"We're definitely more prepared to go into an opposing stadium to win the game. ... We're definitely battle-tested. We're a better football team today than we obviously were then."
The Packers opened slow against New York with five straight punts, but that's really the thing with Rodgers, isn't it? You can keep him down for only so long.
"It's clearly one of his better stretches," McCarthy said.
"It felt like early in the season we were depending on just a few guys to make plays," left guard Lane Taylor said. "Now, we have young guys making plays, everybody making plays. We're just a better all-around team."
The counter-argument to all of this glowing Green Bay ink? The Cowboys, of course. A team that has found a way to overcome every challenge, injury and lingering doubt with the finest season from a Jerry Jones team since Troy Aikman and the 'Boys danced their way to three titles back in the 1990s.