Packers, Giants have lots of recent history, championship contests
Jermichael Finley. | Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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GREEN BAY - Sunday's upcoming Green Bay Packers-New York Giants playoff tussle at Lambeau Field has a lot of history behind it, including a lot of important battles for championships and memorable games in recent years.
The last three Packers-Giants games have been among the most memorable of their 56 meetings.
Jan. 20, 2008 - 2007 NFC Championship Game
The two teams met in below-zero conditions at Lambeau Field, and in one of the most emotionally debilitating moments in recent Packers history, Brett Favre tossed an interception in overtime.
Favre's last pass as a Packer led to Lawrence Tynes nailing a 47-yard field goal to win a 23-20.
Dec. 26, 2010 - Start of a six-game gauntlet to glory
The Packers had to defeat the New York Giants at Lambeau Field to keep their playoff hopes alive, and they did so - in dominating fashion.
Aaron Rodgers topped the 400-yard passing plateau in delivering Green Bay to a 45-17 destruction of the Giants.
That was the first of six consecutive must-win games the Packers won en route to their Super Bowl championship.
Dec. 4, 2011 - Shootout at the Meadowlands
The then-undefeated Packers and a Giants team fighting for its playoff life held an aerial circus for the ages.
Rodgers and Eli Manning combined for 716 yards through their arms eventually didn't decide the outcome.
Mason Crosby's leg did. His 30-yard field goal ended a 38-35 Packers win, their 18th straight victory at the time.
Of course, they have met numerous other times in the postseason.
Dec. 11, 1938 - 1938 NFL Championship Game
The largest crowd ever to see an NFL Championship Game to the time filled the Polo Grounds, and the Giants used their home field advantage in winning the league championship.
Ed Danowski tossed a touchdown pass to Hank Soar in the third quarter that gave the Giants the lead, and New York repulsed the explosive Don Hutson-led Packers offense in the fourth quarter to help New York hold on to a 23-17 win.
Dec. 10, 1939 - 1939 NFL Championship Game
The only NFL title game ever played in the Milwaukee area (State Fair Park, West Allis) turned into a Packers blowout.
The Packers held New York to 154 yards total offense while Arnie Herber and Cecil Isbell each delivered touchdown passes for Green Bay in a 27-0 shutout.
Dec. 17, 1944 - 1944 NFL Championship Game
Green Bay's last championship of the Lambeau era came in the same stadium where they lost the 1938 title game.
Though Don Hutson was held out of the end zone, so was Packers-turned Giants quarterback Arnie Herber, and fullback Ted Fritsch scored twice for Green Bay.
Dec. 31, 1961 - 1961 NFL Championship Game
The first of Vince Lombardi's world championships partially came courtesy of President Kennedy. He gave Boyd Dowler, Paul Hornung and Ray Nitschke passes from their military service to play in the championship game at Lambeau Field.
Hornung and Dowler combined for 25 of Green Bay's points, while Ray Nitschke intercepted a pass and helped hold the explosive Giants offense to 218 yards in a 37-0 shellacking.
Dec. 30, 1962 - 1962 NFL Championship Game
In conditions that many Packers players called colder than the Ice Bowl, Green Bay won a hard-hitting, primal rematch at Yankee Stadium.
Jim Taylor scored the Packers' only touchdown, but guard Jerry Kramer filled in as a kicker and booted the winning margin of three field goals in a 16-7 win to give Green Bay a second consecutive NFL championship.
Overall, the Packers have a 31-23-2 record against the New York Giants.