I heard Deion Sanders say this phrase last season on NFL Network. You cannot win football games if you put the church’s money on the ground. Apparently, Green Bay didn’t listen.
The Packers repeatedly put the ball on the ground. They put it on the ground with fumbles. They put it on the ground with dropped ball after dropped ball. The ball was on the ground more than it was in the air on the Green Bay side of the ball. A team that commits that many mistakes and has that many turnovers will not win a football game, just ask the Saints.
It doesn’t matter how prolific your offense is if they cannot keep control of the ball when they have it. As long as they are putting the ball on the ground constantly, they are just opening themselves up for the other team to take advantage, to get the momentum, to score points. The Giants were able to take advantage of some of the opportunities and just enough of them to turn the game in their favor. Also, anytime you can keep a QB like Rogers or Brees or Brady on the sidelines, your opportunity to win increases exponentially.
The Packers looked lost. They looked completely unfocused. They looked cold. They looked rusty. Yes, they had the bye week. Yes, they had the tragedy with their offensive coordinators son dying. Yes, it was cold at Lambeau. Yes, the Giants were coming in off a big winning streak with confidence. But they were still the Packers. The 15-1 Packers. The top offense Packers. The at home Packers. The Aaron Rogers led Packers. But they looked nothing like that team.
Sometimes teams with the bye weeks come in looking as the Packers did, completely unprepared. But other teams had a bye week, like the Patriots and they came in with focus, intensity and yes even new offensive play schemes. The Packers had none of that. They just kept putting the church’s money on the ground.
The Giants played hard. Their defense was outstanding as usual. They capitalized on enough opportunities to win the game. The Packers beat themselves for most of the game though and in the NFL you cannot win if you do that. The Giants now play for the NFC Championship and the Packers start their off season. Not exactly where they expected to be right now, not at all.