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Giants' strategy: Blitz Rodgers sparingly, keep safeties deep

8:39 PM, Nov. 21, 2012
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers throws under pressure from New York Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora during the NFC divisional playoff game at Lambeau Field on Jan. 15, 2012. File/Gannett Wisconsin Media
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers throws under pressure from New York Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora during the NFC divisional playoff game at Lambeau Field on Jan. 15, 2012. File/Gannett Wisconsin Media
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Last season in the divisional round of the NFC playoffs, the New York Giants made the template.

They showed the NFL that the best chance a defense has of slowing the Green Bay Packers, who in 2011 had the league's highest-scoring offense, was to keep both safeties deep and blitz quarterback Aaron Rodgers infrequently.

Rodgers was too good at gashing blitzes for big plays - his passer rating against the blitz, according to ProFootballFocus.com, was an astounding 135.0 (16 touchdown passes and two interceptions) - so better to force the Packers to kill with a thousand cuts. ...

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