Packers Plan to Visit 'Ground Zero'

A number of players and coaches have indicated that they plan to take a bus Saturday afternoon to see the site of where the World Trade Center once stood. The Packers will arrive in New Jersey a day before Sunday's regular season finale against the New York Giants at Giants Stadium.<p>

The game is a makeup of Week 2 when all NFL games were postponed because of the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, D.C.

Trip to "Ground Zero" was spearheaded by guard Marco Rivera, who grew up in Queens. Most players and coaches plan to go, but some feel it might be too big of a distraction from the game on Sunday.

"I'm still thinking about it," said running back Ahman Green. "I know it's very important in terms of American history. But in terms of what is in front of me, I've got to focus on the game. I think it might be a little distraction. I might get too caught up in the moment. At times I can be an emotional guy. It's something I'll think about."

The Packers have a chance to win the NFC Central Division for the first time since 1997 if they beat the Giants and the Chicago Bears lose to the Jacksonville Jaguars. By beating the Giants, the Packers will assure themselves of playing at least one home playoff game, whether it's against the San Franciso 49ers in on Wild Card weekend (Jan. 12-13), or in the divisional playoffs the following weekend. If the Packers lose to the Giants and San Francisco beats New Orleans, the Packers will have to travel to play at San Francisco in the first round of the playoffs.

"We're going to see some of the sights that we've heard so much about," said safety Darren Sharper. "Now we might get a chance to see those upclose and first hand. That will bring a lot of our emotions out. Hopefully we can play with a little extra intensity."

Many other NFL teams have visited "Ground Zero" on their visits to New York this season to play either the Giants or Jets.

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