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By PFW staff

With a win over the Falcons on Saturday, Packers coach Mike McCarthy would improve his all-time playoff record to 3-2 as a head coach. As McCarthy tries to surpass the .500 mark, PFW takes a look back how his teams performed in McCarthy's first four postseason appearances:

2007 divisional round — Jan. 12, 2008: Seahawks at Packers

McCarthy struck gold in his first postseason appearance, defeating the Seahawks 42-20 in an impressive debut. Green Bay had finished the regular season with 13-3 record, riding an impressive rushing attack to a first-round bye.

The second-year coach stuck with the league's second-ranked ground game against Seattle, opting to run the ball 35 times in the victory.

It was a shaky start for Green Bay, as a pair of lost fumbles by RB Ryan Grant led to the Packers falling behind 14-0 less than five minutes into the contest. But Green Bay quickly climbed back into things. QB Brett Favre hit WR Greg Jennings for a 15-yard touchdown pass to cut the deficit to seven, and RB Ryan Grant added the Packers' second TD on a one-yard rush in the final minutes of the first quarter. Just like that, it was a new game.

Jennings and Grant both found paydirt again in the second quarter, and with Seattle only putting up a field goal, Green Bay took a 28-17 advantage heading into the break.

From there, the Packers took over the game on the ground. Green Bay ran the ball 20 times in the second half, including 13 carries for 110 yards and a touchdown by Grant. He finished the game with 27-201-3, while RB Brandon Jackson ran for 8-34-0 and added a 13-yard touchdown reception.

The Packers broke a franchise record for postseason scoring with the win. Favre's three touchdown passes extended his streak of touchdown passes in playoff games to 17, and he also became the second quarterback to pass for more than 5,000 yards in the playoffs during his career.

2007 NFC championship Jan. 20, 2008: Giants at Packers

The Packers strayed from their rushing attack just a week later, as McCarthy fell to .500 in playoff games with the Giants' 23-20 overtime victory.

Green Bay was held to just 11 first-half rushing yards in the loss and faced a 6-0 deficit with 11:41 remaining in the first half.

But Favre, who has never been one to go down without a fight, found WR Donald Driver on a 90-yard touchdown strike just seconds later to give the Packers a one-point lead, and a Mason Crosby field goal in the final minutes of the first half gave Green Bay a 10-6 advantage heading into the break.

Each team traded third-quarter touchdowns before the Giants struck again on a four-yard TD run from RB Ahmad Bradshaw, New York's second rushing score of the quarter.

Crosby would add a 37-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to tie the game 20-20. After both teams were held scoreless for the remainder of regulation, the Giants had the last laugh when PK Lawrence Tynes hit a 47-yard field goal in overtime to send the Giants on to the Super Bowl, where they would upset the previously undefeated Patriots.

The real story of the game was the way the Packers' rushing attack was shut down. Grant, who was the only back to have any carries, was held to 13-29-0. The Giants countered with 39-134-2 on the ground, beating Green Bay at its own game.

2009 NFC wild-card round Jan. 10, 2010: Packers at Cardinals

After a one-year hiatus, McCarthy and the Packers returned to the playoffs once again in 2009, only to be booted out in a heartbreaking loss for the second consecutive time.

The Packers, who ranked fifth in pass defense in the regular season, were picked apart by Arizona QB Kurt Warner, who threw five touchdown passes in the game.

The Cardinals got out to a 17-0 lead after the first quarter, forcing the Packers to play catch-up the rest of the way.

Green Bay trailed 38-24 heading into the fourth quarter, but a pair of Rodgers touchdown passes to WR James Jones and LB-TE Spencer Havner — with a rushing TD from FB John Kuhn in between — kept the Packers' hopes alive as they sent the game to overtime.

With the momentum in their favor, the Packers seemed to be in a great position after winning the coin toss and receiving the ball in overtime, but it wasn't meant to be.

Rodgers was sacked by Arizona CB Michael Adams on the third play of the extra period, and the ball was scooped up and returned 17 yards for a touchdown by Cardinals LB Karlos Dansby.

The loss dropped McCarthy's playoff record to 1-2, giving him a sub-.500 mark for the first time in his career.

Rodgers played well in his first playoff appearance, completing 28-of-42 passes for 423 yards and four touchdowns, with just one interception.

2010 NFC wild-card round Jan. 9, 2011: Packers at Eagles

Packers RB John Starks emerged as a viable threat in the running game as Green Bay took down the Eagles 21-16 last weekend. Rodgers was as reliable as he has been most of the season, leading McCarthy to his second playoff victory.

The Packers jumped out to a 14-0 lead and maintained control of the game despite being outgained 352-309. The Green Bay defense kept pressure on Eagles QB Michael Vick throughout the game, sacking him three times and intercepting him once.

Green Bay's ground game was extremely effective, rolling up 138 yards on 32 carries, led by sixth-round rookie RB James Starks' 23-for-123 performance. And the Packers' "D" held Philadelphia to 81 rushing yards.

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