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McCarthy will be watching, too.
"It's important to see the game live," McCarthy said. "I've always felt if you had the opportunity, that there's some things you can get off TV that you can probably apply to your film study. I'll sit and watch the Saints and Lions Saturday night. We'll be working Sunday as a staff so we're going to come in here and watch Sunday's game, if needed."
And while the Packers already have faced and beaten Atlanta, Detroit and the New York Giants this season, McCarthy doesn't seem to believe that will be a huge advantage.
"I think maybe some people like playing a team for the second or third time," McCarthy said. "I've always felt, based on our coaching staff, I feel we do a very good job against opponents when we play them for the first time. I feel like we've given our players an edge; that's just a feeling just because of the way that we operate offensively and defensively. I think it'd be a challenge if you're going to play us for the first time on a seven-day week. On the other side of it, there's the personnel matchups that you're in tune with because you have played the other opponent and things you may not have done a good enough job matchup-wise in the first game that you can try to prevent the second game. It could go either way."
Players were off starting Thursday afternoon and will be back at work Monday.
And when they do get back, Rodgers wants them to rediscover the sense of urgency that carried them through last year's playoffs -- even if their situation is far different this year as a No. 1 seed and Super Bowl favorite.
"I think the way we handle it will kind of be demonstrated by how we handle this weekend," Rodgers said. "Everybody's going to do different things to get away, refresh mentally and physically, but I think as professionals we need to make sure we come back on Monday with that extra sense of urgency. That's kind of what separated us last year."
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