It has been nearly six months since the New York Giants, led by Eli Manning and a ferocious defense, walked into Lambeau field for the second time in five seasons and knocked off the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Playoffs. Despite the Packers dominating the regular season and finishing 15-1, the Giants stared them in the face and refused to back down, handling them 37-20. The score should have been much worse.
You haven’t heard much from the players that took the field for the Packers that day. In fact, you haven’t really heard any of them acknowledge the Giants in any way. They mostly just talk about how disappointing it was and how they are hungry to begin this season.
Well, one of them finally spoke up.
Pro Bowl wide receiver Greg Jennings said the Giants were just “a better team.”
“It hurts. It was a disappointing end to the season,” Jennings said. “But obviously, we lost to a better team at that point. We didn’t play up to our standard, but I can’t knock what the Giants did. They came in our house, beat us on our turf, got it done.”
It was pretty clear from the get-go in that cold, winter day in Green Bay that the Packers wanted nothing to do with the scorching Giants. The Giants had every reason to be confident after dispatching the Atlanta Falcons the week before in dominating fashion. Even the Charlotte Bobcats thought the Falcons looked bad on that day, losing to the Giants 24-2.
In fact, Jason Pierre-Paul went so far as to guarantee victory against the Packers. He rescinded his comment later in that week, but the statement was made just the same.
Maybe the Giants were not the better team overall, but when they are at their best there aren’t many teams that can beat them. At least someone from the Packers finally realized this.
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