The road to the Super Bowl goes through Green Bay. That’s the reward the Packers earned by completing a 15-1 regular season — a home field advantage like no other in the NFL.
But only four years ago the New York Giants braved the elements on a frigid day at Lambeau Field and knocked off their to advance to the Super Bowl. It’s a tall task, but one the soon-to-be rosy-cheeked Tom Coughlin and his squad know they can accomplish.
The Giants are on a roll that has some comparing them to last year’s Packers. After clawing their way to the NFC East title in the final week of the regular season, New York hammered the Falcons last weekend but now must hit the road the rest of the way.
Now Eli Manning and company are hoping to prove themselves with another upset at Lambeau.
“It was chilly. That’s about all I remember,” said Manning, who out-dueled Brett Favre in minus-23 degree temperatures. “The weather I haven’t really looked at this week. The last time we played there we were not concerned with it. I didn’t talk about it. We didn’t make it an issue. I don’t think we’ll make it an issue this year.”
Manning has been money in late-game situations this season. His 15 fourth-quarter touchdown passes broke the NFL record set by Johnny Unitas and his brother Peyton. But Aaron Rodgers may be the league’s top talent at the quarterback position and with wide receiver Greg Jennings expected to return for Saturday’s game, he’ll have the full arsenal at his disposal against New York’s aggressive pass rush.
The quarterbacks put on a show in their Dec. 4 meeting at MetLife Stadium, and it was Rodgers who led a fourth-quarter drive for the game-winning field goal in a 38-35 victory that kept the Packers unbeaten.
In 2008, it was the Giants’ Lawrence Tynes whose 47-yard fourth-quarter field goal was the different in a 23-20 New York triumph. And the 33-year-old wouldn’t mind another chance to send his team to the conference championship.
“We went up there last year and got our butts kicked,” Tynes said. ”It’s been four years, it’s a great moment, it’s a great memory, but we have a new task at hand this weekend.”
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