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Close, But Not Quite, for Defense

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The defense held and scrapped and, for much of the game, found the proper balance of rush and contain, keeping themselves in it and keeping the Niners out of the end zone. But the Packers let some big-play opportunities escape their grasp.

A subzero wind chill didn't sting nearly as badly as the missed opportunities by a Green Bay Packers defense that played its most inspired and gritty ball of the year -- yet still came up short in Sunday's 23-20 loss to San Francisco in an NFC Wild Card game. "It's frustrating because we know we should've won that game," cornerback Tramon Williams said. "We know the 49ers are a tough team -- they...

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