Quarterback Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers looks to pass against the Detroit Lions in the first half of the Thanksgiving Day game at Ford Field on November 24, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Giants Fall, 38-35, As Packers Remain Undefeated

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NFL Playoff Picture, Week 13: New York Giants Still In The Hunt

With all of the NFC games for Week 13 in the books the 6-6 New York Giants remain outside the playoffs looking in after losing to the Green Bay Packers, 38-35, on Sunday. The Giants, though, are still very much in the mix for either the NFC East title or a wild-card berth.

The NFC East-leading Dallas Cowboys (7-5) lost to the Arizona Cardinals in overtime Sunday, 19-13. That means the Giants are just one game behind Dallas. The Giants and Cowboys meet twice in the season's final four games, including Sunday night in Dallas.

The Giants also watched the three teams ahead of them in the wild-card chase -- the Atlanta Falcons, Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions -- all lose on Sunday. Thus, those three teams are just one game in front of the Giants. New York's wild-card problem is the conference record tie-breaker. The Giants are just 3-6 in conference, while all three of those teams are no worse than 5-5.

NFC Playoff Picture

Division Leaders
Green Bay Packers (12-0) ... clinched Division title
San Francisco 49ers (10-2) ... clinched Division title
New Orleans Saints (8-3)
Dallas Cowboys (7-5)

Wild-Card Teams
Chicago Bears (7-5)
Atlanta Falcons (7-5)

In The Hunt
Detroit Lions (7-5)
New York Giants (6-6)


Packers-Giants Final Score: Aaron Rodgers Gets Last Word As Packers Win, 38-35

The New York Giants did everything they possibly could in an effort to upend the unbeaten Green Bay Packers on Sunday. The one thing they could not do was keep the ball out of Aaron Rodgers’ hands in the final minute, and that proved to be their undoing.

Rodgers led the Packers 66 yards in five plays after the Giants had tied the score with 58 seconds remaining, putting the Packers in position for Mason Crosby to kick a game-winning 30-yard field goal as time expired at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

The Packers are now 12-0 and have won 18 straight games. The Giants are 6-6 and have lost four in a row since beginning the season 6-2.

The Giants had tied the game 35-35 with a clutch drive of their own, going 69 yards in nine plays. Trailing 35-27 Eli Manning connected with Hakeem Nicks on a two-yard touchdown pass, and the Giants converted the two-point attempt on a run by D.J. Ware to tie the game.

Rodgers, though, still had time and that meant the Giants’ upset bid would come up short.

A 24-yard pass to Jermichael Finley and a 27-yard pass to Jordy Nelson quickly put the Packers at the Giants’ 29-yard line. Three plays later, Crosby kicked the game-winner.

The Giants trailed, 28-17, early in the third quarter but fought back to tie the game. Manning finished the game 23-of-40 for 347 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. Unfortunately for the Giants, the interception by Clay Matthews turned in a Pick Six for Green Bay.

Victor Cruz caught seven passes for 119 yards for the Giants, surpassing 1,000 yards receiving for the season. Hakeem Nicks caught seven passes for 88 yards and two touchdowns.

Rodgers was 28-of-46 for 349 yards with four touchdowns and one interception for Green Bay.

The Giants did catch one break Sunday when the NFC East-leading Dallas Cowboys lost to the Arizona Cardinals in overtime, 19-13. The 7-5 Cowboys are just one game ahead of the Giants with four games to play.

The two teams meet twice in the final four weeks of the season. The first of those meetings takes place next Sunday night (8:20 p.m. ET) in Dallas. The second will be the final game of the season, Jan. 1, at MetLife Stadium.


Giants Vs. Packers Injury Report: David Baas, Stacy Andrew Out; Ahmad Bradshaw In

The New York Giants injury report for their Week 13 match up against the Green Bay Packers is out, and the Giants will be without starting center David Bass. New York will also be without offensive lineman Stacy Andrews who suffered a pulmonary embolisms in both lungs Saturday night.

"Andrews was admitted to the hospital last night with pulmonary embolisms in both lungs. The blood clots are thought to have originated in his legs, broken up and traveled to his lungs.

Ronnie Barnes, the Giants' senior vice president of medical services, said Andrews is receiving treatment and resting in the hospital and will most likely be released ton Monday.

Baas, the Giants starting center, was a late scratch due to heaches. Herzlich (ankle) and Umenyiora (ankle) were not expected to play. It will be interesting to see how the Giants shuffle their offensive line. Kevin Boothe started at left guard last week, but is also the backup center.

Running back Ahmad Bradshaw and linebacker Michael Boley will play. Bradshaw has missed the last four games with a cracked bone in his foot. Boley has missed two games due to a hamstring injury."

Giants Inactives

LB Mark Herzlich (Ankle)
DE Osi Umenyiora (Ankle/Knee)
WR Mario Manningham (Knee)...Doubtful
OL Stacy Andrews (medical)\
DT Jimmy Kennedy
RB Da'Rel Scott

For more Giants Vs. Packers coverage stay tuned to our storystream. For more Giants coverage visit our team page and our blog, Big Blue View.


Stacy Andrews Injury Status: Backup Offensive Tackle Suffers Pulmonary Embolism In Lungs

All week New York Giants fans kept an eye on the injury status of running back Ahmad Bradshaw, but the focus may change to the health of backup right tackle Stacy Andrews, who suffered a pulmonary embolism in both of his lungs Sunday and is currently receiving treatment. Luckily, Andrew is expected to be released from the hospital Monday.

