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McCarthy on bye week, chance 'to make a run'

Posted: 5:19 PM, Dec 07, 2015
Updated: 2015-12-07 23:19:10Z

Sometimes, one play can change a season.

The Green Bay Packers are hoping the Hail Mary which won Thursday night's game over the Detroit Lions can be exactly the sparkplug the team needs as it enters the "fourth quarter" of the 2015 campaign.

"We'll find out. It (was) definitely an energy boost going into a mini-bye week. The last three days might be the most important days of our seasons. I'm hoping when we get back tomorrow, you can see the effects," said Mike McCarthy to 620WTMJ Packers analyst Larry McCarren on "Wisconsin's Afternoon News."

"A chance to heal up and get ready to make a run."

The touchdown was historic in many ways - not just the incredible nature of Aaron Rodgers' 61-yard heave to Richard Rodgers which won the game, but how rare such a feat is - perhaps the first ever walk-off touchdown in regulation play in Packers history.

"Definitely one of the top two or three moments in my football life. You just think about the trials that we were going through as a football team, the number of guys that were down, the comeback in the second half, just kept scratching...to win on an untimed play at the end, a phenomenal throw, a phenomenal catch," added the coach.

"The energy, the enthusiasm, the excitement of the moment, to see your football team go through that, that's special, something I'll never forget."
 
Now, he and his Packers are focusing on the task at hand - defeating the 3-8 Dallas Cowboys and ending a rare losing streak at home.
 
"It's the Packers and the Cowboys. You can't take anybody lightly. That will never happen here," said McCarthy.
 
"We've lost our last two games at Lambeau Field. That's a thorn at my side. We need to go out and play our best football."