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Clements Takes Over Offensive Play Calling Duties for Packers

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(GREEN BAY, Wis.) -- Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy has given up his offensive play calling duties to former offensive coordinator Tom Clements, who has also been promoted to associate head coach (offense).

McCarthy had been the Packers offensive play-caller since 2006, when he became the team's head coach.

"This is the time to do it," McCarthy said Thursday. "I think our staff's ready. I think it's an opportunity for guys to grow. And it's an opportunity for them to make an impact. I feel we'll be better offensively from that."

From 2004-05, Clements served as the Buffalo Bills' offensive coordinator and called the team's plays.

"When he told me about it, I was excited," Clements said. "It's a great opportunity, and I'm looking forward to it."

Edgar Bennett was promoted from receivers coach to offensive coordinator.

The Packers went 12-4 last season, reaching the NFC Championship Game before blowing a late lead to the Seattle Seahawks and losing.

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Aaron Rodgers on Stunning Loss to Seattle: 'Will Hurt for a While'

Tom Lynn /Getty Images(SEATTLE) -- The Green Bay Packers let one get away on Sunday in the NFC Championship game.

Green Bay had a 19-7 lead with less than three minutes remaining in the game before Russell Wilson, a huge onside kick, and Marshawn Lynch erased that deficit.

Rodgers was seeking his second Super Bowl appearance of his career, the last came in 2012 against the Steelers.

"This one's going to hurt for a while because of the close proximity to feeling that feeling when the clock hits zero when you're ahead," Rodgers said of the stunning loss.  "We gave it away."

Following Wilson's one-yard touchdown run, the Seahawks went with an onside kick that Brandon Bostwick let go through his hands to give them the ball back with 2:13 left in the game, which set up the Lynch 24-yard rushing touchdown and a two-point conversion.

"Just have to move on I guess," Bostwick said of not recovering the onside kick.  "I don't really know what to say."

"I just reacted and thought I'd make a play on it, but obviously I didn't," Bostwick continued.

Had it not been for Mason Crosby's fifth field goal of the game with 14 seconds left to tie things up, the Packers' season would have ended sooner.

Seattle won the coin toss in overtime and Wilson hit Jermaine Kearse with a 35-yard touchdown to end the game.

"If I played a really bad game, yeah, it'd eat at me all offseason," Packers cornerback Tramon Williams said, who was covering Kearse.  "I don't feel that I played bad at all.  I feel that I played that I played a good game."

"The guy at the end of the game made a play," Williams continued.  "You've got to give him his credibility."

Green Bay is now 3-3 in NFC Championship games.  They have five Super Bowl titles in franchise history.

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Aaron Rodgers: 'I Got to Play Really Well' to Beat Seattle

Scott Halleran/Getty Images(GREEN BAY, Wis.) -- The Green Bay Packers will square off with the Seattle Seahawks for the third time in the playoffs on Sunday in the NFC Championship game.

This is the first time that they'll play each other with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line.

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is still battling a strained left calf, but he said on Friday that he plans on being on the field at Century Link.

"I got to play really well," Rodgers said in order to knock off the defending Super Bowl champions.  "You got to take care of the football, play great defense, you got to complete passes, move the chains, score touchdowns in the red zone, but that's no different than any road game against a good football team."

"We've played a lot of them this year, we've had our ups and downs," Rodgers continued.  "We've won some close games, we lost some, but we've competed all the way."

The Packers are 3-2 in NFC Championship games and have won the last two they played on the road.

"You'd like to win a couple more," Rodgers said of only having one Super Bowl ring.  "That's when you really kind of cement your legacy and do something really special; It'd be great to add a couple more trophies."

Green Bay is playing in their third NFC Championship game in the past eight seasons.

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Packers' Aaron Rodgers Listed as Probable for Cowboys

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(GREEN BAY, Wis.) -- Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is listed as probable with a left calf strain for Sunday's divisional game against the Cowboys at Lambeau Field.

Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said that Rodgers looked good moving around in practice on Thursday and was confident that he will play.

"Feels good today," McCarthy said on Friday.  "He's progressing forward and I feel he'll be available for the game."

Rodgers suffered the injury on Dec. 21 in Tampa and reaggravated the calf during their winner take the NFC North title against the Lions on Dec. 28.

"I think the fact that he went through the opportunity in Tampa, Detroit, where he had to play through a situation where he had to be smart in the pocket, so he has that experience," McCarthy said.

"It's been talked about," McCarthy continued.  "We have a game plan. He looks like he's moving fine to me right now. So, we're not going to change anything, and our approach is how we try and beat Dallas' defense."

Matt Flynn is the backup for Green Bay just in case Rodgers can't suit up or is hurt during the game.

Rodgers said on Wednesday that he would play in the game, that "it's just a matter of how".

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Packers and Lions to Go Head-to-Head with NFC North on the Line 

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(GREEN BAY) -- The Green Bay Packers will host the Detroit Lions on Sunday with the NFC North on the line.

Green Bay is 7-0 at Lambeau Field this year and understands the importance of getting a bye in the first week of the playoffs and a home game in the divisional round of the playoffs.

"I think [the fans are] going to be nice and loud this week," Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said.  "It's going to be a lot to play for."

