Aaron Rodgers: “We got beat by a better team tonight”

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Packers coach Mike McCarthy and quarterback Aaron Rodgers went to the podium after their playoff loss to the Giants and offered no excuses, saying simply that the Giants played better than the Packers and deserved to win.

We got beat by a team better tonight,” Rodgers said. “That’s the reality of this league. It’s tough. Didn’t think it was going to end tonight.”

The Packers didn’t look on Sunday evening like the same team we saw during the 2011 regular season, and as a result their season has come to an end, and McCarthy looked a little shocked — and looked like he hadn’t quite digested what had just happened to his team.

“We didn’t play to our identity,” McCarthy said. “No excuses. We practiced well. I thought Wednesday’s practice was as good a practice as we’ve had. We had padded practices during the open week, padded practice this week. There was nothing in the preparation that led me to think this was going to occur today.”

Both McCarthy and Rodgers cited turnovers (the Packers had four, the Giants had one) as a major reason for the loss. And Rodgers said he was disappointed that the Packers turned in what may have been their worst game in their biggest game.

“This team, organization, fan base expects championships,” Rodgers said. “We had a championship-caliber regular season. We didn’t play well today.”

108 responses to “Aaron Rodgers: “We got beat by a better team tonight”

  1. he didn’t say got beat by a better team…he said got beat by a team that played better than us tonight- makes a subtle difference. 😉

  2. The Packers CHOKED just like the Vikings have in the past. I love that you get to feel the Vikings pain or actually even worse as we went 15-1 and lost in OT of the NFC Champ game in 1999. What a wasted season and it is Karma for all of you Viking Bashers that have ripped the Vikings all season long. Good luck winning a championship with that Defense. KARMA SUCKS Doesn’t it
    Bring Back Favre

  3. I feel much worse for the Texans than the Packers. The Texans pretty much looked like the better team than the Ravens, except that they had to play a third stringer on his way to being a no-stringer. The Packers on the other hand just got ripped to shreds.

  4. When are coaches going to stop resting their players, especially when they already earned the bye? Jennings hasn’t played in a month+, and the rest of the starters haven’t played in 3 weeks. You don’t think that has anything to do with it?

  5. Hats off to the Packer organization, had to be a tough week with everything that was going on. Classy group, you will be back. Looks like the 49ers and the Pat’s.

    Should make for a good Superbowl.

    Pat’s by 3!

  6. The truth is it would have been way more interesting of a game if GB’s receivers didn’t drop so many damn passes. The Giants outplayed them, but I’ve never seen so many drops in one game. That was nearly a full season of drops.

  7. The only group that played worse than the Packers tonight were the zebras and even they couldn’t hand the Pack a victory. What a terribly officiated game…those guys ought to be FIRED! (Hit to the head??? what hit to the head???). Wow they SUCKED BIG TIME. Why is it, the bigger the contest…the worse the officiating?

  8. What happened to his team is about the only thing he can’t digest. He looks like he ate a family of four. He makes Andy Reid look like he has anorexia!

  9. I knew the Packers not getting together for offseason workouts during the lockout would come back to haunt them!

  10. You know why Aaron Rodgers did commercials for State Farm?

    Because the “Good Hands” people couldn’t use his receivers in their ads.

  11. Jan 15, 2012 8:51 PM

    49ers match up against the Giants way better than GB niners should be happy about this they got i good shot to go to the bowl
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    should be a great game. this time the Gmen will have a full squad though!!

  12. The Packers didn’t look like they wanted to play in this game. Packers defense needs some big time overhauling this off-season. Woodson definitely looks his age at the moment. Peprah is a liability at safety. I’m wondering if Thompson will play a little in free agency this year. This Packers team may look quite different next year.

    I will give the Giants their due. They played a great game and really executed. Congratulations!

