The New York Giants beat the Atlanta Falcons in the wild card round of the NFL playoffs on Sunday to secure a trip to Green Bay for the divisional round. And the betting lines have been set. “The Packers opened as 9-point favorites over the Giants on World Sports Exchange after the Giants won 24-2 against the Falcons on Sunday,” writes Kareem Copeland of PackersNews.com. “The game is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 15 at Lambeau Field.”
Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul said the Giants will beat the Packers in the aftermath of New York’s win over Atlanta. ”We know what’s at stake, and we know it’s one and done,” Pierre-Paul is quoted as saying We aren’t going to let that happen. We are going to go out there and give all-out effort, and we are going to walk away with a win.” Guaranteeing victory has become so common, it’s almost tuned out nowadays. But any amount of motivation and bulletin board material for the Packers should be welcome.
Parallels are being drawn to the last postseason meeting between the Giants and the Packers in the 2007 NFC Championship game, the last time Green Bay lost a home playoff game. “After all, the Packers are heavily favored again, the game will be played in the heart of a Wisconsin winter and the opposition is the one team remaining in the playoffs who absolutely won’t be affected by playing outdoors in below-freezing temperatures,” writes Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Several players from both teams played in that game, which will be a continuing storyline as the week progresses.
Not only did the Packers meet the Giants in the 2007 playoffs, they met them earlier this season. “The Packers played the Giants on Dec. 4, when they pulled out a last-second 38-35 victory at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.,” writes Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. Aaron Rodgers drove the Packers nearly the length of the field with less than a minute remaining to set up Mason Crosby’s game-winning field goal.
Taking a look back at both of those previous two meetings is an article by Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com.
Looking at the Giants’ pass rush is Rob Demovsky of PackersNews.com.
The Packers need to bring their lunch pails when they face the Giants, writes Tom Silverstein at the Journal Sentinel.
Previewing the Packers-Giants game is Paul Imig of Fox Sports Wisconsin.
Columnist Michael Hunt says the Giants could spell trouble for the Packers.
A home playoff game will being a lot of money to the local Green Bay economy.
The Packers‘ season is put in perspective by Fox Sports.
Outside linebackers coach Kevin Greene was named a Pro Football Hall of Fame finalist.
Aaron Rodgers was named to the NFL’s All-Pro team, along with cornerback Charles Woodson.
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