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Giants’ defense heading to Green Bay feeling confident

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After shutting down the Falcons on Sunday, the Giants’ defense is feeling confident.

Defensive end Osi Umenyiora, who put an exclamation point on the Giants’ defensive performance by sacking Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan on Atlanta’s last offensive play, told the Star-Ledger that defensive coordinator Perry Fewell “called the best game I think I’ve ever seen called.”

The question is whether Fewell can find the right calls to slow down the Packers’ offense on Sunday. When the teams met in the regular season, it was a close, competitive game — but that was because the Giants’ offense made plays to keep them in it until the end. Aaron Rodgers passed for 369 yards and four touchdowns against the Giants’ defense on the way to a 38-35 win.

The Giants’ defense has played well during their current three-game winning streak, allowing just 14 points against the Jets and another 14 against the Cowboys before beating the Falcons 24-2 on Sunday. The Packers, however, are another challenge entirely. The Giants may need their best defensive performance yet to win in Green Bay.

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  1. rpiotr01 says: Jan 9, 2012 8:11 AM

    Osi also called Rodgers the 4th best QB in the league. Don’t think he wont use that as motivation…

  2. raiderstotheship says: Jan 9, 2012 8:11 AM

    I’m taking the giants over the pack, with saints and ravens in the superbowl. The pack are to overated, if there defense can’t get turnovers they suck! And I don’t think there will be many turnovers, eli is elite!

  3. raiderlyfe510 says: Jan 9, 2012 8:14 AM

    Giants will be alright. Defense travels well in January.

  4. mikea311 says: Jan 9, 2012 8:16 AM

    and here’s the point, all they need to do is SLOW DOWN the Packers, the Giants can score with them.

  5. textexington says: Jan 9, 2012 8:18 AM

    Packers>Giants. Go Pack Go!

  6. 13forgbp says: Jan 9, 2012 8:21 AM

    Should be a good game. Looking forward to NY getting hyped up all week long and the Packers being slighted. People up here seem to be nervous a little mostly because the last time the Giants were here in a playoff game they won and the game this year was close.

    Don’t sleep on the Packers. This is the healthiest they have been all year and the first time they have their entire starting team on the field (Except Collins) since week 5. Look for a lot of no huddle and roll outs to slow down and gas the Giants pass rush. Also (unbelievably) I have a good feeling about the defense. The last third of the year they have sat players that could have played and really reverted to calling a pre-season type vanilla do nothing D. I think they have been sandbagging a little for the playoffs since it became fairly obvious they were going to be the #1 seed.

  7. theenricopalazzo says: Jan 9, 2012 8:21 AM

    When are guys going to learn that talking smack only leads to a smack down? That is why Bill Belichick is such a great coach. He knows what this kind of talk does and he prevents it. But hey I guess the strategy worked pretty well for the Jets this year.

  8. jasku880 says: Jan 9, 2012 8:21 AM

    Last time they played, it was a very close game, and there giants weren’t even healthy. This time with healthy defense it might a 2007 all over again! Go giants! But I ain’t going to lie Rodgers is a beast.

  9. raiderstotheship says: Jan 9, 2012 8:22 AM

    Aaron rodgers is the 4th best qb, imagine if brady, or peyton had the receiving core he did, james jones was a fa this past year and teams were looking at his as there starter… he is there 4th wideout, not including there nasty tight ends

  10. n0hopeleft says: Jan 9, 2012 8:22 AM

    Where are all the losers on this site that said the Giants were a joke? That Eli is a wimp, confused, and won’t get it done? PLEASE.

    Skins23 – you said we were one and done. You should probably smash your crystal ball and go back to Ms. Cleo school, because your ability to predict the future SUCKS bro. You’re just a hater from an irrelevant team.

  11. packersareandwillalwaysbebetterthanthebears says: Jan 9, 2012 8:23 AM

    Please doubt the Packers, especially Rodgers. That’s all I ask.

  12. packerup says: Jan 9, 2012 8:23 AM

    15-1 sucks ? I agree the Pack D is sporadic….they DID turnovers all season and lost 1 game….defense is NOT going to decide this game….it is going to be a shoot out !

