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Packers’ Clay Matthews: Giants ‘Didn’t Beat Us’ In Playoffs

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Giants may have topped Green Bay en route to the NFL Championship game — and ultimately the Super Bowl title — last season, but Packers linebacker Clay Matthews says his team flat-out beat themselves.

“We picked the most inopportune time to play our worst ball,” Matthews told Yahoo! Sports. “The fact is, (the Giants) didn’t beat us; we beat ourselves. We need to play our best ball when it counts. This year, I expect us to be right back where we should be.”

Some would say it was an upset as the Packers, led by 2011 MVP Aaron Rodgers, went 15-1 in the regular season, compared to the Giants’ 9-7 record.

“Thank you for giving us the game, Clay,” defensive end Justin Tuck responded on Wednesday.

The Packers and Giants will have a rematch of their NFC Divisional Playoff game on Nov. 25 at MetLife Stadium.

“We’ll see Green Bay again this year,” said Tuck. “So we’ll see who lays down that week.”

Did the Giants beat the Packers, or did the Packers beat themselves? Voice your opinion in the comments section below…