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Can the Giants get to Aaron Rodgers on field, in head?

Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers is

Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers is sacked by Justin Tuck of the New York Giants in the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Dec. 4, 2011) Photo Credit: Getty Images

The Giants have always operated under the philosophy that every quarterback can be rattled, that if they apply enough pressure they can force a quarterback to think about the hits he's taking rather than the reads he should be making.

They've said that about Tom Brady. They've said that about Drew Brees. They've said that about all the top passers they've faced throughout the years.

This week they may be meeting the exception, a quarterback so rare that he requires his own lexicon.

"I don't think he's rattleable, if that's a word," Justin Tuck said Wednesday of Aaron Rodgers.

"I think we can probably speed him up a little, maybe slow him down a bit," Tuck said. "Rattled? He's played in a lot of big-time games and played well in a lot of big-time games. He's gotten hit a lot in certain games and come out and [he'll] take your heart at the end of the game. But rattle him? I don't think so. I hope I'm wrong. I hope we can. But he hasn't shown anything on film where you'd think he's been rattled."

Antrel Rolle disagrees, although he at least thinks it will be a hard task to get Rodgers off his game.

"Our job as a defense is to get Rodgers as rattled as possible, which is extremely difficult, but I have seen it done," he said. "I think each and every player, each and every quarterback in this league can get rattled at some point. We just have to go out there and make it happen as a defense."

Tuck recalled the Packers' game against the Seahawks earlier this year as an example of Rodgers not adjusting his game in the face of pressure.

"He was getting hit left and right every play," Tuck said, "but that second half he came out there still the gunslinger that he's always been."

Rodgers may or may not be "rattleable," but he's certainly susceptible to sacks. He's been taken down a league-leading 32 times this season, a pace that would result in more than 50 -- a career high. That could be an opening for the Giants, whose vaunted pass rush has been up-and-down all season.

"We haven't played to our level consistently," Tuck said. "We've had games where we played pretty good and other games that were almost nonexistent. So I think there's a lot of pressure on us to get back to playing our style of football up front."

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