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Giants-Packers Draws Top 2nd-Round Playoff TV Rating Since 1997

The New York Giants’ upset of the Green Bay Packers yesterday drew the best preliminary television ratings for a National Football League second-round playoff game on any network in 15 years.

The Giants entered the game 7 1/2-point underdogs against the defending Super Bowl champion. New York quarterback Eli Manning passed for three touchdowns, and the Giants forced four turnovers to end Green Bay’s 13-game winning streak at Lambeau Field with a 37-20 victory.

The game, on News Corp.’s Fox network, was watched in an average of 27.4 percent of homes in the top 56 U.S. television markets, according to the network. The previous best for the divisional round came in 1997 when the Carolina Panthers beat the Dallas Cowboys 26-17 in a game televised by Fox that was seen in 28.6 percent of U.S. homes, according to the network.

New York advances to the National Football Conference championship game next weekend against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park, with the winner playing the American Football Conference champions, either the Baltimore Ravens or New England Patriots, in the Super Bowl on Feb. 5 in Indianapolis.

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