Rodgers Says Playoff Loss is in the Past, Looking Forward to Sunday

By Ryan Rodig |

Published 09/04 2013 06:03PM

Updated 09/04 2013 06:28PM

(WFRV-TV) - Aaron Rodgers realizes a lot of people will be tossing the "revenge" word around this week as the Packers prepare to take on a 49ers team that ended their playoff run a year ago. 

Just don't expect him to use it.

"The is a big game for both teams," Rodgers said in his weekly gathering with the media Wednesday around his locker.  "The first game of the season and it will be a great match-up."

The man who's known for carrying a chip on his shoulder says he's not thinking about the playoff loss to the 49ers that ended Green Bay's 2012 season.

"Not really," Rodgers said.  "You are reminded when you look at the film because that is part of the breakdown obviously, but not much.  It was a disappointing night for us.  They were the better team and they moved forward."

Time of possession was a big issue the last time these teams met up as San Francisco controlled the ball on offense for 17 more minutes than Green Bay.  The addition of running back Eddie Lacy could help the Packers on the ground and match San Fran's physicality, even if that is a lot to ask of a rookie.

"I wouldn't say putting pressure on myself, but I'm just going to go out and do what I was drafted to do," Lacy said Wednesday.  "At the end of the day it's football, so I'm just going to go out and execute."

Back in January Green Bay's offense accounted for 24 points against a San Francisco team that finished third in total defense in 2012.  Overall only two teams scored more than the total 31 points the Packers tallied against the Niners a year ago.  With almost all of their impact players on defense returning, it won't be any easier to score against San Francisco this year."

"They do everything really well," Rodgers said.  "They are very well coached, (I've) had some match-ups against this defensive coordinator, he's always prepared.  He always has a great plan for those guys. They've played together for awhile now.  They are talented at every position, from the defensive line, to linebackers and the back end."

"They're one of the top front seven's in the league, not only their D-line, but their linebackers," said right guard T.J. Lang.  "They are all a physical bunch.  They do a good job against the run and they have some pass rushers over there that do a good job. As an offensive line we know it will be a challenge, but like I said we're excited to get the opportunity to go out there and show what we've been working on the last couple of months."

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