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Mike McCarthy says Packers defense needs its best game of the year


The Green Bay Packers are hosting the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Wild Card round of the playoffs. It is a rematch of a game earlier in the season when the Packers struggled to contain the 49ers offense, particularly though the air.

We’d go on to see that the 49ers have one of the worst passing offense in terms of yards per game throughout the season, but in Week 1 they looked like one of the league’s best potentially.

Go back to the divisional round of the playoffs last year and the history gets worse for the Packers. In that game the 49ers got the best of them on the ground with quarterback Colin Kaepernick rushing for a record (for quarterbacks) 181 yards in a game and two touchdowns.

Packers head coach Mike McCarthy stressed that the defense needs to step up to help them succeed this weekend.

“Dom Capers is a competitor,” McCarthy said, via ESPN. “It’s a very important game to all of us. This isn’t a contest to see who this game’s more important [to]. We’re a football team. We know that one area needs to play to the other and so forth. But the defense needs to play its best game of the year. We need to improve off of how we’ve performed here in the past.”

The difference might be location, those two games were both in Candlestick Park.

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