Green Bay Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy has said his side is completely focused on beating the Seattle Seahawks, despite recent history between the two teams.
Of course, we're referring to the NFC Championship game of last season at CenturyLink Field, where the Seahawks defeated the Packers 28-22 in overtime.
Many are dubbing the game taking place this weekend as the rematch of this event, but the Packers are not. They're just focusing on achieving their second win of the season.
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McCarthy said to ESPN: "We're playing at Lambeau Field (on) Sunday night football. It's our first home game. I don't 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."
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The Seahawks are coming off a bad loss to the Rams. A game, which the Seahawks probably should have won in overtime, was decided in the extra half after the Seahawks performed a terrible kick at the start of overtime, giving the Rams possession in good field position.
The Rams responded with a field goal, and stopped Marshawn Lynch during the Seahawks' responding drive to win the game. The Packers, on the other hand, won their game at the weekend 31-23 against the Chicago Bears.
Despite refusing to recognise the stakes here, McCarthy is also realising his past mistakes and downplaying the hype surrounding the game.
He said: "Too much of anything isn't good for you. 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 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."
A good sign to see that the Packers Head Coach is keeping a cool head for his organisation, then again, we probably all expected that in the first place. He wouldn't be a good coach if he couldn't.
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