The surging New York Giants are heading into the Divisional Round full of confidence after manhandling the Atlanta Falcons in the Wild Card. This New York team possesses a lot of similarities from their 2007 Super Bowl team, which is scary. They are set to face a huge test visiting the reigning Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers. Lambeau Field hasn’t hosted a playoff game since the ’07-‘08 NFC Championship game when the Giants came into Green Bay and ended Brett Favre’s Packer career. Ironically, the G-Men find their way back to Wisconsin.
It took nearly all season, but the Giants are finally clicking and are looking dangerous. The defensive line is top-notch. The past couple of games, New York has been able to constantly harass the quarterback. Offensively, Eli Manning has been carrying this team all season and has now become an elite quarterback. They have a lot of explosive weapons with Hakeem Nicks, Victoz Cruz, and Mario Manningham. Even the running game has been coming alive as of late. In week 13, the Giants’ skill players have already proved that they can go head-to-head with Green Bays’. Expect New York to make some explosive plays down the field.
The Packers head into this game led by their All-Pro quarterback Aaron Rodgers. This guy is doing things you do in video games. Rodgers has excellent mobility and makes everything looks so easy. He is also expected to win the NFL MVP (which he should). The biggest question, however, is the Packer defense. They give up a ton of point and yards, but they lead the league in takeaways per game. The Packer defense still has enough talent to make game changing plays and if you give Rodgers extra possessions, he will make you pay.
I feel like the Green Bay Packers are heading into this game kind of under-the-radar. They may have won 15 games, but most of the coverage I’ve seen I think we all kind of forgot how good they are. The Packers are going to come out with something to prove and shut the Giants up. Aaron Rodgers is going to take complete control and will eventually overwhelm New York.
New York Giants 31 – Green Bay Packers 34