Packers-Giants game blog recap

Posted by Duke Bobber on December 26, 2010 – 6:54 pm

Greetings everyone from Lambeau Field. We’ll have the inactives for the Packers in just a moment.
Sunday December 26, 2010 1:43
1:45

Green Bay’s inactives: QB Graham Harrell, CB Josh Gordy, RB James Starks, LB Diyral Briggs, LB Frank Zombo, OL Nick McDonald, OL Marshall Newhouse and DE Cullen Jenkins. Robert Francois will start for Zombo at ROLB.
Sunday December 26, 2010 1:45
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The Giants’ inactives are: WR Darius Reynaud, DB Will Blackmon, TE Jake Ballard, G Mitch Petrus, T Will Beatty, DE Dave Tollefson, T Jamon Meredith, and WR Duke Calhoun.
Sunday December 26, 2010 1:49
1:54

[Comment From LoganLogan: ]
If we were to win our last 2 games and the bears lose we will have a tied record, how come we couldnt win the division.
Sunday December 26, 2010 1:54 Logan
1:55

In that scenario, both the Packers and Bears would finish 10-6. The first tiebreaker is head-to-head, which would be a split. The second tiebreakers would be division record, and the Bears would be 5-1 to Green Bay’s 4-2. That’s why the division is already clinched by Chicago.
Sunday December 26, 2010 1:55
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[Comment From JoshJosh: ]
Is there any way we get in if we win today and lose against the bears?
Sunday December 26, 2010 1:58 Josh
1:58

If the Packers win today to stay alive but then lose to the Bears next week, the Packers would need the Giants to lose to Washington and Tampa Bay to lose one of its last two games. The Bucs play Seattle today and New Orleans next week.
Sunday December 26, 2010 1:58
1:59

[Comment From moisesmoises: ]
when does the game start, im from califorinia?
Sunday December 26, 2010 1:59 moises
1:59

The game kicks off at 3:15 p.m. here in Wisconsin, so I think that’s 1:15 p.m. on the West Coast.
Sunday December 26, 2010 1:59
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[Comment From AndyAndy: ]
So even if the Packers lose today they can still beat the Bears and still have a shot, correct?
Sunday December 26, 2010 2:00 Andy
2:01

No, the Packers must win today to stay alive. It’s not a matter of going 1-1 over the last two games to have a chance. The Packers must win today to keep the Giants at nine wins. The Saints already have 10 wins, and if the Giants get to 10 wins today, that will eliminate the Packers from playoff contention.
Sunday December 26, 2010 2:01
2:01

[Comment From heistheist: ]
What’s the weather like in Green Bay??
Sunday December 26, 2010 2:01 heist
2:02

Temperature is in the 20s and it’s rather sunny at the moment. Doesn’t appear to be much wind as I look at the flags on the uprights from up here in the press box. It will get dark, and a bit colder, by hafltime, but the wind chills are expected to stay above zero the entire game.
Sunday December 26, 2010 2:02
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[Comment From JoshJosh: ]
No Snow?
Sunday December 26, 2010 2:03 Josh
2:03

I haven’t heard of any snow in the forecast. Possibility of flurries tonight, but nothing anywhere close to what they’re getting on the East Coast today.
Sunday December 26, 2010 2:03
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[Comment From AndyAndy: ]
Is the field fairly dry?
Sunday December 26, 2010 2:03 Andy
2:03

[Comment From LeeLee: ]
Is the field frozen solid, and do you use special cleets to handle that?
Sunday December 26, 2010 2:03 Lee
2:04

The field is not frozen, it is heated. It looks to be in great shape. It’s also plenty dry. The drainage system installed when the playing surface was entirely redone three years ago keeps the footing very solid in almost any conditions.
Sunday December 26, 2010 2:04
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[Comment From TomTom: ]
Any starting line up changes for the Giants?
Sunday December 26, 2010 2:05 Tom
2:05

No, none that we have been informed of in the press box.
Sunday December 26, 2010 2:05
2:05

[Comment From dabeene1dabeene1: ]
your thoughts on why starks is inactive? Do they just perfer nance? and if so why do you think that is?
Sunday December 26, 2010 2:05 dabeene1
2:06

I think it’s a combination of the coaching staff feeling better about Nance and wanting to have all three fullbacks active, because Kuhn and Hall play so much on special teams. With five RBs total active, Starks is the odd man out.
Sunday December 26, 2010 2:06
2:06

[Comment From moisesmoises: ]
how exactly do you know about the packer so much, if you dont mind asking
Sunday December 26, 2010 2:06 moises
2:07

For those of you wondering or new to the blog, this is Mike Spofford, staff writer for Packers.com. This is my fifth season with the team, but our first with this in-game blog. Hope you like the addition to our site.
Sunday December 26, 2010 2:07
2:08

[Comment From GuestGuest: ]
Is Collin’s a for sure for today?
Sunday December 26, 2010 2:08 Guest
2:08

Nick Collins will start, yes.
Sunday December 26, 2010 2:08
2:08

[Comment From TomTom: ]
How do you expect the Packer to handle the Giants pass rush
Sunday December 26, 2010 2:08 Tom
2:10

I think that’s the million-dollar question of the day. The Packers didn’t handle Detroit’s front four very well a couple of weeks ago, and the Giants’ front four is better. The battle up front is no doubt a key matchup in this game, maybe THE key one. I’ll be curious to see what Green Bay’s protection schemes are — how many times the Packers keep in an extra back or tight end, or both, to help protect. Six- and seven-man protections may be common today, but there also will be times they’ll go with five-man protection, empty the backfield and send five guys out on the routes. You have to mix it up and not let that defense know what you’re doing every time.
Sunday December 26, 2010 2:10
2:10

[Comment From AndyAndy: ]
Is there any scenario where the Packers could be higher than the 6 seed in the playoffs?
Sunday December 26, 2010 2:10 Andy
2:10

Yes, if the Packers win their last two games to get into the playoffs and New Orleans loses its last two games, the Packers would be the 5 seed.
Sunday December 26, 2010 2:10
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[Comment From LeeLee: ]
What is your opinion on how tight the are calling the helment to helment hits, and do you think some of the calls are unfair because of how the players move in the last split seconds?
Sunday December 26, 2010 2:11 Lee
2:13

