Back in mid-June, Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarty went on a rant about how the New York Giants didn't really beat his team, but that the Packers failed to show up and play. It was obvious that the loss had left an incredibly bitter taste in his mouth and being humble in defeat was not a part of who he is. Wide receiver Greg Jennings has not followed in his footsteps, however; acknowledging on Thursday that they were beaten by the superior team.
“It hurts. It was a disappointing end to the season,” Jennings said. “But obviously, we lost to a better team at that point. We didn’t play up to our standard, but I can’t knock what the Giants did. They came in our house, beat us on our turf, got it done.”
Jennings is the first Packers player to step up and truly acknowledge the Giants since the divisional playoff game. Primarily, players from Green Bay have been full of excuses and denial, blaming the loss on anything and everything other than the fact that they were defeated by a better team.
After coming off a Super Bowl victory the previous year and a 15-1 regular season record, the Packers had every reason to believe they were the best team in the NFL. Unfortunately, games are not won on paper and it was clear from the get-go they were not prepared for the red hot Football Giants. Nevertheless, Jennings insists he's over the loss and ready to move on, saying “Over it. Got to be. Have to be. It’s done.”
The Giants are over last season, too. They're ready to get back out on the field in an effort to repeat and become the "worst team to ever repeat as Super Bowl champions."
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