GREEN BAY (WAOW) -
As the Packers get ready for their wild card match-up with San Francisco on Sunday, the team is trying to avoid what's become a pattern for them -- having to overcome deficits late in the game.
The comeback win over Chicago marked the third time in December that the Packers had come back to win after trailing by eight or more points in the second half.
"We don't just come out and hope to hand out the lead,” said Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy.
The week 16 win over the Dallas Cowboys came after trailing by 23 points to match the biggest comeback in franchise history. McCarthy says coming out fast is the key to avoid getting themselves in these situations and that is brought on by preparation.
"You have to make sure you warm up good. They're already preaching to us, to get to the stadium early and make sure that you're here in a good amount of time to warm up," said Packers Tight End Andrew Quarless.
It was the first time in franchise history the Packers had won three games in a calendar month when they were trailing by eight-plus points in the second half of each victory. And the players say it's due to the team's character.
"Just the way that we've fought hard. We've scratched and clawed our way here, and it's incredible what we've been able to do. I always say 60 minutes of football - that's what I always say. So it speaks volumes,” said Quarless.
The Packers take on the 49ers at Lambeau Field at 3:30 p.m. Sunday.