  13. 7to10for6allday says: Jan 9, 2012 8:23 AM

    Packers vs saints for NFC title. It’s what everyone has been looking for. Saints vs ravens in the bowl!

  14. 6ball says: Jan 9, 2012 8:24 AM

    .

    Underestimate the NYG at your own peril. They’ve played well down the stretch and have some big road wins, including winning at New England. That was the Patriots only home loss.

    .

  15. leonem1 says: Jan 9, 2012 8:29 AM

    The Giants win one playoff game and they (and the media) think they are the 85 bears defense. The dec 5th game the packers played without their starting LG (or RG, cant remember which), LT, and both inside linebackers. All are healthy and jennings is back. Giants can score but playing on the road is no joke, just ask the four visiting teams that played this past weekend.

  16. buckybadger says: Jan 9, 2012 8:30 AM

    As a Packer fan not the team I wanted to see. I have always felt that the Giants would match up better than any team in the playoffs on either side of the bracket. Saints in Lambeau? They aren’t the same team on the road, go look at their scores on the road and who they lost to. 49ers? FGs won’t do it. Atlanta? Can’t beat Green Bay, its in their heads. Detroit? Well our backups beat them. The Giants are the most dangerous team to GB and maybe the Saints too. They can really rush the passer and they have the ability to score quickly and get behind the secondary and QB that seems to dumb to get rattled.

  17. billh1947 says: Jan 9, 2012 8:30 AM

    The Packers offense is nowhere near as inept as Atlanta,Jets or Dallas offense is,the Falcons made the Giants look like world beaters with that ineptitude but the Packers wont,with two weeks rest to get their injured players healthy the Packers will be ready to find the holes in the Giants Atlantic Wall defense and exploit them to the maximum.

  18. mlenenski says: Jan 9, 2012 8:31 AM

    Matt Ryan has got to be the most immobile quarterback in the league, the only way he can escape the pocket is to run backwards. He certainly can’t get a half yard when you need it. Neither can Michael Turner.

    Rodgers is a completely different animal, and the Giants know it.

    In order to save his job next year, Mike Smith is going to have to bring the Fridge out of retirement, or at least reinvent him. It seems almost too simple, even Arthur Blank could make that call.

  19. kingjoe1 says: Jan 9, 2012 8:32 AM

    Could a game have two more boring QB’s? Eli and Aaron, both good QB’s but oh so boring.
    I am not sure who i want to win. On one hand you have to hate the Giants, Eli and Coughlin in particular. In particular because of the fact that they went from, almost cleaning house to the media darlings vote for “team which could get on a role”.

    On the other any team whose fans pay a $250 donation for a piece of paper which says they own a piece of the packers doesn’t deserve a another trip to the NFC Championship game.

  20. buckybadger says: Jan 9, 2012 8:32 AM

    @raiderstotheship, we have seen Peyton and Brady play with great receiving corps. We don’t need to imagine it. Green Bay has talent there too but they are about as talented as what those two had when they had their record breaking years. Just like Brees has a great receiving corp with an amazing TE, great #1 and depth all around. Football has been and always will be a team game.

  21. gcsuk says: Jan 9, 2012 8:37 AM

    13forgbp says: Jan 9, 2012 8:21 AM

    Should be a good game. Looking forward to NY getting hyped up all week long and the Packers being slighted. People up here seem to be nervous a little mostly because the last time the Giants were here in a playoff game they won and the game this year was close.

    Don’t sleep on the Packers.
    ———————————————————————
    Packers are the #1 seed at 15-1, and have already beaten the Giants in NY. I don’t think those facts have been lost on the Giants. I think a lot of people (Vegas included) have already assumed that this game is over. Maybe the Packers shouldn’t sleep on the Giants.

  22. i3addog says: Jan 9, 2012 8:40 AM

    As well as Rodgers has played this year do you really think he’s going to lose his first ever playoff game at Lambeau ? The makeshift offensive line was suppose to fall to the Bears high powered front seven and Rodgers didn’t even get his uniform dirty. The Packers O line will rise to the challenge and continue to put up copious amounts of points.

