Packers prepare for NFC Championship rematch
GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- The Packers last trip to Atlanta ended an 8 game win streak and the chance to play in a Super Bowl losing 44-21 in the NFC Championship game.
"You kind of look back on those games and say, I was one game away from having a chance to play in the Super Bowl and have a chance of winning it," said linebacker Blake Martinez. "I think all of us look back at that game and have a sick feeling in our stomach and want to get rid of that this week."
"They were the number one offense in the NFL last year," said Defensive Coordinator Dom Capers. "They scored 28 points in the first half against the New England Patriots so they have those capabilities."
Although it's a game that's impossible to completely forget, Head Coach Mike McCarthy said his team has moved on from January's loss and the only thing worth thinking about is the Falcons team that lies ahead.
"Let's be honest if you're still thinking about last year you're just wasting time and energy," said head coach Mike McCarthy. "To get to the point where you're playing in January and playing in the Super Bowl you need to focus on what's going on today and that's really what our guys are focused on."
Sunday Atlanta will play their first game at the team's new home, Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Packers are expecting a loud, hostile environment for Sunday Night Football, but said they'll be ready for anything.
"No matter where you are, whether you're at home, away, concrete, grass, turf, on top of water, it's all the same," said tight end Martellus Bennett. "You have to go out there and compete."
"Sunday night, Monday night, Thursday night all the attention is up on you so everything is almost like playoff atmosphere," conrnerback Damarious Randall said.
Kickoff for Sunday night's Packers game is set for 7:30.