Packers looking at NFC Championship loss as tool for motivation and education

AP

The Packers got back to work as a team on Monday for the first time since they dropped the NFC Championship game to the Seahawks.

It has been three months since the Packers blew a 19-7 lead with less than five minutes left in the game and that bad end to the season hasn’t faded from memory yet. Wide receiver Randall Cobb said that no one is talking about the loss, but he admitted that he’s thought about it throughout the offseason when he needs to summon up a bit more energy for a workout.

“I thought about it in my training these past couple months whenever I reached that point of fatigue or feel like I can’t go no more,” Cobb said, via the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “Just having those thoughts in the back of my head and knowing that next rep may be the next rep that’s going to excel us past that moment. You use it as motivation. You have to. You find ways to fuel yourself in the offseason and that’s one of mine.”

Defensive end Mike Daniels has also been going back to the game over the last few months. He regrets the taunting penalty he picked up after a Ha Ha Clinton-Dix interception would have set the Packers up on the four-yard line and said he hopes that his teammates have also gone back to learn from what went wrong in the loss.

“You have to learn from it and seeing how that’s the last game of the season you don’t get a chance to go over it and evaluate it as a group,” Daniels said. “So guys find some time to watch it, break it down and move past it. There’s a lot of great learning points from it, just like any other game. So that’s the way we have to take it and the next game is the next week.”

The Packers will find out when their next game is on Tuesday when the league reveals the schedule for the 2015 season. It could be a home date against those same Seahawks, which would make it hard to avoid looking back as they look forward to the start of the new year.

72 responses to “Packers looking at NFC Championship loss as tool for motivation and education

  1. What a joke…All the expert Packer fans were blaming the kid who mishandled the onsides kick etc…They never mention Daniels bone head mistake. Or of course that gunslinger Macarthy I’m sure he would have gone for 1 point instead of 3 had the rules allowed it…

  2. Seattle made plays. The Packers didn’t. Learn from it and let it motivate you — and then move on

  3. You’ll need more than a couple extra reps.

    Seattle had massive injuries and was in melt down mode and still won.

  4. Please find me someone who blamed the whole loss on him – I don’t know anyone who did that. I think Packers fans as a whole understand that this was definitely a team/coaching loss in total.

  5. I expect the Packers and their fans will be on the receiving end of a lot of guff in these parts from fans whose teams never got that far last season, and have no realistic hopes to do so this season.

    Hope it has been a learning experience for everyone — from coaching staff on down.

    Go! Pack! Go!

  6. It wasn’t on the players, as Blakeden mentioned not trying to score a TD from inside the 5 cost them points.

  7. There’s nothing the Packers can learn from the tape, except that they aren’t good enough. They got every break in the book and still couldn’t pull it off, even with Wilson’s brains scrambled from that illegal hit to the head by Matthews. That’s as close as you’ll ever get Packer fans. Even with all those breaks MVP only got 187 yards passing.

    Enjoy watching the Super Bowl from your couches again.

  8. SlapMaxwell says:
    Apr 20, 2015 3:53 PM

    Please find me someone who blamed the whole loss on him – I don’t know anyone who did that. I think Packers fans as a whole understand that this was definitely a team/coaching loss in total.

    I guess the death threats were from Vikings fans?

    dukeearl says:
    Apr 20, 2015 3:55 PM

    It wasn’t on the players, as Blakeden mentioned not trying to score a TD from inside the 5 cost them points.

    They did try to score a TD from inside the 5. They just never made it and never tried on fourth down.

  9. At least the Packers only have to learn from one loss, whereas a lot of teams have to pick up the pieces from a bunch of losses that ruined their season.
    It’ll be nice to get the Seahawks in Wisconsin for a change – maybe more than once in the upcoming season.

  10. Packers fans think there just going to roll into the playoffs every year and play in the championship game. You had your chance last year and blew it. Could be many years before your teams back in it and that’s what makes it so hard to take when you loose a game you should have won.

  11. This was one of those rare games where 1 team unravels and everything goes right for the other. Fake FG, onside kick, DB sliding to the turf when he had 30 yards in front of him after the interception, inability to pick up a key first down and of course the conservative coaching made this a total team collapse.

