The hangover from the capitulation suffered by Green Bay Packers in the playoff game with the Seattle Seahawks might last some time.
Just over three minutes away from a sixth Superbowl appearance and in ebullient mood, Green Bay somehow contrived to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. At 19-14, tight end Brandon Bostick missed a Seahawks onside kick. The ball bounced off his hands and was recovered by the Seahawks. By the end of the next drive the Packers were 22-19 down.
Brandon Bostick has admitted that he broke ranks and ought to have been blocking. He is now suffering the consequences. ESPN reported that he felt like the whole world was on his back:
“I’m human. I made a mistake,” Bostick said. “But if I would’ve made the play, we wouldn’t have been in this [situation] or if I would’ve made the block, we wouldn’t be talking about this. But it’s over now, so I’ll just try my best to get over it.”
According to reports, his teammates were quick to refute suggestions that the third-string tight end was to blame for the defeat, instead focusing on the team’s failings as a whole. Still, after a hard-fought season and a particularly hard-fought and well-played game, the Packers have taken defeat hard.
Josh Sitton left reporters in no doubt as to how he was feeling about the 28-22 overtime defeat.
“You feel like it’s a waste of seven, eight months. What’s the point of getting this far? I’d have rather not even made the playoffs.”
Strong words that Sitton might have said in the heat of the moment but the nature of this unforgiving sport is that it rolls on. Seattle goes to the Superbowl and Green Bay must make preparations get ready to go again—you can find available tickets here for when they do.
Sitton was not the only one to show his frustration, though. Defensive lineman Mike Daniels, trance-like and almost too quiet to hear, repeated the words “We did not finish” to three straight questions after the game; the players changed in silence and linebacker A.J. Hawk told that Head Coach Mike McCarthy was taking things just as badly:
“Coach’s message? Not a whole lot,” Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk said. “I think he’s in a state of shock, as we are.”
QB Aaron Rodgers was thought that the blame lay on several factors. He bemoaned his side allowing Seattle to convert a touchdown on a fake field goal, giving up an onside kick and their inability to get any first downs on the fourth quarter.
He told reporters: “Put it all together; that’s how you lose games.”
In truth, once Green Bay were in the lead it looked as if Mike McCarthy was not pushing his team to kill off their prey. Instead, it seemed he was playing not to lose. It was a job that they did not finish.