  23. clintonportisheadd says: Jan 9, 2012 8:45 AM

    “Giants’ defense heading to Green Bay feeling confident”……

    Right. Someone needs to them to look at how the last game the two played ended. For those you may have forgot—Rodgers carved them up and went 70 yards in less than a minute to set up a game winning field goal.

  24. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jan 9, 2012 8:48 AM

    13forgbp says:
    Jan 9, 2012 8:21 AM
    Should be a good game. Looking forward to NY getting hyped up all week long and the Packers being slighted. People up here seem to be nervous a little mostly because the last time the Giants were here in a playoff game they won and the game this year was close.

    Don’t sleep on the Packers. This is the healthiest they have been all year and the first time they have their entire starting team on the field (Except Collins) since week 5. Look for a lot of no huddle and roll outs to slow down and gas the Giants pass rush. Also (unbelievably) I have a good feeling about the defense. The last third of the year they have sat players that could have played and really reverted to calling a pre-season type vanilla do nothing D. I think they have been sandbagging a little for the playoffs since it became fairly obvious they were going to be the #1 seed.

    ———–

    Doubting the Pack?
    Slighting the Pack?

    Who’s getting 9 points again???

    You’re scared, just admit it and stop projecting all this esoteric nonsense that you’re making up out of thin air. We see right through it. No one here in NY is bragging. Just confident in what this team can do.

  25. test2402 says: Jan 9, 2012 8:50 AM

    This defense couldn’t stop Tim Tebow.

  26. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jan 9, 2012 8:52 AM

    leonem1 says:
    Jan 9, 2012 8:29 AM
    The Giants win one playoff game and they (and the media) think they are the 85 bears defense. The dec 5th game the packers played without their starting LG (or RG, cant remember which), LT, and both inside linebackers. All are healthy and jennings is back. Giants can score but playing on the road is no joke, just ask the four visiting teams that played this past weekend.

    ————-

    Another one making things up. Who’s making that proclamation? The media spent all year on the Packers’ jock, and Rodgers included. For once, they are not salivating all over that team and you think people are unwarranted in their paying respects to the Giants’ play over the past month? There have only been two stories about the Giants’ game yesterday. Everything else is about the Saints, Steelers getting ref help and how the Patriots are going to do this and that with McDaniels back. KNOCK IT OFF.

  27. getsome636 says: Jan 9, 2012 8:52 AM

    raiderstotheship….I would like to see the team looking at James Jones for a #1. He is a decent 2-3, but not a #1. Oh, and who exactly are their “nasty tight ends”? Other than Finley??????

    You are an idiot, Peyton has had at least one Hall of Fame WR his whole career (Harrison, then Wayne), and Dallas Clark might be on his way as well.

    There is nothing Packer fans like better than to have people and other teams doubting the Pack. Rodgers is known to take it up a notch when he has a chip on his shoulder.

  28. promin1 says: Jan 9, 2012 8:58 AM

    I can’t wait to see JPP smash Rodgers to dust. Packers will be rusty – haven’t played in weeks and the Giants are motivated. Packers get embarrassed on their home turf. Again.

  29. brenenostler says: Jan 9, 2012 8:58 AM

    God I hope the Giants win

  30. calloustongue says: Jan 9, 2012 9:06 AM

    You can’t stop Rodgers and GB’s offense, you can only hope to contain them.

    Pack’s offense will score points and the defense will get their interceptions. Come on, it’s Eli. He’s good for at least 2 vs this defense.

    And don’t look now, but the Packers are completely healthy and at home. Lambeau is going to be rocking and the Pack will be fired up for this game. McCarthy is a great playoff coach and also creates great game plans on bye weeks.

    FEMA better send some body bags to the Giants.