  12. Green Bay will be back in the playoffs because the management knows how to maintain a winning environment.

    Any of you nozzles who think Green Bay has only been lucky over the last 20 years or has a terrible team……… Well, think about how stupid you sound.

  13. dreece13 says:
    Apr 20, 2015 4:06 PM
    Not sure you can count on another misinterpretation of a rule granting you another free ticket to the NFCCG anyway.

    ———-

    Yup, the game was decided on that one play and not the fact that the Cowboys couldn’t stop a one legged QB. Not to mention that they had 4 mins left on the clock, 2 timeouts, and the 2 minute warning. They couldn’t even stop a tipped pass from being caught for a 1st down. If you really want to complain, the only thing that they were robbed of was 30 seconds that should have been added back on the clock.

    Even if Dez caught it, then they would be at the 1 yardline and not a TD. If Dallas does score, then they would need to also get a 2 point conversion, so if the Packers kicked a FG then it would be a tie. The way that the Packers were driving on the Cowboys, I say they still would have won.

  14. The Packers were already a favorite to win it all once again this year, but now this is the most dangerous team in the NFL, and playing with a chip on their collective shoulders.

  15. Ask the Seattle fans if they thought the better team had lost the SuperBowl due to unexpected circumstances.

    Now they know how we feel.

  16. seahawkboymike says:
    Apr 20, 2015 3:57 PM

    There’s nothing the Packers can learn from the tape, except that they aren’t good enough. They got every break in the book and still couldn’t pull it off, even with Wilson’s brains scrambled from that illegal hit to the head by Matthews. That’s as close as you’ll ever get Packer fans. Even with all those breaks MVP only got 187 yards passing.

    Enjoy watching the Super Bowl from your couches again.

    The epitome of the of the usual Hawk troll above. How did the play from the 1 yard line work out for you or you not done making excuses for that yet?

  17. it’s already a home game against Seattle. The date will be announced Tuesday.

  18. Lesson 1: When the opponents (in their own stadium) gift-wrap 2 turnovers to you, with the ball on the 6-inch line, don’t kick field goals but go for the jugular (i.e., touchdowns).

    Lesson 2: When the opponents are down big and in dire straits, watch out for a fake field goal and learn to recognize and defend against it.

    Lesson 3: When the opponents are down big and in dire straits, watch out for an on-side kick and learn how to defend against it.

    Lesson 4: When the opposing QB throws a 5-second floater pass for a 2-point conversion that anyone’s grandmother could have broken-up, get better players to defend against it.

    Lesson 5: When gift-wrapped an interception late in the game, don’t just lie-down and assume that your team has won the game, try to score!

  19. Green Bay probably would have beat the Patriots again in the Super Bowl.

    ————————————————————
    Probably? You’ll never know because Green Bay lost to the team the Patriots beat when it mattered most.

    The Patriots tend not to lose to the same team twice in any season. They’re coached too well for that. (i.e. don’t beat themselves–see: Green Bay loss in NFC Title game)

  20. McCarthy kept going for FGs because he knows what Rodgers is like without overinflated footballs. And now the rest of us do too.

  21. Read the title too fast; thought it was:

    “Packers looking like tools after NFC Championship loss”

    On second thought, maybe that’s how it should have been written?

  22. That’s funny! My Colts are looking at their championship loss and filling holes with quality free agents to try to beat the Patriots. I wonder which approach will be more successful?!?!

  23. OK, the Packers want education. Lesson one, Hands Team when the other team is onside kicking. That means you put people in with good hands to catch the ball and not lose the championship. More lessons to come courtesy of the 2015 Chicago Bears!….OK maybe that’s wishful thinking.

  24. Rest in Peace Doug Buffone, Bears stalwart in the Monsters of the Midway when I was a kid, passed today at age 70.

  25. “OK, the Packers want education. Lesson one, Hands Team when the other team is onside kicking. That means you put people in with good hands to catch the ball and not lose the championship.”

