The New York Giants shocked the NFL by beating the Green Bay Packers, the league's most dominant regular season team, in the second round of last year's playoffs. Eventually the Giants would go on to become Super Bowl Champs. It's something that didn't sit well with the Packers, and on Tuesday, Clay Matthews told the media the Giants didn't beat them, but rather the Packers beat themselves. When informed of Matthews' comments at training camp, Justin Tuck thanked Matthews for their 'gift.'
"Thanks for giving us the game, Clay, I appreciate it a lot," Tuck said.
The Packers dominated the regular season with a record of 15-1, and quarterback Aaron Rodgers would go on to win the NFL's MVP award. However, the Giants weren't intimidated by any means and came into their playoff matchup very confident. Big Blue won the turnover battle, forcing the Packers to make several mistakes, which the Giants offense turned into points. Clay Matthews told Yahoo! the Packers picked the wrong time to play their worst game.
"[We] picked the most inopportune time to play our worst ball," he said. "The fact is, they didn't beat us; we beat ourselves. We need to play our best ball when it counts. This year, I expect us to be right back where we should be."
Tuck admits the Packers may not have played their best game, but he feels the Giants were a big reason why.
"Did they play their best ball?" Tuck continued. "I don't know. But we won the football game. I don't think they gave us anything. When they fumbled the ball, I think it was us that stripped it out. We sacked them. I think it was us who beat their O-linemen and got to Rodgers. So I don't think they just Ole'd everything and gave us the game. I think they were trying to win."
Matthews' opinion is similar to that of the NFL experts and analysts who believe the Giants got lucky throughout both of their recent Super Bowl victories. Most experts believe the Cowboys and Eagles are more talented teams, and are picking them to represent the NFC East in the playoffs over the Giants. To that Tuck responded, "Who cares."
The Giants have the league's most difficult schedule based on last year's records, including the Packers. That game will be held in primetime on November 25, at 8:20 p.m.
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