In the second overtime NFC Championship
game in NFL history, the New York Giants upset the Green Bay
Packers 23-20 on Lawrence Tynes' 47-yard field goal in OT. It sends
the Giants to the Super Bowl for the first time since the 2000
The third time was the charm for Tynes. He made two field goals
early from 29 and 37 yards. But he missed two late field goal
attempts in the fourth quarter, including a 36-yard attempt that
could have won the game at the end of regulation.
The Giants have won 10 straight road games and now they move on
to play the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl in two weeks.
The Giants join the 1975 Dallas Cowboys as the only NFC wild-card
teams to make the Super Bowl.
The big play in overtime was an interception by Corey Webster on
the Packers' first possession after winning the coin toss in
overtime. That was the second interception thrown by Brett Favre, who also threw two TDs.
The victory means back-to-back Super Bowls for the Manning
family. Eli Manning, the younger brother of Peyton Manning who
struggled early in the year, was nerveless on a frigid night in
Green Bay. Manning played error-free ball in rough conditions,
completing 21-of-40 passes for 254 yards. Plaxico Burress had a big
night, catching 11 passes for 154 yards.
Favre, the sentimental favorite, was denied another trip to the
Super Bowl. Favre completed 19-of-35 passes for 236 yards while
throwing two touchdowns and two interceptions.
The game-time temperature was around zero with minus-23 wind
chill. Temperatures fell to 2 below by the second quarter.