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Posted at 04:06 PM ET, 01/15/2012

NFL playoffs: Giants vs. Packers

The week in which the Green Bay Packers prepared for their NFC divisional playoff game against the New York Giants was an emotional one after the drowning death of the son of offensive coordinator Joe Philbin early Monday morning.

Michael Philbin, 21, was buried Friday and late Sunday morning came word that his father will coach in today’s game. Coach Mike McCarthy calls plays; Philbin will be in his usual spot in the coaching box upstairs.

Goodmorning world! #GAMEDAY! I'm playing this game today for Coach Philbin & his family.. #GoPackGo #YOTTOSun Jan 15 14:45:16 via Twitter for iPhone

The teams have a history of close encounters. The last time they played, on Dec. 4 in New Jersey, Aaron Rodgers led a fourth-quarter drive for the game-winning field goal as the Packers won 38-35.

The last time the Giants participated in a playoff game at Lambeau Field, in 2008, Lawrence Tynes’s 47-yard fourth-quarter field goal lifted the Giants to a 23-20 victory. New York went on to win the Super Bowl that year. This time, the winner of today’s game will advance to the NFC championship game against the San Francisco 49ers at 6:30 p.m. EST (Fox).

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