  31. boover3 says: Jan 9, 2012 9:11 AM

    Why does it feel like the Packers are the underdog? Maybe because there hasn’t been a meaningful game for them in three weeks by the time Sunday arrives. As Greg Jennings said, they haven’t forgotten about the 2007 NFC Championship. Yeah, the Giants are the most intriguing matchup for the Pack, but it shouldn’t be any other way. Go Pack Go.

  32. acmepacker says: Jan 9, 2012 9:12 AM

    ngjoe1 says:
    Jan 9, 2012 8:32 AM
    Could a game have two more boring QB’s? Eli and Aaron, both good QB’s but oh so boring.
    I am not sure who i want to win. On one hand you have to hate the Giants, Eli and Coughlin in particular. In particular because of the fact that they went from, almost cleaning house to the media darlings vote for “team which could get on a role”.

    On the other any team whose fans pay a $250 donation for a piece of paper which says they own a piece of the packers doesn’t deserve a another trip to the NFC
    **************************
    You are so right. Any team with that loyal a fan base doesn’t deserve to win a football game. An organization that doesn’t go to the taxpayers when they need money is just trash, no integrity at all. Shame on the Packer fans!! (That’s sarcasm son.) Apparently you don’t understand the concept of community owned.

  33. pack15forever says: Jan 9, 2012 9:18 AM

    The Giants season ends next Sunday. Talk all you want but the Packers are not the Falcons and Aaron Rodgers is not Matt Ryan. Bring it on!!!

  34. 8man says: Jan 9, 2012 9:19 AM

    May be the best game of the week, and they all look really good.

    That Giants defense was fab-u-lous on Sunday. They look dangerous. If they play that well again, Eli won’t have to step very far out of his comfort zone to get the job done.

  35. theenricopalazzo says: Jan 9, 2012 9:19 AM

    promin1
    Packers get embarrassed on their home turf. Again.
    —————————————————–

    It will all depend if Plex can have a big game (Again) and if Favre throws int’s (Again)

    Nice try. If you want to reference something similar look to the wood shed beat down of Eli at Lambeau last season.

  36. 52claymaker52 says: Jan 9, 2012 9:24 AM

    Aaron Rodgers

    2010 vs Giants

    404 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT

    2011 @ Giants

    369 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT

    773 yards, 8 TDs 0 INTs in 2 games.

    If Rodgers is only the 4th best QB and can put up those numbers I wonder what the top 3 would do?

  37. zaggs says: Jan 9, 2012 9:25 AM

    Well though Matt Ryan had been sacked 26 times, 13 times were in the first 3 games. so getting to him twice isn’t too bad.

  38. hscorpio says: Jan 9, 2012 9:29 AM

    gcsuk says: Jan 9, 2012 8:37 AM

    Maybe the Packers shouldn’t sleep on the Giants.
    ==============================

    Jason Pierre Paul trash talking in the media ensured that won’t happen.

    Since Thanksgiving, the Packers have been pointing toward this game. They’ve been focused on getting to the playoffs as healthy as possible and then getting to work. They are as healthy as they have been all season.

    It’s their first home playoff game since that frigid NFC CG loss to their Giants. The 15 guys remaining from that game will have plenty to say in the locker room to the other 38 this week.

    All those things strongly suggest to me that the Packers will be ready to play when the ball is kicked. I’m not worried about them sleeping on the Giants.

  39. packeye says: Jan 9, 2012 9:40 AM

    The Giants are peaking at the right time, but I think MM will devise a gameplan for their defense. A lot of no huddle and bootlegs/play action.

  40. packeye says: Jan 9, 2012 9:42 AM

    Raiderstotheship, do you realize that every other word in your posts are misspelled?

  41. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jan 9, 2012 9:44 AM

    Where did JPP trash talk? You wimps have tissue paper for skin. Taking everything to heart.

  42. garyman1 says: Jan 9, 2012 9:46 AM

    The Giants “D” SHOULD be confident after what they did to the Falcons…
    But you’re Coo Coo for Cocoa Puffs if you are trying to compare the Falcons offense with the number one rated Packers offense.

    Remember, the Pack just put up 38 points on this same Giant Defense (at their place) a month ago.

