falcons, racking up 172 yards behind Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs. That running attack received some good news for Sunday's game against the Green Bay Packers: the concussion that D.J. Ware suffered last week apparently wasn't too serious and the running back has returned to practice. The bad news: Bradshaw is now dealing with a sore back, and has yet to practice this week.

Ware had just one carry for four yards in the NFC Wild Card before leaving the game. Given the NFL's stringent policy regarding concussion symptoms, it is somewhat surprising to hear that he was back on the field stretching in pads in front of media. A healthy Ware could prove important, especially if Bradshaw is limited in any way.

As for Bradshaw, it has become somewhat standard that he sit out all but Friday's practice on a weekly basis due to a broken bone in his foot. The addition of the sore back raises questions, however, especially if he really has been just sitting in the trainer's room the past few couple days. The New York Daily News report indicated that the injury isn't serious. This being a big week, however, don't expect to know anything for sure until game day.

For more on the Sunday's game, be sure to head over to SB Nation's Giants blog Big Blue View. For more on the Packers, check out Acme Packing Company. Stay tuned to our updated StoryStream as well.

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NFC Divisional Playoffs, Giants Vs. Packers: Lawrence Tynes Says 2008 Kick In OT Made His Career

The "rematch" between the New York Giants and the Green Bay Packers will undoubtedly be a storyline heading into Sunday afternoon's divisional round match up in the 2012 NFL Playoffs. The Giants beat the Packers 23-20 in overtime on a kick by Lawrence Tynes and propelled the Giants to the Super Bowl.

In a press conference on Wednesday, Tynes mentioned that the kick essentially making his career. "Yeah, I wouldn't be talking to you right now. I mean if you miss three kicks in the fourth quarter of a championship game, I mean I would assume that I probably wouldn't be here," Tynes told reporters. "I was on a one-year deal anyway. I have done a great job since then, I have had a nice career here, but obviously you do have to think what if I didn't make that kick."

Undoubtedly, if Tynes misses that kick he's likely not on the Giants roster right now.

Check out the complete 2012 NFL playoffs schedule. Visit SB Nation's Acme Packing Company for more on the Packers and Big Blue View for more on the Giants.

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Giants Vs. Packers, NFL Playoffs 2012: Green Bay The Heavy Favorite

The Green Bay Packers enter their NFC Divisional Round match-up with the New York Giants as a nine-point favorite according to SB Nation partner OddsShark.

It will be the seventh time they have met in the playoffs. In those six playoff games, the Packers are 4-2. Five of the games decided NFL Championships in the pre-Super Bowl era and the last time the Packers beat the Giants in the post-season, John F. Kennedy was President of the United States.

The Packers are favored in this game but the Giants gave them one of their few close games of the year back in early December when they hosted the Packers in New York. Green Bay won, 38-35, but it was one of just a few occasions all year when the Packers were at least tested.

If Green Bay wins the game, they'll host the NFC Championship game against either the 49ers or Saints. If the Giants win then the winner of the 49ers and Saints game will host the NFC Championship game.

Check out the complete 2012 NFL playoffs schedule. Visit SB Nation's Acme Packing Company for more on the Packers and Big Blue View for more on the Giants.

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NFC Divisional Playoffs: Packers Trying Not To Change Much

The Green Bay Packers are playing in their first playoff game of the season after receiving a first round bye. They'll be facing the New York Giants in the NFC divisional playoff game and, even though it's a postseason game, they're trying to keep their weekly routine.

SB Nation's Packers blog, Acme Packing Company, talked with safety Morgan Burnett about the preparation leading into the game, and what a difference it makes having played a team before as these two teams did last month.

It helps out because you can go back and watch the film from the previous game. And maybe get your mistakes corrected. Going into the playoff game, we're going to stick to the same preparation that we do any other week and apply it to the game. We really get started on everything tomorrow morning [Wednesday].

The Packers won that game but the Giant were one of the few teams all year that were able to test them. So there's clearly things the Packers can approve upon for this weekend's game.

Check out the complete 2012 NFL playoffs schedule. Visit SB Nation's Acme Packing Company for more on the Packers and Big Blue View for more on the Giants.

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Giants Vs. Packers, NFL Playoffs 2012: Giants Won Only Playoff Meeting With Packers In Super Bowl Era

No NFL fanchise has appeared in more post-seasons than the New York Giants (30) and no team has won more championships (29) or has a better post-season winning percentage than the Green Bay Packers (.644). Given the storied nature of these the Giants and Packers, it's of little surprise that Sunday will be the seventh time they have met in the playoffs.

In those six playoff games, the Packers are 4-2. Five of the games decided NFL Championships in the pre-Super Bowl era and the last time the Packers beat the Giants in the post-season, John F. Kennedy was President of the United States.

The Giants won the only playoff meeting in the Super Bowl era, a 23-20 overtime win in the 2007 NFC Championship Game in a frigid Lambeau Field. Giants cornerback Corey Webster intercepted an errant pass from then-Packers quarterback Brett Favre to set up a game-winning 47-yard field goal by Lawrence Tynes.

Check out the complete 2012 NFL playoffs schedule. Visit SB Nation's Acme Packing Company for more on the Packers and Big Blue View for more on the Giants.

