Giants vs. Packers Divisional Playoff: Hail Mary Answered, Giants Up 10 at Halftime
The Giants took the first two-possession lead of the game on the final play of the first half when Hakeem Nicks hauled in a 37-yard Hail Mary from Eli Manning to take a 20-10 lead over the Packers at the half.
Ahmad Bradshaw helped set up the score with a nifty 23-yard run that included a mad sprint all the way across the field to get out of bounds to stop the clock with six seconds to go.
The Packers are playing like a team that gave up more passing yards than any team in NFL history; Manning has 274 yards and two touchdowns at halftime.
Time of possession—something coach Tom Coughlin emphasized this week—is also in favor of the Giants at the break. New York has held the ball for 16:38 to just 13:22 for Green Bay.
The Giants are out-gaining the Packers 311-170 at the break.
Green Bay will get the ball first in the second half and will be under pressure to put points on the board after falling behind by two scores with the dramatic late touchdown.
Aaron Rodgers was 12-for-21 for 117 yards and a touchdown in the first half and—as he did in the Week 13 matchup between these teams in New Jersey—also leads the Packers with 25 rushing yards.
Green Bay has looked just a little out of sync offensively with five dropped passes. The Packers face a daunting challenge in the second half, needing to come back from 10 points down, but Green Bay is a quick-strike attack that led the league with 560 points this season, the second-highest total in NFL history.
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