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NFC Championship Round: Giants @ Packers, 6:30 pm, FOX
12 years ago  ::  Jan 20, 2008 - 1:01AM #1
Harrisson
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. ⁈“ The Giants have played many of their biggest games against the very best quarterbacks in NFL history.


DE Justin Tuck nows he must pressure Packers QB Brett Favre.


They played in the first-ever NFL Championship Game in 1933 ⁈“ when Hall of Fame fullback Bronko Nagurski, of all people, threw two touchdown passes ⁈“ and have participated in a total of 17 league or NFC championship games, plus three Super Bowls. The Giants have had their quest for championship trophies blocked by great quarterbacks, or they⁈⁚ve overcome the royalty at that position to claim their titles. In 1958 and '59 they lost to Johnny Unitas⁈⁚ Baltimore Colts. In 1961 and '62 it was Bart Starr⁈⁚s Green Bay Packers. When the Giants won the 1990 NFC Championship Game in San Francisco, they knocked Joe Montana out of the game, only to see him replaced by Steve Young, another Hall of Famer. The Giants earned their Super Bowl rings by beating two quarterbacks enshrined in Canton, Denver⁈⁚s John Elway and Buffalo⁈⁚s Jim Kelly.


On Sunday, the Giants will play in their first title game in seven years when they face the Green Bay Packers in Lambeau Field. Naturally, one of the most extraordinary players to ever throw passes is waiting for them. Brett Favre ⁈“ who has started 273 consecutive games (including playoffs), who has thrown more passes (8,758) for more yards (61,655) and more touchdowns (442) than anyone in history and who won a championship 11 years ago - is standing in the way of the Giants⁈⁚ quest to reach Super Bowl XLII.


The Giants have heard all week all the factors they must overcome to improve to 4-0 in NFC Championship Games. They include the numbingly frosty weather, the rejuvenated Packers rushing attack and an aggressive, attacking defense that specializes in shutting down foes on third down. But their greatest challenge will be stopping Green Bay⁈⁚s quarterback. If they can pressure Favre out of his comfort zone and force him into turnovers, they will greatly enhance their chance to win. But if Favre has time to slice them up as he has so many other teams, the Giants could be in for a long, cold night.


⁈Å"We have our hands full with that guy,⁈  defensive lineman Justin Tuck said. ⁈Å"He⁈⁚s probably the best quarterback that⁈⁚s played this game. We⁈⁚re going to have a hard time (containing him), but we⁈⁚re capable of doing it.⁈ 


⁈Å"He⁈⁚s a future Hall of Famer,⁈  linebacker Kawika Mitchell said. ⁈Å"He does everything extremely well. The way he controls the tempo of the game with quick snaps, hard counts, no huddles, that type of stuff, he does a great job, and I think that⁈⁚s the biggest thing you have to prepare for.⁈ 


Favre has enjoyed a rebirth this season. Just two years ago, he threw an NFL-high 29 interceptions in a dismal 4-12 season. Favre considered retirement. Last year, his first under coach Mike McCarthy, Favre completed a career-low 56 percent of his passes. But the Packers won their last four games to finish 8-8 and give them something positive to take into the offseason.


At McCarthy⁈⁚s urging, Favre has eliminated many of the reckless decisions and ill-advised throws that characterized his swashbuckling style of play. Favre's completion percentage of 66.5 was the best of his 17-year career. He never threw more than two interceptions in a game and finished the season with 15, his lowest total since 2001. Favre was sacked four times in the season opener and only 11 times in the other 15 games, including once in the last six games.


The Giants faced mobile, quick-release quarterbacks the previous two weeks in Tampa Bay⁈⁚s Jeff Garcia and Dallas⁈⁚ Tony Romo. But Favre has virtually perfected the art of getting rid of the ball before the pass rush can get to him.


⁈Å"They have done a real good job pass protecting and he does get rid of the ball very well,⁈  Coach Tom Coughlin said. ⁈Å"The only thing you can do, we have faced that the last two weeks, and you just have to keep coming. You have to keep coming and hoping that you have an opportunity to disrupt or get a hit on the quarterback. It may not be a sack but you keep the pressure coming so that at the right time it is there.⁈ 


⁈Å"They are very difficult to sack,⁈  defensive end Osi Umenyiora said. ⁈Å"They have a good offensive line, but he doesn⁈⁚t take any sacks. He throws the ball very, very quick. So we are going to have to really try to get our hands up, get in his face a little bit and see if we can play the game that way.⁈ 


If the Giants can apply consistent pressure to Favre, perhaps they can force him into those errors he has largely eliminated this season.


⁈Å"Hopefully, the bad Favre wakes up that day and decides to be the bad Favre,⁈  linebacker Antonio Pierce said. ⁈Å"To be honest with you guys, everybody knows he will be in the Hall of Fame. If (New England⁈⁚s Tom) Brady didn⁈⁚t have the year that he had, he would have been the MVP of the league most likely, so we just have a lot of respect for him. We expect him to come out and try to do what they did last week - run the ball. It will be obvious to do that with Ryan Grant running very well.


