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Aaron Rodgers, Packers beat Giants set up huge match-up vs. Cowboys

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Aaron Rodgers was great once again and the Green Bay Packers beat the New York Giants on Sunday night in the NFC Wild Card Playoff. The Green Bay victory sets up a marquee matchup in the divisional round playoffs with the Packers taking on title favorites Dallas Cowboys.

Rodgers was sacked five times, but he also had 362 passing yards on 25-of-40 completions with four touchdowns. This includes a wild Hail Mary touchdown at the end of the first half when the Packers got the 14-6 lead. Rodgers became the first quarterback in Packers history to throw four touchdowns in multiple playoff games.

Big air for Aaron Rodgers and company

Receivers Davante Adams and Randall Cobb had four of Rodgers’ touchdowns. Adams had 125 receiving yards on eight catches while Cobb had 116 receiving yards on five catches. With no time remaining at the end of the first half, Rodgers found Cobb on a 42-yarder to give the Packers the large the eight-point lead at the halftime break.

Eli Manning, who had 299 passing yards with a touchdown and an interception, started the third with his own touchdown finding Tavares King with a 41-yard pass. The Giants cut the lead down to 14-13 at that point. But New York’s defense was missing the rest of the third quarter. Rodgers found Cobb for another long touchdown and they got a field goal before the quarter ended. Packers led 24-13 before the final quarter.

The Giants were contained in the fourth and the Packers opened the game into a blowout with two more scores, including Rodger’s fourth and final TD. The Packers head to Dallas next week to face a Cowboys team that is considered one of the favorites to win Super Bowl LI. Meanwhile, in the other NFC divisional round matchup, the Seattle Seahawks face the Atlanta Falcons.

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Green Bay might have to play without veteran wide receiver Jordy Nelson, who was hurt in the first half against the Giants. The Packers need to win two road games if they want to make the championship round.

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