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10 things we learned about the Packers


1) They can play with them. The Giants lost, 38-35, on a last-second field goal in their Week 13 meeting. It was the Packers' 18th straight win at the time, but it was also the slimmest margin of victory during the stretch that dated back to their Super Bowl-winning season. 

2) You can't give the Packers extra possessions. Their offense is good enough without the help. In addition to losing a fumble, Eli Manning threw a pick six to Packers linebacker Clay Matthews. The interception proved to be the difference-maker from not only a literal scoring standpoint, but it also changed the complexion of the game. The Giants had possession with a 10-7 lead at the time. 

3) Aaron Rodgers will use the sidelines. Outside of the numbers, Rodgers completed 21 of 25 passes for a 10.6-yard average with three touchdowns and zero interceptions against the Giants. Meanwhile, in the middle of the field, Rodgers was 7 of 21 for a five-yard average with one touchdown and an interception (ESPN Stats & Info).

4) Lawrence Tynes made his longest FG of the season. Tynes hit both of his field goal attempts against the Packers, including a 50-yarder early in the fourth quarter to cut the Giants' deficit to one point at the time. (Side note: opposing kickers are 13/14 at Lambeau Field this season, including a perfect 3-3 from 50 yards or longer).

5) The deep ball works on the Packers secondary. En route to a 347-yard performance, Manning completed three of four passes that were 30 or more yards downfield.

6) Desmond Bishop and A.J. Hawk are back. The Packers first and fourth top tacklers, respectively, missed the first meeting. The Giants' run game, which showed signs of new life against Green Bay, will have to face the two healthy linebackers.

7) Opportunities can be there for players under the radar.Just ask Travis Beckum. The tight end had one catch all season heading into Week 13, but broke loose on the Giants' third play of the game for a 67-yard touchdown.  And that's not even mentioning Chase Blackburn, who intercepted Rodgers after signing back with the team four days prior to the game. 

8) Rodgers will spread the ball around. Five different receivers had four or more catches against the Giants. Eight had at least one.

9) Any given Sunday. "I learned that any given Sunday you have the opportunity to beat every team in this league, regardless of who you are," Justin Tuck said on Monday. "I'm sure no one expected Kansas City to beat the Packers, but they did. Any given Sunday you have that opportunity to beat a team like this. We're looking forward to this Sunday."

10) There are no moral victories. The Giants gained confidence after taking the NFL's best team down to the wire, but nothing less than a victory will matter.

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