For most of Sunday’s game in Seattle, it seemed that the Packers were destined to earn their sixth Super Bowl berth. But a late charge by the Seahawks resulted in overtime — and a win by the home team.
After the game, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers told reporters that the team that lost shouldn’t have.
“We were the better team today and we played well enough to win and we can’t blame anybody but ourselves,” Rodgers said, via Jason Wilde of ESPN Milwaukee.
Rodgers is right, on every count. But the Packers ultimately scored fewer points, fueled in part by a variety of little things (and a few big things) that came together to open the door for the Seahawks.
One of the little things was the failure to attack Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman as he was walking around with his injured arm in an invisible sling.
“I think we could’ve,” Rodgers said. “We just didn’t execute very well.”
He’s right, and now the Packers will go at least five years between Super Bowl appearances despite arguably having the best quarterback in the NFL on their roster.