McCarthy’s challenge flag has special message

Flag contains message from daughter

The Green Bay Packers are off to Seattle to continue preparations for Sunday’s NFC Championship Game against the Seahawks.

Coach Mike McCarthy says a Friday departure helps flush away any physical effects of a longer plane ride.

McCarthy will take along the red challenge flag he used that helped propel the Packers to a win over Dallas in the NFC Divisional playoff game. In fact, it’s the flag he’s always carried into games for a good reason.

On WTMJ radio Friday, McCarthy says the flag has a message from his daughter, presumably his oldest child, Alex. WTMJ found a USA TODAY photo of the flag in McCarthy’s back pocket. The handwritten message reads, in part, “With you through every challenge XOXO Goose.”