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McCarthy won't tolerate polluted mindset

Nov. 6, 2013 11:15 AM
 
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Packers coach Mike McCarthy said at his press conference today that it doesn't mean anything to him that the Chicago Bears might not have anything to play for in the regular-season finale at Lambeau Field. The Bears have already locked up the No. 2 seed in the NFC. Their only chance of landing the No. 1 seed will be if Atlanta loses to Carolina, in addition to New Orleans losing to Tampa Bay, and the Bears beating the Packers. But by the time the Packers and Bears start their game at 3:15, the Falcons and/or Saints will have already finished their game and could have eliminated the Bears' chances of grabbing the No. 1 seed. That would leave the Bears with no motivation, other than pride, for winning. But McCarthy isn't looking at it that way. "That’s a polluted mindset," he said. "That’s what I told the team today. Leave the pollution outside the doors. We’re focused on beating whoever comes out that gate on Sunday. They are going to have white jerseys on and we’re going after them. That’s our mindset. We need to get to 10 wins and we’ve been focused on that for quite some time. We’re in position to accomplish our goal of getting into the playoffs and that’s what we’re focused on." The Packers will earn a wild-card playoff berth by beating the Bears. They can also qualify if they lose, and the New York Giants and Tampa Bay also loses. Bears coach Lovie Smith was adament during a conference call with Wisconsin media today that his team would play to win, regardless of the stakes. "We’re playing to win the game," insisted Smith. Smith rested some of his players in a similar situation four years ago when the Bears had already locked up the No. 1 seed and faced the Packers in the regular-season finale. The Packers won, 26-7, at Soldier Field in that game, but the Bears went on to earn a Super Bowl berth. "For us, it’s 2010, and we plan on playing our guys this week," said Smith. "I don’t know what else to tell you besides that."

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