The New York Giants and Green Bay Packers will close out the NFC playoffs divisional round Sunday afternoon inside Lambeau Field.
New York Giants at Green Bay Packers
New York enters this game on a three-game win streak that includes an impressive 24-2 victory over the Atlanta Falcons during Wild Card Weekend. The Giants have also gone ‘under’ the total in four consecutive contests, but flew over the total in dropping a 38-35 affair to the Green Bay Packers during the regular season as seven-point home underdogs. “We wanted to see them again, but we realized in seeing them against it would be in a playoff game like this,” stated Giants defensive linemen Justin Tuck. New York is 2-0 ATS as a road underdog of 7.5 to 10 points this season.
The Giants are certainly capable of putting up points with quarterback Eli Manning enjoying a tremendous season, while Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks were the main targets in gaining 1,536 and 1,192 receiving yards respectively. New York owns a 27-21-2 all-time mark in this series, which includes a 23-20 win inside today’s venue in the 2007 NFC Championship game.
Green Bay will host its first playoff game since the 2007 campaign and is the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs for the first time since 1996. The Packers tallied an unblemished 6-0 record against playoff teams this year and have already beaten Sunday’s opponent. Not everything has been great around the team’s facility in earning a bye week, as offensive coordinator Joe Philbin learned that his 21-year-old son drowned in a frozen river. He helped to direct an offense with head coach Mike McCarthy that scored a franchise-record 560 points. Green Bay is 17-6 ATS at home the last two-plus seasons.
The Packers outscored their opponents by 201 points this season and quarterback Aaron Rodgers will see his first action since Week 16. Green Bay was third in the league in gaining 405.1 yards per game, with quarterback Aaron Rodgers in line to win the NFL MVP award due to his outstanding play. He finished the year hitting 68.3 percent of his passes for 4,643 yards and a career-high 45 touchdowns with just six interceptions. Green Bay posted a perfect 8-0 mark inside Lambeau Field this year and is 19-1 over its last 20 regular-season home games.
Bettors will likely back the Packers due to their 4-0-1 ATS mark during playoff games as a home favorite of 3.5 to 10 points, while the Giants are 4-12 ATS on a natural surface.
Recommendation: Green Bay Packers -7.5
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