2017 NFL Playoffs – New York Giants vs Green Bay Packers

On November 23, 2016, the Green Bay Packers were in the midst of a four game losing streak. Their ‘leader’ Aaron Rodgers had something to say, similar to his R-E-L-A-X comment that has been played a little too much in my opinion.

“I feel like we can run the table, I really do,” Rodgers said. “The offense is starting to click a little bit more; we’ve just got to put together a game where we’re more consistent from the first snap to the last. We’ve been, I think, getting closer to that. We’ve really been clicking, at times, in the last few games.”

What exactly did he mean by ‘run the table?’  It’s no secret, I’m not an Aaron Rodgers fan.  His god-like complex rubs me the wrong way and his leadership style of not accepting responsibility for losses is different from other top-tier quarterbacks.  This, however, is an interesting prediction, the question is, did the prediction come true or are there four games left?

When a leader of a team makes a prediction like this, teammates rise to the challenge, even play beyond their means but once the goal is met there is a let down.  If ‘running the table’ meant close out the season with six straight wins, they achieved that.  A let down is coming, and at the most inappropriate time.

The New York Giants come in to town Lambeau Field as the only team to beat the Dallas Cowboy starters this year.  It’s the first time they’ve been in the playoffs since their Super Bowl winning year in 2012.  But here is why I’m picking the New York Giants over the Green Bay Packers.  Eli Manning has a career playoff record of 8-3.

His first road playoff game was against the Philadelphia Eagles which he lost 23-20.  He hasn’t lost a road playoff game since.

Let me repeat that:  HE HASN’T LOST A ROAD PLAYOFF GAME SINCE.  Eli Manning has a home playoff record of 1-2 and a road playoff record of 5-1.  Two playoff wins were on a neutral Super Bowl site.

But Aaron Rodgers is like Russell Wilson right?  He wins when playing at home…doesn’t he?  Um. No. There is no need to compare a regular season star to a playoff star like Wilson.  Aaron Rodgers’ home playoff record (2-2) see below.

  • 2012 – Divisional Round Loss to NY Giants (9-7) 37-20
    • 17 degrees
  • 2013 – Wild Card Round Win over Minnesota Vikings (10-6) 24-10
    • 16 degrees
  • 2014 – Divisional Round Loss to SF 49ers (12-4) 23-20
    • 4 degrees
  • 2015 – Divisional Round Win over Dallas Cowboys (12-4) 26-21
    • 22 degrees

Today’s weather in Green Bay is 12 degrees.  It’s going to be cold.  This combined with Eli Manning’s road playoff record, and the let down from the prediction of running the table is why I’m going with the New York Giants.

New York Giants:  23  Green Bay Packers: 17  (OT)

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