New York Giants vs. Green Bay Packers: 5 Reasons the Packers Lost
The Packers played one of their worst games of the entire season. If their weakest game was against Kansas City in Week 15, this was a close No. 2.
The Giants now fly to San Fran to take on the Niners in a showdown bound for a boatload of hype. This matchup will feature a battle between the red-hot Giants' offense against the 49ers' mighty defense.
The reigning world champions now go home and prepare for the 2012 season.
As we venture through this slideshow, the Giants will be celebrating, while the Packers will be in deep disappointment.
Reason No. 5: History
Looking back at the 2008-09 playoffs, the Tennessee Titans were the No. 1 seeded team in the AFC. The Ravens, the sixth seed, had momentum rolling into their Titan game after their 27-9 victory over the Miami Dolphins.
The Ravens beat the Titans 13-10, and their situation was very alike to the Giants-Packers game. The Packers were the No. 1-seeded team in the NFC and the Giants stood as the fifth seed. The G-Men were red hot coming into the game, and that was a big factor of the game.
In the 2010-11 Divisional Round, the sixth-seeded Jets beat the first-seeded Patriots 28-21 in New England. The Jets, for the second straight year, advanced to the AFC Championship.
Almost every year there is a situation like this one today, so history really matters in the NFL.
Reason No. 4: The Packers' Weird Ending
The Packers had a very odd ending to their 2011 campaign.
In Week 15, when the Packers stood at a very impressive 13-0 record, they lost to the subpar Chiefs in Kansas City. The Packers' offense was stopped cold. Meanwhile, the Chiefs' quiet attack managed to squeak past the Packer defense.
The Packers were seemingly not functioning normally today, and it was likely from their abnormal closing to their season.
Reason No. 3: Confidence
The Packers' players had no balance of confidence whatsoever. They were either under-confident or over-confident.
Despite coming off of a significant win the week before, the Giants found a perfect balance of confidence that set the tone. As their lead built, the confidence grew. The Packers' confidence all dropped, and by then it was over.
Green Bay didn't have a clue as to what was about to occur, even though NFL fans had an idea of what the game could end up like. Their team was erratic, but the Giants were flowing smoothly throughout the entirety of the ballgame.
The Packers have to regroup and get their confidence back on track before they even start working out together again this offseason.
Reason No. 2: Hakeem Nicks
Giants WR Hakeem Nicks had seven receptions, 165 yards and two touchdowns. Not too shabby for the NFL playoffs in the frozen tundra.
Nicks notably caught a TD pass from Manning as time expired in the first half. That would eventually set the tone for the rest of the game.
This wideout has had a superb season, and tonight he continued performing. The Giants benefited immensely from his game.
Nicks, who has very strong hands, was nothing short of an X-Factor tonight.
Reason No. One: Mistakes
When Aaron Rodgers has a rough game, the Packers perform the same way as their quarterback.
Rodgers had an off night. He went 26-46, threw an interception and lost a fumble. The whole Packers team collapsed as well.
Green Bay seemed out of whack. They had turnovers, drops and frustration all over. Their sideline had an odd feeling that haunted their play.
However, his "discount double-check" commercials continued to air throughout the game even though he didn't play like his normal self.