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It was a cold day in Green Bay, but the Packers looked right at home against in the Wild Card Round as they beat the Giants 13-38 at a frigid Lambeau Field.
A young Giants team that is in large part has little to no experience in the postseason got its first taste of the playoffs against a team that has been there the past seven season. The Giants put up a great fight in a game that simply isn’t reflected in the final score.
The Giants’ defense looked undaunted in front of veteran quarterback Aaron Rodgers. On the first Packers possession of the game, the G-Men forced a four-and-out, which was then turned around into the first points of the game on a kick by Robbie Gould
Next Packers possession didn’t exactly get much better. The Giants’ pass defense was on point, and Coty Sensabaugh capped off another stop with a huge sack for an 11-yard loss. Once again, a turnover was turned into a Robbie Gould field go to put Big Blue up 6-0.
It was back and forth battle that was edging in Big Blue’s favor until two fluke plays completely changed the game. On a second down, Rodgers went on a wild scramble for a touchdown only to follow that up with a 42-yard Hail Mary touchdown to put the Packers up 14-6 at the half.
The Giants found some success and opened up with fire in their eyes. Eli Manning led the offense down the field for a touchdown to put New York right back within one, though it didn’t last long as Green Bay was able to score a touchdown of their own on the next drive.
They kept it close through most of the game, but Big Blue wasn’t able to find an answer to close out the game. Rodgers’ veteran experience was evident, managing to pull off some huge passes at critical moment over the course of the game that proved to be too much for the Giants to overcome.Though it was an unfortunate end to an incredible season, the young Giants secondary shows worlds of promise and looks like it will be of the most dangerous the league will see in the coming seasons.