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Sunday, January 15, 2012
On that Packers onside kick

By Kevin Seifert

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Why would Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy call for an onside kick early in the second quarter of a home game against the underdog New York Giants?

The Packers, as you know, had just grabbed a bit of momentum and tied the score at 10.

We'll get an explanation from McCarthy after the game. I'm not sure what he'll say, but to me it suggests he doesn't have much confidence in his defense stopping the Giants' offense.

To that point, Giants quarterback Eli Manning had already compiled about 135 passing yards, including a 66-yard touchdown to receiver Hakeem Nicks. The Packers weren't having much luck with their blitz packages and haven't been tackling well, either.

If you thought the Giants were going to continue driving against your defense, why not take a shot at an onside kick? Either you steal a possession or the Giants get the ball where they probably were going to drive anyway. Just a thought.

In the end, no harm was done. Packers linebacker Brad Jones blocked the field goal attempt the Giants tried at the end of that possession.

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