  43. anthonykornheiser says: Jan 9, 2012 9:47 AM

    Packer fans, you have a great team, you were 15-1, you are the defending champs. Cut the BS about the giants and GB first meeting. You guys won on a FG as time expired and all you keep talking about are finley drops and 2 o-line being out. I don’t get how you have to make excuses and “well now that our 2 o linemen are back its over” It was a good game period. To be honest, GB won at the buzzer and there was that missed jake ballard TD where he was clearly in and that questionable Jennings TD in regards to possession in the end zone. It was a good game in Dec and IM sure it will be a good game this Sunday. Chill w the whining about dropped passes and 2 olinemen out. Giants led the NFL in dropped passes, it happens and that injury route is weak too. Giants had 2 of their starting olinemen out, including their starting center. Boley rushed back and wasnt 100%, their starting MLB was out, their best cb has been out all yr, Osi Umenyiora was out as well as Mario Manningham. You were 15-1! enough w that two linemen excuse because clearly the giants hate a lot more players out, including game changing players.

  44. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jan 9, 2012 9:47 AM

    boover3 says:
    Jan 9, 2012 9:11 AM
    Why does it feel like the Packers are the underdog? Maybe because there hasn’t been a meaningful game for them in three weeks by the time Sunday arrives. As Greg Jennings said, they haven’t forgotten about the 2007 NFC Championship. Yeah, the Giants are the most intriguing matchup for the Pack, but it shouldn’t be any other way. Go Pack Go.

    ———–

    What happened? All the drooling and fawning over the Pack all year by the media got you spoiled? Hardly anyone is even giving us a legitimate shot, unless we play a “flawless game”, and Vegas sure doesn’t think you’re underdogs. Stop it. Regardless of what anyone says, the Falcons are a dangerous team and the Giants totally shut them down. What happened weeks ago when hte Giants were coming off a quitting performance and down several guys who are HEALTHY NOW is irrelevant.

    Stop making prognostications out of your worry that the Giants will frustrate the Packers beyond anything you’ve seen since their early season losses last year.

  45. muskyhunter2542 says: Jan 9, 2012 9:47 AM

    There is a reason that The Packers are 10 point favorites.

    Just 1 question…. How many games did The Packers lose this year at home?

    Oh, and another… What was the score of that game between The Giants and Packers in week 12?

    If The Giants where not healthy, what does that make The Packers. They are now the healthiest that they have been all season long!!!

  46. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jan 9, 2012 9:48 AM

    Jennings can make plays, but the refs gave him a TD that he didn’t earn. You can call it “whining” all you want, it was a horrible call and the world knows it.

    Tuck was a shell of himself in that game and still abused Bulaga. Getting Clifton back means nothing, JPP has to be double teamed for it to matter. Osi is back, and he’s the X-factor, not any of the guys who didn’t play for the Pack last game and will play on Sunday. Those are facts.

  47. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jan 9, 2012 9:49 AM

    Can’t wait to revisit this thread post-game.

  48. jessethebody says: Jan 9, 2012 10:10 AM

    Let’s not forget that the last time these 2 teams played NY had a short week having played on the previous Monday and Green Bay had 10 days off having played on thanksgiving the prior week. This will be one hell of a game.

  49. calloustongue says: Jan 9, 2012 10:15 AM

    Packers rusty?

    Remember at the beginning of the season, all the hype about the Packers being rusty b/c Aaron Rodgers didn’t hold off-season workouts?

    How did that turn out?

  50. jrmbadger says: Jan 9, 2012 10:20 AM

    Greg Jennings already tweeted that the Packers haven’t forgotten about 2007. Expect the Pack to be motivated.

    The Giants can win, but it will take a perfect game on both sides of the ball for them to do it.

  51. jrmbadger says: Jan 9, 2012 10:24 AM

    And calling the Packers over-rated seems to be a bit of wishful thinking. Remember, the Packers have beaten every NFC playoff team except the 49ers (whom they didn’t play). That includes both the Saints and the Giants. While those were close games, the fact remains that the Packers till won both.

