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Quick Take: Giants at Packers

Last meeting
In Week 2, the Packers scored 21 fourth-quarter points and left Giants Stadium with a resounding 35-13 victory.

The Packers have won four of the last five regular-season meetings as well as four of the last five postseason matchups. The last playoff meeting occurred in the 1962 NFL Championship, which Green Bay won 16-7. Get the full head-to-head matchup.

Last week
The Packers fell behind 14-0 early after a pair of Ryan Grant fumbles set the Seahawks up in scoring position, but they came storming back behind Grant's team record-setting 201 rushing yards for a 42-20 win. The Giants, on the other hand, jumped ahead of the Cowboys with a touchdown on their first drive and held on for the upset, 21-17.

How they got here
After finishing 2006 on a four-game winning streak, the Packers carried the momentum into this year and went wire-to-wire in the NFC North, finishing with a franchise-record 13 victories. ... The Giants went hot-and-cold all season. They started 0-2, then won six in a row, but struggled down the stretch before recovering to win three of their last four games.

Roster notes
The Packers have been one of the healthiest teams in the NFC over the past month and have no significant injuries. Young players such as safety Atari Bigby, linebacker Brady Poppinga and rookie defensive tackle Justin Harrell have stepped up throughout the year and developed into key defensive cogs, while Grant has helped solidify a rushing attack that was largely non-existent early in the season. In contrast, the Giants have a bevy of injuries, especially in the secondary. Starting corners Sam Madison (stomach) and Aaron Ross (shoulder) are banged up and reserve corner Kevin Dockery is battling a hip injury. Rookie Geoffrey Pope and veteran R.W. McQuarters played well in their place against the Cowboys and could play major roles again Sunday. Offensively, the team has lost starting tight end Jeremy Shockey and reserve running back Derrick Ward for the season, while starting wide receiver Plaxico Burress continues to play through an ankle injury. These injuries have allowed for the emergence of rookies Kevin Boss, Ahmad Bradshaw and Steve Smith, a trio that has responded with strong playoff showings.

There is always an under-the-radar player that makes a difference in playoff games. Check out why we expect New York's Steve Smith and Green Bay's Atari Bigby to have an impact in this contest on our X-factor page.

Team overviews
Get the complete breakdown, position-by-position, of both teams by visiting the team capsules page.

Did you know?
The two starting quarterbacks in this game -- the Packers' Brett Favre and the Giants' Eli Manning -- are ranked 1-2 in consecutive starts for NFC quarterbacks. Favre has the NFL record for quarterbacks with 253 consecutive starts, while Manning has started 55 straight games (not including postseason).

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