Eli Manning threw for 330 yards and three touchdowns. He and Hakeem Nicks dominated the Packers in the first half. Nicks was what Plaxico Burress was in '08 the NFC Championship Game. He had seven catches for 165 yards and two touchdowns. The Giants said they could hit the Packers for big plays and Nicks scored on a 66-yard catch and a 37-yard Hail Mary in the first half. Victor Cruz had five catches for 74 yards.
The Giants did what they had been doing a lot this season. The running game started out looking rather ugly but then got better as the game progressed. Ahmad Bradshaw rushed for 63 yards on 12 carries and had two runs of 23 and 24 yards long. The 23-yarder in the second quarter set up Eli Manning's Hail Mary to Hakeem Nicks that sent the Giants into the half up 20-10. Brandon Jacobs added a touchdown in the fourth quarter as well.
Aaron Rodgers had dominated this team each of the two previous losses to Green Bay. But the Giants limited Rodgers to two touchdowns and just 26-for-46 completions. He threw one pick, was sacked four times and lost a fumble. The secondary played its best game, limiting Greg Jennings to four catches for 40 yards. No other receiver had more catches and the longest gain was for just 21 yards.
The Giants allowed 147 yards on the ground to Green Bay. They lost containment a few times as Aaron Rodgers rushed for 66 himself. James Starks had 43 yards on six carries and Ryan Grant added 33 yards on eight totes. But the Giants would rather give up those yards on the ground than through the air. They had to give up something, and it came through the run. The Giants did force FB John Kuhn and Grant into fumbles.
Lawrence Tynes had a 40-yard field goal blocked but that really was the only negative in regards to the special teams. Tynes converted three more field goals and Steve Weatherford remained as solid as ever, booting two punts for 48 yards. The coverage was terrific as the Oackers' dangerous return man Randall Cobb was held in check. Derrick Martin alertly recovered an onside kick for the Giants early in the second quarter.
The Giants' defensive gameplan was outstanding, holding Aaron Rodgers in check and slowing down the Packers' passing game to a crawl. Offensively, the passing game keeps rolling and it hit Green Bay's last-ranked defense for big plays again. Tom Coughlin has his team believing it can beat anyone and now the Giants are one win against the San Francisco 49ers away from a return to the Super Bowl.