Eli Manning led the Giants over the Super Bowl favorite Packers in Lambeau. The Giants proved that they are a very good team on offense and defense. The Giants won 37-20 and this shows that their offense can score points and their defense can hold teams to low point totals. They have allowed 22 points this post season and if they continue this, then they will make it to the Super Bowl.
The Packers were 15-1 during the regular season but then they had a bye week and they may have hurt them. If they played in the first round they may have won because they would have continued how the season went. Some teams play poorly after getting a bye week and I think that’s what happened to the Packers. They had some key injuries in the last few weeks of the regular season and that impacted them in the playoffs.
The Giants front four are the best combination in the NFL. Jason Pierre-Paul is a very athletic young player and he has the potential to become the defensive player of the year in the coming years. Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyora are veterans who are still getting to the quarterback consistently. Their linebackers and secondary are also very good and they force turnovers constantly which are key in the playoffs. Eli Manning is a great quarterback but he is even better when he is on a short field. They are a physical defense and that helped them against the Packers.
The Giants are playing the 49ers in the NFC Championship and both teams are physical. This is a matchup in San Francisco so I immediately give the 49ers the edge in that game. However, the Giants pass attack is great with Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks at wide receiver. I think the Giants realize that they beat the favorites to win the Super Bowl and believe that they can get there now more than ever.