Packers vs. Giants was most-watched Divisional game ever

Posted by Duke Bobber on January 17, 2012 – 10:39 am

Sunday’s New York Giants-Green Bay Packers game on FOX drew an average of 45.1 million viewers to rank as the most-watched Divisional Playoff game ever, topping the record set last year by Jets-Patriots (43.5 million viewers). Giants-Packers is the most-watched show since Super Bowl XLV.

Most-Watched Shows on Television, Week of Jan. 9-15, 2012

Program, Average Viewers
1. FOX Sunday Divisional Playoff (Giants-Packers) 45.1 million
2. FOX Saturday Divisional Playoff (Saints-49ers) 35.6 million
3. CBS Saturday Divisional Playoff (Broncos-Patriots) 34.2 million
4. CBS Sunday Divisional Playoff (Texans-Ravens) 31.0 million
5. ESPN BCS Championship (Alabama-LSU) 24.2  million

Source: NFL & The Nielsen Company

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Philbin resumes coaching duties

Posted by Vic Ketchman, editor on January 15, 2012 – 11:03 am

Packers Offensive Coordinator Joe Philbin will return to his coaching duties today, when the Packers host the New York Giants in an NFC Divisional playoff game at Lambeau Field. Philbin had been absent from the team’s preparation this week, following the death of his son, Michael.

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NFL Capsule: Giants at Packers

Posted by on January 13, 2012 – 9:55 am




LEADER, REGULAR SEASON: Packers, 27-21-2

STREAKS: Packers have won six of the last seven.

COACHES vs. OPPONENT: Tom Coughlin: 2-5 vs. Packers; Mike McCarthy 3-1 vs. Giants

AGAINST COMMON OPPONENTS IN 2011: Giants: 1-1 (New Orleans, 0-1, StL: 1-0); Packers: 2-0

PLAYOFF RECORD: Giants: 21-24; Packers: 29-16

LAST WEEK: Giants: Win, 24-2 over Atlanta in Wild Card playoff; Packers: Bye (Week 17: Win, 45-41 over Detroit)

LAST GAME AT SITE, REGULAR SEASON: 12/26/10: Packers 45, Giants 17. Rodgers passes for 404 yards & 4 TDs, each to different receiver. Packers FB John Kuhn adds 2 rushing TDs.

LAST GAME AT SITE, POSTSEASON: 1/20/08: Giants 23 at Packers 20 (OT). New York K Lawrence Tynes converts game-winning 47-yard FG in OT as Giants win NFC Championship.


PASSING (comp., att., yards, TDs, INTs, rating): NY: Manning: 359-589-4,933-29-16-92.9; GB: Rodgers: 343-502-4,643-45-6-122.5

RUSHING (carries, yards, avg., TDs): NY: Bradshaw: 171-659-3.9-9; GB: Starks: 133-578-4.3-1

RECEIVING (catches, yards, avg., TDs): NY: Cruz: 82-1,536-18.7-9; GB: Nelson: 68-1,263-18.6-15

OFFENSE (avg. yards per game): NY: 385.1 ypg.; GB: 405.1 ypg. (3rd in the NFL).


DEFENSE (avg. yards allowed): NY: 376.4; GB: 411.6

SACKS (leader): NY: Pierre-Paul: 16.5; GB: Matthews: 6

INTs: NY: Webster: 6; GB: Woodson: 7

PR (avg.): NY: Ross: 7.1; GB: Cobb: 11.3

KR (avg.): NY: D. Thomas: 24.3; GB: Cobb: 27.7

PUNTING (avg.): NY: Weatherford: 45.7; GB: Masthay: 45.6

KICKING: NY: Tynes 100 (43/43 PAT, 19/24 FG); GB: Crosby: 140 (68/69 PAT, 24/28 FG)


The Packers and Giants meet for the seventh time in postseason…The first five meetings were NFL Championship…Last playoff meeting was 2007 NFC Championship…Green Bay has won four of previous six postseason meetings…New York won last playoff meeting (2007 NFC Championship, 23-20 in OT) during team’s Super Bowl XLII championship season…Packers won Week 13 meeting (38-35).