  13. tommytd says: Jan 15, 2012 8:53 PM

    The only group that played worse than the Packers tonight were the zebras and even they couldn’t hand the Pack a victory. What a terribly officiated game…those guys ought to be FIRED! (Hit to the head??? what hit to the head???). Wow they SUCKED BIG TIME. Why is it, the bigger the contest…the worse the officiating?
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    I would say it is a lack of training. I can’t understand why the league isn’t making learning the craft of officiating a full-time job. It’s too important to put in the hands of part-timers.

    But I wouldn’t say they refs were worse. They clearly blew the Jennings fumble/non-fumble and the roughing call. Those were big (and bad) mistakes. But the Packers have ’em beat on volume.

  14. Aaron Rodgers did a good job.The team dropped so many balls and had so many fumbles there was just no way to win like that.But other then that to all the Packers fans that predicted the Packers to win the Superbowl early.IN YA FACE!!!

  15. Packers should be proud of the season.

    Tough it had to end early, but they have a great formula for the future.

    Pack will be a perennial playoff caliber team for years to come…The Raiders and Cowboy organizations can’t really say that and the Browns never will!

  16. Rodgers had a bad game…..fumble and INT. Biggest thing was no defense again. At least Brett took them to overtime. Giants just have a bead on packers in playoff games.

  17. before you 9er fans start running off at the mouth you might remember you are next to face the hot giants.

  18. It happens. It’s a week to week league. If it’s your week you win. If it’s your week on Super Bowl Sunday, you are a champion.

    And as I said, it’s very tough to repeat. The Packers had a great year and gave their fans a lot of thrills.

  19. What did I say a month ago? When the weather turns cold, this offense will stall, just like it did against the Bears in the playoffs last year. Rodgers better hope he eventually can get traded to a dome team – he’s not a cold-weather qb. Maybe the Rams will offer something for him, and the Packers can go with Flynn.

  20. Also, this should motivate the Packers to finally go out and get a real tailback. The Giants are just as good at WR, Eli Manning is a very good QB, and the difference is that the Giants have 2 RBs good enough to start and the Packers don’t have any. Yes, the Packers need help on defense, but RB is their #1 need.

  21. To all the true Packer Fans out there. Tough loss. But your team is still great. I truly feel your heartbreak. Now to all you front running, trash talkin’, Bandwagon jumpin’, sore winner, so – called Packer Fans trolls. Where are you now?

  22. Rams have a qb. didn’t he lead the packers to the super bowl last year. and through chicago in the cold to boot.

  23. No excuses. The Giants simply outplayed the Packers today and they earned a much deserved win. I’ll be rooting for the Giants to go all the way. Congratulations to the Giants and their fans!

  24. So did the Giants win
    How could they win they have Eli for a QB you know the guy you all bash every week as being doppy and stupid.

    Well I will take doppy and stupid over the GB chesse packers

    Well at least now all the packer fans can go by frames for that stock cert and then head to the lake to go ice fishing

    GO BLUE

  25. Ya, they beat both the Packers and the refs.

    I hope those bums lost their entire savings on the bets they made and tried to cover with their turrible calls…

  26. Sorry but, no one seems to point out the fact that McCarthy was totally outcoached and he made to critical ‘panic’ mistakes’ that ‘shifted the field’ and the momentum of the game. He played as if the Pack was the underdog. There was no reason for the onside kick after tying the game at 10 all in the first half. You’re the home team and you needed to play like it as they were lucky it was tied at the time 10-10. The 4th down move with 13 minutes remaining in the game after Rogers missed a wide open Jennings was likely the deathknell for McCarthy and the Pack. Had he punted instead of going for it on a low % 4th & 6, the NYG would likely have had the ball deep in their own end with 10-11 minutes plus to go…His call shifted the field again and gave the NYG a short field to make it a 2-score 23-13 game. Sorry folks, those two calls were not the way a 15-1 team plays in the most critical point in the game. This one is on McCarthy for panicking and playing right into the opponents lead and eventual margin of victory.

  27. I think the Packers looked passed the Giants today. They were dropping balls and not tackling on defense which is a sure sign of not coming out focused. Packers thought since they were 15-1 they could just show up.

    At this stage of the season you have to respect and act like the opponent can beat you. Look at the Patriots last night. They came out looking like they were the underdogs.

