Packers will leave guarantees to Giants

BY foxsports • January 11, 2012

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- If Sunday's NFC divisional round playoff game between the New York Giants and Green Bay Packers were being decided by which team could guarantee victory, New York would be moving one step closer to the Super Bowl.

Following the Giants' win over the Falcons last weekend, star defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul told the New York media that he guaranteed the Giants would head into Lambeau Field and win because they are "the best."

But no one in the Packers locker room is making much out of the comment.

"I heard it was bulletin-board material, but I don't know exactly what he said," linebacker Desmond Bishop said Wednesday. "Frankly, I don't care."

After then being told of Pierre-Paul's guarantee, Bishop was still disinterested.

"Sounds nice," Bishop said. "That's fun. It's a free country. He's entitled to his opinion. Go for it."

The comment also didn't bother coach Mike McCarthy.

"What are they supposed to say, that they are going to lose?" McCarthy said Monday. "We fully expect to win the game and will prepare throughout the week to win the game."

The boldest statement of any Packer came from wide receiver Greg Jennings through his Twitter account: "The team that kept us from our potential Super Bowl in 08 is back on OUR turf now. Trust me, we haven't forgotten. Here. We...GoPackGo!"

It was the Giants who came into Green Bay four years ago for the NFC Championship Game and beat the heavily favored Packers. Jennings was in his second NFL season at the time, though he was catching passes from Brett Favre while this season's likely MVP, Aaron Rodgers, was still a backup.

But Jennings wasn't concerned with his message serving as extra motivation for New York.

"After what we heard?" said Jennings about Pierre-Paul's guarantee. "Fire them up? And we didn't guarantee a win? I think they fired themselves up, didn't they? I guarantee they remember that game. They remember coming in here and getting a win. So I just voiced it. We remember, too. And we took the bitter end of that stick or bite of that sandwich."

Jennings was then asked if he would like to make any public guarantees.

"I couldn't care less about them guaranteeing a win," he said. "It's not about guaranteeing (a win). We guarantee that we're going to go out there and do everything we can to prevent them from getting a win. How about that?"

Green Bay nose tackle B.J. Raji, who gained a dose of added fame this week for his unique take on dancing in a new insurance commercial, is also letting it slide.

"That doesn't concern me," Raji said. "The young guy was excited to win his first playoff game. He's a Pro Bowl player and an all-pro, so there was a little excitement. But I don't really read into that."

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