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Tolly: Bye week is good … or bad

Giants defensive end Dave Tollefson said it’s always good to get a week of rest during the NFL season, whether it’s a bye week during the regular season or the playoffs. Then again, maybe it’s not so hot.

The last time the Giants made it to the playoffs as a wild card team, they wound up winning Super Bowl XLII after the 2007 season. They made the playoffs the following year as the NFC’s No. 1 seed, but lost at home in the divisional round for the Eagles after a bye week.

“It’s a double-edged sword,” Tollefson said. “That bye week, you get a rest, which is huge in this league. Any time you get an extra week to rest in this league, it helps.”

Tollefson thought for a moment, though, and referenced that 2008 playoff loss after a bye.

“I was here when we had a bye week and lost in the [divisional] round,” he said. “It’s all about balancing that time off and then getting work done while you’re at work.”

The Packers come off a bye week heading into Sunday’s divisional round game against the Giants. Last year, the Packers got into the playoffs as a wild card team, and won the Super Bowl. 

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