The Green Bay Packers (10-6, NFC North Champions) will try to stave off the injury bug and remain red-hot this Sunday at Lambeau Field as they take on the New York Giants (11-5) in a rematch of the two teams’ Week 5, 23-16 Packers win.
This time, the stakes are higher, as it is a win-or-go-home playoff matchup in the NFC Wild Card round.
The last two times the two franchises met in the postseason, after the 2007 season and again after the 2011 campaign, Green Bay was upset by New York at Lambeau. Both times, the Giants went on to defeat the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl.
But that’s all in the past. Only a small handful of players from either team remains, and Green Bay doesn’t want to dwell on those earlier failures.
“The energy that this team has is unique,” coach Mike McCarthy said during his media session prior to practice. “As ambitious a group of men I've ever been around. This is about beating the Giants.”
Both Randall Cobb (ankle) and Damarious Randall (knee) took part in the early portion of the team’s workout at the Don Hutson Center on Wednesday.
Cornerback Quinten Rollins (concussion), running back James Starks (concussion), linebacker Joe Thomas (back) and linebacker Julius Peppers (non-injury related rest) did not practice at all.
Green Bay did make two corresponding roster moves, sending cornerback Mankinton Dorelant to the injured reserve list and activating cornerback Herb Waters from the practice squad.
The Packers also named their captains for the upcoming playoffs: quarterback Aaron Rodgers, right guard T.J. Lang, Peppers, safety HaHa Clinton-Dix, safety Micah Hyde, and kicker Mason Crosby.