EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J., DEC. 19 -- The battle for the final NFC playoff berth is minus one contender after the Green Bay Packers were beaten today by the New York Giants, 20-10, on two touchdown passes by Phil Simms.
The loss dropped Green Bay to 5-8-1 with one game left in the regular season, and left Minnesota, St. Louis and the Los Angeles Rams to battle for the last NFC wild-card playoff berth. The defending Super Bowl champion Giants are 5-9.
The Packers went into the game with slim hopes for their first postseason appearance in five years, but Simms and the Giants defense were the chief spoilers.
Simms became the Giants' all-time leader in passing yardage before being injured.
Simms completed 21 of 26 passes for 233 yards and hit halfback Lee Rouson with a 26-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter and flipped a one-yard touchdown pass to tight end Zeke Mowatt in the third period.
The Giants defense never let the Packers get in the game, allowing them only four first downs in the first half and surrendering a 26-yard field goal by Max Zendejas late in the third quarter after New York built a 20-0 lead.
Despite being plagued by injuries early in his career, Simms now has passed for 19,551 yards in nine NFL seasons with New York, breaking the club record of 19,488 career yards set by Charlie Conerly between 1948 and 1961.
Simms, who suffered a concussion in the fourth quarter and did not return after completing a 32-yard pass to Lionel Manuel, said he knew he was close to the record, but he did not know it was his until running back George Adams told him in the huddle.
"That's nice," Simms said. "I've been here nine years and I have played a lot and I should have some records."
Packers nose tackle Jerry Boyarsky said Simms was very adept at taking what Green Bay gave him, the short pass. However, he also said Green Bay made things easy for him by not playing well.
"Maybe we were thinking about last week's win over Minnesota, I don't know what it was," Boyarsky said. "In the huddle there just wasn't the same fire as other weeks and it was evident to every guy in the huddle."
Green Bay 0 0 3 7 10 N.Y. Giants 0 13 7 0 20
NY -- Morris 3 run (run failed), :37
NY -- Rouson 26 pass from Simms (Allegre kick), 13:00 Third Quarter
NY -- Mowatt 1 pass from Simms (Allegre kick), 7:29
GB -- FG Zendejas 26, 12:39 Fourth Quarter
GB -- Clark 3 pass from Carruth (Zendejas kick), 12:28
A -- 51,013
Packers Giants First downs 10 21 Rushes-yards 22-74 36-111 Passing yards 105 215 Return yards 58 45 Passing 20-34-1 21-26-0 Sacked-yards lost 4-29 4-18 Punts-average 8-40 5-36 Fumbles-lost 0-0 6-4 Penalties-yards 9-58 4-35 Time of possession 25:23
RUSHING -- Green Bay: Davis 9-34, Clark 8-20, Carruth 2-11, Wright 3-9. New York: Morris 22-92, Galbreath 2
PASSING -- Green Bay: Wright 19-33-1, 131 yards, Carruth 1-1-0, 3. New York: Simms 21-26-0, 233.
RECEIVING -- Green Bay: Clark 6-31, Hesketh 5-38, West 3-26, Neal 2-11, Stanley 2-9, Scott 1-10, Davis 1-9.