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Packers WR Randall Cobb: 'We gave it away'

1/18/2015

SEATTLE -- Observed and heard in the locker room after the Green Bay Packers' 28-22 overtime loss to the Seattle Seahawks in Sunday's NFC Championship Game at CenturyLink Field:

Tough to take: This game may go down as one of the toughest losses in Packers playoff history. Leading 16-0 at halftime, ESPN's win probability data gave the Packers a 94.4 percent chance of winning and a 96.1 percent chance of winning with 5:04 left in the fourth quarter (leading 19-7). But the Packers allowed the Seahawks to score two touchdowns in 44 seconds late in the fourth quarter and win the game on the first possession of overtime. "We gave it away," Packers receiver Randall Cobb said. "We had opportunities and we didn't make the plays when we needed to."

State of shock: Packers coach Mike McCarthy called the game "a hard one to swallow." When asked what McCarthy said to the team, veteran linebacker A.J. Hawks said: "I think he's obviously in a state of shock a little bit, as well as we are, and he told us he cared about us as players and men. We've got to figure out where to go from here, but this season's over."

Botched recovery: Backup tight end Brandon Bostick sat in his locker with his head in his hands as his position coach, Jerry Fontenot, tried to console him. That was an impossible task after Bostick botched an onside kick recovery with 2:07 remaining in regulation. "I was just thinking about everything -- just the game and just my teammates, just everyone in Green Bay, my family," Bostick said. "I feel like I let everyone down. But I'll just try to do my best to move on from it." Bostick's job on that play wasn't even to go after the ball. He was supposed to block so that hands-team specialist Jordy Nelson could catch it. Instead, Bostick went for the ball and Seahawks receiver Chris Matthews recovered it.