Quarterback Eli Manning has put to rest all questions of his leadership and clutch ability, outgunning the Packers' Aaron Rodgers to lead the Giants to their second NFC title game appearance in five seasons
NEW YORK NICKS The Giants' Hakeem Nicks scored on a 66-yard pass from Eli Manning in the first quarter of an NFC divisional playoff game in Green Bay on Sunday. Nicks also scored on a 37-yard pass in the second quarter as the Giants upset the Packers 37--20 to advance to the NFC Championship Game against the 49ers (page 34).
PHOTOPhotograph by John W. McDonough
FALLING FORWARD Clippers forward Blake Griffin (32) stumbled into the arms of Heat forwards Chris Bosh (center) and Shane Battier as Griffin went for a rebound during L.A.'s 95--89 victory at home on Jan. 11. Griffin scored 20 points and pulled down a team-high 12 boards.
PHOTOPhotograph by Scott R. Galvin/Galvin Photo
TAKING IT OUTSIDE Michigan (in maize) beat Ohio State 4--1 in the Frozen Diamond Faceoff on an outdoor rink at Cleveland's Progressive Field on Sunday. The 15th-ranked Wolverines swept the two-game series after beating the No. 2 Buckeyes 4--0 in Columbus last Friday. This photo was taken with a tilt-shift lens, which makes the subjects appear as miniatures.