An interesting question, and one that is being talked about a lot. The league is definitely putting the responsibility on the defensive player to avoid the helmet hits, regardless of what the offensive player is doing or how he’s falling or changing body position or whatever. I think the league’s stance is that if an offensive player is standing up on his feet, the helmet hits should be easy to avoid. If the offensive player is going down, then he’s going down and a big hit is unnecessary. It’s up to the defensive player to avoid the illegal contact, regardless.
Sunday December 26, 2010 2:13
2:13

[Comment From GuestGuest: ]
out of curiosity will we be getting ryan grant back next season?? he still out isnt he
Sunday December 26, 2010 2:13 Guest
2:14

Yes, Ryan Grant will be back next season. He remains under contract. By all accounts, his rehab is progressing fine.
Sunday December 26, 2010 2:14
2:14

[Comment From GuestGuest: ]
Do you think Clay Matthews still has a shot at winning the devensive MVP this year?
Sunday December 26, 2010 2:14 Guest
2:15

I think Matthews’ chances have diminished because his sack numbers have fallen off so much. But he’s still second in the league in sacks and has two more games, both of which will be watched closely, to state his case. Get to Manning two or three times today and help the Packers win, and we’ll be hearing another round of talk about Matthews for Def. POY.
Sunday December 26, 2010 2:15
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[Comment From AndyAndy: ]
So I would assume then there would be no chance the Packers get a home playoff game then.
Sunday December 26, 2010 2:15 Andy
2:17

No, not in the first two rounds anyway. The two Wild Card teams are on the road in the first round, and if they win they travel to one of the teams that had a bye (and home field). The only way a Wild Card team gets a home game in the postseason is if they’re the No. 5 seed, they advance all the way to the conference championship, and the opponent in that game is the No. 6 seed. In other words, the odds are extremely remote.
Sunday December 26, 2010 2:17
2:17

[Comment From Josh D.Josh D.: ]
Is there any chance any of the players placed on injure reserve will be able to play in the post-season?
Sunday December 26, 2010 2:17 Josh D.
2:17

No, players placed on injured reserve are out for the entire season, playoffs included. They cannot be re-activated.
Sunday December 26, 2010 2:17
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[Comment From LoganLogan: ]
Aaron Rodgers wil be wearing a different helmet today, what’s different?
Sunday December 26, 2010 2:18 Logan
2:19

I’m sure the TV announcers will be talking a lot about it. I haven’t seen it up close myself, but my understanding is the helmet has a slightly different crown on the top and the earflaps, or whatever you call them, come down a little farther so they protect the jaw better. It does look a little different, but for the most part it’s not anything major in terms of the look.
Sunday December 26, 2010 2:19
2:19

[Comment From GuestGuest: ]
I have never heard what Jolly’s first violation was to get him suspended for the year after the codeine conviction. What ekse did he do and will he be back next year, or could he be suspended longer ?
Sunday December 26, 2010 2:19 Guest
2:21

Jolly’s plea in the codeine case actually was not a factor in his suspension, because he was suspended for violation of the substance-abuse policy, not the personal conduct policy. He is eligible to apply for reinstatement after the Super Bowl, but his suspension is indefinite, so there’s no guarantee he will be eligible when he tries to get reinstated.
Sunday December 26, 2010 2:21
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[Comment From LeeLee: ]
Does Clay Matthews Ham String still bother him, or is it completley healed?
Sunday December 26, 2010 2:22 Lee
2:22

I don’t know if it’s completely healed, but he has played eight games without incident since the last time he hurt it, at Washington in Week 5.
Sunday December 26, 2010 2:22
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[Comment From chrischris: ]
Why don’t they all wear the better helmets to begin with?
Sunday December 26, 2010 2:22 chris
2:23

I’m guessing it’s an issue of comfort and just what players are used to wearing. Getting used to a certain type of equipment or helmet can make it hard to change, but to Rodgers’ credit, he’s trying to watch out for his long-term health.
Sunday December 26, 2010 2:23
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[Comment From clayclay: ]
is arron rodgers playing to day
Sunday December 26, 2010 2:24 clay
2:24

Yes, Rodgers is back from his concussion and will start today.
Sunday December 26, 2010 2:24
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[Comment From AdamAdam: ]
It was said on ESPN they plan to mix up a lot of short passes with a lot of runs like they did with Flynn. Why havent we been doing this all season?
Sunday December 26, 2010 2:24 Adam
2:25

Don’t assume the guys at ESPN know the game plan. They may think that’s what the Packers are going to do, but if that were true and the Giants would be prepared for it, it probably wouldn’t work too well, right? It’s all about matchups and keeping defenses off-balance. How the Packers get that done today will start with how they block NY’s D-line.
Sunday December 26, 2010 2:25
2:25

[Comment From AlexAlex: ]
if packers win do they have the wild card spot are do they have to beat bears and giants
Sunday December 26, 2010 2:25 Alex
2:26

If the Packers win their last two games, they’re in. If they win today but lose next week, they can still get in the playoffs, but they will need a lot of help in Week 17.
Sunday December 26, 2010 2:26
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[Comment From TimTim: ]
Why don’t we run more of the five wide sets? They seem to work alot more often then not.
Sunday December 26, 2010 2:26 Tim
2:27

Well, five wide means you’re only going with five men in protection. It’s a great matchup against some teams, not so great against others. That could be a risk against this NYG front four. I would expect the Packers to use all their offensive sets, because they’re always varying things, but I think you’ll see six- and seven-man protections regularly to keep that NYG pass rush away from Rodgers.
Sunday December 26, 2010 2:27
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[Comment From MikeMike: ]
As a packer fan , Do I want the bears or the jets to win today?
Sunday December 26, 2010 2:28 Mike
2:28

As far as Green Bay’s playoff chances, it doesn’t matter. But if you want the Packers to make the playoffs and then have a chance to beat the Bears in the first round, then you’ll want the Bears to lose today so it hurts their chances of getting a first-round bye.
Sunday December 26, 2010 2:28
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[Comment From bluesblues: ]
I’m looking for big games from BJ and Clay, agree?
Sunday December 26, 2010 2:29 blues
2:30

