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Mike McCarthy: 'We have a great opportunity'

Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy feels that his side have a great opportunity to make a statement in the NFL against the Seattle Seahawks in the 2014 season opener.

Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy believes that his side will have an excellent chance to make a statement in their 2014 season opener against the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks.

The Packers famously lost to the Seahawks in the 2012 season to a controversial play that became known as the 'Fail Mary', which also saw the end of replacement officials used by the NFL.

McCarthy told the club's official website: "This game won't be about the past, it will be about the 2014 Green Bay Packers.

"It's a tremendous opportunity for our football team. 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 pre-season."

Green Bay finished 8-7-1 in the 2013 regular season.

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