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Packers turn page to 49ers

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on September 3, 2012 – 1:10 pm

Mike McCarthy talked about turning the page. Clearly, the challenge the San Francisco 49ers pose for this Sunday’s season opener will help the Packers move quickly into a regular-season regimen.

“It’s definitely a turn-the-page moment,” McCarthy said following the Packers’ practice on Monday, the first steps in a week that’ll lead up to one of the most attractive games on the NFL’s opening-weekend schedule. “You’ve got 5-6 weeks on Nitschke Field and then you go behind the tarps. It’s a totally different practice. It’s a whole different format and environment. We turned the page.”

“Behind the tarps” is a euphemism for regular-season intensity. The days of playing games for the purpose of evaluating talent are over. The intent now is much more intense and desperate: win.

This is a game on which both teams might look back when the playoffs begin. It’s a game that could determine home-field advantage for a rematch in January.

“I do recognize the importance of the first game. I fully recognize the quality of our opponent. It’s the most important game because it’s the next game. We’re playing on national TV. That always brings added juice to it,” McCarthy said.

It’s an important game for several reasons, one of which is that it’ll be followed by an equally important game, an NFC North showdown with the Chicago Bears just four days later. In a matter of five days to open the season, much about the Packers’ season could be decided.

“We addressed the tough schedule. We talked about it today,” McCarthy said, referring to the Packers’ first-month-of-the-season schedule, which includes a trip to Seattle and a home game against New Orleans.

“Our focus is on the 49ers. I know who we play in Weeks 2, 3, 4, but I’m not even thinking about it. We have to put everything we possibly can into this game preparation.”

For Monday’s feature story on the Packers’ offense, click here.

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50 Responses to “Packers turn page to 49ers”

  1. By Tarlam on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    I believe in the roster and the coaching. And I believe in the fans; 3 of the first 4 are at Lambeau! I am excited!

    This first is a real statement quarter and barring injuries, I see the Green and Gold making the right statement!

  2. By jim bush on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    GAME ON…….What a great way to start the season…the 49-ers…..we’re Healthy AND Hungry…what a combo……Lets go PACK….!!!!!

  3. By meli on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    I am so ready for this season!!!!! I love coach McCarthy’s outlook, and I know our guys are prepared. They have worked hard through camps and have made some agreeable acquisitions…BRING IT ON!!!!! Go Pack ;)

  4. By Green n Goldmember on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    I love that the Packers have the opportunity to make a statement in the first game of the season against the overhyped 49ers.

  5. By schmidty on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    This is a tantilizing first game … even more interesting than Gm 1 2011 with the Saints … in part because that one was high scoring and almost no defense played by either team.

    Expect the defense to get a strong intro to what they will see with the Bears. No matter the results, feel good about the improvements that will be more evident by week 5-6 if not sooner. More than a hunch.

    Have followed GB since ’63 … was already 14 yrs old … and met/spoke with Bart in at telethon held at the GB TV station in ’70. His thoughts and sincerity were memories that are very similar to what Aaron delivers now.

    So it’s almost game time … let’s enjoy the play and support this very focused group.

    Can anyone be surprised that for the 2nd consective draft, 9-10 Rooks/undrafted & other free agents are on the starting 53?

  6. By Mark Richardson on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    Packer fans: a bully is coming to Green Bay. Better strap up. Go Niners!!

  7. By marcopo on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    We gotta stop with the term “juice”. It’s getting as tired as “pad-level”.

  8. By marcopo on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    Hope spring eternal

  9. By sportnorcal on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    Excited for the season.
    I’ve always enjoyed the Pack except when they are playing my team – good luck GB I have a feeling this wont be our only meeting this season.

  10. By Bears Year Ahead on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    The best the peckers finish after their first two games is 1-1! They’re far more likley to ~lose~ both than win both….home field or not. They’re about to play a real schedule, as opposed to the powder-puff schedule they played last year (Tampa Bay, St. Louis, Denver, Carolina, Minnesota (twice), Kansas City, Oakland,)….more than half of their W’s came against jokester competition, or a Bears team crippled by injuries (Forte, Cutler etc,,,,). It’s over before it starts this year peckerheads—-send your checks to ~BearsYearAhead~!…

  11. By airpacker12 on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply


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  13. By Packers OWNER on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    Hey Bears Year Ahead…..It’s funny how your Bears team that was healthy couldn’t beat a Packers team decimated by injury in the NFC Championship game two years ago. Now a 15-1 record is apparently only due to Bears injuries and the schedule?

    I’ll agree that Forte is a great player but you can keep Cutler. You can also keep the classless name calling to yourself.

    If the Packers are 1-1 I’d gladly send you a check, but another Bears fan already took it all. His name is Obama.