Raji played his best game as a pro last week at New England. If he plays like that again, it will help the defense tremendously. Matthews practiced more this week than he has in almost two months, an indication his shin is improving, which hopefully will translate to a big game today.
Sunday December 26, 2010 2:30
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[Comment From LeeLee: ]
Why don’t we hear more of AJ Hawk like we did in his first few years in the NFL. Are they using him different?
Sunday December 26, 2010 2:30 Lee
2:31

Remember that for A.J.’s first three seasons, the Packers played a 4-3 defense. For the last two years, they’ve played a 3-4. The LBs are used very differently in the two different schemes, so it’s hard to compare Hawk’s play this year with years past. That said, with the injuries to Barnett and Chillar, I hate to think where the Packers D would be this year without Hawk. He has stepped in as the signal-caller on defense and played very well. He may not be making a lot of splash plays, but he and Bishop have been solid as the two inside LBs in this scheme.
Sunday December 26, 2010 2:31
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[Comment From JimmyJimmy: ]
It seems that this years record is based more on an inability to finish games than any other factor. What can be done to prevent this in these last two games?
Sunday December 26, 2010 2:34 Jimmy
2:35

The Packers just have to avoid the critical mistake late in the game. In Atlanta it was the kickoff return in the final 2 minutes. In Chicago it was the fumble late in the fourth. Last week it was letting an unblocked blitzer sack Flynn with 1 minute left. No team plays perfect football, but a lot of times when you make your mistakes is the biggest factor. For the Packers, unfortunately, a lot of mistakes have come late in close games.
Sunday December 26, 2010 2:35
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[Comment From DonovanDonovan: ]
Who is leading the officiating crew today? I hope it’s not the guy with the guns, he’s having a terrible year.
Sunday December 26, 2010 2:37 Donovan
2:37

The referee today is Walt Anderson. If by “guns” you’re referring to Ed Hochuli, he was the referee last week in New England but is not doing today’s game.
Sunday December 26, 2010 2:37
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[Comment From KerryKerry: ]
Do you think they will let Kuhn run much today?
Sunday December 26, 2010 2:38 Kerry
2:38

Kuhn sure was impressive last week, but that was more on the short passes than on straight runs. I think Jackson, Kuhn and Nance all will be used in the run game, but if Jackson does what he did last week, I think he’ll get the bulk of the carries again. He had 22 last week, his season high.
Sunday December 26, 2010 2:38
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[Comment From jessejesse: ]
i like this blog ..really cool how long does iot take for you to answer ..been waiting a while lol
Sunday December 26, 2010 2:41 jesse
2:42

The questions come in fast and furious and I don’t get to anywhere near all of them. I have to pick and choose. I’m sorry to those whose questions I have not answered or gotten to, but I’m doing my best. Thanks for participating.
Sunday December 26, 2010 2:42
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[Comment From ArnieArnie: ]
Mike what ever happened to the Packers infamous screen pass that was so effective?
Sunday December 26, 2010 2:42 Arnie
2:43

The Packers have never been a great screen team under McCarthy. New coach, new wrinkles in the offense, new linemen. All those things factor in. The Packers run their share of screens and are hit and miss with them. Against SF earlier this year and last week vs. NE, the screens and short passes were very effective. Other times not so much.
Sunday December 26, 2010 2:43
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[Comment From Ben S.Ben S.: ]
Why don’t you see the Packers doing a lot of short routes and slants anymore?
Sunday December 26, 2010 2:44 Ben S.
2:45

I think the Packers still do a lot of those. Maybe not as much as in the past, but slants are still a part of this offense. Those were Favre’s bread-and-butter, so they ran them all the time and Favre was excellent at fitting those passes into tight windows. Rodgers’ best throws are often the out routes to the sidelines, and throws when he’s on the move out of the pocket. McCarthy will always play to his QB’s strengths.
Sunday December 26, 2010 2:45
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[Comment From LeeLee: ]
Do you have any comments at all on the special teams play?
Sunday December 26, 2010 2:46 Lee
2:48

Sorry, a lot of you have been asking about the special teams. The Packers need to avoid those big mistakes on ST, for sure. We all saw that kickoff return last week. It was awful. I’m not trying to make excuses, but you have to remember that with all the injuries this team has gone through, ST have been affected the most, because your top backups on offense and defense, who are normally your top special teamers, aren’t on ST anymore. The shifting around of personnel on ST to account for the injuries has been staggering. I think I read earlier this week that the KO coverage team the Packers used against the Patriots last week included only three players, aside from Crosby, who were on the KO team in Week 1. They haven’t been able to work with the same players week after week, and it has taken a toll.
Sunday December 26, 2010 2:48
2:50

That said, I do think the Packers have done a decent job against some of the league’s better returners. Hester hurt them in Week 3, and Weems for Atlanta obviously at the end of that game. But otherwise, it’s been one big mistake, like the KO return last week, that has overshadowed some of the good things the unit has done, like the onside kick last week. Masthay has performed pretty decent in the second half of the season here, and hopefully he can keep it up. Packers may need a big kick from Crosby here, too, so we’ll see if he can come through.
Sunday December 26, 2010 2:50
2:51

[Comment From moisesmoises: ]
so how long does this blog last for?
Sunday December 26, 2010 2:51 moises
2:51

I’ll continue to answer questions up until kickoff, and then I’ll be blogging with game updates (scores, injuries, big plays, observations, etc.) throughout the game. I won’t be able to answer very many questions during the game, maybe one here or there during commercials, but I’ll be doing my best to keep you updated throughout the game and I’ll sign off when the game is over.
Sunday December 26, 2010 2:51
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[Comment From MarkMark: ]
How will Cullen Jenkins being out today play a part in the game?
Sunday December 26, 2010 2:52 Mark
2:53

