Posted Sunday, January 20, 2008 at 9:20pm
Giants 23 Packers 20 - overtime
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- 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 season.
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.
(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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Updated Friday --- January 18, 2008 -- 6:45pm
Packers, McCarthy closing in on contract extension
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Coach Mike McCarthy's new deal with the Green Bay Packers might be just a signature away.
Packers chairman Bob Harlan says Friday that negotiations between the team and McCarthy are progressing well but are not complete. Harlan says the signed copy hasn't yet crossed his desk.
The Green Bay Press-Gazette reports on its Web site that McCarthy and the team have agreed in principle to a five-year deal worth about $4 million per season, citing an unnamed NFL source.
Harlan says negotiations have been going well, but this week has been "slow" because Packers general manager Ted Thompson was in Houston scouting the East-West Shrine game and McCarthy has been preparing for Sunday's NFC Championship game against the New York Giants.
McCarthy confirmed earlier this week that the two sides were making progress on a new deal, but didn't seem eager to talk about it for fear that it could create a distraction going into Sunday's game at Lambeau Field.
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