  28. That was not the Green Bay Packers. Only one player showed up – Donald Driver. Indianapolis would have beat them today. Much like seeing the sun turn pink, what was that?

  29. billsrams04 says: Jan 15, 2012 9:18 PM

    Rams have a qb. didn’t he lead the packers to the super bowl last year. and through chicago in the cold to boot.

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    And if Cutler had played the whole game healthy, the Bears would have won easily. Rodgers was horrible in that game.

  30. This loss hurts, but it doesn’t surprise me since I figured the Giants would be the team to beat the Packers. It was obviously a poor game for the passing game – when Rodgers was on target it got dropped, and then he missed some throws he usually makes. Combine that with the inexcusable fumbles. Seriously, fumble 6 times all season then 4 (the overturned call was a fumble) this game?

    There wasn’t one facet of the game that went well, while the Giants did the opposite (well, their running game wasn’t good until the late TD). The Packers sure did not deserve to win, and the Giants did.

  31. GB Simply got outplayed in every facet of the game. NYG defense showed up and wrecked the pack! Pack offense can be awesome but without a defense, you can’t win the big game. Time to shift into the rebuilding mode…go niners!!!

  32. As a Lions Fan… I can see why the Pack Lost..no running game and a bad secondary…haunted the Lions late in the season…packers also have no running game and bad secondary! I dont hate the Pack but i have to admit pack fans were talking trash all year ..but tonite they are very quiet! the must be in shock after 15-1 season..then one and done.

  33. Did not want to end this way but the Packers did lose to a better team. It will be hard to win with too many turnovers. As a Packer fan, I tip my cap to the Giants.

  34. tradeassociation says:Jan 15, 2012 9:13 PM

    Also, this should motivate the Packers to finally go out and get a real tailback. The Giants are just as good at WR, Eli Manning is a very good QB, and the difference is that the Giants have 2 RBs good enough to start and the Packers don’t have any. Yes, the Packers need help on defense, but RB is their #1 need.

    As a giants fan, I can honestly say their running backs suck. They have all season. Bradshaw is decent but Brandon Jacobs is terrible. He had like 2 carries for some actual yards. The rest was lost yardage or no gain.

  35. Also, this should motivate the Packers to finally go out and get a real tailback. The Giants are just as good at WR, Eli Manning is a very good QB, and the difference is that the Giants have 2 RBs good enough to start and the Packers don’t have any. Yes, the Packers need help on defense, but RB is their #1 need.

    Packers RBs: 5.2 YPC on 15 carries
    Giants: 3.6 YPC on 23 carries

  36. Kudos to the Giants and their fans!

    Tough loss for us Packer’s fans, but it is somewhat tempered by the fact that the Giants clearly showed that they were the better team, not just today, but arguably for the last few games now. If fellow Packer fans wish to debate that, well, then I say in reply that you have been in denial about our porous pass defense over the course of the whole season, especially since Safety Collins went on IR early on in the season. We couldn’t expect the offense to carry this team to the Super Bowl with this current defense, at least unless the offense played utterly flawless for every playoff game (e.g., fewer turnovers, dropped passes, untimely errors halting momentum, etc.)

    Lastly, just remember, we Packer fans have ALOT to be thankful for. Just remember our legacy in these down times. If nothing else, remember that it could be worse. We could be Vikings fans, who have an empty trophy case and yet typically are talking smack on this thread about a 4 time Super Bowl winner who came up short.

    Good luck to the Giants and the rest of the teams the rest of the way.

    Go Pack in 2012!!!

  37. Just a few weeks ago Rodgers was giggling like a little girl about “knowing the plan” relative to going for an undefeated season. Seems like a lifetime.

    I think it’s fair to say that, right now, the Giants are the most balanced team left. That doesn’t mean they’ll win out, necessarily, but I think if they are firing on all cylinders they are the most well-rounded.

