Last season, the wide receivers of the Giants had their way with the Packers secondary, both in the regular season and the postseason.
The two biggest culprits? Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz.
Nicks had seven receptions for 88 yards, and two touchdowns in the regular season game, and then had seven more catches for a whopping 165 yards and two more touchdowns in the postseason game.
One of the touchdowns came on a successful "Hail Mary" at the end of the first half, when Nicks caught a 37 yard touchdown pass from Eli Manning as he was surrounded by a number of defenders from the Packers.
Cruz also had success against the Packers in those two games. In the regular season game, Cruz caught seven passes for 119 yards; in the postseason, Cruz caught five more passes for 74 yards.
The secondary for the Packers has changed dramatically since those last season games. Charles Woodson and Sam Shields are both injured, while safety Charlie Peprah was released. And while Jarrett Bush is still with the Packers, he mostly plays special teams, rarely seeing any time in the secondary.
The only two holdovers are cornerback Tramon Williams and safety Morgan Burnett. The other safety position has been played by both rookie Jerron McMillian and M.D. Jennings, while rookie Casey Hayward and Davon House have manned the other corner position.
In the nickel and dime schemes that the Packers play, Hayward plays the slot position, which is the position Woodson played when he was on the field. Hayward has had a phenomenal rookie year, as he already has five interceptions and looks a lot like a young Woodson, with his instincts for the football.
Hayward will be covering Cruz in the slot. Williams will be on Nicks most of the time, and unlike last season, Williams is healthy and has had a very nice season thus far. Williams looks like he did in 2010, when he made the Pro Bowl and led the Packers with three interceptions in the postseason.
Containing Nicks and Cruz will be a tough task. But the Packers should be much more able to do that this year as opposed to last season.