For all intents and purposes, this is a playoff game. If the Giants win, they clinch a playoff spot – even if they lose in week 17 against the Redskins. The Packers must win or they are eliminated, although a win doesn’t clinch a spot. They will most likely need to win again in week 17 against the Bears to secure a playoff berth (otherwise, they would be relying on a Giants loss in week 17 and one more loss by the Buccaneers to get in).
The Giants' "Meltdown in the Meadowlands" last weekend was one of the greatest blown games in years. (Speaking of meltdowns, I have a special recipe in honor of that game below.) To give up a 21-point lead with 8 minutes left in the fourth quarter at home when it was effectively for the NFC East division title has to be incredibly demoralizing for the Giants. But I fully expect them to come into Lambeau fighting on Sunday.
|Packers beating the Giants in the 1962 NFL Championship Game at Yankee Stadium.|
Of course, the last time the Giants visited Lambeau they eliminated the Packers in the 2008 NFC Championship game. Brett Favre’s crucial interception in overtime proved to be his last as a Packer and ended Green Bay’s last best shot at a Super Bowl. It’s a painful memory for any Packers fan, made all the more painful for me due to the Spanish play-by-play I had to endure while watching it.
Hopefully, our Christmas wishes will be granted with a Packer victory on Sunday, or Santa is really going to be on my shit list. Rodgers will be back, but the offensive line needs to have a big game – not only to protect Rodgers from the Giants’ vicious pressure, but to continue to be productive in the running game. On defense, Cullen Jenkins will be out again, which will make it hard to stop the Giants’ rushing attack. But the Packers need to figure out a way to win this game. A season of expectations is riding on it. Furthermore, some NFC team this year is going to be made an example of – the team that is eliminated from the playoffs despite having a vastly better record than the 7-9 “winner” of the NFC West. We don’t want to be that team.
Now, in an attempt to inspire another Giants meltdown, here’s a Wisconsin-inspired recipe that also happens to be perfect for Christmas.
Packers Cheddar & Beer "Meltdown" Fondue
1 lb aged Wisconsin cheddar cheese
½ lb Gruyere cheese
1 bottle (12-oz) Wisconsin beer
½ tbsp cornstarch
4 cloves garlic
2 tbsp brandy
¼ tsp baking soda
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
Salt to taste
1 loaf French bread cut into cubes
|Get ready to shred some cheddar (and your knuckles!)|