On this date in 2012, the New York Giants were coming off of their first ever playoff win at MetLife Stadium, having dropped the Atlanta Falcons, 24-2, a week earlier.
But there was little time to enjoy the sweet taste of victory. Rather, the Giants had to ready themselves for a 2007 NFC Championship Game rematch with the 15-1 Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field, this time led by quarterback Aaron Rodgers in the divisional round.
No matter. The Giants were feeling their oats a bit and came out on fire, taking a 10-3 lead in the first quarter after a 66-yard catch and run from quarterback Eli Manning to wide receiver Hakeem Nicks.
Although the Giants never really looked back from that point onward, the Packers did briefly tie the score with an eight-yard pass from Rodgers to fullback John Kuhn. But then Eli Manning did typical Playoff Eli Manning things.
With 0:00 remaining on the second quarter clock, Manning launched a towering hail mary into the endzone that someway, somehow landed into the waiting arms of wide receiver Hakeem Nicks.
“I had to go into to do some stuff on my shoulder and Lawrence like runs up the stairs and hugs me. I was like, ‘what is wrong with you?’ And then he said, ‘we just scored a touchdown!’ I was like, ‘what?’ And from that point on I was like, ‘man, this game is over,’” defensive end Justin Tuck said during 2011 America’s Game.
Tuck was correct. The Packers managed just 10 points for the remainder of the game, but the two scores never got them close.
The Giants went on to add 17 additional points — a field goal courtesy of Tynes and touchdowns by Mario Manningham and Brandon Jacobs — to ultimately ice the Packers 37-20, advancing them to an NFC Championship showdown with the San Francisco 49ers — a game that would become one of the best in Giants franchise history.