This was it. The signature challenge of the season.
Never mind that for the Green Bay Packers, this was not the first one of 2011.
The season started with hosting the New Orleans Saints and included a trip to Chicago, Atlanta and San Diego by the midpoint of the season. Now, Green Bay faced back-to-back road games against contenders.
The game saw an early lead by the Giants erased by a big defensive play, only to see New York come back and tie the game in the last minute of regulation. And Skip Bayless, the only man left in America who does not buy into Aaron Rodgers as great, finally got to see his game-winning drive that the QB has rarely needed.
So now, the Packers are home free, right? Not one remaining team is a true contender, but every one of the remaining teams is capable of beating Green Bay.
The Oakland Raiders will be stinging from their loss and like a lot of young teams, could be up to the challenge or stink. Arrowhead is a tough place to play, and Kyle Orton will know the Chiefs offense.
The Bears look bad without Jay Cutler, but Caleb Hanie should improve enough to make the offense more potent than it was in the season finale last January (three points), when they nearly won. The Lions will be looking for revenge and the Packers will have nothing to play for.
Still, there is no challenge as tough as the Giants left in that group. The following report card for the thrilling win tells the story of why Green Bay won this game and why it almost did not...