GREEN BAY, Wis. – There is no looking back for the Green Bay Packers.
They're following coach Mike McCarthy's lead heading into their home opener on Sunday night, focused squarely on this year's version of the Seattle Seahawks.
No use dwelling on that last meeting in the NFC Championship Game, the Packers (1-0) insist. That game worked out quite nicely — if tensely — for the Seahawks (0-1), who overcame a 16-0 halftime deficit to win 28-22 in overtime in Seattle to advance to the Super Bowl.
If this is still a sore subject in Titletown, the Packers are doing their best not to let anybody else know.
"We've had the opportunity as a football team, I think individually everybody has had the opportunity to go through last season," McCarthy said. "We're focused on winning our first home game and getting to 2-0."
MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers isn't biting, either.
"It's Week 2. We understand the story lines," he said. "This is 2015. It's a different season."
One that's off to a good start for the Packers after beating their longtime rival Chicago Bears last week 31-23.
The Seahawks have their own troubling losses they would like to forget. Seattle fell 34-31 in overtime at the Rams in their opener.
An incorrectly executed kickoff to start overtime stands out among the mistakes. The Seahawks failed to gain 1 yard on their final offensive play — just like in the loss to New England in the Super Bowl last season.
"We've got to bounce and come on back … and face an amazing opponent up there," Seattle coach Pete Carroll said.
The defending NFC champs faced questions this week on multiple fronts.
Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell took heat for how he called plays. A defense playing without holdout safety Kam Chancellor gave up eight plays of 20 yards or more to the Rams.
Now, Seattle has to travel to Lambeau Field to face one of the best passing attacks in the league in trying to avoid an 0-2 start for the first time since 2011.
"You've got guys that missed tackles that they make nine times out of 10," Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman said. "We're just going to work on tackling, work on tracking, working on the things we always work on."