The Giants love to run the ball with Jacobs and Bradshaw, so not having Jenkins as a run-stopper is big. The Packers have the beef to stop the run with Raji, Pickett and Green, but when they go to that front there won’t be much pass rush on the inside. That’s where Jenkins is missed, because he can be put in there to stop the run, but if the offenses goes play-action and passes, Jenkins is versatile and athletic enough to get after the QB.
Sunday December 26, 2010 2:53
2:54

[Comment From AndyAndy: ]
I have a suggestion on the site if you have any say with it. The McCarthy transcripts need to get posted much sooner if possible.
Sunday December 26, 2010 2:54 Andy
2:55

Generally speaking, during the week, the McCarthy transcript is posted within a couple of hours of the press conference concluding. Same thing on game days. There are locker room interviews (audio, video) that we are also gathering before we can sit down and get the transcript completed, so that’s why there is a delay sometimes. But we’re doing our best.
Sunday December 26, 2010 2:55
2:58

[Comment From DanielDaniel: ]
how confident is mccarthy in aaron today?
Sunday December 26, 2010 2:58 Daniel
2:59

Fully confident I’m sure. Rodgers was cleared by the medical staff, and an independent neurologist, on Tuesday, and he practiced all three days — Wed. through Fri. — like he normally does. He took all the snaps he normally would to get ready for a game.
Sunday December 26, 2010 2:59
2:59

[Comment From LoisLois: ]
Is there any benefit to the Packers if the Bears do win today? Is there a possibility they would sit some big players next week rather than risk injury or is a division game a division game?
Sunday December 26, 2010 2:59 Lois
2:59

Most likely, whether they win or lose today, the Bears will still be fighting for a possible No. 2 seed and first-round bye next week. So I wouldn’t expect the Bears to rest anybody.
Sunday December 26, 2010 2:59
3:02

They just announced the weather in the press box. It’s 25 degrees, east wind 5 mph, 74 percent humidity. Partly cloudy skies with temps remaining in the 20s throughout the game.
Sunday December 26, 2010 3:02
3:02

[Comment From TomTom: ]
How much time left on the scoreboard clock until kickoff?
Sunday December 26, 2010 3:02 Tom
3:03

12 minutes.
Sunday December 26, 2010 3:03
3:13

The Packers have won the toss and are going to receive. Kickoff coming momentarily.
Sunday December 26, 2010 3:13
3:14

[Comment From PearcePearce: ]
I really enjoy your blog hope we can keep going for a few more weeks
Sunday December 26, 2010 3:14 Pearce
3:14

Thanks, I hope so too.
Sunday December 26, 2010 3:14
3:16

Shields returns the opening KO out to the 27. A 19-yard return.
Sunday December 26, 2010 3:16
3:20

Packers pick up one first down but then stall out. Punt puts the Giants on their own 26. 12:13 left in the first.
Sunday December 26, 2010 3:20
3:23

[Comment From AndyAndy: ]
NYG running no huddle???
Sunday December 26, 2010 3:23 Andy
3:24

The Giants ran no huddle after their first play but have been huddling since. Maybe they didn’t want the Packers to get a look at the replay of that sideline pass on the first play.
Sunday December 26, 2010 3:24
3:26

With the help of a false start, Packers stop the Giants just across midfield. Punt goes out of bounds at the 20. A 25-yard punt. Packers take over with 8:04 left in the first.
Sunday December 26, 2010 3:26
3:26

[Comment From RichRich: ]
What are the weather conditions?
Sunday December 26, 2010 3:26 Rich
3:27

Mid 20s, minimal wind, fairly clear skies right now. Supposed to get more cloudy later, but temps are expected to stay in the 20s.
Sunday December 26, 2010 3:27
3:29

Touchdown Packers!! 80 yards Rodgers to Nelson.
Sunday December 26, 2010 3:29
3:29

Rodgers was wide open over the middle, pass was right on target, and no one got close to tackling him. It’s 7-0 Packers with 7:53 left in the first.
Sunday December 26, 2010 3:29
3:30

That’s a career-long reception for Nelson.
Sunday December 26, 2010 3:30
3:31

Correction from previous post … Nelson was wide open over the middle, obviously. Not Rodgers. My apologies.
Sunday December 26, 2010 3:31
3:33

Ware returns the KO 28 yards to the 30. First down Giants.
Sunday December 26, 2010 3:33
3:34

Walden in for Francois at ROLB. Francois started the game. We’ll see if this is a rotation or if they’re going to stick with one guy there.
Sunday December 26, 2010 3:34
3:37

INT by Tramon Williams on third down.
Sunday December 26, 2010 3:37
3:37

Packers take over on the NYG 44 with 6:46 left in the first. Big turnover there. That’s Williams’ sixth INT of the season, a career high. It’s Eli Manning’s 21st INT of the year, one of the highest totals in the league.
Sunday December 26, 2010 3:37
3:38

Preceding the INT was a great tackle by Clay Matthews on Brandon Jacobs for a 1-yard loss. That’s Matthews’ second tackle already at the line of scrimmage to snuff out a run.
Sunday December 26, 2010 3:38
3:39

Nance in the backfield for GB.
Sunday December 26, 2010 3:39
3:40

Nance carries twice for 11 yards. First down at the NYG 33.
Sunday December 26, 2010 3:40
3:42

Screen to Jackson and a bullish run by Kuhn picks up another first down. At the NYG 21. Crowd was chanting Kuhn on that third-and-short as soon as he came into the huddle.
Sunday December 26, 2010 3:42
3:43

Rodgers with a scramble … and a slide … at the 6-yard line. First and goal.
Sunday December 26, 2010 3:43
3:45

Third and goal from the 3, Rodgers takes a timeout. 1:53 left in the first, 7-0 Packers.
Sunday December 26, 2010 3:45
3:46

[Comment From AndyAndy: ]
Did the Packers try to go deep over the middle a couple times on the opening drive too? I wonder if they saw something early…
Sunday December 26, 2010 3:46 Andy
3:46

Yes, they did. Two passes on the opening drive were deep over the middle, one of them to Nelson. The other was to Jennings, also incomplete. On that second drive, Nelson was wide open.
Sunday December 26, 2010 3:46
3:48

