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Favre: Cold affected young Packers' concentration

The lowly Chicago Bears handled the blustery cold and gusting winds much better than the NFC North-champion Green Bay Packers on Sunday, and Brett Favre said today that he and his teammates can't just brush off the loss simply because it was played in extreme conditions.

Asked if he sensed that some of his teammates simply weren't "into it" on Sunday, Favre said yes -- a surprise, given the Packers' success all season and the potential playoff ramifications of Sunday's game.

Favre said, quote, "I don't know if anyone was really into it."

The Packers still had a shot at earning home-field advantage for the playoffs, but Favre said the weather might have cost the NFL's youngest team its concentration. That poses a potentially unsettling issue for a team that has at least two more games left to play at chilly Lambeau Field.

Dallas clinched home-field advantage throughout the playoffs with the Packers' loss on Sunday. But the Packers, who finish the regular season with a game against Detroit at Lambeau this Sunday, are assured of a first-round bye and one home playoff game.


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