Giants Produced 'Best Film' vs. Atl.

Mike McCarthy (Kirby Lee/USP)

Packers coach Mike McCarthy was impressed with New York's 24-2 destruction of Atlanta on Sunday. The Packers' 38-35 win six weeks ago was the closest of their victories in their team-record 15-1 regular season.

Six weeks after eking out a 38-35 win on a last-second field goal in New Jersey, the Green Bay Packers will get a rematch with the New York Giants.

The Giants continued their late-season roll with a 24-2 knockout of the Atlanta Falcons in the first round of the NFC playoffs Sunday. Many of the Green Bay coaches and players watched the game on TV with the No. 1-seeded Packers' having a bye on the opening weekend of the postseason.

"I thought the Giants had a very decisive victory against the Falcons," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Monday. "I think it really started up front on both sides of the ball.

"That's the best film that I've seen of the Giants prior to our game six weeks ago and from what I've seen so far since our game."

Green Bay, which was 11-0 at the time, used a long drive of 68 yards negotiated by quarterback Aaron Rodgers with four straight completions in less than a minute to set up Mason Crosby for his game-winning 30-yard field goal as time expired against the Giants on Dec. 4.

The three-point margin was the closest of the Packers' victories in their team-record 15-1 regular season.

The Giants won their final two regular-season games to claim the NFC East title with a 9-7 record.

After the conquest of the Falcons, New York defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul guaranteed a win by the Giants when they play the Packers in the divisional round Sunday at Lambeau Field.

"One hundred percent, we're going to win ... because we're the best," Pierre-Paul proclaimed.

McCarthy, the only representative from the Packers made available to reporters Monday on a day when offensive coordinator Joe Philbin's son was reported missing since early Sunday morning, didn't take exception to Pierre-Paul's declaration.

"I would expect a team that is playing in the divisional playoff round to think they should win the game," McCarthy said. "We fully expect to win the game. We're going to prepare throughout the week to win the game, and we'll be ready to go Sunday.

"That stuff, what are they supposed to say - they're going to lose? I think a guy should expect to win. That's the National Football League."

McCarthy on Monday didn't reveal anything specific about the health status of his few injured players, among them Pro Bowl receiver Greg Jennings and running back James Starks.

"We'll give you an injury report Wednesday, but we're very healthy right now," McCarthy said.


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