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The Giants may be the last team standing between Aaron Rodgers and a perfect season. If the Pack slip by Big Blue, they will face Oakland, Kansas City, Chicago and Detroit in the last four games of the season. Three of those will be at Lambeau Field. Manning and Co. have a tall task in stopping the Packers today, but it just might be that history and fate are on New York’s side.
In Ahmad Bradshaw’s absence, the Giants have tumbled from the division lead and are riding a three-game losing streak. Their rushing attack is the worst in the league, and Brandon Jacobs has become prone to running east-west with no gain. Eli Manning is back to throwing picks.
There is good news! Bradshaw says he will play today, and the mere threat of his presence may disrupt the already shaky Packers defense. The options that Bradshaw presents out of the backfield could be enough to turn the tide of the game and settle Manning down in the pocket.
En route to the Super Bowl upset of the 18-0 Patriots, the Giants ore down and beat the Packers in overtime to win the NFC Championship Game. It wasn’t a pretty game by any means, but the Giants showed toughness and perseverance. These two factors have been missing from the 2011 version of the team.
The Giants probably won’t be able to stop Aaron Rodgers, but with Manning and Bradshaw together, they may be able to keep up with the potent Packers offense. If that’s the case, watch the last possession of the game when Eli Manning turns it on to win in the fourth again.