Giants vs. Packers: New York Exposes Green Bay as an Overrated Farce

Richard Langford@@noontide34Correspondent IJanuary 15, 2012

GREEN BAY, WI - JANUARY 15:   Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers gets sacked by  Jason Pierre-Paul #90 and  Michael Boley #59 of the New York Giants during their NFC Divisional playoff game at Lambeau Field on January 15, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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The New York Giants just assured that the 2011 Green Bay Packers will occupy the annals of history as one of the NFL's most overrated teams. 

The Giants dismantled the Packers in every phase of the game as they invaded Lambeau Field and left triumphantly with a 37-20 victory. 

New York's hard-nosed and vastly improved defense never allowed Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense to get on track.

The Giants applied ample pressure on Rodgers throughout the game and finished with four sacks. When they didn't apply pressure, they did a solid job of hanging with their man in coverage.

Green Bay also did not do themselves any favors, as any hope their prolific passing attack had of resembling the unit that spent the regular season destroying defenses was doomed by multiple dropped passes. 

And all of that proved to be enough disruption to cripple this one-dimensional Packers team. For all the hype and air of invincibility surrounding this Green Bay squad, they were fatally flawed. 

 

Green Bay's Fatal Flaws

The offense relied almost solely on the passing game, yet they weren't all that great at protecting the passer. They finished the season ranked 22nd in sacks allowed percentage. That is an ominous sign for a team that employs very little running game. 

Combine this with the fact that they were horrible on defense, and you have the makings of a team that was doomed for postseason failure. 

Green Bay finished 32nd in overall defense, and they were at, or near, the bottom in most defensive statistical categories. The one they excelled in was creating turnovers—second in the NFL in this regard.

While that is all well and good in the regular season, defenses can't slide by in the postseason on turnovers alone. The competition is too good.

 

Ultimately, this team entered the postseason as heavy favorites, and they were ousted after one game. They should have never been favorites in the first place. It takes way more balance than the Packers possessed to win in the postseason. 

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