  14. By Clayton on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    Im a huge packer fan, So Packer Owner, Obama is for the working man, so i take it your a rich republican spoiled brat. Go Packers Go Obama. Sad how people who don’t have a bunch of money or a rich family to fall back on can vote republican year in and year out.

  15. By packfanatic74 on Sep 4, 2012 | Reply

    @bya…….you’re at the wrong place.this site is for winners only. but i can help you out. losers site is bears.com.

  16. By Jon on Sep 4, 2012 | Reply

    Icant wait for the showdown sunday! the packers are my team have been since day one! i cant wait to see clay matthews reek havoc on the 49ers offense!

  17. By Headrush on Sep 4, 2012 | Reply

    Keep your ignorant, misinformed, class warfare, political BS comments off this site please!

    Alex Smith I’d like to introduce you to Jerel Worthy and Nick Perry! CRUNCH!


  18. By Albear on Sep 4, 2012 | Reply

    Clayton—Obama so loved the poor so he created 40 million more. If you or anyone over age 45 vote democrat you are just plain stupid. He is not for the working class but for the welfare class.

  19. By blkohel on Sep 4, 2012 | Reply

    i recall cuntler and forte both playing that game against the packers the first meeting and the packers beating them by ten on the road… and how come the bears played the same schedule and finished 8-8….they didnt have to play the giants either… they got to play the seahags instead and still lost! lmao

  20. By overthemiddle on Sep 4, 2012 | Reply

    Good morning Packer fans! I am a Niner fan and I am here to tell ya, we are very excited to be opening our season against the mighty Packers. The loser of this game need not to hang their heads as these two teams are the best in the NFC. We will meet again in the NFC championship game. Have a great day. Go Niners

  21. By BIG CHEESE on Sep 4, 2012 | Reply

    It’s great that we are just days away from the Pack’s regular season. I expect good thngs for the Packers and their Fans this season. I just can’t stop thinking about the Packers beating one team from our division FOUR times in one calendar year. Go Pack Go….

  22. By HaHaLOL on Sep 4, 2012 | Reply

    Pack gets beat up by he niners and cant recover in time for the Chicago game either…. LUV IT

  23. By Ro on Sep 4, 2012 | Reply

    i like how are the 9ers fans are coming to the site and showing respect, i think thats cool and classy way to go about things, yes this game is important but week 1 isnt the super bowl eithier……and ‘packers owner’ i love how you pointed out the nfc champ game, bears fans who come here to talk crap are ridiclous, we played the same schedule as yall but had the giants instead of the seahawks and we were 15-1 and you guys were 8-8….. and i know i know injuries really screwed you guys but when we had 15 guys on IR we went and won the super bowl….. so 49ers fans i appreciate the respect and class….. bears fans you are ignorant

  24. By 23jordan on Sep 4, 2012 | Reply

    What a matchup! Diehard Niner fan. Been to your stadium. Really classy place. Didn’t like the beat down we took. It’s a changing of the guard. Niners own the NFL for the next 5 years. Anthony Davis owns Clay Matthews. Rodgers meet Aldon Smith! Miners run for 180 yards and win by 4. Go Niners!

  25. By Mike from Chicago on Sep 4, 2012 | Reply

    Soooo typical, bears fans acting like idiots! I live near Chicago and I have to deal with this crap all of the time. Fellow Packer fans, please pray for me! We have the Bears AND Obama!! I am sorry for both! Sorry, didn’t mean to politicize this, my bad!

    Niner fans, you rock, nothing but respect. Thanks for reminding me that football fans CAN be classy outside of Packer Nation. It is hard to remember that from the wrong side of the cheddar curtain.

  26. By Doug Enk on Sep 4, 2012 | Reply

    Im glad that the regular season is finally starting! Also, it is starting with a game I wished for last year in the playoffs. I believe that the Packers will beat the 49ers considering they have 4 injuries to deal with. Go Pack Go!

  27. By NinerNation on Sep 4, 2012 | Reply

    Niners are gonna bang Green Bay!!! Your defense top ten worst in the league….our defense #1 in the leauge……..Defense wins games. Alex Smith is gonna finally show his potential vs your mediocre db’s…..All I gotta say is goodluck!

  28. By elGuapo on Sep 4, 2012 | Reply

    Yes, yes, y’all!!! This the match up I’ve been waiting for!! 49ers VS the Green Bay freekin’ Packers!!! We’re about to see what happends when an immovable object meets an unstoppable force!! This is the ULTIMATE measuring stick for my 9ers!! I’d wish you luck packer fans … but … I wouldn’t mean it, LOL! But all kidding aside, if we can march into Lambeau and come out with the DUB, my 9ers may just solidify themrselves as a bonified NFC powerhouse. But if we lose … no biggie. We’ll get our paybacks in the NFC Championship game, ha-HA!!! Alight, Cheese Heads!! Here’s to a great opening day!!! And may the best team win!!! CHEERS!!!!