  52. bigpara says: Jan 9, 2012 10:25 AM

    I like the Giants chances in this one. The Giants are healthy, the pac tackles are banged up that not a good thing against the Giants d line. Pac only won by 3 with a last minute FG drive and a lot of help from the refs. I disagree with Osi but I do believe the Giants can make him look like the 4th best QB in the league. Giants have play in GB before in the playoffs and the cold. Blah blah no Farve but the GB are ranked 32th against the pass, if GB doesn’t get turnovers they are in trouble. It may snow in GB Sunday so a lot of the passing attack is limited and the Giants are running like a beast right now. In the Giants I trust. It will be a good game.

  53. hodag54501 says: Jan 9, 2012 10:44 AM

    I’m glad the Giants are confident. They are a good team. But a few words of advice: don’t let your mouth demand more than the rest of you can produce.

  54. drexelvol says: Jan 9, 2012 10:48 AM

    “Giants’ defense heading to Green Bay feeling confident”

    Yeah, well, playing the Falcons can certainly make any defense feel pretty good about themselves.

  55. skittlesareyum says: Jan 9, 2012 11:34 AM

    Both teams are justified for feeling confident. The Giants have their great pass rush and very good offense (their running game is finally on track). The Packers have a phenomenonal offense and ball-hawking defense. I have to give the edge to my Packers (biased, sorry) but I can envision either team winning. It all comes down to how much pressure the Giants can apply to Rodgers and if the Packers’ defense gets turnovers. Should be a good game.

  56. packerfan1000 says: Jan 9, 2012 11:50 AM

    Underestimate the NYG at your own peril. They’ve played well down the stretch and have some big road wins, including winning at New England. That was the Patriots only home loss.

    ——————–

    This is ludicrous…who is underestimating the Giants? Everybody is talking about how they are going to go into Lambeau and beat a team the defending Superbowl champs who just finished off a 15-1 season. Who’s getting underestimated??

  57. nesuperfan says: Jan 9, 2012 12:11 PM

    As a Pats’ fan, I have to say that I consider the NYG, possibly, the most dangerous team since they can really play defense well. The 49ers are also like that, but still I have not seen them play enough to look beyond stats.

    At least GB or NO versus the Pats, I feel like any team could win a shootout in the Super Bowl.

  58. ken2016 says: Jan 9, 2012 12:28 PM

    You people sound like fools! Giants won in green bay. They did it before , they’ll do it again, they got it to blow, they got it to spin! 28-14 NYG. Down with the flatback packers.

  59. pack15forever says: Jan 9, 2012 12:33 PM

    The proximity of Rex Ryan to the Giants locker room is quite evident. The Giants have been polluted by fat boy’s bravado. Rodgers and the Packers will put a whooping on the Midgets.

  60. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jan 9, 2012 1:03 PM

    packerfan1000 says:
    Jan 9, 2012 11:50 AM
    Underestimate the NYG at your own peril. They’ve played well down the stretch and have some big road wins, including winning at New England. That was the Patriots only home loss.

    ——————–

    This is ludicrous…who is underestimating the Giants? Everybody is talking about how they are going to go into Lambeau and beat a team the defending Superbowl champs who just finished off a 15-1 season. Who’s getting underestimated??

    ———

    No one’s saying that, where are you getting your information from? Everyone, including Vegas, has GB as 10 point favorites. Knock it off.

  61. packersownerandshareholder says: Jan 9, 2012 3:51 PM

    I’m not going to lie, the Giants scare me a little because of their D line, and running game but what gives me confidence is our defense; we give up a lot of yards but we also force a lot of turnovers and I invision us causing Ahmad Bradshaw to funmble and or picking off Eli at a few critical moments in the game.

    The other reason I’m confident is a man named Aaron Rodgers and men by the name of Jordy Nelson, Greg Jennings, Donald Driver, and Jermichael Finley.

    Should be a great game but I fully anticipate another Green Bay Packers victory. At the same time I can understand why Giants fans might feel the same sense of confidence about their team. May the best team win!

    GO PACK GO

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