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Packers coach Mike McCarthy stresses positives after Packers' loss to Vikings in season finale

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    Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy looks on during the first half of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)The Associated Press

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    Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, right, watches from the sideline during the second half of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, in Minneapolis. The Vikings won 37-34. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)The Associated Press

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    Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers reacts after throwing a two-yard touchdown pass to teammate Jordy Nelson during the second half of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)The Associated Press

As disappointing as their loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday had been — especially since it cost them the NFC's No. 2 seed and a first-round playoff bye — the Green Bay Packers had no time to feel sorry for themselves.

With those same Vikings coming to Lambeau Field on Saturday night for an NFC wild card game, the work week is already underway. And coach Mike McCarthy as already stressing the positives.

"It's the playoffs. It doesn't matter who we play, where we play them. We feel confident that we're going to get it done and do whatever we need to get it done."

While the onward-and-upward theme was predictable — "We have no choice at this point," defensive tackle B.J. Raji correctly pointed out — it was also necessary with the shortened work week.