The running game was abysmal all season long but has started to come together and peak at the exact right moment.
While protecting a lead against the Falcons, the Giants exploded in the second half in terms of rushing the ball.
They ended with their best rushing performance of the season, finishing with 172 yards on 31 carries. Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs combined for 155 of those yards, and they will have to be on point this weekend.
For the record, I'm including all five offensive linemen, and Jacobs and Bradshaw as the running attack. Obviously there are more components, but these seven are the players who need to step up the most.
The offensive line had their best game of the year against the Falcons and should be able to keep it going against the Packers. The Falcons had the sixth-best total rush-defense and 15th in yards per carry in the regular season, where as the Packers ranked 14th in total and 26th at 4.7 yards per carry.
The O-line has been improving ironically ever since Will Beatty was lost for the season, and with a repeat performance will be able to control the clock and keep the Packers off the field.
If they start slow like they did last week (going three-and-out on their first two drives, four-and-out on the third and then taking a safety on their fourth), I'm afraid the Packers will have built too much of a lead and the run game will become insignificant.
That cannot happen. The running game has to be working early and often, much like it did the last time these two met in the playoffs.
If it does, we might be celebrating yet another incredible upset at Lambeau.