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NFL playoffs | Giants vs. Packers: How they match up

By the thinking of the Green Bay Packers, the NYPD is out of its jurisdiction.

NYPD is the nickname of the Giants’ vaunted “New York Pass Defense,” which finished second in the NFL with a 75.8 opponent passer rating and 15 passing touchdowns allowed.

That group will be put to the test Sunday by quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the Packers’ air attack, which finished with a league-high 40 passing touchdowns.

“If that’s what they call themselves, that’s what they call themselves,” Packers receiver Geronimo Allison told reporters of the NYPD, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. 

“It probably won’t be too many handcuffs passed out this Sunday. We’re going to be prepared for them. Whatever they throw at us, we’ll be prepared for. 

“We’re going to attack them at their weak points, and we’re going to execute our game plan. We’re not really concerned about what they’re going to do to stop us.”

Solid Gould 

The Giants are on sure footing with Robbie Gould at kicker, especially when it comes to playing in the cold at Green Bay. 

Gould, a 12-year veteran, spent his first 11 seasons with the Chicago Bears and played in 22 games against Green Bay, making 32 of 35 field-goal tries and 17 of 18 at Lambeau Field. He also made all six of his attempts in postseason games.

“It’ll be exciting to go out there and compete against these guys,” Gould told reporters this week. “I have a lot of familiarity with them just because I’ve competed against them so many times.”

Trophy case 

The Packers and Giants have won a combined 21 NFL championships. Green Bay is first on that list with 13, and the Giants are second with eight. 

All but two of the 12 teams in this postseason have at least one league championship and/or Super Bowl victory to their name. Houston and Atlanta are the two exceptions. The Falcons have reached the Super Bowl once, the 1999 game, and lost to the Denver Broncos.

By the numbers

How the teams compare statistically. All stats are per-game averages, except for sacks and turnover differential, which is for the season (league rank in parentheses):

Category |  NYG | GB 

Points scored | 19.4 (26) | 27.0 (4) 

Points allowed | 17.8 (2) | 24.3 (21) 

Pass offense | 242.4 (17) | 262.4 (7) 

Rush offense | 88.3 (29) | 106.3 (20) 

Pass defense | 251.1 (23) | 269.3 (31) 

Rush defense | 88.6 (T3) | 94.7 (8) 

Sacks | 35 (T14) | 40 (T6) 

Penalty yards | 53.6 (11) | 51.7 (5) 

Turnovers | +8 (6) | -2 (T21) 

Farmer’s pick 

Don’t expect frigid weather to derail Rodgers; he’s just as phenomenal in the cold. The Giants have an outstanding defense and have won huge games at Lambeau before, but their offense is too inconsistent. 

PACKERS 27, GIANTS 23

sam.farmer@latimes.com

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