Giants vs. Packers: Why Green Bay Will Channel Its Emotions and Be Victorious

Jon DoveContributor IJanuary 15, 2012

GREEN BAY, WI - CIRCA 2011: In this handout image provided by the NFL,  Joe Philbin of the Green Bay Packers poses for his NFL headshot circa 2011 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by NFL via Getty Images)
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Tonight the Green Bay Packers will be facing more than the New York Giants. They will head into the game with a lot of emotions and more on their mind than just football. This week has been very tough for the Green Bay organization, as the loss of offensive coordinator Joe Philbin's son hit them hard.

The entire franchise spent a lot of the week trying to focus on football while supporting one of their own through a difficult time. One of the things sports offers is an outlet, allowing those involved to escape events for even just a few hours.

Philbin will coach during tonight's game against the New York Giants, he will do so with a heavy heart, but also with focus. This will be an emotionally charged Packers football team looking to focus on the task at hand, which is taking another step towards the Super Bowl.

Green Bay will not only play this game as a tribute to Michael Philbin, but also with the desire of repeating as Super Bowl champions. A lot of the players on this roster were unable to suit up for last year's game. Jermichael Finley, Ryan Grant and Morgan Burnett are only some of the starters that were injured during last year's Super Bowl run.

Properly handling your emotions can be the difference between a win or a loss.

The Packers face a tough challenge of staying focused on football despite surrounding circumstances. These players who missed the run last year need to stay within themselves and focus on the game plan. The rest of the team and coaches must do their best to overcome the recent tragedy.

Lambeau Field and the Packers fan base will provide this team with some positive energy. The Green Bay Packers will come together as a team and community in an attempt to earning a big home playoff victory.