Can Giants knock off another unbeaten foe?
Not unlike 2007, when the New England Patriots
were chasing perfection, the New York Giants could be all that stands
between the 2011 Packers and attaining a 16-0 regular season.
The Packers are 11-0 for the first time in the
93-year history of the NFL's most successful franchise. The next stop
on their quest for an unbeaten season is playing the Giants in East
Rutherford, N.J., on Sunday.
That is where the Patriots rallied for a 38-35 win
over the Giants on the final weekend of '07 to become the first team to
go 16-0 in regular-season play. The Giants beat the Patriots in the
Super Bowl that year to keep New England from going 19-0.
"You can't go 16-0 if you don't go 12-0," Packers
cornerback Charles Woodson said. "We'll have another test coming
(Sunday), and we're looking forward to it."
If Green Bay isn't adversely affected by a lengthy
layoff after its 27-15 win at Detroit on Thanksgiving and gets past the
Giants, what's left on the schedule will make the fulfillment of the
undefeated record a good possibility.
Three of the final four games are at Lambeau
Field, where the Packers have won 10 in a row and are 16-1 since
After a visit from the Raiders, Green Bay's
remaining road contest is against the injury-riddled Chiefs. The
Packers then will host NFC North rivals Chicago and Detroit, the latter
of which has lost 20 straight games in Wisconsin since 1992.
"I don't feel any pressure by it. It's a great
place to be. It's nice to be undefeated and to be part of those
conversations," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. "Anybody would like
to be part of those conversations. But, really, not to be cliche, it's
about the next game because if you don't get number 12, that talk's
"We won't shy away from the talk if we get to
that, but it's a hypothetical situation. We're focused on winning our
division right now."
In fact, McCarthy termed the pursuit of the
perfect season a "bonus goal" that comes after wrapping up the division
title for the first time since 2007 and securing home-field advantage
for the NFC playoffs by having the conference's top record. Those two
objectives could be attained in short order.
"I still don't think there's a specific recipe to
beat us," quarterback Aaron Rodgers said. "Our defense is playing
better -- they played very well (against the Lions) and got three
turnovers -- and the offense, when we're not turning the ball over,
we're tough to beat."
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