Rodgers is leading the offense to 30.4 points per game and has tossed 36 touchdowns this year.

Still, in the game Rodgers will keep his eye on the Lions defense. "They're playing really well," he said. "They've had a great season. They're defense is right there at the top, it's great all the way around."

Lions head coach Jim Caldwell knows Rodgers is a force to watch. "He's certainly an exceptional talent," he said.  "He's also extremely familiar with the system they run, he knows where everyone is."

The Lions have won four games in a row and will have the No. 2 spot in the NFC if they win on Sunday.

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Mike McCarthy: 'Byes Are Valuable'

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(GREEN BAY) -- The Green Bay Packers are determined to beat the Detroit Lions on Sunday for the NFC North crown.

Green Bay is 7-0 at home this year and would like to have a first-round bye when the playoffs start.

"Byes are valuable," Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said on Monday. "That’s why you fight like crazy to be a No. 1 or a No. 2 seed."

If the Packers lose, they'll be playing on the road in the wild-card round; if they win, they'll have a first-round bye and a home playoff game in the divisional round.

"Anytime you have a chance to get that week off, I think it’s important," McCarthy continued. "I know some people believe in ‘keep playing.’ We’ve done both. I think byes are very beneficial. It gives you a better chance to get your team ready. At the end of the day, the best preparation leads to better performance."

The Lions are 4-3 on the road this year and 5-0 against the NFC North.

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Packers Not Looking Past Buccaneers

Tom Lynn /Getty Images(GREEN BAY) -- With the NFC North still up for grabs, the Green Bay Packers (10-4) cannot afford a slip up against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-12) on Sunday.

Green Bay sits tied for first in the division with the Detroit Lions (10-4) and Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers understands the importance.

"Everything is right in front of us," Rodgers said on Wednesday. "We win out, we still win the North."

The Packers are coming off one of their most disappointing losses of the season to the Bills.

"This is a road game we have to have," Packers coach Mike McCarthy told the team's official website. "We clearly understand the importance of winning in December, and we need to take it up a notch as a football team."

The Buccaneers offense is averaging 18.1 points per game this year.  Green Bay's defense is giving up 23.2.

"We've come close quite a few times at home," coach Lovie Smith said. "Once we get it going – instead of talking about getting that first win, we should be talking about, 'Hey, we haven't lost at home.' ... We realize we have a couple of more opportunities, but what better week than (against Green Bay)?"

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Mike McCarthy & Green Bay Packers Agree to Contract Extension

iStock/Thinkstock(GREEN BAY, Wis.) -- The Green Bay Packers and head coach Mike McCarthy have agreed to a contract extension, the team announced on Monday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

In nine seasons at the helm of the Packers, McCarthy has compiled an overall record of 93-53, winning four division titles, an NFC championship and a Super Bowl title in the 2010 season.

His 93 wins rank third in franchise history behind Curly Lambeau, with 212, and Vince Lombardi, with 98.

“We are very happy to extend our relationship with Mike,” Packers general manager Ted Thompson said in a statement. “Over the past nine years, he’s provided great stability and consistency to the Packers organization and our community as an excellent coach and leader. He’s a good man and we look forward to the future with Mike as our head coach.”

Before joining the Packers in 2006, McCarthy served as an offensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints (2000-04) and San Francisco 49ers (2005).

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Lacy Cleared to Play Against Jets Sunday

Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images(GREEN BAY, Wis.) -- Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy has been cleared to play in Sunday's game versus the New York Jets.

Lacy suffered a concussion during the Packers' loss last week to the Seattle Seahawks.

Packers head coach Mike McCarthy declared Thursday that Lacy passed the NFL's concussion protocols.

Lacy, who was a full participant in practice Thursday, has now endured two concussions within a calendar year. Because of this, Lacy acknowledges that he needs to tweak his running style.

“I can only be myself. I was drafted here because of the way I run,” Lacy said. “It’s just trying to alter it, make sure I’m still physical, but keep the concussions out of it somehow. But I’m definitely still going to run the way I run.”

Lacy will switch back to the helmet he wore last season after wearing the new Riddell "SpeedFlex" helmet last week, which was created to help prevent concussions.

The Packers selected Lacy with the 61st overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. He started 15 games last season, rushing for 1,178 yards, 11 touchdowns, and also caught 35 passes.

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Mike McCarthy Looking Forward to Seahawks

Tom Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The NFL released the 2014 schedule for all 32 teams on Wednesday.  The Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks will host the Green Bay Packers in the season opener on Sept. 4.

The last time the two teams played at CenturyLink Field was in Week 3 of the 2012 season that ended in a last second hail mary that was ruled a touchdown by the then replacement officials that gave the Seahawks a 14-12 win. Replays later showed that it was not a completion.

"This game won't be about the past," Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said of the rematch. "It will be about the 2014 Green Bay Packers."

The Packers have played the defending Super Bowl champions in three straight seasons.

"It's a tremendous opportunity for our football team," McCarthy said. "We have experience playing in the kickoff opener three years ago, and we will draw on that. Obviously, being the visiting team this time presents new challenges. It will help sharpen our focus even more during training camp and the preseason."

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