Touchdown. Rodgers scrambles right and Jones comes open at the last moment for the 3-yard TD. 1:47 left in the first.
Sunday December 26, 2010 3:48
3:48

With the PAT, it’s 14-0.
Sunday December 26, 2010 3:48
3:49

Rodgers showing pretty nimble feet, moving around when he has to. Crowd gave him a nice response when he slid on that long scramble.
Sunday December 26, 2010 3:49
3:49

10 plays, 44 yards, 4:53 TOP.
Sunday December 26, 2010 3:49
3:50

Ware returns KO out to the 33. An 18-yard return. First down Giants.
Sunday December 26, 2010 3:50
3:51

Francois back in at ROLB for the Packers. Looks like a rotation with Walden.
Sunday December 26, 2010 3:51
3:52

Defense gets a three-and-out. Great push up the middle by Raji on third down to force Manning out of the pocket.
Sunday December 26, 2010 3:52
3:53

Dodge’s punt goes 55 yards, Williams just a few yards on the return. Some jawing between the teams over by the NYG sideline, but it’s broken up quickly. Packers take over on their own 13 with 34 seconds left in the first quarter.
Sunday December 26, 2010 3:53
3:53

Correction on the drive time of the last GB touchdown. It was 4:59.
Sunday December 26, 2010 3:53
3:54

That’s the end of the first quarter. It’s 14-0 Packers, who have second-and-6 after a 4-yard run by Jackson.
Sunday December 26, 2010 3:54
3:54

[Comment From PJPJ: ]
You think that Jenkins will be back next week against the Bears?
Sunday December 26, 2010 3:54 PJ
3:55

That’s the hope. He’s been targeting that game for his return. Won’t have a really good idea on that until probably Wednesday, the first day of practice during the week. Would be great to get him back.
Sunday December 26, 2010 3:55
4:00

After a completion to Jennings for a first down, three straight incompletions force a punt. Giants take over at their own 30. 47-yard punt, 4-yard return by Ross.
Sunday December 26, 2010 4:00
4:01

Rodgers is having to scramble around quite a bit, but that’s to be expected somewhat. He passed up one chance to run for at least a few yards and tried to go deep to Nelson, but didn’t connect. On that last third down play, Jones was open over the middle, but the Giants got a hand on the pass and tipped it.
Sunday December 26, 2010 4:01
4:01

14:04 left in the first half, Giants have the ball.
Sunday December 26, 2010 4:01
4:05

Pass to Nicks and a penalty on Woodson have the Giants at the GB 36.
Sunday December 26, 2010 4:05
4:06

36-yard TD pass to Nicks. Woodson fell down in coverage for the second time on that drive.
Sunday December 26, 2010 4:06
4:06

It’s 14-7 with 11:40 left in the first half.
Sunday December 26, 2010 4:06
4:07

4 plays, 70 yards, 2:24 on the scoring drive for the Giants.
Sunday December 26, 2010 4:07
4:10

Shields fails to field the KO before it bounces, then a penalty on Bush and the Packers are backed up on their own 10 to start this drive.
Sunday December 26, 2010 4:10
4:12

A couple of passes to Jennings have the Packers out near midfield.
Sunday December 26, 2010 4:12
4:14

One play after a drop by Jones on a back-shoulder fade, Rodgers goes right back to Jones for 13 yards to convert a third-and-10. First down at the NYG 39.
Sunday December 26, 2010 4:14
4:16

Great one-handed catch by Driver on third-and-3 for a first down on the NYG 27. Wow.
Sunday December 26, 2010 4:16
4:18

Nelson fumbles while trying to stretch for the first down. Giants recover at their own 15. Scoring chance wasted there. 5:25 left in the first half, still 14-7 Packers.
Sunday December 26, 2010 4:18
4:20

Looked like Nelson might have had a better chance for the first down — it was third-and-8 — if he had stayed outside and tried to get a block from his fellow receiver out there. He cut it back inside, into traffic, and nearly got to the stick but got hit by a couple of guys and the ball popped out.
Sunday December 26, 2010 4:20
4:21

Touchdown Giants. Manningham for 85 yards. He outjumps Williams for the ball, Williams falls down, and Manningham cruises into the end zone for the score. It’s tied at 14 with 5:13 left in the half.
Sunday December 26, 2010 4:21
4:22

What a turn of events there. Packers just a yard from a first down on the NYG 15 when Nelson fumbles, and the one play later it’s 85 yards the other way to tie the game. Ugh.
Sunday December 26, 2010 4:22
4:22

Williams never got a good read on that ball. He turned around late, and then Manningham just outjumped him. No one else was anywhere back there in coverage, so it was Williams’ play to make.
Sunday December 26, 2010 4:22
4:25

Shields runs the KO back to the 21. Another shaky looking return, Shields didn’t catch the ball on the fly and took it on the bounce around the 10.
Sunday December 26, 2010 4:25
4:27

Two passes to Jennings for 37 yards total and the Packers are across midfield.
Sunday December 26, 2010 4:27
4:28

Driver makes a 6-yard grab and then takes some unnecessary roughness from Terrell Thomas, a slap to the head while he was on the ground. 15 yard penalty. Packers first down on the 16.
Sunday December 26, 2010 4:28
4:29

That’s the 2-minute warning. Second-and-2 from the 8 for GB after an 8-yard catch by Jones.
Sunday December 26, 2010 4:29
4:31

That’s a career high in catches for Jones, with 48 now. He had 47 in 2007.
Sunday December 26, 2010 4:31
4:32

Touchdown Packers. Kuhn takes FB belly handoff and barells 8-yards up the middle for the TD. 1:54 left in the half, it’s 21-14 Packers.
Sunday December 26, 2010 4:32
4:32

6 plays, 79 yards, 3:19 on the scoring drive for GB.
Sunday December 26, 2010 4:32
4:34

Ware slips on the return as Hall tackles him. Giants take over on their own 20. Giants have 1:50 and all three timeouts.
Sunday December 26, 2010 4:34
4:37

Collins almost gets an INT, has it bounce right off his shoulder pads. Giants take timeout with 47 seconds left. They have third-and-3 on their own 40.
Sunday December 26, 2010 4:37
4:38

