Green Bay Packers (9-6) 45, New York Giants (9-6) 17
Sunday December 26th 2010 (at Green Bay)
(GREEN BAY) - Green Bay kept its playoff hopes alive by picking a fresh wound, sending the New York Giants to another embarrassing loss. Only this one lasted most of the game, not just the final eight minutes. Aaron Rodgers returned from a concussion to throw for a career-high 404 yards and four touchdowns, and the Packers intercepted Eli Manning four times. Green Bay can clinch a wild card berth with a win at home next Sunday over NFC North-rival Chicago, which captured the division title last week. Meanwhile, New York's postseason chances were dealt a serious blow. The Giants would have made the playoffs with a victory in Green Bay. Instead, they turned the ball over six times and handed snowed-out Philadelphia the NFC East title. The division lost, New York will need a win next week in Washington and a Packers loss -- or a victory plus two losses by the New Orleans Saints -- just to earn a wild card berth. Making matters worse, the Giants were grounded in Green Bay because of the same East Coast snow storm that postponed the Eagles-Vikings game until Tuesday night. Rodgers missed last week's loss to New England, but returned to tie a career high with his four touchdown passes, picking apart the Giants defense while completing 25 of his 37 throws for a 139.9 passer rating. He threw an 80-yard touchdown pass to Jordy Nelson in the first quarter to give the Packers a 7-0 lead. They would never trail after that, although the Giants would tie the game before halftime. Fullback John Kuhn scored three touchdowns -- two rushing, one receiving -- including a pair in the fourth quarter that sealed the win. Greg Jennings led all players with seven receptions and 142 yards, though he didn't catch any of Rodgers' TD passes. After giving up four touchdowns in the final eight minutes in their loss to the Eagles -- including DeSean Jackson's buzzer-beating punt return -- the Giants turned the ball over six times against Green Bay. Manning passed for 301 yards and two touchdowns, but was picked off four times. Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw both fumbled and the New York running backs combined for just 78 yards on 20 carries. Green Bay gained 515 yards and picked up 27 first downs. New York had 386 yards of offense.
NY GIANTS -  0 14  3  0 - 17
GREEN BAY - 14  7 10 14 - 45
                       NY GIANTS     GREEN BAY
First downs                   16            27
Rush-yards-TDs           21-90-0      35-119-2
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT 17-33-301-2-4 25-37-404-4-0
Sacked-yards                 1-5           2-8
Net pass yards               296           396
Total yards                  386           515
Fumbles-lost                 2-2           2-1
Turnovers                      6             1
Penalties-yards             5-45          3-31
1st - GB - Nelson, 80-yard pass from Rodgers (Crosby kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
1st - GB - J. Jones, 3-yard pass from Rodgers (Crosby kick) GREEN BAY 14-0
2nd - NYG - Hakeem Nicks, 36-yard pass from Eli Manning (Lawrence Tynes kick) GREEN BAY 14-7
2nd - NYG - Mario Manningham, 85-yard pass from Manning (Tynes kick) TIED 14-14
2nd - GB - Kuhn, 8-yard run (Crosby kick) GREEN BAY 21-14
3rd - GB - Crosby, 31-yard field goal GREEN BAY 24-14
3rd - NYG - Tynes, 38-yard field goal GREEN BAY 24-17
3rd - GB - D. Lee, 1-yard pass from Rodgers (Crosby kick) GREEN BAY 31-17
4th - GB - Kuhn, 5-yard pass from Rodgers (Crosby kick) GREEN BAY 38-17
4th - GB - Kuhn, 1-yard run (Crosby kick) GREEN BAY 45-17
GREEN BAY - Brandon Jackson 18-39, Dimitri Nance 9-32, Aaron Rodgers 2-26, John Kuhn 6-22 2 TD
NY GIANTS - Brandon Jacobs 8-47, Ahmad Bradshaw 12-31, Eli Manning 1-12
GREEN BAY - Aaron Rodgers 37-25-404 4 TD
NY GIANTS - Eli Manning 33-17-301 2 TD 4 INT
GREEN BAY - Greg Jennings 7-142, Jordy Nelson 4-124 1 TD, James Jones 4-36 1 TD, Donald Driver 3-44, John Kuhn 2-7 1 TD, Donald Lee 2-4 1 TD, Tom Crabtree 1-21, Andrew Quarless 1-16, Brandon Jackson 1-10
NY GIANTS - Ahmad Bradshaw 5-41, Mario Manningham 4-132 1 TD, Hakeem Nicks 4-93 1 TD, DJ Ware 2-24, Derek Hagan 2-11
The Packers’ Tramon Williams after intercepting an Eli Manning pass in the first half. Manning threw four interceptions and the Giants committed six turnovers in losing their second straight in Week Sixteen. (PHOTO: Jim Prisching -  Associated Press)