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10 keys: Giants vs. Packers


1) Keep away from Rodgers. In Green Bay's only loss, the Kansas City Chiefs controlled the time of possession by 13 minutes. It's more complicated than just running the ball, though. Air or ground, first downs will be at a premium.

2) Be the Road Warriors once again. Sunday will be the Giants' first test away from home since their Dec. 11 game in Dallas. This is the team that won in Philly, New England and Dallas.

3) Eliminate big plays.This goes for both the offense and defense. Rodgers and his talented receiving corps racked up 70 plays of 20 yards or more this season. Meanwhile, the defense led the league with 31 interceptions, eight more than second-place New England and San Francisco (tied with 23). The Packers ran four of those back for touchdowns, including one from Clay Matthews' against the Giants.

4) Win the physical battle.As long as it's a Tom Coughlin team, this will be a key in every game -- let alone a playoff battle.

5) Stick with the run. It hasn't been pretty in the early going, but the Giants have found success later in the game due to their persistence. The whole team has been feeding off the way Brandon Jacobs is running lately.

6) Play the field position game. Punts are better than turnovers. Special teams needs to be on top of its game against Green Bay's return specialist Randall Cobb, who returned a kick 36 yards in the first game while averaging 25.3 yards in New York.

7) Limit Rodgers' mobility.He was their leading rusher against the Giants, totaling 32 yards with a long of 13. The defensive tackles have been playing better than anyone as of late, and interior pressure will be key against the quarterback.

8) Get off the field on third downs. Nothing can be more disheartening for a defense than stopping teams on first and second downs, only to give up a big play on third-and-long. The Packers were 7-for-12 on third down efficiency last time.

9) Disrupt the No. 1 seed early.Travis Beckum did it in round one with his 67-yard touchdown on the third play of the game. Once the Packers get going, they are nearly impossible to stop. Knock them back on their heels early whether it be forcing a turnover, a big play on special teams, or just simply getting the first points on the board.

10) Remain faithful to the 2011 New York Giants. Every year is different, and this team has been fielding questions for the past few weeks about the 2007 team that went on to win the Super Bowl. This team needs to write its own story and continue to find its own identity.

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