    You really have no idea what happened if this is what you think. They had the hands team out there. But the guy who was a blocker in that formation and told not to catch the ball if your name isn’t Nelson or Cobb took it upon himself to decide to go against his assignment and try to catch the ball.

  26. Makes no sense to troll unless you’re a Hawks fan — the Pack was good enough to get to the NFC Championship game and screw up, while none of the other NFC teams were.

  27. Motivation?

    That loss was one of the biggest collapses of all time. Green Bay literally handed the game to Seattle.

    If I were a player in Green Bay, I’d want to completely forget that game and just move on.

  28. ketch20too says:
    Apr 20, 2015 4:56 PM

    Seahawks know your pain(THANKS BEVELL!)
    ———————————————————

    It wasn’t Bevell. Seattle lost because their defense couldn’t stop New England in the fourth quarter. Seattle couldn’t score in the fourth quarter.

    One play did not determine that game. Lousy defensive play and weak offensive plays did them in.

  29. I enjoy all these uplifting stories about legendary and successful teams like the Green Bay Packers. Obviously they are expected to contend for a NFL record 14th World Championship once again this year – mostly because they are much more committed to excellence than lesser teams.

    Better football.

    For better people.

  30. Green Bay has been dominated repeatedly, over and over and over, for the last 5 years by the NFC West. Biggest powder puff excuse for an NFL team ever. They’re too soft. That’s the problem.

  31. Go look at the latest Vikings thread and see all the Packer trolls compared to Vikings trolls here. It’s not even close.

    Aside of that, the rematch of this game is going to be very interesting.

  32. The rematch is going to be another boring blowout, like every other matchup between the NFCW and the Packers. It’s like watching a football game between a pack of girl scouts and the prison team from the Longest Yard. With the Packers playing the role of Girl Scouts, of course.

    The Packers are so soft and overrated, it’s hilarious. They spend their season beating up on garbage defenses and throwing for a million yards, and then they face a quality defense like Seattle and they just get manhandled.

  33. Oh, and for those Packers fans talking big like your team gave it up in the final minutes… pffffft, please.

    We gave you the dang ball inside our own 30 yard line like 4 times. And you couldn’t do anything with it. The only reason the weak packers were ever in that game is because the Seattle offense kept making huge mistakes. The second Wilson decided to calm down and motivate his guys, it was over. The weak GB defense couldn’t stop us from scoring at will, your weak special teams choked epically, and your offense was unable to move the ball, like they had been unable to all game.

    It’s a hilarious game to re-watch, though.

  34. Vikings fans love to pound their chest about something the Packers couldn’t accomplish. Yet their favorite team hasn’t won an NFC title game since Star Wars a New Hope was in Theaters.

    I suppose when the closest thing to success was, hey at least the Packers didn’t get there, it must take a toll over the course or nearly 40 years.

  35. The Packers were already a favorite to win it all once again this year, but now this is the most dangerous team in the NFL,
    —–
    Completely disagree. I think your team panicked in the off season based on one game. They made many changes, and will be a worse team for it.

  36. juliusanonymous says:
    Apr 20, 2015 7:23 PM

    It’s a hilarious game to re-watch, though.

    …………………………………………………………………………………………

    As are replays of the Superbowl.

  37. ariani1985 says:
    Apr 20, 2015 7:41 PM
    Packer choke jobs are like tulips in the spring!
    Guaranteed!
    …………………………………………………………………………………………..

    As history shows us, nothing is more guaranteed than the empty trophy case in Minnesota.

  38. conormacleod says:
    Apr 20, 2015 7:55 PM
    This is what championship caliber teams do.
    —-
    Blow huge leads and then obsess over it for years? Good to know.
    _______

    The only person obsessing about it is you. Running to every Packer story with your 10 accounts to post about the “choke”

  39. “The Patriots tend not to lose to the same team twice in any season. They’re coached too well for that.”
    —————————

    The Packers tend not to lose to the same team twice in any given season either. So what’s your excuse for the 1st loss?

  40. tokyofilthblaster says:
    Apr 20, 2015 8:11 PM

    When I think of epic collapses, I-35 is the first thing that comes to mind.
    ————————
    You going to quit using that insult one of these years? People actually died in that collapse.

