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Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Packers dedicate Sunday's game to Philbins

By Kevin Seifert

Police in Oshkosh, Wis., have confirmed the terrible news we learned Monday night: The body pulled from an icy river was in fact the son of Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin. Michael Philbin was 21.

There isn't much I can add to Monday night's post. This is the cruelest of tragedies.

Packers players are off Tuesday and the team has no scheduled media availability. But in an appearance Tuesday morning on ESPN Radio , linebacker Clay Matthews said the team will dedicate Sunday's divisional playoff game against the New York Giants to the Philbins.

"The Packer organization is truly a family-first environment," Matthews said. "We feel for the Philbin family. I think it goes without saying that this game, and how we approach it, and how we play, will definitely be dedicated to him. Hopefully we do it the right way."

As Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette noted, it's hard to imagine Philbin coaching this week. Coach Mike McCarthy said Monday the team had a contingency plan ready if that was the case. In a statement, general manager Ted Thompson asked the public to respect the Philbin family's privacy and added: "All of us in the Packers family share in their grief."