Green Bay had the home field advantage. But was it really an advantage? The Packers hadn’t ventured further south than St. Louis since playing at Dallas on November 29. That’s 8 weeks without much sun prior to playing the Giants. In fact, after starting 10 and 1, the Packers went just 4 and 3 to end the season. In contrast, the Giants were doping up, err… soaking up sunshine in balmy Tampa Bay on January 6 and again the following week in Dallas, giving them a clear edge on D going in to the NFC championship game, Vitamin D that is.
The Patriots have also enjoyed their home field advantage in the playoffs, but they haven’t been south of Baltimore in the past two months. While the Pats are still undefeated they haven’t beaten the spread in their last four games. Now they face the Giants as a 12.5 point favorite in Glendale, Arizona. The Giants may still have an edge on D, but New England also has a chance to recharge their supplies of this natural steroid hormone. Perhaps the Giants would have been better off if the game were being played in New England.