New York Giants DT Damon Harrison ready for playoffs due to Madden experience
Dec 22, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants defensive tackle Damon Harrison (98) takes the field for action against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Philadelphia Eagles won 24-19. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Though it will be his first real-life experience in the NFL playoffs, New York Giants’ Damon Harrison has been here before … in a video game.

New York Giants defensive tackle Damon “Snacks” Harrison will play in his first (non-virtual reality) NFL playoff game this weekend. However, the All-Pro Harrison has seen playing of postseason football on the fictional gridiron.

“I go to the playoffs every year on Madden so I have some playoff experience.” Said Harrison in a video captured by Sports Illustrated’s Kenny Ducey.

Harrison has been using the popular video game Madden NFL 17 to prepare for his team’s upcoming wild card round matchup against the Green Bay Packers. He’s been playing as the Packers this week as a tool to get ready for the important game, the real one that is.

“I just won a Super Bowl last night on Madden with the Green Bay Packers. I go to the playoffs every year on Madden, so I have some playoff experience if guys want to talk to me and lean on me,” Harrison told Daniel Popper of the New York Daily News.

“The team looks a little different. I made some cuts, added some guys, edited some contracts so I could have some cap space. But I was using [Aaron] Rodgers pretty good on Madden, so hopefully I know some of his weaknesses, because you know Madden doesn’t lie.”

Giants’ fans will hope their star defensive tackle’s preparation pays off as the team heads into Green Bay for their first postseason game since 2011.

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