McCarthy: Packers 'galvanized' for playoff run

Posted at 5:56 PM, Jan 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-12 08:08:52-05

What a difference a win makes.

Before Sunday's Wild Card showdown in Washington, the Green Bay Packers were, to some observers, doubtful contenders for any hope for a Super Bowl title, and left for dead by others.

Then came a stretch of five offensive scoring drives between the second and fourth quarters of Green Bay's 35-18 win at Washington, and suddenly, hope has arisen again for Super possibilities.

"We've definitely been galvanized. We're built to go on the road, play anywhere. We're very good in all three phases...when we play well in all three phases, we win," said Mike McCarthy, the Packers' head coach, in an exclusive interview with 620WTMJ Packers analyst Larry McCarren on "Wisconsin's Afternoon News."

McCarthy spoke of how the offense exploded for the kind of offensive scoring consistency that it had not seen in one game since December 8, 2014 against Atlanta - more than a year.

"That's the way it's supposed to look. You've got to get those first downs. You can't play with tempo with 1, 2, 3 and out. The ability to get first down, be productive on first and second downs, we were after that slow start, generating first downs, get going and play high tempo. That's the game we want to play."

They will need that to improve upon one of the worst offensive outings they've had in recent memory - just eight points in their loss at Arizona last month, 38-8.

"Clearly, what we have to do on offense, we've got to take care of the football. We can't have the big plays, particularly the sacks go against us. We've got to start the game running the ball better than we have. That's something that's going to be important," said the coach.
"This is going to be a juggernaut of an environment. It's going to be a ton of energy in the building. That's all part of your preparation. We're on a short day week, but the benefit of playing the Arizona Cardinals a couple weeks back helps us in our preparation."