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Greg Jennings on Giants loss: It hurts, but they were a better team

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Heading into the playoffs, almost everyone thought the Packers were the best team in the NFL. But the Giants beat the Packers in the divisional round, and Packers receiver Greg Jennings thinks that one game wipes out the 15 the Packers won during the regular season.

Jennings said on NFL Network that when he looks back on the loss to the Giants, he thinks that the Packers didn’t play the way they’re capable of playing. But he ultimately has to accept that the Giants were the 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.”

Asked if he’s over the loss, Jennings said, “Over it. Got to be. Have to be. It’s done.”

Jennings is right that the Packers have to get over it. But that was a tough loss to get over, because while the Giants were the better team on the field that day, the Packers had every reason to think heading into that game that they were the best team in the NFL.

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22 Responses to “Greg Jennings on Giants loss: It hurts, but they were a better team”
  1. zaggs says: Jul 12, 2012 7:55 PM

    ” he thinks that the Packers didn’t play the way they’re capable of playing. ”

    Because you were looking to the next game. Scrappiness and hustle will beat talent any day of the week, even Sunday in Green Bay.

  2. sportswannabe says: Jul 12, 2012 7:57 PM

    That’s how a man takes his loss. Jennings is all class.

  3. thehatefulnerd says: Jul 12, 2012 8:01 PM

    It was disappointing but alot of us Green Bay fans kind of saw it coming. If we got past that game, we would very likely have gone all the way.

    The guys just didn’t have it that day.

    That said, our D will be much improved this year without a doubt.

  4. dgtalmn says: Jul 12, 2012 8:08 PM

    As the saying goes…that’s why they play the game.

  5. binkystevens says: Jul 12, 2012 8:14 PM

    Giants of 2011 followed the same script as the packers of 2010, and Giants of 2007. Looking at the next decade for these two teams, I’ll still take the pack as the team most likely to have a dynasty.

  6. charleslouis99 says: Jul 12, 2012 8:30 PM

    he didn’t put the team on his back

  7. 1122world says: Jul 12, 2012 8:36 PM

    Scrappiness and hustle won the Super Bowl too, yes?

    The Giants outplayed them and also were largely responsible for not allowing the packers to play like they usually did.

  8. east96st says: Jul 12, 2012 8:39 PM

    Let’s be honest, if not for incredibly bad officiating, all in GB’s favor, that game is a total blow out. Let’s give GB the benefit of the doubt and say they did not play up to their “standard”. Even still, without Bill Leavy doing everything in his power to throw the game, the Pack loses 44-13. That’s a little more dominating than one team having a “off day”.

  9. chi01town says: Jul 12, 2012 9:07 PM

    The Giants exposed the packers that night by bumping the WRs at the line of scrimage an keeping Rodgers getting up off the ground. They put pressure on Rodgers and even when Rodgers took off running they kept him contained. The Giants knew Rodgers could hurt them with his legs BUT he couldnt beat them running for his life

  10. contra74 says: Jul 12, 2012 9:09 PM

    The nerve this guy has! The official statement is that the Packers “beat themselves!” “We beat ourselves!!!!” is what mcCarthy says so gosh darnit they must have really beat themselves! No they weren’t a better team, the Packers simply beat th….LOL i tried real hard to finish this without laughing but I just couldn’t. Thanks for keeping it real and not drinking the PR kool aid Jennings!

  11. dirtmcgirt24 says: Jul 12, 2012 9:41 PM

    Seems to me you shouldn’t have overlooked a team you only beat by 3 points a few weeks earlier. The same brutal Packers defense from that earlier game showed up, but a different Packers offense and Giants defense game to play.

    That different Giants defense included a healthier Tuck, Umenyiora and Amukamara. That different Giants defense held opponents to under 14 a game over the last 6, holding opponents to an average of two full touchdowns below their respective season scoring averages.

