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Athletes and coaches don’t live in the past. They do get enlightened and even uplifted from it.
The Green Bay Packers and New York Giants have good memories from recent postseasons. Green Bay went from sixth-seeded NFC wild card to Super Bowl champion a year ago. New York used a similar route to win the 2007 NFL championship — winning at Lambeau Field on the way.
They meet Sunday in the final game of the divisional round.
In going 15-1, including winning all eight home games, the Packers established themselves as the cream of the NFL this season. They have gotten healthy during their bye. They beat the Giants 38-35 in the Meadowlands on Dec. 4.
Most significantly, they discovered how to win in last year’s surge to the title.
“I think we learned a lot last year being a six seed and having to go on the road,” star quarterback Aaron Rodgers said. “You take on a different attitude as a team as the road team going into a hostile environment. I think that prepares us for the mindset that the opposing team is going to have. It is a different feeling, and last year we just got in and this year we had a run and got a bye. So it is a different feeling, but last year really helped.”
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