And the Giants had more offense in them. Manning threw his 200th TD pass to move ahead of Phil Simms, a 13-yarder over the middle to Hakeem Nicks, who stretched the ball over the goal line as he was tackled.
‘‘There was a different enthusiasm in practices,’’ Manning said, ‘‘and I think that paid off in the game.’’
It paid off for the Giants, and for their young fan.
‘‘It kind of hit home,’’ Justin Tuck said. ‘‘You got this kid that don’t know us from James and watches us on TV every Sunday and it’s so profound.’’
NOTES; The Giants lost safety Kenny Phillips with a knee injury in the third quarter. He was making his first appearance since Week 4, when he was sidelined with a knee problem. ... Giants right tackle David Diehl sustained a stinger in the first half. ... Green Bay lost safety M.D. Jennings (rib), DE C.J. Wilson (knee), and RB Johnny White (concussion). ... Rodgers was 14 of 25 for 219 yards, one TD, one interception and one lost fumble.
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