Incomplete to Boss. Giants punting with 41 seconds left.
Sunday December 26, 2010 4:38
4:39

Giants down the punt on the GB 12. 48-yard punt. 30 seconds left.
Sunday December 26, 2010 4:39
4:39

One running play runs the clock out. Halftime, Packers lead 21-14.
Sunday December 26, 2010 4:39
4:41

One note from that first half, Nelson’s 80-yard TD gives the Packers two different receivers with 80-yard-plus TDs this year. Jennings had an 86-yarder vs. Miami in Week 6. That’s the first time since 1967 (Carroll Dale, Elijah Pitts) that the Packers have had two players with 80-yard TDs in the same season.
Sunday December 26, 2010 4:41
4:41

Packers with 289 yards of offense in the first half, Giants with 205. That’s almost 500 yards combined (494 to be exact).
Sunday December 26, 2010 4:41
4:42

Rodgers is 14-of-23 for 216 yards with two TDs. Jennings has five catches for 82 yards, Nelson has two for 87.
Sunday December 26, 2010 4:42
4:43

Jackson and Nance have combined for 42 yards rushing on 14 carries, an average of exactly 3.0 per attempt.
Sunday December 26, 2010 4:43
4:43

Manning is 8-of-15 for 175 yards with two TDs and one INT for the Giants. 121 of Manning’s yards have come on his two TD passes (36, 85).
Sunday December 26, 2010 4:43
4:44

Bradshaw and Jacobs have just 30 yards rushing on nine carries combined. 3.1 per attempt. The Packers will certainly take that.
Sunday December 26, 2010 4:44
4:44

Nicks has three catches for 66 yards, Manningham two for 90.
Sunday December 26, 2010 4:44
4:53

Turnovers are going to be the key. Packers turned an INT into a TD, but then a GB fumble took away at least 3 if not 7 points and the Giants turned that into a TD. Collins missed a potential INT at the end of the first half that could have led to a score. Packers have to protect the ball and take it away one or two more times.
Sunday December 26, 2010 4:53
4:54

[Comment From TomTom: ]
IF GB wins, what are the chances next weeks game gets flexed to Sunday night on NBC??
Sunday December 26, 2010 4:54 Tom
4:54

There’s always a chance of that, but other games will have playoff implications too. I wouldn’t say it’s a sure thing.
Sunday December 26, 2010 4:54
4:54

Ware returns 2nd half KO out to the 35. Giants to start on offense.
Sunday December 26, 2010 4:54
4:57

Bigby in at safety for Peprah to start the second half.
Sunday December 26, 2010 4:57
4:58

Bradshaw takes a direct snap and Woodson gets a hand in and forces a fumble. Bigby recovers at the 50. Packers ball with 13:23 left in the third.
Sunday December 26, 2010 4:58
4:58

There’s another turnover. Have to take advantage now.
Sunday December 26, 2010 4:58
4:59

[Comment From nicknick: ]
peprah injured?
Sunday December 26, 2010 4:59 nick
4:59

No report of that. I think they’re rotating.
Sunday December 26, 2010 4:59
5:02

Passes to Jones and Crabtree pick up two first downs. Packers at the NYG 15.
Sunday December 26, 2010 5:02
5:04

Packers stall out at the 12. Crosby on to try a 31-yard FG.
Sunday December 26, 2010 5:04
5:05

Crosby’s kick is good. It’s 24-14 Packers with 9:56 left in the third.
Sunday December 26, 2010 5:05
5:05

Third down pass there was out of five wide, shotgun, empty backfield. Nelson was open on the slant right at the marker, but he couldn’t hold onto the pass and then was hit by S Kenny Phillips.
Sunday December 26, 2010 5:05
5:06

8 plays, 38 yards, 3:27 on the scoring drive for GB. Crosby now over 500 points in his career.
Sunday December 26, 2010 5:06
5:07

Korey Hall has left the game with a knee injury for GB. His return is questionable.
Sunday December 26, 2010 5:07
5:08

Ware returns the KO out to the 34. Giants take over.
Sunday December 26, 2010 5:08
5:08

[Comment From TomTom: ]
Are Crosbys short kickoffs by design? Seem like he can’t get it farther than the 10 most times
Sunday December 26, 2010 5:08 Tom
5:09

I don’t think so. I think just the cold weather is the factor there. I could be wrong, though. Tynes kicks for the Giants aren’t going any farther. That last one by Crosby was inside the 10.
Sunday December 26, 2010 5:09
5:11

Nicks with another big play, 27 yard catch, wide open. Giants at the GB 26.
Sunday December 26, 2010 5:11
5:13

Incomplete on third down, Giants stall out at the 20. Tynes on to try a FG.
Sunday December 26, 2010 5:13
5:13

Tynes good from 38 yards out. It’s 24-17 Packers with 7:10 left in the third.
Sunday December 26, 2010 5:13
5:14

6 plays 46 yards, 2:46 on the scoring drive for the Giants.
Sunday December 26, 2010 5:14
5:16

Shields runs the KO out to the 30. 23-yard return. Packers take over.
Sunday December 26, 2010 5:16
5:17

Great diving catch by Driver deep over the middle. 33-yard gain, Packers on the NYG 37.
Sunday December 26, 2010 5:17
5:18

Another great catch, this one by Jennings deep down the right sideline. 36 yards down to the 1. First and goal.
Sunday December 26, 2010 5:18
5:18

Rodgers over 300 yards passing already today. He’s at 320.
Sunday December 26, 2010 5:18
5:18

Jennings over 100 yards with 118 on six grabs.
Sunday December 26, 2010 5:18
5:19

Touchdown. 1-yard pass to Donald Lee. Rodgers scrambled off play action and found him open.
Sunday December 26, 2010 5:19
5:19

With the PAT, it’s 31-17 Packers with 4:44 left in the third.
Sunday December 26, 2010 5:19
5:20

4 plays, 70 yards, 2:26 on the scoring drive for GB.
Sunday December 26, 2010 5:20
5:20

