GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Coach Mike McCarthy was willing to make one promise when it comes to Sunday's NFC Championship Game rematch against the Seattle Seahawks: The Green Bay Packers won't go overboard in an effort to avenge last year's overtime loss.
"Too much of anything isn't good for you,” McCarthy said Monday. "I think that's something we all learn as we walk through life. I've learned that. I've coached teams too much during the course of the week, raised the emotion of the football team too much. So those are lessons that have been learned from my particular position of being the head coach here. That's not going to happen this week, I can promise you that."
Several players said McCarthy barely mentioned Seattle in Monday's team meeting following Sunday's season-opening win at Chicago. The meeting lasted less than 10 minutes.
"Today was all about the Bears as far as corrections and he just said our focus now moves on to Seattle," receiver Randall Cobb said. "It's on us to get into our preparation."
The Packers will no doubt be asked to relive and recount the NFC Championship Game collapse, when they blew a double-digit lead with less than five minutes remaining in part because of a botched onside kick recovery by former tight end Brandon Bostick on the way to an overtime loss.
The rematch might be the most anticipated game on the home schedule, and it comes in the home opener and in the Sunday night prime-time slot.
"We're playing at Lambeau Field [on] Sunday night football," McCarthy said. "It's our first home game. I don't really think we need to get past that. I know who we're playing; they're an outstanding football team. They're coming off a tough loss in St. Louis, but we're focused on winning the game. We're focused on getting our first home win, beating the Seattle Seahawks, and that's about as far as it goes with us."