Our weekly "Chips Report" will always include two blue chippers (outstanding, exceptional play), two red chippers (good, though maybe not great) and two cow chips (dud performances). From the 37-20 divisional round loss to the New York Giants...
- Donald Driver––Driver was easily the best performer of the day with three clutch catches that covered a total of 45 yards. The first two receptions were key third-down conversions, two of only six on the entire day. The third reception went for a 16-yard touchdown from Aaron Rodgers in the fourth quarter that kept the Packers' hopes alive, however slim they were. Driver became the Packers' leading receiver in postseason history with 49 receptions, beating the only record previously held by Antonio Freeman (47).
- Desmond Bishop––Bishop played well in all phases of the game. He put two crushing hits on Giants quarterback Eli Manning via the blitz. He broke up a pass in coverage. And he was part of a group that limited New York to 3.5 yard per carry. Bishop accounted for five tackles and showed he's an inside linebacker on the rise.
- Mason Crosby––Crosby closed out the best season of his career with another solid performance. He went two-for-two on field goals, hitting from 35 and 47 yards. All three of his kickoffs that weren't onside kicks went for touchbacks. And he added two extra points. You can't blame Crosby for the questionable decision to go for the onside kick in the first half.
- Ryan Pickett––After missing several games late in the season due to a concussion, Pickett showed his presence makes a ton of difference, especially defending the run. He made four tackles including one for a loss and was a big reason the Giants averaged only 3.5 yards per carry. One could make the argument that he put one pressure on Manning rushing the passer too. Brad Jones made the case that he deserved a red chip with a blocked kick and a sack.
- Charlie Peprah––Peprah might see Hakeem Nicks in his sleep. He was mostly at fault for the Giants first touchdown of the game by trying to throw a shoulder into Nicks and not wrapping up. Nicks bounced of the hit and went 66 yards to paydirt. Peprah was also part of the group in the endzone that allowed Nicks to catch the first half Hail Mary that might have been the "emotional dagger." The strong safety was continually a step late all day, allowing several passes in front of him and took a poor angle on a run by Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw that went for 24 yards.
- Jermichael Finley––Finley caught less than 50 percent of the passes targeted for him, only four of nine. That's not to intimate that Finley was at fault for every incompletion thrown his way, but he had his fair share of dropped passes. And on the fourth quarter third-down incompletion late in the game, it appeared that both Finley and Rodgers were at fault: Finley for slowing down and Rodgers for a pass that was still off target even with Finley slowing down.
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