The Packers stumbled into the NFL Playoffs after a 6-0 start, losing six of their final 10 games, and ultimately the NFC North title. Now as a wild card team, the Packers look to hit the reset button on their season as they prepare for the Washington Redskins.
"It's definitely a new season, these are obviously the most important games," head coach Mike McCarthy said. "Fresh start have to be for the right reasons, sometimes people want fresh starts to avoid an issue, or conflict, this is a fresh start in the fact that we'll play a team we haven't played on their home stadium."
The Redskins are the only playoff team the Packers did not face. Green Bay was 5-3 on the road in the regular season, but just 7-5 within the NFC.
That being said, the Packers have been in this scenario before, and excelled, winning Super Bowl XLV after the 2010 season. In order to have a repeat performance, the Packers will need to win three road games instead of two had they beaten Minnesota Sunday night.
"They say experience is the best teacher and the last time we won the whole thing we were the wild card, the sixth seed," B.J. Raji said. "If anybody knows it can be done, it's us."