  29. By Bears Year Ahead on Sep 4, 2012 | Reply

    Like I said, just watch what happens on 9/13. Your peckers were EXPOSED last year in the playoff game against the Giants, and ~everybody~ was watching!. Not a coincidence the Bears and their new GM promptly went out and acquired not one, but TWO enormous wide-outs—neither of which midgets like Sam Shields has a prayer of covering. The pecker secondary is like keystone cops, and Cutler, Marshall, Jefferies, Hester, Bennett, Forte etc…are gonna exploit it on 9/13. Bears will be playing with a lead and Rodgers will have the whole program on his back!….and that’s precisely where the Bears vastly superior defense come into play!…. Again….send checks to………….

  30. By Bears Year Ahead on Sep 4, 2012 | Reply

    and linking football with politics just proves you peckerheads are dumb-arses….”you can call him happy, you can call him Sam….you can call him stooopid cuz that’s probably what he am….hey!”…..makes for great sport on “your” website! Keep harkening back to days gone by…..it’s a Bears Year Ahead!

  31. By Cali on Sep 4, 2012 | Reply

    Fisrt off, bears fans. We have moved on from last season. The only one’s harkening back to the days gone by is all the bears fans still holdin’ on to ’85!! One and DONE!! The Pack beat you for a Superbowl ticket. They SWEPT you sissies last season, and will so this season. The bears aren’t a threat. More like a joke. And all you whiners fans: The Pack will prevail!! All hail the Cheese!! GO PACK GO!!

  32. By Cali on Sep 4, 2012 | Reply

    You know, I think the bears and whiners fans are smokin’ the same stuff. Both are havin’ these crazy hallucinations of their teams beating the Pack. WOW!! I’d take it back and tell it’s bunk!! Now, shut up and eat your Cheese!! GO PACK GO!!

  33. By BIG CHEESE on Sep 4, 2012 | Reply

    Rodgers gets his chance for being shunned by his favorite childhood team during the draft. This is a game that should have taken place in the NFC Championship game last season. Bears fans are fooling themselves; they may have improved, but they won’t be capable of contending with the Pack. Niner’s have a decent team, but I don’t see them winning in week one. I wish this game had be scheduled for week eight or ten. Packers regular season record 13-3, Whiners 11-5, Bears 9-7, if the Packer defense doesn’t kill Cutler first. Go Pack Go!

  34. By brandon on Sep 5, 2012 | Reply

    i want the team to won the game because they win 2 preseasons

  35. By kjs63packfan on Sep 5, 2012 | Reply

    overthemiddle, great comments and great attitude. I agree that that no matter the outcome of this game the loser should not get too down. These are both great teams and will probably be meeting up again in the post season. Until then I look forward to this game and hope that the Packers are victorious. If they are not there is still 15 more to play. I have a great deal of respect for the 49er ball club and wish them the best but in the end I am a Packer fan and would love to see a victory.

  36. By Probowlniner on Sep 5, 2012 | Reply

    Key for the game will be packers defense vs niners ground attack….. If we can run at them we’ll come up on top since i think our defense can stop them and making them kick field goals more than they will like….. Its gonna be and interesting game, packers invested on defense and niners invested on offense lets see who improved the most so far….

  37. By Cali on Sep 5, 2012 | Reply

    Hey BIG CHEESE!! The regular season is finally upon us. Are you as stoked as I am?! I mean, the Pack are gonna exspose the whiners for what they really are, cry babies!! And bears fans, I don’t know where these jokers get the notion that their team is all of a sudden a threat, but they need to put the pipe down. They may be, o.k, but to think they’re gonna challenge the Pack is freakin’ hillarious. Don’t give your hopes up. On second thought, go ahead. Can’t wait to see what they post when they lose to the PACK!! I AM READY FOR SOME GOT-DANG FOOTBALL!! GO PACK GO!!

  38. By BIG CHEESE on Sep 5, 2012 | Reply

    Cali’s back! It’ll be an interesting season. As much as we talk about the Whiners, who we both have family members who love that team, at least most of the Niner’s fans show some class, unlike some other team’s fans. I anticipate a good game Sunday.

  39. By Cali on Sep 5, 2012 | Reply

    Don’t get me wrong, I know the whiners are gonna be tough. I hear about it everyday. Their run game is ridiculously good, and we know about the Packs problems in the past with good rushing teams. All in all, I think it’s gonna be a close one, but the Pack will prevail. And then our families will have to hear about it for the rest of the season. Ahh, good times. GO PACK GO!!!

