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Been There, Done That, Made the Super Bowl
It seems to me we've heard this song before. And it's lovely to hear it again.
The Giants. The Packers. Great tradition. Great uniforms. Playoff time on the Frozen Tundra.
The last time, of course, it was in unspeakably cold conditions at Lambeau as the Giants knocked off the Packers 23-20 in overtime to advance to the Super Bowl, where they ended New England's perfect season.
This time, facing Aaron Rodgers instead of Brett Favre, the Giants have something that is just slightly better than the Packers. Defense.
The Giants front line, when everybody is pumping, is enough to create problems for Rodgers and the Packers, "Discount Doublechecks" not withstanding.
Jason Pierre-Paul, the only NFL player with three first names, all but singlehandedly won the clincher against the Cowboys, and he and all his linemates were tough against the Falcons in what was really a shutout for the defense, since the Falcons only points came on a safety.
As the old boxing saying goes, Rodgers can run, but he can't hide. He'll have to leave the pocket a lot. But if the Giants DBs do anything close to a competent job, the D-line will have Rodgers, and the Lambeau faithful, doing a lot less leaping on Sunday.