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McCarthy Looking Ahead

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Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy reacts after a play against the New York Giants in the second half of their NFL football game in Green Bay, Wisconsin December 26, 2010. REUTERS/Darren Hauck
Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy reacts after a play against the New York Giants in the second half of their NFL football game in Green Bay, Wisconsin December 26, 2010. REUTERS/Darren Hauck

GREEN BAY, WI (WSAU)  Coach Mike McCarthy says the Green Bay Packers need to move on, and get ready for Sunday’s home game against the New Orleans Saints. They’ll start practicing for it today.

McCarthy said he feels for his players in the wake of Monday night’s 14-12 loss at Seattle – a game decided by referee Wayne Elliott’s call of a touchdown on a Hail Mary pass that appeared to be intercepted by Packers’ safety M-D Jennings. McCarthy said he thought Jennings pulled off the interception – and many of his N-F-L coaching colleagues agreed. He said he received more text messages and e-mails yesterday than he did after winning the Super Bowl two seasons ago.

And McCarthy said he appreciated the fans who showed up at Lambeau Field yesterday to protest the call. But McCarthy says he doesn’t want it to derail the season for the 1-and-2 Packers. And while he can’t pretend the controversy doesn’t exist, he says he’ll get his players focused on facing the 0-and-3 Saints this weekend.

Meanwhile, Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers used his weekly Milwaukee radio show to slam the N-F-L’s statement yesterday which backed up the replacement officials on the Hail Mary call. Rodgers said he feels bad for the fans and quote, “They pay good money, and the game is being tarnished by an N-F-L who obviously cares more about saving a little money than having the integrity of the game diminish a little bit.” But Seattle coach Pete Carroll made no apologies yesterday. He said the league backed up the call and quote, “game over, we win.” The league said the officials should have called pass interference on Seattle receiver Golden Tate when he pushed Packers’ corner Sam Shields just before the touchdown catch. But the N-F-L Network said interference has never been called in almost 90 similar Hail Mary pass plays since the N-F-L/A-F-L merger in 1970.

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