Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, center, is tackled by New York Giants defensive ends Justin Tuck, left, and Osi Umenyiora during the NFC divisional playoff game at Lambeau Field on Jan. 15, 2012. That defensive talent keeps the Giants strong in cold-weather games. File/Gannett Wisconsin Media
There are plenty of plausible reasons for why the New York Giants knocked off the 15-1 Green Bay Packers in the divisional round of the NFC playoffs last season.
The most obvious is the factor NFL coaches talk about endlessly and the No. 1 statististic correlated to winning and losing in the NFL: Turnover differential.
A Packers team that rarely turned over the ball in the regular season (14 turnovers in 16 games) did so four times (three fumbles, one interception) to the Giants' one. ...