GREEN BAY, Wis. -- It was clear that the Green Bay Packers did not want to think about last season's divisional-round playoff loss to the San Francisco 49ers. With the two teams matching up Sunday afternoon for the first time since the 49ers won 45-31 to end Green Bay's 2012 season, the Packers are acting like that game was a lifetime ago and are trying to avoid adding any further significance to the rematch.
"This is a very important game because it's the next game," coach Mike McCarthy said. "It's a new season. Everything that's gone on in the past has been answered. It's been discussed. But everything we're doing is getting ready to win this game."
McCarthy's tone in his press conference told the story just as much as his words. McCarthy was direct and stern and never deviated far from generic responses.
"Our goal is really to score as many points as we need to," McCarthy said when asked specifically about the running game. "It's important to score more points than the opponent. ...