Green Bay Packers Loss to NY Giants Is a Super Bowl Loss for Fans

Darrell HorwitzSenior Writer IIJanuary 23, 2017

GREEN BAY, WI - JANUARY 15:  Fans of the Green Bay Packers look on towards the end of the game against 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 Super Bowl is a great excuse to throw a party and spend the day watching football with friends, but Green Bay's loss to the New York Giants Sunday leaves the commercials as the main attraction.

That loss, along with New Orlean's loss on Saturday, knocked out the two must-see teams in the NFC.

This puts a priority on the commercials being stellar, because oftentimes, the game ends up being a dud.

The Packers loss Sunday almost makes that a prophecy now. The showdown everyone wanted was Green Bay facing the New England Patriots.

That would have been a matchup of two heavyweights. On the biggest stage, you want the best teams.

Watching a club on the verge of a dynasty in the Packers going up against the most recent one in the Patriots promised to be a Super Bowl where you went to the bathroom during the commercials, because you didn't dare miss a moment of the drama on the field.

Who wants to see the upstart San Francisco 49ers or the lucky-to-be-there Giants?

The Niners came out of nowhere this year with first-year coach Jim Harbaugh leading them to a surprising 13-3 record, but come on, they played in the NFC West. It might have been an accomplishment if they played against real competition instead of the Pop Warner opponents in their division.



They did look spectacular upsetting the New Orleans Saints 36-32 on Saturday, but the miracle quarterback Alex Smith pulled off was more than anyone could have expected from him. There aren't anymore coming. It's not like he's Tim Tebow and has God on his side.

Who is going to be excited to see the Giants playing on Super Sunday? They have the wrong Manning at quarterback in Eli, and as late as Week 15 of the season, they were only 7-7. Imagine if Eli ends up with two Super Bowl rings instead of Peyton.

And what happens if the John Harbaugh-led Baltimore Ravens upset New England next week? Who wants to see them in the big game outside of their fans?

If it ends up being a family affair and the Harbaugh boys guide their teams to victory next week, think of the dilemma their family will have trying to decide who to root for. Do we want that?

No! We wanted the Packers and Aaron Rodgers against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.

Unfortunately, the Packers forgot to show up for their game against the Giants. And who kidnapped Rodgers? That could not have been him behind center on Sunday.

He was constantly missing his targets, throwing either too high, too low or just out of reach. Rodgers was rustier than a 1977 Nissan after the two week layoff. He also sat out the last game of the regular season against Detroit. That decision doesn't look too smart now.

GREEN BAY, WI - JANUARY 15:  Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers looks on in the third quarter against the New York Giants during their NFC Divisional playoff game at Lambeau Field on January 15, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Jonathan Da
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The supposed advantage of the bye actually might have hurt him and the Packers.


His receivers didn't do him any favors either as they dropped eight passes in the game.

The Packers lost fumbles, missed tackles and even gave up a Hail Mary right before the half that let them know this wasn't going to be their day.

Their overall defensive ranking for the season was 31. No team that was not in the Top 25 ever won the Super Bowl, and that defense doomed them on a day when their offense let them down.

Picking the team to represent the NFC is a toss-up. The Niners had the better record and a rags-to-riches story, while the Giants are hot and probably have the best chance of winning against New England.

It would also set up a rematch from Super Bowl XLll in 2008 when David (New York Giants) beat the undefeated Goliath (New England Patriots) 17-14 in one of the biggest upsets in Super Bowl history.

You're not going to get that kind of drama this time.

Enjoy the game. I'm looking forward to the refreshments and dip.