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Packers riding great defense into playoffs

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Despite his reputation as an offensive strategist, Mike McCarthy says he would prefer to see the Green Bay Packers win with a strong defense.

Going into Sunday's playoff game at Philadelphia, that's exactly what they're doing.

With a dangerous but inconsistent offense, the Packers often have needed their defense to bail them out this season. Dom Capers' crew has been strong all season despite a rash of injuries. They've giving up only 15 points per game, making them the second-best scoring defense in the NFL behind Pittsburgh.

With the offense struggling in a must-win game against division rival Chicago on Sunday, the Packers' defense held the Bears to a field goal and Green Bay won 10-3 to make the playoffs as a wild card.

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