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Packers 38, Giants 35

Jordy Nelson makes a catch in the final minute to help set up Green Bay’s winning field goal.

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Jordy Nelson makes a catch in the final minute to help set up Green Bay’s winning field goal.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The score was tied with less than a minute to play and the Packers were 80 yards from the end zone.

But Aaron Rodgers wasn't going to wait until overtime.

It was the perfect choice for a team pushing perfection.

Rodgers hit passes of 24, 27 and 18 yards in a lightning-quick five-play drive to set up a 31-yard field goal by Mason Crosby on the final play Sunday, and the Packers remained undefeated and clinched a playoff berth with a 38-35 victory over the Giants.

Defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay won its 18th straight dating to last season.

"We've had a number of games we won by a couple scores," Rodgers said. "You get the ball on the 20, under a minute, and we get it down there for a chip-shot field goal, it's very rewarding. It probably (ranks) right at the top."

Rodgers hit all four of his passes in the 58-second drive that sent the Giants to their fourth straight loss, starting with a 24-yard laser to tight end Jermichael Finley just over the hands of rookie linebacker Jacquian Williams.

"I thought it was mine. I thought it was mine," said Williams, a former standout at USF. "…He made some good throws."

The second one covered 24 yards to Jordy Nelson down the left sideline to the New York 29. An 18-yard pass to Greg Jennings moved the ball to the 12. The third toss was a 1-yard loss.

Green Bay called time out with 3 seconds left, then Crosby delivered his winning kick.

"It was a huge drive," said Jennings, who also caught a 20-yard touchdown. "We haven't had one like that at the end in a while. … It's great to see what we could do at the end like that."

Rodgers was sacked three times but finished 28-of-46 for 369 yards and four TDs.

The Giants tied it on a 2-yard touchdown from Eli Manning to Hakeem Nicks, and a 2-point conversion run by D.J. Ware on a Manning audible, with just less than a minute to play.

Then came Rodgers and Co.

"He's a great quarterback, but I expect more out of us on defense," Giants defensive end Dave Tollefson said. "You know, it's not like Jesus in cleats. He's Aaron Rodgers. He's a great quarterback, but we have to do a better job of finishing on defense."

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