Larrivee says Giants most dangerous among Packers' possible 1st playoff opponents

CREATED Jan 2, 2012

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Next game: January 15th in NFC divisional playoffs against TBA opponent
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GREEN BAY - After the Green Bay Packers enjoy a one-week break from games while the wildcard games happen, Green Bay will prepare for an NFC divisional playoff against the Atlanta Falcons, Detroit Lions or New York Giants on Jan. 15.

Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Voice of the Packers, Wayne Larrivee, tells us that the Giants may be the most dangerous of those three teams that could come into Lambeau Field.

"They now how to win," said Larrivee on Newsradio 620 WTMJ's "Wisconsin's Morning News." 

"They're playing a winning brand of football right now.  They have a lot of momentum since we saw them last.  They have the know-how aspect of it in the playoffs.  They look like a pretty hot team coming down the stretch."

He said a case could be made for the Detroit Lions, who gave Green Bay a scare in a 45-41 season-ending win for Green Bay.

However, the young Lions may not have the discipline the veteran Giants have displayed.

"They gave up four first downs by penalty (against the Packers)," said Larrivee. 

"That's the thing about them.  As good as they can be, those things can kind of kill them.  The Lions had 11 penalties, 101 yards in losses.  That's undisciplined.  I know the Lions are a young team, but some of that is playing on the edge and maybe going beyond the whistle."

One trend the Packers are part of in these playoffs is that of the lack of defensive strength among playoff teams.

The NFL's top seeded squads, the Packers and New England Patriots, have the two worst defenses in the sports.

"Two of the top three teams in the NFL are 31st and 32nd in total defense.  That old term, 'Defense wins championships'...we're really going to find out, because these teams in this tournament are really going to push the envelope in that regard."