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The Giants vs Packers is the Sunday Night Football game tonight with two of the biggest teams in the NFL coming head to head. The game is scheduled to start at 8.20 p.m. ET and can be watched online through free live stream (details below).
Both of these teams are top of their respective divisions, with the Packers fighting with the Chicago Bears for sole ownership of the top spot in the NFC North. Meanwhile, the Giants remain ahead of both the Washington Redskins and the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC East.
The Packers are crushing all-comers at present, and have now won five straight games since their Week 6 win against the Houston Texans.
That run of form has seen them take control of the division, and they come into this game with a record of 7-3. However, the NFC is hugely competitive this year, and coming into Sunday's games the Bears are also locked with the Packers on 7-3, with both being chased by the Minnesota Vikings, who are just a game out on 6-4.
Meanwhile, the Giants are oppositely going through a lull in form at the moment. At one point they were running away with the NFC East division, but they have not been able to consolidate their position and if they do not get back on top of their game then both the Redskins and the Cowboys are sitting in wait to take over at the top.
November so far has been one to forget for the Giants, but a win here today would put memories of a tough month behind them, and would allow Giants' fans to look forward with optimism for the team's Super Bowl title defense.
No Packers' fan can look at this fixture without thinking back to last season when Green Bay lost out to the Giants in the playoffs. Green Bay were uncharacteristically sloppy that day and lost to the eventual Super Bowl champs 37-20. Many associated with Green Bay are hoping that the Packers can claim revenge in tonight's big game, and this fixture will have been standing out for many of them in the fixtures calendar all season long.
Whether the slumping Giants can recover their form to take down the powerful Packers remains to be seen, and the Packers are probably favorites in the eyes of many coming into this match up.
Reports have suggested that influential Giants' quarterback Eli Manning has been suffering with a dead arm, with some analysts recognizing the decrease in his arm strength recently. However, he has played down any suggestions he is not 100 percent, and has said that the Giants' recent bye week has given him time to get stronger.
"I didn't think there was anything to it," Manning told The Star-Ledger earlier this week. "I still, in practices, thought I was throwing the ball well. I felt no fatigue. Obviously, sometimes during the course of the season, you may not realize it, but today (my) arm felt good. (I) threw some deep ones and didn't have to struggle to get it out there. It was just coming out well."
Meanwhile Aaron Rodgers, quarterback for the Packers, has been a major reason for their recent surge. He has completed 238 throws from 354 attempts this season, for 2,619 yards and an impressive 27 touchdowns.
Eli Manning vs Aaron Rodgers is enough to get any NFL fans' juices flowing, and this should be an intriguing game for that match up alone, but with neither side being a one-man team, there are face-offs going on across the park that will have analysts and fans licking their lips with anticipation.
This game isn't only big because of the two massive teams participating, but also because its result is likely to have a significant impact on the playoffs.
Green Bay Packers vs New York Giants in Sunday Night Football is scheduled to start at 8.20 p.m. ET and can be watched online through free live stream by clicking here.