  41. Having a hard time reconciling the idea that the Seahawks defense was so brutal on the Packers and the Packers were leading 19-7 at the end of the game to choke it away.

    So the Packers Defense choked away a game where the Seattle D pounded the Packers into submission? Is that what you’re really trying to sell?

    How is that where the Seattle Defense was a stud D? Seems to me that several Seattle defenders were hurt in that game and couldn’t play at top level 2 weeks later in the SB.

    That finesse and powder puff team hurt a couple of the “legion of boom”.

    Lesson from the NFCCG is that both the Packers and the Seahawks are damned good squads and deserved to be there more than any other NFC team.

  42. “So the Packers Defense choked away a game where the Seattle D pounded the Packers into submission? Is that what you’re really trying to sell?”

    Everyone outside of Seattle believes this. Just like they believe the FAIL MARY was actually a FAIL. Where you guys are too blinded to see what everyone else does.

    The reason why the game was choked away rather than pounded into submission was because it took a comedy of errors to happen at once in the last 3 minutes. Starting with the 2 point conversion and ending with a blocker unexplicably deciding he was going to catch the onside kick even though Jordy Nelson was in perfect position to do so. The last thing Bostick heard when he left for the sideline is that if your name isn’t Cobb or Nelson, you don’t try to catch the ball.

    The rest of your stuff is just gibberish that makes the 12 man look like fools. Like usual.

  43. The Minnesota Vikings history begins and ends with Grandpa talking about the glory years. Where the Vikings set a record for SB losses by an NFL team and came away with 0 World Championships.

    In the last decade, the Packers have won more playoff games than the Vikings have participated in.

    SKOLOLOLOL

  44. You know what is really funny? Play the last 3 minutes of the NFCCG with Benny Hill music playing in the background. I dare anyone to watch it like this and not laugh.

  45. ariani1985 says:
    Apr 20, 2015 7:41 PM
    Packer choke jobs are like tulips in the spring!
    Guaranteed!

    —————-

    I remember when Gary Anderson played for the Packers…Oh wait…

  46. Too bad the Packers had to be motivated AFTER the NFC loss. Would’ve been nice if they were motivated BEFORE the game! I put the loss on MM.

  47. SlapMaxwell says:
    Apr 20, 2015 3:53 PM

    Please find me someone who blamed the whole loss on him – I don’t know anyone who did that. I think Packers fans as a whole understand that this was definitely a team/coaching loss in total.

    )))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))

    Show me one quote where one packer player said one play didn’t lose the game?That is what close teams do.They stick up for their teammates. It didn’t happen that way though . Instead they did blame Bostic for not doing his job. From the Head Coach on down.

  48. Choking is easier to deal with than eating it, as the Vikings have been doing.

    And no amount of put-downs and insults can get around the fact the Packers own the Vikings.

    There’s your bottom line.

  49. @seahawkboymike

    Two good seasons doesn’t make a dynasty. Enjoy the fact that the Seahawks were the Cleveland Browns for most of their existence.

    @all the trolls

    Did Bostick, a fringe player who was pretty much just a special teams player despite having all the chances in the world to step up and show his “talent”, lose the game? No his play was just the last nail in the coffin. The game was lost through poor (ok awful) play calling by MM, who I still detest as HC. The game was set for the Packers to win and they blew it. If trolls want to throw stones about playoff chokes, there are a lot of chokes in the history of a certain purple teams past.

  50. Big shot Packer STOCK HOLDER HERE, nobody has taken the constant playoff losing harder than me! When I sat in on the owners meeting I voted to get rid of the onside kick!

  51. The reason for the Packers’ struggles against the NFC West is because of blown calls by the refs. The Jerry Rice fumble. The Aaron Rodgers facemask. The Fail Mary. The Packers used to own the NFCW, then the tide turned on the Jerry Rice fumble. Their NFCW opponents have gotten many favorable calls since then, and because of it I have nothing but contempt for that division.

  52. When Viking fans criticize other fans for making ridiculous predictions, I just wonder in amazement.

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