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Cold reality: Burress couldn't be stopped

Plaxico Burress was unstoppable, Eli Manning was efficient and Giants players who appeared to be on the verge of mutiny a year ago fought through adversity to beat the Packers, John Clayton writes.

Originally Published: January 20, 2008
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- As a Pittsburgh Steeler, Plaxico Burress lost two AFC title games. For years, he has been kicking himself, realizing those opportunities are precious.

Early last week as the Giants began preparations for Sunday's improbable 23-20 overtime win over Green Bay in the NFC Championship Game, Burress made a bold statement to his receivers coach, Jimmy Robinson: "I told him to forget about getting to the doorstep. 'Let's kick the door open.'"

Burress, ...

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