Rodgers has done an amazing job of using his feet to slither out of the pocket and find openings when the Giants’ pass rush is closing in. That’s been the major reason the GB offense is doing so well. 397 yards of offense in less than three full quarters so far today. Superb footwork by Rodgers.
Sunday December 26, 2010 5:20
5:24

Fumble on the kickoff, recovered by GB, but replays appear to show Nicks was down. Giants are challenging.
Sunday December 26, 2010 5:24
5:24

There was also a penalty on the Giants on the return. If the Giants keep the ball, the holding call should put them back inside their own 20.
Sunday December 26, 2010 5:24
5:25

[Comment From AdamAdam: ]
Please submit this stat: Before this game, Giants were 2nd in pass D allowing 188 yards a game. Rodgers has 321 yards and counting.
Sunday December 26, 2010 5:25 Adam
5:25

Thanks Adam for the contribution.
Sunday December 26, 2010 5:25
5:27

Replay overturns the fumble. Giants keep the ball. Holding being enforced, pushing the Giants back to their own 12. 4:41 left in the third.
Sunday December 26, 2010 5:27
5:28

Raji with a sack, his third in the last two games.
Sunday December 26, 2010 5:28
5:30

Big conversion there on third down by the Giants. Screen to Bradshaw for 12 picks up a third-and-9.
Sunday December 26, 2010 5:30
5:31

Fumble, Packers recover.
Sunday December 26, 2010 5:31
5:32

Jacobs with a long run down the sideline, Matthews catches up to him and punches the ball out from behind. Collins recovers.
Sunday December 26, 2010 5:32
5:32

Packers on their own 27 with 2:15 left in the third.
Sunday December 26, 2010 5:32
5:32

Giants challenging the call. If the Giants don’t get this overturned, they will be out of challenges for the rest of the game.
Sunday December 26, 2010 5:32
5:34

Bishop had the first chance to recover that, but the ball went through his hands. Then he did a great job tipping the ball back into the field of play as he went out of bounds. The Giants are probably challenging that Bishop was out of bounds when he touched the ball, but it appears he was in.
Sunday December 26, 2010 5:34
5:35

Collins was out of bounds, came back in to make the recovery. But he should be OK, because he re-established his position in bounds before touching the ball, and other players had touched the ball in the interim. Collins was not the first player to touch it after going out of bounds on the play, so he should be OK there.
Sunday December 26, 2010 5:35
5:36

All in all, an incredible hustle play by Matthews to get back into the play and get the ball out.
Sunday December 26, 2010 5:36
5:36

Ruling stands. Packers ball.
Sunday December 26, 2010 5:36
5:36

Giants out of challenges. They went 1-for-2 and don’t get a bonus challenge.
Sunday December 26, 2010 5:36
5:39

Rodgers takes a timeout on third-and-1. Appeared upset with where Quarless was lined up. 47 seconds left in the third. Packers are on their own 36.
Sunday December 26, 2010 5:39
5:40

Rodgers fumbles on the pass as the ball slips out of his hands. Kuhn recovers. Packers punting.
Sunday December 26, 2010 5:40
5:41

That’s the end of the third quarter. Packers lead 31-17. GB punting from its own 33 after the break.
Sunday December 26, 2010 5:41
5:43

Masthay hits a low punt, Ross returns it to the NYG 41.
Sunday December 26, 2010 5:43
5:43

[Comment From MichaelMichael: ]
what are the packer stats this year on challenges?
Sunday December 26, 2010 5:43 Michael
5:44

Opponents are now 3-of-11 on overturning calls this season against GB.
Sunday December 26, 2010 5:44
5:44

Packers are 3-of-5 on their own challenges.
Sunday December 26, 2010 5:44
5:45

Defense gets a three-and-out. Good pressure by Matthews on second down. Giants punting from their own 44.
Sunday December 26, 2010 5:45
5:46

Low punt by Dodge, 41 yards. But Williams only gets 4 yards on the return to the 19. Packers take over with 13:47 left.
Sunday December 26, 2010 5:46
5:47

[Comment From hankhank: ]
what are the packers stats when leading going into the fourth quarter?
Sunday December 26, 2010 5:47 hank
5:47

8-4 this year.
Sunday December 26, 2010 5:47
5:51

Tuck sacks Rodgers, making it third-and-15 from the GB 29. Rodgers takes GB’s second timeout of the half. 11:17 left.
Sunday December 26, 2010 5:51
5:54

Jones drops a great throw on third down that would have been a long gainer. Packers punting.
Sunday December 26, 2010 5:54
5:54

Good punt by Masthay there. Fair catch at the NYG 17. A 54-yard punt. 11:04 left, Packers lead 31-17.
Sunday December 26, 2010 5:54
5:58

Nicks pushes off on Williams as he catches a deep pass. This one’s coming back.
Sunday December 26, 2010 5:58
5:58

Penalty makes it second-and-18 on the NYG 30.
Sunday December 26, 2010 5:58
5:59

Shields with the INT near the sideline. Packers take over with 9:47 left. Fourth turnover of the game for the Packers’ defense.
Sunday December 26, 2010 5:59
5:59

Packers on the NYG 46. First down.
Sunday December 26, 2010 5:59
6:00

Looked on replay like Shields might not have gotten that second foot in bounds, but Giants out of challenges and can’t do anything about it. Green Bay ball.
Sunday December 26, 2010 6:00
6:01

Passes to Jennings and Quarless make it first-and-goal on the 4.
Sunday December 26, 2010 6:01
6:03

5-yard TD pass to Kuhn on second down. That’s Kuhn’s second TD of the game.
Sunday December 26, 2010 6:03
6:03

Packers lead 38-17 with 6:58 left.
Sunday December 26, 2010 6:03
6:04

5 plays, 46 yards, 2:49 on the scoring drive for GB.
Sunday December 26, 2010 6:04
6:04

That’s Rodgers’ fourth TD pass of the game, tying his career-high for one game. His 366 yards this game is a season high for 2010.
Sunday December 26, 2010 6:04
6:05

Packers have now converted four NYG turnovers into 17 points. Only one turnover did not lead to a score.
Sunday December 26, 2010 6:05
6:06

Ware bobbles the ball on the KO return, Packers bury him back at the 7.
Sunday December 26, 2010 6:06
6:08

