The NFL undoubtedly has saved the best for last on the opening weekend of the playoffs. It’s the New York Giants vs. the Green Bay Packers, in a game that has all the makings of a classic.
Both teams enter on a roll. Both teams have Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks under center. And both teams have ample reason to think they can go all the way.
The Giants, improbably, bring one of the NFL’s best defenses to Lambeau Field on Sunday afternoon. Defensive tackle Damon “Snacks” Harrison has been a stalwart up front, while strong safety Landon Collins has anchored an outstanding secondary. The question for Big Blue is whether quarterback Eli Manning can shake off his mediocre season and play up to the form he displayed in his two previous championship runs. If he does, the Giants will be extremely tough to beat. One note: Both of Manning’s Super Bowl runs included a road victory in Green Bay.
Green Bay was 4-6 after Week 11, and all appeared absolutely lost. But they reeled off six straight wins en route to yet another NFC North crown. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers has been nothing short of brilliant. The Green Bay offense enters Sunday’s game firing on all cylinders. But can their depleted secondary contains the likes of explosive Giants wideout Odell Beckham Jr.?
Kickoff is at 4:40 p.m. ET. The game will air on FOX. Joe Buck and Troy Aikman have the call. The action can be streamed free with a cable subscription on pc, cell phone, or tablet via Fox Sports Go — which can be found here. The Fox Sports Go app can be downloaded via the iTunes store, the Google Play store, and the Windows store.
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