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2012 NFL Playoffs: Pass Rush Is Key To Beating Packers, Saints

The 49ers and Giants find themselves facing off against the two best quarterbacks in the NFL and arguably the two most dynamic offenses in the league. Can a strong pass rush make the difference in the divisional round? For more on the 2012 NFL Playoffs, head over to SB Nation NFL.

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NFC Divisional Playoffs: Giants Know They Can Hang With Packers

The New York Giants will travel to Green Bay to face the Packers in the NFC divisional playoffs on Sunday and they should have some confidence heading into the game because they already know they can hang with the Packers. The two teams met late in the season and the Giants nearly prevailed before Green Bay was able to hang on, 38-35.

The idea that this game is a rematch is one of the story lines and Giants head coach Tom Coughlin was asked about the confidence his team has knowing they've played well against Green Bay before.

"It certainly gives us confidence in the fact that we went back and forth with them. It wasn't by any means a perfect game. They had the ball at the end of the game for example and it was a high-scoring affair," Coughlin said. "From the standpoint of having played against the world champions at home and done such a reasonable job but we all know what the challenges are going forward as well."

As everyone has been reminded by now, the Giants nearly upset the then-undefeated New England Patriots in the regular season finale before coming back to beat them in the 2007 Super Bowl. A similar scenario is playing out with the Packers -- if they can beat them on Sunday.

Check out the complete 2012 NFL playoffs schedule. Visit SB Nation's Acme Packing Company for more on the Packers and Big Blue View for more on the Giants.

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NFL Playoffs: Packers, Saints On Upset Watch In Divisional Round

The NFL playoffs move onto the divisional round with four games this weekend. Which of those teams playing should be on upset watch? SB Nation's NFL playoffs roundtable says the Packers and Saints.

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NFL Power Rankings: Packers Still Tops Among 2012 Playoffs Teams

SB Nation's NFL power rankings enter the divisional round of the 2012 NFL playoffs. How should the postseason teams be ranked?

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NFC Divisional Playoffs, Giants Vs. Packers: Prince Amukamara Could Replace Aaron Ross In Starting Lineup

With New York Giants cornerback Aaron Ross undergoing the NFL's concussion protocol policy, first-round cornerback Prince Amukamara could be pressed into a starting role in this Sunday's NFC Divisional Playoffs game against the high-powered Green Bay Packers passing offense, Hank Gola of the New York Daily News reports.

The 19th overall pick of the 2011 NFL Draft, Amukamara's NFL career got off to a slow start. The former Nebraska Cornhuskers standout was the last draft pick to sign a contract and suffered a broken bone in his foot in one of his first practices, causing him to miss the first nine games of the regular season.

Amukamara appeared in the final seven regular season games, totaling 14 tackles and picking up an interception in his NFL regular season debut. Amukamara had two tackles in relief of Ross in the playoff win over the Atlanta Falcons and expects to be ready to play against the Packers.

"I was in there the first game we played Green Bay," he said. "I really don’t see the big difference but it is a playoff game and everyone rises to a whole new level. I just know I’m going to be ready."

Check out the complete 2012 NFL playoffs schedule. Visit SB Nation's Acme Packing Company for more on the Packers and Big Blue View for more on the Giants.

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Giants Vs. Packers 2012: A Rematch Of Classic 2008 NFC Championship Game

After a dominant 24-2 victory over the Atlanta Falcons in the first round, the New York Giants seem to have hit their stride at the perfect time this season.

The late-season push makes comparisons with their last playoff team -- the 10-6 squad that stunned the nation by defeating the 18-0 New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII -- inevitable.

Now they face the same hurdle the '08 team had to overcome: a January road game at Lambeau Field. But while Green Bay has an imposing 13-3 franchise record at home, all three losses have come in the last decade.

None was more devastating than the 2008 loss to the Giants, when Corey Webster intercepted a Brett Favre pass in overtime to set up a game-winning 47-yard field goal. The pass would be the last Favre would ever throw as a Packer.

But from New York's point of view, the game should never have been that close, as K Lawrence Tynes missed a 43-yard and a 36-yard attempt at the end of the fourth quarter.

Tynes has been reliable this season, making 79.2% of his kicks, including 3 over 50 yards, but how he handles Wisconsin in January will be an interesting story-line headed into Sunday's game.

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NFL Playoffs Schedule: Giants Move On, Will Face Packers In Divisional Round

The Giants were able to topple the Falcons on Wild Card weekend so they move onto the Divisional round where they'll play the Packers in Green Bay.

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Updated NFL Playoffs Bracket: Giants Vs. Packers In Divisional Round

The New York Giants quickly took care of the Atlanta Falcons in Sunday's NFC Wild Card game and they're onto Green Bay where they'll face the Packers. The 2012 NFL playoffs schedule is nearly done with round one -- the Pittsburgh Steelers and Denver Broncos play later on Sunday night -- but we're getting an idea of what the Divisional round will look like.

Download and print the entire 2012 playoffs schedule, which is updated with the Giants beating the Falcons.

We know three of the four games next weekend:

Saturday, January 14

New Orleans Saints at San Francisco 49ers, 4:30 p.m., FOX

Denver Broncos or Pittsburgh Steelers at New England Patriots, 8:00 p.m., CBS

Sunday, January 15

Houston Texans at Baltimore Ravens, 1:00 p.m., CBS

New York Giants at Green Bay Packers, 4:30 p.m., FOX

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