  40. By Colin Z-Force on Sep 6, 2012 | Reply

    To: Mark Richardson, “Packers better be ready for the Bully coming to town” meaning the 49ers! The best thing in the world to see is a bully getting they’re ass handed to them by the guy who stands up to them. Every Bully sooner or later picks a fight with the wrong guy and in this case, the Niner’s better pack a lunch,open up a can of man, and take a huge drink of haterade because the Packers are one of the very few teams in the NFL who can make San Fransisco’s great defense look ordinary!! I’ve been a Packer fan my whole life(4th generation)and I’ve never seen a more talented roster than the one we have this year. On Sunday the Bully gets beat down!! GO PACK GO!!!!

  41. By CA Cheddar Is Better on Sep 6, 2012 | Reply

    Niner’s fan here. It’s gonna be a heck of a match up, but unfortunately for you good defense usually trumps good offense. Rodgers better be good at choosing soft spots in the turf, ’cause he is going to get sacked and hit a lot. Good luck either way, and may the game be lacking in injuries!

  42. By Kyle on Sep 7, 2012 | Reply

    You know I really dont know how the Packers can win. The niners Defence is the best in the Nfl. They dont have to worry about a run game form the packers, which means they can zone in on pass protection. The niners will field goal the packers to death. It seems the niners have got them selves some new wideouts to work with so ther passing game should be better. which will help out there stellar running game. All that against the packers mediocre defense. I dont know i think the real question is can the packers beat niners. I think the niners after the game are gonna be saying whos next.

  43. By gbpfan4life on Sep 7, 2012 | Reply

    RE; bears year ahead.

    Remember how Cutler quit during the 2010 NFC Championship. Bears still Saaauuuck!!!

    RE; 9er’s fan.
    What makes the 9ers a bully?. 1 trip to the playoffs in a decade or more?!. 9ers still Saaauuuck!!! The Packers will bully the wanna be bully 9ers.

    Another GREAT years is coming Packer fans.

  44. By milo on Sep 7, 2012 | Reply

    Packers are a good team, but the Bears are gonna spank em this year. Get use to hearing Cutler to Marshall Touchdown!!
    Spank spank…Urlacher, Peppers, Briggs, need I say more.
    Bears all the way this year. Will take the heese and make goat chees.

  45. By Kyle on Sep 7, 2012 | Reply

    @gbpfan4life What kinda crack is in that cheese. You do know the only reason the niners had such a huge playoff drought is because the old owner (the uncle) did not spend any money on the team. But those days ended in 2006. So the rebuilding faze happened and wammmm a new niner team was born. A team that went farther in the play offs than your team did. A team that was 2 kyle williams plays away for going to a super bowl that they would have won. Quit eating that cheese man.

  46. By gbpfan4life on Sep 8, 2012 | Reply

    Milo; Clay Mattews to Cutler. CRUUUUNCH!

    Kyle; Talking out of your vertical smile, again!
    …didnt have any money…rebuilding…wammmm….playoffs…

    Packers>Whiners all daylong!

  47. By Kyle on Sep 8, 2012 | Reply

    you changed my words around. I did not say (didnt have any money) I said did not wanna put up the money. Similar to the Lions owned by the ford family. The ford family was the same way for years. Why do you think they sucked for so long? Now Jed is calling the shots and maxing the salary cap. The niners are back in business! The packers are a great offensive team. but they have not had a defensive challenge like this from anyone. All of last year they played great offences and out scored them all. but the niners keep teams to very low points. Than they field goal them to death. This is how the packers are gonna lose. O ya rogers is gonna get sacked at least twice on sun. The niners offence should be at least 7 point better this year over last year. This is the year the niners go to the super. By the way im sure the niners will play the packers in the playoffs this year (i was sorry you could not make it last year) That will be a fun game to watch cuz by than the pack should be firing on all cylinders.

  48. By gbpfan4life on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Kyle; Earth to Kyle, Come In Kyle!!!.

    Being outside our division, maybe you should get on the Vikeqeens, Bears, Lions websites after a loss to the Pack. It’s good to get it all out with others who feel the same way you do, that can relate to losing to the Packers. I’ts good to dream big dreams that include your team in the Super. But, after you snap out of r.e.m. sleep and realize, NOT!!, This Packer fan understands. Yep, truly does understand. Thats why I always say, “When your butt hurts after a kicking”, rub a little cheese on it!

  49. By kyle on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    I dont feel the way they do. I dont feel like my team is gonna lose. Today my friend is the day that the packers not only get beat put at there own home as well. The packers may not lose another game till they meet the 49ers again in playoffs. Just watch the game. rogers will have his lowest passing game of the year today. Most likely his lowest scoring game of the season. He will also be sacked more times in this game than in any other game the rest of the season. NINers win this 23to 14!

  50. By kyle on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Well almost how I called it, Just more points scored than I thought by both teams. Where was that high powered offence? Packers any one wanna tell me where it was at? I did no t see it any where. Well see you in the play offs . till than i will see you latter. O and @ gbpfan4life you should stop talking football. Maby switch over to basketball cuz games tend to be closer in that sport.

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