    My official take it to the bank prediction/s:

    Giants 27
    Niners 20

    Patriots 31
    Ravens 19

    # # # # #

    Patriots 30
    Giants 29

  38. I love that you get to feel the Vikings pain or actually even worse as we went 15-1 and lost in OT of the NFC Champ game in 1999.

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    Yes it hurt. but fond memories of super bowl wins past will help.

    Do you have any?

  39. Due to their insufferable fans, I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of the sh!t-kicking administered to the Packers.

  40. I would like to thank all the Giant fans for bashing the hard working people of Green Bay after all you are all better than them does it make you feel superior if it does than continue to do it after all you really believe that you are than so be it but remember this what goes around comes around.

  41. If the Lions and Packers combined defenses…they’d still both be lousy. NFC North did not represent well in the playoffs this year.

  42. From a Giants fanatic, Great game Pack. Hope to see you next year. A formidable team, and a classy opponent. Best of luck to you, especially during this tough time.

  43. Please correct Aaron Rodgers’ quote. He said they got beat by a team that played better than them tonight; your quote is saying Rodgers stated the Giants are better than the Packers. When you’re using quote marks you should probably not reword things to make the story more interesting.
    I am not trying to start an argument about who’s better, but I do think the Packers deserve to be quoted properly. You can watch the post game interview on packers.com. During Rodgers clip, this quote comes up around 2:50.

  44. If this team re-signs jer micheal finley it will be one the worst team decisions ever made by the Packers. I am horribly disappointed in this performance tonight, and ALL of the players should be as well. Absolutely Pathetic.

  45. People stop giving Aaron a free ride….he screwd the pooch with have a fumble/INT/missing open receivers. He choked in the big game….hold him accountable. He is terrible when behind going into 4th quarters. He was totally frustrated when behind by 17 points…even the refs couldn’t help him.

    Stop using the dropped balls as excuses. TV says 8…..but if you look at them 3/4 were thrown behind, low to ground or wide of the receivers. Yes they got a finger on them but if thrown better would be catches.

    Aaron had a bad game, defense played bad…oh wait they did all year, McCarthy made two errors in calling for on-side kicks that gave Giants good field position.

    So what will Ted T. do now?

  46. I’m glad to see that Rodgers came out and said that. He’s obviously and awesome QB and a class act to boot. As a Giants fan, I appreciate it.

    There are also a lot of classy comments from GB fans. This shows who the true fans are…not just a bunch of guys talking smack before the game was even played. All of us like to do a bit of trash talking, but it’s nice to see some come back to say congrats to the victors after the outcome. Just like all of us, Pack fans, your 5% of garbage fans do most of the talking but definitely don’t define who your fan base is. Kudos on a great season for you all and we’ll see in the playoffs next year!

  47. Congrats Giants fans. Packers just need to improve pass rush. Eli wasn’t finding anyone open for the first four seconds or so most plays. Get someone to take pressure off Mathews and you should be fine. The only receiver who played worth a crap tonight is Driver. He looked better and better as the season went on.

  48. vikingsfan34 says:Jan 15, 2012 8:50 PM

    The Packers CHOKED just like the Vikings have in the past. I love that you get to feel the Vikings pain or actually even worse as we went 15-1 and lost in OT of the NFC Champ game in 1999. What a wasted season and it is Karma for all of you Viking Bashers that have ripped the Vikings all season long. Good luck winning a championship with that Defense. KARMA SUCKS Doesn’t it
    Bring Back Favre
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    We’ve been able to taste Super Bowl victories. How many do you have buddy!!!!

  49. For the last 2 months or so this team looked like they were playing with the attitude of “haven’t you heard? We’re the best team in the NFL… we don’t have to try to win.”

    Combine that with the fact that the defense took the whole year off and this Packer fan is not surprised with the out come of the game at all.

  50. Although all the haters make the Patriots 16-0 regular season and the 18-1 final record seem more like 1-18, the Packers regular and post season loss show just what an accomplishment it is to get to the Super Bowl undefeated.

    Here’s hoping for another Giants Patriots matchup in the Super Bowl.