⁈Å"Brett Favre is going to do everything that he needs to do as far as managing the game, making the right throws and reads. We are expecting to see the one that is a Hall of Famer and is going to play well.⁈ 


The Giants have faced Favre six times since he became the Packers⁈⁚ quarterback in 1992. They defeated him that season, but lost in 1995 in Green Bay and in 1998 and 2001 at home. In the last of those three games, Michael Strahan set the NFL single-season sack record of 22.5 by downing Favre near the end of the fourth quarter.


⁈Å"It⁈⁚s never fun (chasing Favre),⁈  Strahan said. ⁈Å"It is going to be tough. He is going to do what he is going to do. We all know what type of player he is, we all have the utmost respect for him and his ability to make that team better, which he has done. It is going to be extremely interesting to see how this game goes.⁈ 


Favre⁈⁚s legend grew the last time the Giants visited Lambeau ⁈“ though the Giants earned a 14-7 victory on Oct. 3, 2004. On the opening drive of the second half, Favre took a shot from William Joseph and left the game. Green Bay gained one yard in two plays with Doug Pederson at quarterback. Pederson was in the huddle, seemingly calling the play on fourth-and-five, when Favre ran onto the field as the crowd at Lambeau cheered wildly. Favre dropped back and threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to Javon Walker. It was later learned that Favre was not medically cleared to return to the field. He had run into the huddle on his own. He never returned to the game and afterward, couldn⁈⁚t remember throwing the touchdown pass.


This season, the teams met on Sept. 16 in Giants Stadium. Favre completed 29 of 38 passes (a percentage of 76.3 that was his highest in any game but the finale, when he threw only 11 passes) for 286 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. He was sacked just once. The Packers led by a point at the end of the third quarter, but pulled away for a 35-13 victory.


Favre⁈⁚s renaissance has been one of the popular, feel-good stories of the NFL season. But the Giants would like nothing more than writing an unpleasant last chapter for the Packers⁈⁚ quarterback and the Green Bay faithful.


⁈Å"I look at all the stories and everything that has been written that is like this is Brett⁈⁚s last swan song or his chance to go the Super Bowl and all that stuff and I look at it as the same way for me,⁈  Strahan said. ⁈Å"Maybe it is the same way for (Amani) Toomer, maybe it is the same way for (Jeff) Feagles, and I am sure they have other guys on that team who feel it is like the same way for them, too.


⁈Å"But Brett being the great player that he is, the Hall of Famer that he is, everybody is going to probably focus on that a little bit more for him. We all feel the same way about ourselves. He has a ring. He can hang it up and say, ⁈

12 years ago  ::  Jan 20, 2008 - 2:56AM #2
Harrisson
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12 years ago  ::  Jan 20, 2008 - 5:29AM #3
MyYESNetwork
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LETS GO GIANTS!!!!!!!!
12 years ago  ::  Jan 20, 2008 - 6:27AM #4
Bassel
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oh boy.. this is it.... every1 pray
12 years ago  ::  Jan 20, 2008 - 7:01AM #5
traceyny07
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will mr. brett favre please have a seat.... yes...please..... and thank you.


giants win devilish



Mission #27 accomplished! Let's go Yankees! Clap clap clap clap clap!

12 years ago  ::  Jan 20, 2008 - 3:43PM #6
MyYESNetwork
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PLEASE WIN BIG BLUE!!!!!
12 years ago  ::  Jan 20, 2008 - 4:17PM #7
MyYESNetwork
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GO BIG BLUE! EVERYONE IS AGAINST THEM BECAUSE OF THE FACT SPONSORS WANT FAVRE VS BRADY IN THE SB. JUST LIKE LAST WEEK THE CALLS AGAINST SD WERE HORRENDOUS SO IT WOULD BE A INDY PATS PLAYOFF. GIANTS HAVE TO BE CAREFUL ON CLOSE PLAYS. THIS IS MY OPINION. THIS GAME SHOULD HAVE BEEN THE EARLY GAME. I HOPE WE STICK IT TO THEM AND THEY FINALLY GIVE US CREDIT FOR WINNING AND NOT WHY THE OTHER TEAM LOST!
12 years ago  ::  Jan 20, 2008 - 5:15PM #8
RichGossageHOF
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It's all on the line...It's DO or DIE!!!!!


It's Eli's time to shine....as a fan of football i've respect Brett Farve...but not today!!!! I hope the Giants sack him 15 times...and end his career in Lambeau!!!!!


FINISH HIM!!!!!


12 years ago  ::  Jan 20, 2008 - 8:08PM #9
Harrisson
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NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: GIANTS VS. PACKERS
12 years ago  ::  Jan 20, 2008 - 8:09PM #10
Bassel
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this is it...
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