Packers, Giants face off in matchup reflective of similar rises to power

CREATED Nov 23, 2012 - UPDATED: Nov 23, 2012

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  • Mike McCarthy. | Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

GREEN BAY - No, the Green Bay Packers and New York Giants don't engage in an NFC North level of rivalry in their series.

It just seems that way sometimes between the last two Super Bowl champions.

After all, they have had two matchups (one each regular and postseason) in two of the last five years.

The last two Super Bowl champions will engage in the first of a possible two matchups this Sunday night across the Hudson River from New York City.

"I just think it's a product of two very good football teams that are playing at a high level year in and year out," said Packers Coach Mike McCarthy on Newsradio 620 WTMJ's "Wisconsin's Morning News." 

"I would not consider them a rival, I just think those are unique to Chicago, Minnesota and Detroit.  Our division has great history."

Still, the intensity grows when these teams face off.

They have combined for three Super Bowl championships (Packers in 2010, Giants in 2007 and 2011) and four NFC title game appearances in the last five years.

The Giants also defeated Green Bay during the '07 and '11 playoffs.

The Packers come in with the question of health for a number of players, particularly wide receiver Greg Jennings.

"I'm curious to see how Greg (Jennings) comes in today.  He had a significant amount of work, a lot more than we had planned earlier in the week.  He was practicing not only in the team reps, but the opponent reps.  He took a lot of extra work yesterday, so I'm curious to see how he feels."

In response to changes to practice schedule on Thanksgiving week, McCarthy said "All of our meetings were moved up and hour, and we cut back our post-practice meeting.  We just moved them to today (Friday)."

"In reality, we''ll have the exact same work week."