  51. We looked rusty, and lost our edge.

    We need a safety, (Unless Collins can come back)an edge rusher opposite Matthews and a corner. Woodsons skills have seriously diminished, I don’t recall him even coming close to making a play yesterday. He maybe the answer at safety for a couple years if Collins can’t come back. He is a liability in base defense on the corner. They threw at him all day.

    My hats off to the Giants. Best of luck going forward.

  52. harleypuppy says:Jan 16, 2012 12:44 AM

    I would like to thank all the Giant fans for bashing the hard working people of Green Bay after all you are all better than them does it make you feel superior if it does than continue to do it after all you really believe that you are than so be it but remember this what goes around comes around.

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    What goes around comes around…hmmmm….that’s exactly why you’re seeing fan bases from around the league giving Packer fans such a hard time about this loss.

  53. youdownwithjpp,

    Recently, there were hordes of “True Packers Fans”, voted by far the “best NFL fans in the League” by an official NFL poll, that spat their “truth” into the rest of our faces, stating: “The only thing that matters in an NFL season is winning championships. Without winning the Super Bowl, your season is a failure. You are a loser unless you win the Super Bowl.” And that winning Lombardi trophies is the true value of an NFL franchise.

    Today, they all cling to that past glory and spout some platitudes about ‘can’t win ’em all, etc, to attempt some form of humanity. Their true selves must be, by their own definition, hating their team and demanding that heads roll, because THEY DID NOT WIN it all again. In 2011, their season was a LOSING season by that measure.

    Classic hypocrites and superior jerks.

    Now, I’m sure you aren’t one of them. It’s nice to see a bit of sportsmanship from a fan. Regardless, it sure was pleasant to see the Packers crash to earth in front of the whole football world, at home, having looked past the New York Giants with the assumption of winning it all. Even Rogers said it “We didn’t think it would end here.”
    Nice.

  54. megapowerspt says: Jan 15, 2012 9:06 PM

    And STILL your NFL MVP….Aaron Rodgers!!

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    Methinks Tom Brady wasn’t feeling very “MVP-ish” one day after last years Divisional Round, either.
    The regular season ended 14 days ago.
    One bad game and all the excitement of a 15-1 season not only gets washed away…its gets smashed into a million gonna-hurt-the-whole-offseason pieces.
    The NFL postseason is very unforgiving. No “best of sevens” here.

  55. Game played by Pack not even wrong. I can see steam from a particular grave in the cold air. A man with the heart of a Honey Badger whose spirit will speak and tell them it’s a ground game stupid and if you’re not playing like men with four balls, you don’t belong.

    I saw a lot of choking but no blood coming out. You cretons got your A’s handed to you by a bunch of pickpockets and never knew you lost. Even a moron knows you don’t cap off a winning season like that.

    There is NO EXCUSE for playing like one. Hey you, Rodgers, I didn’t say you could leave yet. In fact, I’m just getting started on you.

  56. One word can describe how the Pack played yesterday — entitled. They believed all the hype since last year’s SB win and figured with their 15-1 season they had it in the bag. Not only had it in the bag but were ENTITLED to the bag itself. How many times did we hear Pack fans say the Lombardi trophy finally came “home” and that’s where it’s going to stay? Did no one remember the ALMOST perfect Pats season from 07? That perfect (or near perfect) season means absolutely nothing without winning the big one.

    As a Vikings fan I have no love for the Saints, either. But, at least they showed up and played for the hometown crowd and made a contest out of it. The only reason yesterday’s game was remotely close was because the refs clearly wanted the Pack to win — atrocious officiating.

    To the reasonable Packer backers (yes, there are some out there), I feel your pain. To the other 99 percent of you blow-hard, obnoxious, classless, clueless idiots — you got what you deserved.

    Oh, and lest we forget, the Packers can be the proud owners of one last record for this year — being the only 15-1 team in the entire history of the NFL that went one and one. Congrats!!

  57. Aaron is 4-2 in postseason first four years……Brett was 9-4 in first six years. Can Aaron catch him. And Brett did it with far less talent around him having to take more risks.

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