updated 2/8/2011 8:44:01 AM ET 2011-02-08T13:44:01

President Barack Obama has spoken with Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy to congratulate him and the team on their Super Bowl win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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The White House says that Obama, who was neutral on the Super Bowl after his beloved hometown Chicago Bears got knocked out of contention, told McCarthy that "even a Bears fan" can appreciate what the victory means to Green Bay and Wisconsin.

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The president asked McCarthy to pass on how impressed he was with MVP Aaron Rodgers' season. He also said he looked forward to hosting the Packers at the White House — an outcome he noted had been predicted by Packers player Charles Woodson.

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The Packers beat the Steelers 31-25 on Sunday. Obama noted McCarthy's leadership in guiding the team through injuries.

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    BRIAN WILLIAMS, anchor: Here's the definition of a football town. Green Bay , Wisconsin , today closed schools early so that kids could watch the Super Bowl champion Packers come home fresh from their big win over the Pittsburgh Steelers . While Steeler nation is still smarting, back in Wisconsin a big crowd made its way down Lombardi Avenue to welcome the Lombardi Trophy back to Lambeau Field , frozen tundra, which will be the scene of a big rally tomorrow.

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