With just under seven minutes left in Sunday’s NFC wild-card playoff game and the Packers trailing by three points, Cobb snagged a 25-yard pass from quarterback
The big play made it first-and-goal, but when the Packers couldn’t punch it in and had to settle for a game-tying field goal, all Cobb was thinking about as he watched the 49ers drive the other way for a walk-off field goal was that tackle at the 9.
“If I score on that last drive, that forces them to have to go down and score and puts our defense in a better position,” Cobb said after the heartbreaking and season-ending 23-20 loss. “I take blame for putting my defense in that position.”
“I’ve got to get better at breaking tackles,” he continued. “If I want to be a great player, not just a good player, I have to do more, I have to be more. I’m going to let this pain I feel right now fuel me to come back stronger and better next season.”
Cobb’s not the only Packers offensive player with a regret or two. Fellow receiver
The first one came on third-and-8 from the Green Bay 46 early in the third quarter. Rodgers scrambled and then fired long down the middle to Jones, who went up between two defenders and was the first to touch the ball, but it caromed away and the Packers had to punt.
Then in the fourth quarter, Jones was one-on-one with cornerback Tramaine Brock on a back-shoulder throw deep down the sideline but came up empty again, though the Packers still eventually scored a TD on that drive.
“We just didn’t make enough plays, myself included,” Jones said. “I left plays out there, plays that I normally make. You’ve got to make those plays. I didn’t make them for my team. When you get in the playoffs, every play counts.”
Slow start: The Packers offense went three-and-out on its first three drives but might have gotten going sooner had the defense been able to come up with an early turnover it almost had.
On San Francisco’s opening offensive possession, which ultimately ended with a field goal, rookie cornerback
It did take a turnover for the offense to finally seize some momentum. With the 49ers looking to build on an early 6-0 lead in the second quarter, cornerback
“You don’t get a chance to hit quarterbacks too often, so I saw a perfect opportunity in front of me,” Williams said. “Kaepernick, he’s a tough competitor. We did need a spark at that point.”
The offense converted that turnover into a 70-yard TD drive and then added a field goal before halftime as well.
Full support: Asked whether they thought Defensive Coordinator Dom Capers should remain in charge of the Packers defense after a steady fall in the league rankings the second half of the regular season, multiple Packers defenders stood behind their veteran coach.
“Of course, 100 percent,” Hawk said.
The 49ers finished Sunday’s game with 381 yards of total offense, a far cry from the last two defeats to San Francisco (579 in last year’s playoffs, 494 in Week 1 this season).
“Absolutely, I think Dom did a great job,” veteran defensive lineman
Uncertain futures: Among several players eligible for free agency, the Packers have three mainstays on defense they will be making contract decisions on in the next few months.
“I’m not thinking about my future now,” Pickett said. “I’ll do that next week. It just hurts losing to the San Francisco 49ers.”
More hype than bite: For all the hype about the Arctic cold coming to Green Bay on Sunday, the game was played in warmer temperatures than anticipated.
Kickoff temperature was 5 degrees with a wind chill of minus 10, and it was still above zero in the second half, when earlier forecasts predicted a plunge below zero and dangerous wind chills coming.
Those were still expected late Sunday night, but players said afterward the cold didn’t have the impact on the game many thought it would.
“I don’t think much at all,” said receiver
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