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Photos from the Green Bay Packers vs New York Giants NFL Playoff Game 2017 • Wisconsin Sport Photographer

The Green Bay Packers defeated the New York Giants 38-13 in the wildcard round of the NFL football playoffs at Lambeau Field on January 8, 2017 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  The Packers will continue on to play the Dallas Cowboys in the divisional round.  I think I got some nice photos of a couple of key plays – one being the Aaron Rodgers’ hail mary pass to Randall Cobb,  and the other of Clay Matthews stripping the ball from Eli Manning and recovering the fumble.  The Cobb catch happened just a few feet from my normal end zone position.  It was so close that I thought the entire gaggle of players were going to land in my lap.  I was maybe a split second late pulling up my camera to shoot since I was trying to protect my gear, but I still got a nice shot of Cobb coming down with the ball and as he started to celebrate.  With the Matthews play, I got three nice shots – first the ball coming out of Eli’s hand, then Matthews chasing after the ball and third, his celebration.  The celebration was a little subdued because Matthews was the only one even aware of what happened.  Most of the players thought it was an incomplete pass since it landed so far ahead of the line of scrimmage.  But, it wasn’t – the whistle never blew, so it was still a live ball.

So, here are my favorite photos from the game.  It will be my last NFL game of the season with the Packers playing on the road for the remainder of the playoffs.

Thanks for looking!

Mike

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers relaxes with a nice piece of gum before the game.

Andrew Kahlow tries to keep warm.

New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham runs away from Green Bay Packers inside linebacker Blake Martinez.

Green Bay Packers strong safety Micah Hyde breaks up a pass intended for New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard.

Green Bay Packers cornerback Damarious Randall breaks up a pass intended for New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard.

New York Giants defensive back Leon Hall breaks up a pass intended for Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson by hitting him in the ribs with the crown of his helmet. Nelson would be knocked out for the remainder of the game.

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams tries to get away from New York Giants defensive back Leon Hall after a long catch and run to set up a touchdown.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers throws a touchdown pass

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb comes down in the end zone after catching a Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers hail mary pass for a touchdown.

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb celebrates after making a touchdown reception on a hail mary pass.

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning celebrates with New York Giants wide receiver Tavarres King on a touchdown pass.

Green Bay Packers running back Ty Montgomery runs away from New York Giants defensive back Leon Hall.

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb celebrates his third touchdown catch on the day.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers hugs Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb after connecting on three touchdown passes.

Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews strips the ball out of New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning hand to cause a fumble which Matthews would chase down and recover.

Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews chases down a fumble.

Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews celebrates his fumble recovery.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning greet each other after an NFC wild-card NFL football game the Packers won 38-13.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers walks off the field after defeating the New York Giants.