For those that don't know what a pulmonary embolism is, here's a definition from WebMD:

"Pulmonary embolism is the sudden blockage of a major blood vessel (artery) in the lung, usually by a blood clot . In most cases, the clots are small and are not deadly, but they can damage the lung. But if the clot is large and stops blood flow to the lung, it can be deadly. Quick treatment could save your life or reduce the risk of future problems."

On the Giants depth chart, rookie James Brewer (6-foot-6, 330-pounds) is listed as the next-best option at right tackle.

For more Giants Vs. Packers coverage stay tuned to our storystream. For more Giants coverage visit our team page and our blog, Big Blue View.


Giants Vs. Packers Injury Report: Ahmad Bradshaw, Michael Boley To Play Sunday

All week, the injury status of New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw and linebacker Michael Boley has been tracked by SB Nation New York. Well, on Sunday morning on ESPN's Sunday NFL Countdown, reporter Rachel Nichols said that both Bradshaw (foot) and Boley (hamstring) will play against the Green Bay Packers (4:15 p.m. ET on FOX.). ESPN insider Chris Mortensen confirmed Nichols report via Twitter.

On Friday, both Bradshaw, who has missed the last four games, and Boley, who had missed the last two games, practiced. Giants fans are now waiting on the news of wide receiver Mario Manningham, who is listed as doubtful. If Manningham cannot go then backup Victor Cruz will step in as a starter.

As of Saturday, here was the known injury report for both teams:


LB Mark Herzlich (Ankle)...Out
DE Osi Umenyiora (Ankle/Knee)...Out
WR Mario Manningham (Knee)...Doubtful
LB Michael Boley (Hamstring)...Questionable (WILL PLAY)
RB Ahmad Bradshaw (Foot)...Questionable (WILL PLAY)


LB Desmond Bishop (Calf)...Out
T Chad Clifton (Hamstring/Back)...Out
LB A.J. Hawk (Calf)...Out
G Josh Sitton (Knee)...Out

For more Giants Vs. Packers coverage stay tuned to our storystream. For more Giants coverage visit our team page and our blog, Big Blue View.


Mario Manningham Injury Update: Knee Injury Not Improving

The New York Giants have not officially ruled wide receiver Mario Manningham out of Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers, but Manningham’s chances of playing do not sound good. He missed Monday’s game against New Orleans with swelling in his knee and coach Tom Coughlin did not sound optimistic Thursday.

“They’ve done stuff about it. In other words, they’ve put some medicine in there, they’ve drained it, but there is an injury there,” Coughlin said. “We’re trying to manage it and he’s trying to manage it, but it’s not working to everybody’s favor.”

Manningham is third on the Giants in receptions with 30.

“We’d love to have him, but he hasn’t been around for a while and he didn’t practice today [Thursday] so we’ll just wait and see,” said offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride.

Without Manningham, Victor Cruz would start again. Cruz, technically the team’s No. 3 receiver, actually leads the Giants with 55 receptions. Ramses Barden would also see increased playing time.


Perry Fewell 'Baffled' By Giants' Lack Of Effort On Defense

First, head coach Tom Coughlin blew up the Giants because they "didn't have any defense" in last Monday's 49-24 shellacking at the hands of Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints. Then, Hall of Fame linebacker Harry Carson called the defense "sad" in his assessment of "Big Blue's" third straight loss.

Now, defensive coordinator Perry Fewell is getting in on the action, telling reporters during Thursday's press conference that he was "baffled" by what his team did at the Superdome:

"It was so disappointing from my perspective as I watched it on Monday and then watched it the next day. It was one of those games that you wanted to bury. The energy level and what we did, it baffled me. It baffled me. Are you supposed to have answers, but sometimes you can't explain something like that."

Unfortunately the Giants won't get a reprieve this Sunday to try and work out the kinks. They host Aaron Rodgers and the undefeated Green Bay Packers at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford.

Here's what Fewell expects this weekend:

"We look forward to the opportunity to play these guys. That's my confidence level. We're going to show up and we're going to play on Sunday. We're going to get to the quarterback. Period. We're going to get it done. I'm going to coach better and they're going to play better ... The motivation is to advance ourselves to win this division so we can have an opportunity to play more in January ... We all know, collectively, what we need to get done ... We have to work in harmony together as an offense, defense and special teams and we have to grab energy from each other and collectively play as a unit, as a football team. Obviously we didn't do that Monday night, but we'll get that done."

Monday's debacle against the Saints included, the Giants have played an extremely difficult schedule in recent weeks, facing the likes of the 49ers, Eagles and now the Packers.

In addition, the New York line-up has been riddled with injuries, including an ankle sprain to defensive end Osi Umenyiora.

A huge upset over Green Bay would go a long way in restoring the team's confidence, especially if the defense can make a few plays on Rodgers, who right now is playing as good as he (or anyone else) ever has.

Time will tell.

For more Giants coverage visit our team page and our blog, Big Blue View.


Ahmad Bradshaw Injury Update: Running Back 'Planning On Playing'

New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw, who has missed the last four games with a cracked bone in his foot says he is “planning on playing” Sunday when the Giants face the 11-0 Green Bay Packers. He just is not planning on practicing this week.

“Practice? I don’t think I want to,” Bradshaw said. “I want to be as healthy as I can on Sunday."

Practice or no practice, the Giants could certainly use Bradshaw in the lineup Sunday against Green Bay. Despite missing those four games Bradshaw still leads the Giants in rushing with 440 yards in seven games.

The Giants are last in the league in yards rushing per game at 83.2, and in average yards per running play at 3.2.

Bradshaw originally suffered the injury in a game against the Miami Dolphins. He has had similar injuries in the past and has undergone surgery in an effort to alleviate the problem.

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