GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - No out-of-towner would pick Lambeau Field as the right place to get hot in January. Except the New York Giants.
Now they're headed to the NFC Championship game in San Francisco next Sunday, bursting with confidence that they can win another road game and get back to the Super Bowl.
"This team knows how to win on the road," defensive end Justin Tuck said. "It seems like right now, it's our time."
And Green Bay finally paid for its season-long struggles on defense, providing little resistance and not creating enough turnovers to bail itself out. That high-octane offense sputtered, too, as the Packers dropped passes and lost three fumbles.
The Packers looked nothing like the team that was talking about an undefeated season less than a month ago. Instead of getting a chance to repeat as champions, they're headed home.
"We know we're a good football team and we're a great defense," defensive end Osi Umenyiora said. "We might not have showed most of it during the regular season, but that doesn't matter. This is the postseason and we're playing the way we're supposed to be playing right now. We've been playing well for the past four or five games now so hopefully we'll keep it going and take this thing all the way."
"I knew we were going to beat them on Wednesday, to be honest with you," running back Brandon Jacobs said.
Manning did most of his damage throwing to Hakeem Nicks, who caught seven passes for 165 yards and two touchdowns.
Rodgers rallied the Packers by throwing a touchdown to Donald Driver, but Jacobs scored on a 14-yard touchdown run with 2:36 left to put the game away.
Rodgers completed 26 of 46 passes for 264 yards, with two touchdowns and an interception. He also was the Packers' leading rusher with 66 yards on seven carries.
"Oh, it's real," Rodgers said. "We got beat by a team that played better tonight."
Philbin had been away from the team all week after Michael Philbin's body was recovered from an icy river in Oshkosh, Wis., on Monday. A preliminary autopsy showed that he drowned.
"I think deep down, a lot of us wanted to kind of get this one for him," Rodgers said.
"Aaron and that offense have had a remarkable year," Tuck said. "For us to come in here and win, we knew we would have to play one of our best games and I think we did that. I don't think they have anything to hang their heads about. I just think it just seems like our time."