Giants Don’t Feel “Playoff Experience” Will Be A Factor Against Packers

Jan 1, 2017; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) is sacked by New York Giants defensive tackle Damon Harrison (98) during the first half at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

New York Giants defensive tackle Damon Harrison has been one of the team’s most productive players.

His 86 tackles, 2.5 sacks, and forced fumble helped the Giants defense become one of the NFL’s best. In addition, the man known as Snacks has been a much-needed source of levity in the locker room.

The team is preparing for their Wild Card matchup against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Harrison never played in a postseason game in four seasons with the New York Jets. However, he said he does have playoff experience.


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“I have a lot of experience in the playoffs. I just won a Super Bowl in Madden last night with the Green Bay Packers,” Harrison said. “I go to the playoffs every year on Madden. So, I have some playoff experience if guys want to talk to me and lean on me.”

Harrison also joked about his rating in the latest edition of Madden. He is symbolic of the relaxed attitude the Giants have going into their first postseason game in five years.

Only six of the Giants’ 22 starters have ever played in the postseason. On the other hand, the Packers have 18 starters with playoff experience. Nonetheless, the Giants are treating the final game of Wild Card Weekend like any other football game.

“There are a lot of guys that are excited just to have the opportunity,” said defensive end Olivier Vernon, one of the Giants’ starters who will be making their postseason debut. “You don’t get too many chances to be in the postseason. You just have to make the most of the opportunity.”

Ben McAdoo is in his first season as a NFL head coach. He was an assistant coach on the Packers team that won Super Bowl XLV.  They also lost to the Giants twice in the playoffs during his time in Green Bay. He doesn’t think that “playoff experience” will be a factor in who wins or loses Sunday.

“None. Zero,” McAdoo said. “We have to prepare to play a football game. That’s what we have to do. We have a game to get ready for. All this energy and stuff doesn’t matter. We need to focus on playing the game and preparing to win the game.”

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