After temporary hiatus, Giants likely to face Green Bay's 'Big Five' Print
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Monday, 14 January 2008 15:21
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 GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -For much of this season, the Green Bay Packers have been causing fits for opposing defenses with their ``Big Five'' formation - five wide receivers and an empty backfield.
But with the weather turning bad against Seattle on Saturday, the Packers temporarily put their signature spread formation on ice and mostly ran their way to a dominant 42-20 victory.
The Big Five hiatus shouldn't last very long, though.
With the Packers preparing to face the New York Giants' banged-up secondary in Sunday's NFC Championship game at Lambeau Field, there's every reason to think they'll return to turning their receivers loose.
Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin said coaches went into Saturday planning on using the five-wide formation, but decided to steer clear of it as the game unfolded.
``We just felt like we had better things in our game plan to utilize,'' Philbin said. ``And obviously the score being what it was, the weather being what it was later in the game, it didn't make a lot of sense at that point.''
By unofficial count, the Packers didn't use their Big Five formation at all against Seattle on Saturday. Green Bay did deploy a similar personnel group with four receivers and tight end Donald Lee lined up wide - but they only used that twice.
 

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