Win It For The Philbin Family

Emotions will be running high at Lambeau Field on Sunday, as the Green Bay Packers won't just be playing another playoff game.

Just as the Packers sat down to prepare for the New York Giants, tragedy turned their entire week upside down. Now they have even more inspiration to make another Super Bowl run.

On Monday afternoon, the body of Michael Philbin, the son of Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin, was pulled from the Fox River in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Philbin had apparently fallen through the ice and drowned Sunday during a visit with friends.

It's a crushing loss for the entire Packers family, not just the Philbins, who have six children. Michael was the second oldest.

Fast forward to Friday and the entire Packers organization was attending a funeral for Michael Philbin, instead of fine-tuning their game plan for Sunday's NFC divisional round playoff game with the Giants.

While many liked the red-hot "G-men" in Sunday's game, this sudden tragedy can only give the Packers more inspiration. They have already said they will be playing in honor of Michael Philbin.

Despite the tragic loss of his son, the Packers will have their offensive coordinator with them as they do battle with the Giants. Joe Philbin will be an inspiration to his team, not only showing toughness but courage in returning to work so soon after the tragedy.

That is why the Packers will "win it for the Philbins" at Lambeau Field, on their quest to repeat as Super Bowl champions.

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