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The Giants are going to run the ball down Green Bay's throat. The Packers' D can't stop the run, and they won't stop Eli Manning and the Giants' passing game. Add it all up, and the Giants are going to control time of possession in this game.
That is the best way to contain Aaron Rodgers and the Packers' prolific offense.
At some point early in the game—maybe as early as the second quarter—the Packers are going to be forced to abandon the running game to keep up with the Giants. When this happens, the Giants' pass rush will tee off on Rodgers.
The Giants won't stop the Packers—they won't shut them down—but if they can even give the Pack attack a hiccup, then the Giants will have every opportunity to win this football game.
The Packers' offense has bailed this team out several times this year, most notably against New Orleans (42-34 final score), San Diego (45-38 final score), Tampa Bay (35-26 final score) and these same New York Giants (38-35 final score).
That is my point. If the Giants can control time of possession with the running game (they will), and put enough pressure on the Packers so that they won't go crazy and score 40-plus points (they will), then they are going to have every chance to win this game!
At that point, it's going to come down to Eli Manning. Can he lead this Giants' team to a victory at Lambeau Field, in the cold, with all those fans screaming, in the playoffs?
He's done if before. This weekend, Manning will do it again.
GIANTS 34, GREEN BAY 31.
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