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Packers' offensive identity evolves after season-opening loss to 49ers

11:07 PM, Jan. 8, 2013
The San Francisco defense converges on Green Bay Packers running back Cedric Benson during the teams' Sept. 9 game at Lambeau Field. Benson finished with 18 yards on 9 carries. Evan Siegle/Press-Gazette Media
The San Francisco defense converges on Green Bay Packers running back Cedric Benson during the teams' Sept. 9 game at Lambeau Field. Benson finished with 18 yards on 9 carries. Evan Siegle/Press-Gazette Media
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The Green Bay Packers opened the season against the San Francisco 49ers with new starters on offense at center and halfback.

But more than that, they played differently in that opener, and for that matter all season, than when they rampaged through the 2011 season as the NFL's top-scoring team.

"I don't think we had our identity at that point," quarterback Aaron Rodgers said after the Packers defeated Minnesota in their wild-card playoff game Saturday night. "We were trying a lot of different things." ...

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