GREEN BAY PACKERS HEAD COACH MIKE McCARTHY
On the game: “OK, I’ll start with injuries. Bryan Bulaga had a knee strain and Derek Sherrod had a broken leg. With that, I’ll take your questions.”
On the disappointment that the perfect season is over: “Really, what is disappointing to me is that we didn’t clinch home-field advantage. That was always the goal. I personally always viewed the undefeated season as, really, just gravy. The goal was to get the home-field advantage and win the Super Bowl. That’s what we discussed as a football team. We were fortunate enough to be in the position to possibly achieve the undefeated season, but we still have the primary goal in front of us, and that’s to get the home-field advantage.”
On how much he attributes the offensive struggles to the absence of WR Greg Jennings: “I don’t think anytime you have struggles you look to individuals that are not on the field. You look at the game. I’ll go back, I’ll look at the way it was called. We didn’t catch the ball like we normally catch the ball. We had some opportunities, particularly in the first half. We had too many penalties. We’ve been clean week-in and week-out, and as far as the penalties, we weren’t very detailed today.”
On the Chiefs approach to the game: “The film didn’t lie. We talked about it all week. We expressed that to anybody that asked a question. Their ability to run the football… Kyle Orton is definitely an improvement at quarterback, and I thought he played well, which he normally does, just in my experience seeing him play on that other sideline. Defensively, I have a lot of respect for their defense the way they were playing coming into the game. We talked about it being a spirited football game, and we didn’t answer the bell. We were beaten today. The Kansas City Chiefs outplayed us. We were beaten.”
On his concern for the offensive line: “You never want to see players get hurt. We’ll assess everything tomorrow and have a better idea. It’s unfortunate Derek is lost for the season. You never want to see that happen. I really don’t have a pulse on Bryan Bulaga and the injury that he had.”
On whether he considered challenging the pass to TE Leonard Pope along the sideline: “No, I thought we were right on it actually. They have the replay here in Arrowhead. I was of the opinion that the foot was out of bounds before the ball came out. We talked about it. We had a long break in between that point in time to make the decision. Based on the information, I thought it was right not to challenge.”
On whether the press coverage caused any problems: “They challenged us. Frankly, that’s the way you stop a team that can throw the football. Their corners, they played us a lot of 2-Man or however you guys refer to it, Cover 1. They pressed us from the time we got off the bus.”
On whether they talked about kicking it deep rather than going onside: “That’s obviously the conversation. You have two options there, and I chose to go with the onside kick.”
On whether he thinks the Chiefs told the officials to watch for WR Jordy Nelson pushing off: “Well, two quick calls like that, offensive pass interference, I would say that’s uncommon. I don’t think you see that very often. I did not see the replay on either one, so I don’t really have a comment on it. We pushed the ball up the field, and they were playing man-to-man. They got the calls there.”
On whether there is something to take from the game that will help: “It’s really faint. You win and you look to improve your quality of play. We did not improve as a football team today, so we’ll do what you do after that happens. It’s been quite some time since I’ve had to address the team in this fashion, but we didn’t get better. That’s not taking away anything from Kansas City. They won the game. They did the things necessary, time of possession all the way through. I’m sure they hit all the targets as far as the way they approached the game. They got it done. They got their game plan done, we did not. We’ll grade it, like we always do on Mondays, and we’ll get ready for Chicago.”
On whether T Chad Clifton is close to returning: “I don’t know. The path that Chad has been taking back, it’s been up and down, so I don’t know. Hopefully, he can get back, but I wouldn’t know which way to lean.”
On whether the players were heavily invested in going 16-0: “I think our team did a good job of staying on point. I think that was the message. I didn’t see a bunch of guys running around talking about 16-0. That was my sense of it. We knew the type of game we were coming into today. This was no surprise. It wasn’t just talk. We answered the questions all week. We knew we were coming into a juggernaut, and we didn’t overcome it.”
On the play of QB Aaron Rodgers: “I thought he was put in some tough spots. I thought Aaron played with more long downs and distances today than he has in quite some time. He managed this game very well. I thought he was productive at the line of scrimmage. He had one or two balls knocked down. We’ll look at the film and grade him like we always do.”
On whether the pressure is reduced now: “We’ve got our 15th game coming up. We’re fighting for home-field advantage. I say the same thing as every day. We need to improve as a football team, and we need to play our next game better against the Chicago Bears. We have an opportunity, so that’s really where our focus is.”
On QB Kyle Orton’s ability to move the team up and down the field: “I thought they did a very good job with their first down cadence and ability to do late substitutions. That’s a challenge for a team when you’re matching personnel. I thought they were very productive in the action passing game, a lot of the things that he did when we saw him at Lambeau. He hit us on a few big plays. I think the guy is a damn good quarterback. I’m not questioning his coaching decisions that have gone on in his past, but I’ve always felt Kyle is an excellent player.”
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- FOX Sports, now in its 18th season as an NFL network television partner, will broadcast the game to a regional audience.
- Play-by-play man Kenny Albert and color analyst Daryl Johnston will have the call from the broadcast booth with Tony Siragusa reporting from the sidelines.
- Milwaukee’s WTMJ (620 AM), airing Green Bay games since 1929, heads up the 52-station Packers Radio Network, with Wayne Larrivee (play-by-play) and two-time Packers Pro Bowler Larry McCarren (color) calling the action. The duo enters its 13th season of broadcasts together across the Packers Radio Network, which covers 43 markets in five states.
- The broadcast is also available on Sirius Satellite Radio (Channel 86, WTMJ feed) as part of the network’s NFL Sunday Drive.
- DIRECTV subscribers can watch the game in HD on Channel 711.
- The image below shows an unofficial map (courtesy of the506.com) of which regions will receive the game on FOX:
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