Packers-Giants: Game snapshot

Series history, keys to the game for both teams, facts, prediction

New York Giants (12-5) at Green Bay Packers (14-3)

WHEN: Today, 5:30 CT
WHERE: Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WI

TV: FOX, Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver, Chris Myers

SERIES: 54th meeting. Packers lead series, 29-22-2. The teams are meeting for the sixth time in the postseason, with Green Bay holding a 4-1 edge. All of those matchups occurred in what was then the NFL Championship, ranging from 1938 to '62. The Packers' victories in 1939, '44, '61 and '62 account for a third of their unprecedented 12 league titles. Green Bay pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 35-13 win at Giants Stadium in a Week 2 matchup this season. The visiting team has won the last four meetings, dating to 1998, with the Giants winning the last encounter in Green Bay, 14-7 in 2004.

PREDICTION: Packers 27-23

KEYS TO THE GAME: QB Eli Manning has rightfully been praised for the poise he has shown since the Giants gave New England all it could handle in Week 17. But it's not the passing game that has gotten Big Blue one game from the Super Bowl. RBs Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw have been the driving force behind the offense, and the ground game must produce with temperatures predicted near zero with possible snow flurries. ... The Packers would love nothing more than another game involving snowball fights. RB Ryan Grant ripped off 201 rushing yards last weekend, and his emergence has made it that much easier for Favre to play pitch and catch with his dangerous receiving crew. The Giants have a bigger problem than just their beat-up secondary. With Favre's ability to unload the ball quickly on screens and slants, the Giants' all-important pass rush might not be much of a factor.

KEY INJURIES: Giants: CB Aaron Ross (dislocated shoulder) is expected to start, possibly wearing a harness; CB Sam Madison (abdomen) appears as though he'll be active; CB Kevin Dockery (hip flexor) is unlikely to play. Packers: CB Will Blackmon (foot) could return, but would be unlikely to resume punt return duties over Tramon Williams.

FAST FACTS: Favre (5,075) and Joe Montana (5,772) are the only players with more than 5,000 passing yards in the postseason. ... The Giants are in the NFC Championship Game for the first time since the 2000 season.

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