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Packers still stinging from playoff loss to Giants

By Jaymes Song

Associated Press

Published: Thursday, Jan. 26 2012 6:45 p.m. MST

Steve Ladwig and his girlfriend, Jessica Fox, both Green Bay Packers fans, wait for the arrival of the NFC squad at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012, in Honolulu. Both the AFC and the NFC teams practiced at the base Thursday for Sunday's NFL football Pro Bowl.

Eugene Tanner, Associated Press

HICKAM AIR FORCE BASE, Hawaii — The Green Bay Packers are thawing out in the islands, relishing every minute of their Pro Bowl experience. They would gladly trade in their floral leis, beach chairs and mai tais, however, to be preparing for the Super Bowl.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy, who is leading the NFC squad, says there's only one team that's going to be satisfied when the season is over — but it won't be the Packers this year.

The Packers have six players in the Pro Bowl. Green Bay sailed through the regular season with a 15-1 record before coming apart at home in a 37-20 loss to the New York Giants in the NFC divisional playoffs.

Receiver Greg Jennings calls the Pro Bowl a "consolation prize."

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