The Green Bay Packers cruised to their 8th straight victory in a 38-13 victory over the New York Giants in Sunday’s NFC wild card matchup.
Aaron Rodgers played MVP quality once again as he threw for 362 yards on 25 of 40 attempts and 4 touchdowns. Although he lost Jordy Nelson to an ugly hit to the ribs, his other receivers stepped up and had huge games for the Packers. Randall Cobb, after being out the past few games played exceptionally well finishing the game with 116 yards on 5 receptions and 3 touchdowns including a 42 yard hail-mary before halftime. Davante Adams finished the game with a team-high 8 receptions for 125 yards and 1 touchdown.
Rodgers is playing some of the best football of his career and had thrown for 22 touchdowns and 0 interception in the Packers’ last 8 contests. He also has thrown for 4 touchdowns in three straight games.
The Giants struggled to find any kind of rhythm and really struggled running the ball as Paul Perkins led the way for them with 30 rushing yards. Eli Manning threw for 299 yards and 1 touchdown but his receivers weren’t helping his cause as they dropped multiple passes. Odell Beckham Jr. finished with 4 receptions for 28 yards after bring targeted 11 times. Beckham dropped 3 passes including a dime touchdown pass from Manning in the first quarter.
Everyone has heard about the Giants’ receivers decision to party in Miami last Sunday 6 days before this game and they will likely face a lot of criticism after none of them played well. Maybe the receivers focus wasn’t in the right place for this game as they should have been preparing to catch footballs in the cold conditions of Green Bay, Wisconsin.
The Packers now face a tough test against the top seeded Dallas Cowboys, but if their offense is clicking like it was today, they’ll give the Cowboys a run for their money. Green Bay might have to play this game without their top receiver Jordy Nelson, as his status is unknown, but their other receivers proved today that they are willing to step up and do their job for the team.
This will be an interesting game as both teams will have to figure out a way to slow down the other’s high powered offense. The Cowboys have been rolling all year long but the Packers have been the hottest team in the NFL as of late and will look to carry some of their momentum to Dallas as they fight for a trip to the NFC championship.