    While the Packers offense was getting fat on the Vikings, Bears, Lions, Raiders, Broncos and Chiefs (whoops) of the world, the football world was ignoring/making excuses for their defense. And it turns out in football your defense needs to take the field sometimes.

    A more reasonable argument is not that the Giants were the better team that day, but rather that the Giants were the better team.

    With a trophy to prove it.

  12. tsutton84 says: Jul 12, 2012 9:44 PM

    Great to see a losing player give the other team credit, instead of saying, “We just didn’t play as well as we could have…” or something similar. Are you paying attention, John Harbaugh?

  13. rdav29 says: Jul 12, 2012 10:39 PM

    discount double-check

  14. cooklynn17 says: Jul 12, 2012 11:02 PM

    Tell that to your coach Greg, because according to him the Packers beat themselves.

    And what happen to your twitter post about not forgetting the first time the Giants beat you in the championship game. Awesome, so now they beat you a second time at home, bet you won’t forget that either…….=smiling=

  15. matthewb57 says: Jul 12, 2012 11:39 PM

    im pretty sure the chiefs showed the giants how to beat the packers

  16. lbpackfan says: Jul 13, 2012 12:21 AM

    contra74 says:
    Jul 12, 2012 9:09 PM
    The nerve this guy has! The official statement is that the Packers “beat themselves!” “We beat ourselves!!!!” is what mcCarthy says so gosh darnit they must have really beat themselves! No they weren’t a better team, the Packers simply beat th….LOL i tried real hard to finish this without laughing but I just couldn’t. Thanks for keeping it real and not drinking the PR kool aid Jennings!
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    Packers beat themselves vs the Giants just like the refs beat the Vikings in the 2009 NFCCG, right Contra?

  17. victorycruz says: Jul 13, 2012 2:19 AM

    Winning!

  18. qoojo says: Jul 13, 2012 2:25 AM

    I thought the WRs showed their overrated nature. Everyone talks about how great they are, but the drops killed them. The only one that was clutch was Driver. Then the Giants showed how soft a team they were with all the turnovers.

    The ironic thing is that it wasn’t the worst game the defense had played, but they were still laughable. Anyone with knowledge of football knew this team wouldn’t make it to the super bowl with that defense. That game was a complete team loss because the whole team sucked, even Rodgers relatively speaking.

    Yea, I am a packer fan, but I am realistic. The Giants showed why you always need a good DL, and not a gimicky 1-2 DL with a herd of scrub LBs.

  19. kodakinvegas says: Jul 13, 2012 5:07 AM

    Well, SURPRISE, SURPRISE, SURPRISE Sgt Cater!

  20. nyfootbalgiants says: Jul 13, 2012 8:05 AM

    chi01town says: Jul 12, 2012 9:07 PM

    The Giants exposed the packers that night by bumping the WRs at the line of scrimage an keeping Rodgers getting up off the ground. They put pressure on Rodgers and even when Rodgers took off running they kept him contained. The Giants knew Rodgers could hurt them with his legs BUT he couldnt beat them running for his life

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    This is exactly right. GB is an offense built all on timing. With the WRs being bumped at the line, it threw off all the timing on the routes. That, and Rodgers really didn’t ever get comfortable in the pocket. When he did, his receivers had some nasty drops

  21. muskyhunter2542 says: Jul 13, 2012 9:46 AM

    It was a stupid move to put Clifton in the game. Newhouse replaced him later in the game and did much better. However Clifton got abused in that game.
    That was a very big part of why they played so badly.

  22. stavreafavre says: Jul 13, 2012 4:13 PM

    Jennings came into that game off of several weeks on the injury list and clearly wasn’t himself. But as others have pointed out, he doesn’t fall back on excuses. All the talk about resting starters and officiating and whatever is fine, but the game essentially ended when the Packer DBs were unable to prevent the Hail Mary pass just before the first half ended. That one play took the air out of the stadium and the team. Hooray for the Giants, but as the Packers can now tell them, that title isn’t going to guarantee them anything in the new season.

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