Rodgers braces for painful contemplation after late collapse

Sun Jan 18, 2015 10:31pm EST
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By Simon Evans

SEATTLE (Reuters) - Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was left baffled by his team's fourth quarter collapse as they allowed the Seattle Seahawks to rally for a 28-22 overtime win in Sunday's NFC Championship game.

Rodgers had guided his team to a 19-7 lead which vanished in a remarkable finale to the game.

"It's going to be a missed opportunity that I'm probably going to think about the rest of my career," Rodgers said.

"We were the better team today and we played well enough to win and we can't blame anybody but ourselves," he added.

"This one is going to hurt for a while. Gave it away."

There was little sign of the disaster that was about to unfold given that the Packers had been careful with ball protection and had forced turnovers on defense.

"We were confident we would win the game and we started off and had some good drives, put some things together," Rodgers said as he looked back on a fine showing through the opening three quarters.

"Defense played great, picked them off four times and forced another turnover on special teams.   Continued...

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) looks to throw the ball against the Seattle Seahawks during the fourth quarter in the NFC Championship Game at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports