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These Packers are a different team than group that lost to San Francisco in season opener

  • Green Bay Packers nose tackle B.J. Raji (90) celebrates after an NFL wild card playoff football game against the Minnesota Vikings Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. Packers won 24-10. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)The Associated Press

  • Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews (52) celebrates after an NFL wild card playoff football game against the Minnesota Vikings Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. Packers won 24-10. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)The Associated Press

  • Green Bay Packers cornerback Sam Shields (37) celebrates his interception with teammate Tramon Williams (38) during the second half of an NFL wild card playoff football game against the Minnesota Vikings Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)The Associated Press

  • Green Bay Packers cornerback Sam Shields (37) intercepts a pass intended for Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Devin Aromashodu (19) during the second half of an NFL wild card playoff football game Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)The Associated Press

  • Green Bay Packers running back DuJuan Harris (26) gets tackled by Minnesota Vikings outside linebacker Erin Henderson (50) during the second half of an NFL wild card playoff football game Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)The Associated Press

The San Francisco 49ers can toss their film from the season opener against Green Bay in the trash for as much good as it will do now.

Cedric Benson is gone, and the Packers' running game is now being powered by DuJuan Harris and Ryan Grant. Randall Cobb, whose 75-yard punt return gave the Packers a fleeting chance late in the 30-22 victory by San Francisco, is now one of Aaron Rodgers' favorite receivers. And a defense that may as well have been holding rookie orientation for all its newcomers is now a savvy, stingy bunch of veterans.

"A lot's happened," coach Mike McCarthy said. "We're a different football team. We're a different football team than we were four weeks ago."

The Packers (12-5) play San Francisco (11-4-1) Saturday night in an NFC divisional game.

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