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The Saints came into the 2012 season knowing they'd be battling adversity all year long.
Without head coach Sean Payton and general manager Mickey Loomis for the entire year, without defensive coordinator Gregg Williams indefinitely, without interim coach Joe Vitt for six games and the uncertainty surrounding the suspended players, the Saints have had one of the most tumultuous offseasons in the history of the NFL.
The Packers' vitriol is a recent development. However much pain they felt on Monday evening when an referee's ruling robbed them of a victory, the emotion was renewed when the NFL came to agreement with the officials' association on Wednesday evening.
In the opinion of Packers' fans, it was two days too late.
There's really no option for the Packers but to let Monday's incident serve as motivation for the rest of the season, which starts now. Although the season is still in its early stages, both teams enter Sunday's game with a below .500 record, which makes it all the more important for each side.
Perhaps the Packers will have some extra motivation from recent comments by Saints interim head coach Aaron Kromer, who rationalized the Packers' recent loss to the Seahawks on the final play of the game by saying, "That's football" in an interview posted on the Packers' official website.
If that doesn't do the trick, maybe quarterback Aaron Rodgers will have some extra incentive after he was targeted by the Saints' bounty program in the first game of 2011, according to the NFL.
For what's sure to be an emotionally-charged game such as this one, no sources of inspiration can be overlooked.