Collins with the INT on a deep pass to Manningham. That’s five turnovers by the Giants today.
Sunday December 26, 2010 6:08
6:09

Packers take over on the NYG 49 with 6:15 left.
Sunday December 26, 2010 6:09
6:11

Packers run three times, with Kuhn picking up the first down on third and short. Giants take their second timeout with 4:40 left. Packers on NYG 38.
Sunday December 26, 2010 6:11
6:12

Giants take their last timeout with 4:33 left. It’s second-and-11 for GB on the NYG 39.
Sunday December 26, 2010 6:12
6:13

Rodgers goes deep to Nelson for 38 yards, down to the 1. It’s first-and-goal.
Sunday December 26, 2010 6:13
6:14

Rodgers is over 400 yards passing, his first 400-yard game in the regular season. He went over 400 in the playoffs last year.
Sunday December 26, 2010 6:14
6:14

Kuhn takes it in from the 1 for his third TD of the game.
Sunday December 26, 2010 6:14
6:15

It’s 45-17 Packers with 4:20 left. That’s 24 points off the five turnovers.
Sunday December 26, 2010 6:15
6:15

6 plays, 49 yards, 1:55 on the scoring drive for GB.
Sunday December 26, 2010 6:15
6:15

That’s Kuhn’s first three-TD game in his career. He has two rushing and one receiving TD today.
Sunday December 26, 2010 6:15
6:16

[Comment From PearcePearce: ]
COULD THE PACK PLAY THE GIANTS IN THE EARLY IN THE PLAYOFFS ?
Sunday December 26, 2010 6:16 Pearce
6:16

No. With the Giants losing today, that clinches the NFC East for Philadelphia. The Giants can still make the playoffs as a Wild Card, same as Green Bay. But if both are Wild Cards, they won’t face each other until potentially the NFC Championship if they both win two games.
Sunday December 26, 2010 6:16
6:17

But neither team is even in yet. Packers will need to win next week. Giants will need to win next week and possibly get some help to get in.
Sunday December 26, 2010 6:17
6:18

Giants have fourth-and-short near midfield. Clock under 3:30 and counting.
Sunday December 26, 2010 6:18
6:18

Giants convert fourth down with short pass to Bradshaw. Clock under 3 minutes and counting.
Sunday December 26, 2010 6:18
6:19

[Comment From EvanEvan: ]
If the packers beat the bears next week what does that mean for the packers?
Sunday December 26, 2010 6:19 Evan
6:19

It means the Packers would get into the playoffs as a Wild Card.
Sunday December 26, 2010 6:19
6:19

Pass to Manningham puts the Giants on the GB 21 with 2:19 left.
Sunday December 26, 2010 6:19
6:20

[Comment From crystalcrystal: ]
and if they lose?
Sunday December 26, 2010 6:20 crystal
6:20

Packers would need help to get in if they lose next week. Giants would have to lose and Saints would have to beat the Buccaneers, I think. Not 100 percent sure on that, but I think that’s the scenario.
Sunday December 26, 2010 6:20
6:20

INT by Hawk for GB’s sixth turnover.
Sunday December 26, 2010 6:20
6:21

Packers take over with 2:10 left.
Sunday December 26, 2010 6:21
6:21

Flynn in at QB.
Sunday December 26, 2010 6:21
6:21

[Comment From NathanNathan: ]
SO GB has to win next week against the bears to get the wild card spot?
Sunday December 26, 2010 6:21 Nathan
6:21

Yes. If you don’t want to worry about help from other teams, the Packers must beat the Bears. Beat the Bears, the Packers are in.
Sunday December 26, 2010 6:21
6:22

2-minute warning. Packers lead 45-17.
Sunday December 26, 2010 6:22
6:22

That’s Hawk’s third INT of the season, a new career high for one year for him.
Sunday December 26, 2010 6:22
6:22

[Comment From LaneLane: ]
Is next week’s game at home or away?
Sunday December 26, 2010 6:22 Lane
6:23

Packers are at home next week against the Bears. As of now it’s a noon kickoff, but that could change depending on flex scheduling. We should find that out tonight or tomorrow.
Sunday December 26, 2010 6:23
6:23

[Comment From dddddd: ]
is this aaron rodgers best game of career?
Sunday December 26, 2010 6:23 ddd
6:23

Considering what was at stake, the opponent, and how he performed, I would say yes. He’s been phenomenal today, in my humble opinion.
Sunday December 26, 2010 6:23
6:24

Crowd now chanting “The Bears still suck.” Everyone’s ready for next week already, it appears.
Sunday December 26, 2010 6:24
6:24

[Comment From khaledkhaled: ]
who is the next opponent for the giants?
Sunday December 26, 2010 6:24 khaled
6:24

Giants play the Redskins next week, I believe.
Sunday December 26, 2010 6:24
6:25

Packers punt, Giants take over with 24 seconds left.
Sunday December 26, 2010 6:25
6:25

[Comment From dddddd: ]
if the pack win at bears they might end up playing them in wild card
Sunday December 26, 2010 6:25 ddd
6:26

That is true. If the Packers get in as the No. 6 seed and the Bears don’t get the bye and end up with the No. 3 seed, the Packers would travel to Chicago for the first round of the playoffs.
Sunday December 26, 2010 6:26
6:26

[Comment From #1p@ckerf@n#1p@ckerf@n: ]
dude so if the giants lose the packers get the wild card?
Sunday December 26, 2010 6:26 #1p@ckerf@n
6:26

Possibly, but it may also depend on the Saints-Buccaneers result next week. That game also could be a factor.
Sunday December 26, 2010 6:26
6:27

[Comment From JohnJohn: ]
What’s the chance of a home playoff game for GB
Sunday December 26, 2010 6:27 John
6:27

Slim to none, and Slim’s on vacation.
Sunday December 26, 2010 6:27
6:28

That’s it. Final is 45-17 Packers. GB now 9-6 with one game left, need to beat the Bears next week to clinch a playoff spot. That’s all for now. Stay tuned to Packers.com for post-game coverage.
Sunday December 26, 2010 6:28


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