Packers Ready to Wipe Slate Clean vs. San Francisco

By Ryan Rodig |

Published 01/01 2014 05:39PM

Updated 01/01 2014 06:01PM

(WFRV-TV) - "Everybody's record right now is the same."

That message from Aaron Rodgers was echoed in some variation in every corner of the Packers locker room Wednesday as the team prepares for a playoff rematch with San Francisco.

The Packers are wiping the slate clean after three straight losses to the 49ers, including the one that knocked them out of the playoffs a year ago.

"We watched the tape of the first game (this season) and I was like 'what?' said defensive lineman Ryan Pickett.  "It seemed like it was two years ago.  It's two different teams now."

The Niners haven't just defeated Green Bay, in the last two meetings Colin Kaepernick led San Francisco to a combined 1,073 yards of total offense. 

But the Packers maintain their confidence, and the return of Aaron Rodgers and Randall Cobb is probably the biggest reason why.

"Aaron Rodgers is clearly our best player," said head coach Mike McCarthy.  "He's a franchise quarterback.  He runs our offense at a very, very high level so everybody has great confidence in him.  When he's on the field, we're different.  I think that's very obvious."

As evidenced by his two-target, two touchdown return vs. Chicago in the regular season finale, the same can be said for the versatile Cobb.

"Randall is probably one of the most explosive players we got in our game today," said fellow receiver James Jones.  "Whenever you can get him back in the offense he can do so many things.  You can move him around in so many places, and get him on different people and create some mismatches. So it's huge to have him back."

The Packers have had Cobb and Rodgers against the 49ers before, but they've haven't possessed the physical, potent ground game they can pound away with now.  Rookie Eddie Lacy played in the regular season opener, but the offensive rookie of the year candidate is obviously a much different player now than the guy who rushed 14 times for 41 yards, and lost his only fumble of the season in week 1.

"I think we're definitely a pretty dangerous team," said Randall Cobb. "When you look at our rushing attack and you look at our passing attack, we're pretty balanced now.  Going into the playoffs, it's going to  be tough for defenses to play us."

They say "revenge is a dish best served cold," and it will definitely be very cold Sunday at Lambeau Field.  The 49ers haven't played in freezing temperatures during Jim Harbaugh's 3-year tenure with the 49ers.  yet, the Packers, who live and practice in these frigid winter temperatures, are mostly downplaying how it could effect their opponent traveling from the west coast.

"There's a little adjustment to it," Jordy Nelson said.  "I don't think they'll have a problem.  We're used to it.  We'll practice outside these next couple days and we have for the last few weeks.  It's something that's a little bit to our advantage because we've been here, but again just like anything, it's not going to win the game for us."

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