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Giants saw Chiefs 'hit Packers in mouth,' looking to replicate toughness

Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers runs

Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers runs the ball against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. (Dec. 4, 2011) Credit: Jim McIsaac

The first tape that Antrel Rolle popped in when he began studying the Packers was their loss to the Chiefs. It was the only time anyone had beaten the team this season, so why not?

“They attacked them defensively and they were very physical,” Rolle said of the Chiefs’ reason for that unexpected win. “They were more physical than Green Bay on that given day and they won the game … They played ball. They played physical ball, they played technically sound ball and they were on point.”

Linebacker Michael Boley also watched that film.

“You can take a lot from that game,” he said. “Kansas City stepped up and they did what a lot of teams didn’t do. They hit them in the mouth and they made it a real physical game.”

The Packers may be the No. 1 seed in the NFC with a remarkable assortment of offensive weapons, but the Giants feel they can disarm them. Or at least blunt them a bit.

“I’m not going to say shut them down but slow them down, I think that’s the key for us,” Boley said. “Limiting the number of plays they have on offense, winning on third down, that’s the thing that’s going to help us most.”

Rolle said he doesn’t think the Packers have any more dangerous players than any other team.

“To me it’s another game,” he said. “I don’t put any opponent on a pedestal. I understand that they have a lot of weapons, I understand that they’re an awesome opponent, but then again so are we. Every team in the NFL has weapons, every team in the NFL has elite guys and they have a lot of them. But at the same time so do we.”

Rolle did not guarantee a win. But his confidence was unmistakable.

“They lost one game all year,” he said. “I think that speaks for itself. But me personally, I don’t put no team on a pedestal and I feel like any team can go out there and be beaten and I definitely feel like we have a chance to go out there and beat them this upcoming Sunday.

“We’re coming here expecting to win this game. That’s going to be our mindset, that’s going to stay our mindset, and we’re not going to let anyone tear it away from us.”

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