GIANTS: Playing in 31st postseason, most in NFL history. Head coach Tom Coughlin has led NYG to five postseason appearances, tied with Bill Parcells for most in team history. Giants had 2 players selected to Pro Bowl: QB Eli Manning (second) and DE Jason Pierre-Paul (first)… Manning passed for 277 yards, 3 TDs and 129.3 rating in Wild Card victory last week. Has 11 postseason TD passes, the most in team history. Ranks second in club playoff history with 1,574 pass yards, 136 comp. & 225 att., Had franchise-record 4,933 pass yards and eight 300-yard games in reg. season…Has 22 career 300-yard games and passed Phil Simms (21) for most in team history. Recorded seventh consecutive season with 3,000+ pass yards and 20+ pass TDs, the most in team history. Had 15 4th quarter TD passes in regular season, most ever in season, topping Johnny Unitas and Peyton Manning…RB Brandon Jacobs tied for second in club postseason history with three rushing TDs and needs one to tie Joe Morris (four) for most. Since start of 2005 (incl. playoffs), Jacobs has 59 rush TDs, tied for fourth most in NFL…RB Ahmad Bradshaw is one of seven players in NFL with 1,800+ rushing yards (1,894) & 80+ receptions (81) since the start of the 2010 season…WR Hakeem Nicks had six catches for 115 yards & 2 TDs last week, his first career playoff game. He ranked second on the team in the regular season with 76 catches, 1,192 yards and seven TDs. He’s the only player in team history with 75+ catches, 1,000+ yards and 7+ TDs in consecutive seasons…WR Victor Cruz had team-record 1,536 rec. yards in the regular season, 193 more than previous mark (1,343, Amani Toomer). Had a team-high nine receiving TDs in the regular season, including a 99-yard TD in Week 16, tied for longest in NFL history. Also had five receiving TDs of 65+ yards in the regular season, the second-most in a season in NFL history (six, Elroy “Crazy Legs” Hirsch, 1951). Cruz had seven 100-yard games in the regular season, the most by a Giant in a season. Cruz (1,536) and Nicks (1,192) are the first set of Giants to each record 1,000+ receiving yards in the same season…WR Mario Manningham has 19 career receiving TDs and 13 have been 20+ yards, including a 27-yard TD in last week’s playoff game vs. Atlanta…Pierre-Paul ranked fourth in NFL with 16.5 sacks. He joined Lawrence Taylor and Michael Strahan as only Giants with 16+ sacks in a season…DE Justin Tuck had two sacks in Super Bowl XLII, tied for most in a postseason game by a Giant…In the past 23 games (incl. playoffs), DE Osi Umenyiora has 20.5 sacks and 11 forced fumbles. He has three career postseason sacks…The Giants had 20 regular-season interceptions, their most since 2000 when club advanced to Super Bowl XXXV…CB Corey Webster led the team with career-high six  INTs in the regular season. He had an interception in the 2007 NFC Championship vs. the Packers, and has two career postseason INTs. 

PACKERS: Have won 13 NFL championships, most all-time. Team’s .644 postseason winning pct. (29-16) is best in NFL history. Club has 29 playoff wins, 3rd most in NFL annals…Head coach Mike McCarthy is 5-2 (.714) in the postseason, the second best mark in franchise history, trailing only Vince Lombardi, 9-1, .900…The Packers won a franchise-record 15 games, only the sixth team in NFL history with 15 wins. The Packers were 6-0 vs. 2011 playoff teams. The team scored 560 points, the most in franchise history and the second most all-time…Green Bay had seven players selected to Pro Bowl: WR Greg Jennings (2nd), FB John Kuhn (1st), LB Clay Matthews (3rd), DT B.J. Raji (1st), QB Aaron Rodgers (2nd), C Scott Wells (1st) and CB Charles Woodson (8th)…Rodgers had a 122.5 rating, the best single-season mark in NFL history. He set NFL season record with 13 games with 100+ rating and 12 games with 110+ rating. Had franchise record 4,643 pass yards and 45 TDs. Became the only QB in NFL history to pass for 4,000+ yards and have six or fewer INTs. In the postseason, Rodgers has completed 118 of 174 (67.8 pct.) for 1,517 yards with 13 TDs vs. 3 INTs for 112.6 rating, highest in NFL history. Also ranks first in NFL playoff history with 67.8 comp. pct. and 8.72 avg. gain…Is 2-0 in career vs. NYG with 773 yards, 8 TDs, 1 INT and 121.2 rating…RB Ryan Grant rushed for franchise playoff record 201 yards in 2007 Divisional playoff vs. Seattle (1/12/08), one of only seven 200-yard rushing games in NFL postseason history…RB James Starks led the NFL with 315 postseason rushing yards last year…Packers had five WRs with 25+ catches each for the first time in team history: Jordy Nelson (68), Jennings (67), James Jones (38), Donald Driver (37) and rookie Randall Cobb (25). Nelson had career-highs in catches (68), yards (1,263) and TDs (15). His 15 receiving TDs were 3rd most by Packer in season. In seven career playoff games, Jennings has five TDs and three 100-yard games…Driver has 46 postseason catches and needs two to pass Antonio Freeman (47) for most in team history…Cobb led NFC and was second in the NFL with 27.7 kickoff return avg. TE Jermichael Finley had 55 catches for 767 yards and eight TDs. He is the team’s first TE with two seasons of 50+ catches, 600+ yards and 5+ TDs…Since joining GB in 2006, Woodson has 37 INTs (second in NFL) and nine INT-TDs (first in NFL). The cornerback has an interception return for a touchdown in each of his six years with GB and is the only player in NFL history with INT-TD in six consecutive seasons…Since 2010 (incl. playoffs), CB Tramon Williams leads the NFL with 13 INTs. Williams had three INTs in last year’s playoffs, incl. 70-yard interception for a TD…LB Matthews had six sacks and three INTs (one TD) in 2011 and is the first player in team history with defensive TD in each of his first three NFL seasons. Had INT-TD in last game vs. NYG…LB Desmond Bishop led the team in tackles…S Charlie Peprah tied for third among safeties with career-high five INTs and had most the most INT return yards by a safety in the NFL (147).

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Lambeau Field grounds crew prepares for playoffs, paints field

Posted by Duke Bobber on January 10, 2012 – 5:57 pm

Green Bay Packers fields manager Allen Johnson and his staff are in the midst of a busy week of preparing Lambeau Field for Sunday’s 3:30 p.m. CT showdown between the Packers and New York Giants. The crew painted the Divisional Playoffs logo along both sidelines Tuesday afternoon.

Click here to see photos of the process.

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