1:00 PM ET, January 6, 2002
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- The Green Bay Packers got just what they wanted Sunday -- the right to open the playoffs next week against San Francisco at frigid Lambeau Field.The Packers' 34-25 victory over the New York Giants, whose Michael Strahan broke the single-season sacks record, assured Green Bay a first-round home game against the 49ers. "This is a big advantage for us, but we don't think they are going to come in and bow down," safety Darren Sharper said. "They have the same record as us, so they are just as good a team as us. But the fact we are playing at home might put some things in their minds."
I think so.
Strahan broke the sack record, which was a difficult thing to do (the record was 17 years old). It's a great accomplishment for him.
Strahan can dominate a game by himself. If teams wanted to have a chance at stopping him, they needed to double-team him. I don't think anyone else really rivals him for defensive MVP this season.
ESPN.com's Vinny Cerrato was director of player personnel for the Redskins and 49ers.
Giants receiver Amani Toomer had five catches for 79 yards before sustaining a concussion in the third quarter. He finished with a team-high 72 catches for 1,054 yards. It's the third straight year he has had 70 catches and at least 1,000 yards. Giants DT Keith Hamilton and S Shaun Williams left the game with knee injuries. ... Dayne's 61-yard run was a career long, eclipsing a 55-yarder earlier this season. ... Longwell has had five straight seasons of 100 points. ... Schroeder and Bradford each had 100 yards receiving. Schroeder had five catches for 102 yards, and Bradford had three for 111. Giants Pro Bowl G Ron Stone didn't play because of a wrist injury.