Thursday, January 17, 2008

Green Bay Owes the Giants in More Ways Than One

Green Bay picked up their new running phenom Ryan Grant this season in exchange for a sixth round draft pick to the Giants. New York was heavy in the running back position and a sixth round draft choice seemed like a great deal to the Giant front office. Seemed like a good deal to Green Bay too, but no one could have predicted the spectacular success Grant would have since he entered the Packer starting line up in week seven.

Grant’s performance in Saturday’s game against the Seahawks was simply amazing… 201 yards rushing and three TDs, this after two early Grant fumbles that put Seattle up 14-0 barely four minutes into the first quarter. Grant and the Pack rebounded and destroyed the Seahawks 42-20 in blinding snow that saw GB score touchdowns on six consecutive drives.

Green Bay has certainly benefited in myriad ways from the Grant acquisition, but the Packers owe the Giants an even bigger debt of gratitude after New York knocked off the number one NFC seed Cowboys in Sunday’s divisional playoff game held in Dallas.

Dallas is to Favre what kryptonite is to Superman, it saps his strength and makes him do weird things. Brett is 0 and 9 in Texas stadium and if not for the Giants 21-17 victory, Green Bay was headed back to Dallas for the NFC championship game and almost certain [I can’t be optimistic when GB plays in Dallas] defeat. In their last meeting on November 29th, Brett was 5 / 14 for 56 yards with two interceptions, and was knocked out of the game in the second quarter. It was a disastrous 37-27 defeat that would give the Cowboys home field for the playoffs.

The Giants came into Dallas stadium on Sunday having lost two regular season games against the heavily favored Cowboys, and simply took control of the game. Their constant pressure on Dallas QB Tony Romo unnerved him to the point where he was yelling at his offensive line to give him more protection; this may have had the opposite effect. To a life long Packer fan, it was pure heaven. Terrell Owens’ teary post game breakdown was just icing on the cake.

Of course I will be cheering for a Packer victory on Sunday; Brett deserves another shot at the Super Bowl. But you have to respect what Manning and the Giants did to the Cowboys, and the favor they did the Packers. I just hope Sunday isn’t the time for the Packers to return the favor.

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