GREEN BAY PACKERS AT NEW YORK GIANTS (NBC)
WHEN: 8:20 p.m. est November 25th
WHERE: MetLife Stadium
TV: Al Michaels (play-by-play) and Cris Collinsworth (analyst) with Michele Tafoya on the sideline for NBC.
RADIO: Wayne Larrivee (play-by-play) & Larry McCarren (analyst) for AM-620 and Packer Radio Network
INTERNET: Cheesehead TV Gameday Live Blog
The Packers have won five in a row – tied with Denver for the longest current winning streak in the NFL – and will look to avenge last season’s Divisional loss to the Giants.
In Week 11, Green Bay rallied and scored the winning points with 1:55 remaining on a 22-yard touchdown pass from quarterback AARON RODGERS to wide receiver RANDALL COBB in the team’s 24-20 victory at Detroit. In his past seven games, Rodgers has 24 touchdowns and just four interceptions for a 117 passer rating. Cobb has six touchdown receptions in the team’s past four games and he aims for his fifth in a row with a TD.
“Randall’s a big-time player for us,” says Rodgers. “He’s going to be a guy for us for a long time and is going to be a big part of our offense. He made an incredible catch.”
The Giants had a bye in Week 11 and will look to end a two-game losing streak. At 6-4, New York leads the NFC East and the team knows it will need a strong finish to the season.
“It’s a six-game schedule now,” says Giants head coach TOM COUGHLIN. “We’re excited about it. We’re excited to be back on the field. Hopefully they’re well-rested and ready to go.”
In last year’s Divisional Playoff, quarterback ELI MANNING passed for 330 yards with three touchdowns and wide receiver HAKEEM NICKS had seven catches for 165 yards with two touchdowns. The Giants know that they’ll need to play well again this Sunday night against one of the league’s hottest teams.
“They’re 7-3 and playing good football,” says Coughlin. “They’re playing well right now. They have a good football team.”
In past 7, QB AARON RODGERS is 6-1 & has 24 TDs, 4 INTs & 117 rating. In 2 reg. season starts vs. NYG, is 2-0 with 773 yards (386.5 per game) & 8 TDs vs. 1 INT for 121.2 rating. Aims for 3rd in row vs. NYG with 4+ TDs. Packers are 25-0 when he starts & has 115+ rating
WR-PR-KR RANDALL COBB has 6 rec. TDs in past 4 & aims for 5th in row with TD. Is only player in NFL with 600+ KR (627), 500+ receiving (574), 200+ PR (211) & 100+ rush (115) yards.
WR JAMES JONES ties for NFC lead with 8 rec. TDs.
In past 2 reg. season meetings, WR JORDY NELSON has 8 catches for 218 yards (27.3 avg.) & TD (80 yards).
S M.D. JENNINGS had 72-yard INT-TD last week, 1st career TD.
Since 2010 (incl. playoffs), CB TRAMON WILLIAMS ties for NFL lead with 15 INTs.
CB CASEY HAYWARD leads all rookies with 5 INTs
From the Dope Sheet:
THE DOPE ON THIS WEEK’S OPPONENT:
- Packers vs. Giants:
- All-time regular season: 27-21-2
- All-time, postseason: 4-3
- All-time, in New York: 16-15-2
- Streaks: The Packers have won seven of the last 10 meetings.
- Last meeting, in New York: Dec. 4, 2011, at MetLife Stadium; Packers won, 38-35
PACKERS AND GIANTS TO MEET IN PRIME-TIME MATCHUP
- In a meeting of the two most recent Super Bowl champions, the Packers will travel to face the N.Y. Giants on Sunday night.
- Green Bay enters Sunday’s game having won five straight games, which is tied with Denver for the longest current winning streak in the NFL.
- The last time the Packers posted winning streaks of five-plus games in back-to-back seasons was in 1996-97. Green Bay started out the 2011 campaign with 13 consecutive wins.
- The Packers improved to 7-3 on the season with a 24-20 victory over the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on Sunday, Green Bay’s ninth straight win in the NFC North. That set a franchise record for the longest divisional winning streak, besting eight-game streaks in 1996-97 and 2001-02.
- For Green Bay, it marked the fourth straight season that it won its first game after the bye. The Packers improved to 6-1 (.857) under Head Coach Mike McCarthy in the first game after the open date.
- With Chicago’s loss at San Francisco on Monday night, the Packers and Bears sit atop the NFC North with 7-3 marks. The Packers beat the Bears in Green Bay in Week 2 and the teams will meet in Chicago in Week 15.
- This will mark the third straight year that the Packers and Giants have faced off in the regular season, the first time that has happened since 1985-87. Green Bay has won the last three regular-season meetings.
- It is also the third straight year that the Packers have played at MetLife Stadium, with a Week 13 contest in 2011 against the Giants and a Week 8 game with the Jets in 2010, the stadium’s first season.
- The Packers and Giants also met in a NFC Divisional playoff contest last season at Lambeau Field, one that was won by New York, 37-20.
- Two of the most venerable franchises in professional football history, the Packers and Giants have combined for 21 championships. Green Bay ranks No. 1 among all NFL franchises with 13 titles, while the Giants check in at No. 3 with eight championships.
- The Packers and Giants have squared off in five NFL championship games, with Green Bay winning four of those contests. New York won the 1938 title at the Polo Grounds in New York, but the Packers defeated the Giants in the championship game in 1939, 1944, 1961 and 1962.
- Green Bay holds a 31-24-2 edge in the all-time series, which includes a 4-3 postseason record. The teams first met in 1928 in New York.
- Including playoffs, Green Bay is 13-3 (.813) away from Lambeau Field over its last 16 games. The Packers have won three straight road games and 10 of their last 13 (.769) regular-season road contests.
- The Packers have won 24 of their last 28 regular-season games overall (.857), the best record in the league over that span.
Official Injury Report:
|Erik Walden||LB||Ankle||Full Participation in Practice||Probable|
|Charles Woodson||CB||Collarbone||Out (Definitely Will Not Play)||Out|
|B.J. Raji||DE||Ankle||Full Participation in Practice||Probable|
|Terrell Manning||LB||Shoulder||Limited Participation in Practice||Out|
|John Kuhn||RB||Hamstring||Limited Participation in Practice||Probable|
|Donald Driver||WR||Thumb||Limited Participation in Practice||Probable|
|Vic So’oto||LB||Illness||Full Participation in Practice||Probable|
|Andrew Quarless||TE||Knee||Limited Participation in Practice||Questionable|
|Clay Matthews||LB||Hamstring||Did Not Participate In Practice||Out|
|Greg Jennings||WR||Groin||Limited Participation in Practice||Questionable|
|Sam Shields||CB||Ankle||Out (Definitely Will Not Play)||Out|