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Game Vs. Packers: Locker Room Offense

WR DeSean Jackson

On whether he is frustrated the way the game ended:"It's tough. The way I am feeling, especially because we lost in the first round two years in a row, it's just really tough, especially because of how much confidence we have in ourselves and as a team. We haven't played well; it goes all the way back to the Dallas game."

On why he thinks the team struggled the last few weeks: "I don't know. I think a lot of teams did a good job of seeing what we do and pinpointing it. As a team we need to do a better job of stepping up and not let it happen. We were just not able to do it."

On his knee injury: "It was close to being knocked all the way up. I am fortunate that it was just a sprain, but when it happened, I was very scared and didn't think I would be able to come back into the game. I came into the locker room and got some treatment. I just sucked it up as much as possible."

On how frustrating it was for him as an individual: "It's very frustrating, especially with the dynamic of our offense and what we are capable of doing. We just were not able to put it all together these past few games. As a professional team we need to figure out how to go out there and still make plays and make things happen, no matter what the defenses are doing. It's on all of us, offense, defense and special teams. We just have to do a better job."

On how tough this offseason will be: "It's the same feeling as last year. It's going to be a long offseason. I will just try to be as positive as possible."

On the possibility of a lockout: "Hopefully we don't have that. But, whatever it is, personally, I will take some time off and get back on my grind and work hard."

WR Jason Avant

On how he will remember this whole season: "When you have a team that has as much talent as we have, it's tough to end it like we did. I will remember some of the things we did well. But, in the offseason, I think the things that fuel you for the next season are the things that you do wrong. I will look back at it. I don't think I made enough plays this year for my team. Everybody has to look at themselves and think about what they can do better, on every side, coaches and players. We are certainly disappointed. We are going to be humble as we can in order to turn it around. If there is anything I can work on this offseason, so that I can make better plays next year, I am going to do that and give it my all."

On the offense's performance:"It doesn't sit well. Anytime the defense holds someone to 21 points, we expect to win. We just didn't do it. You can go back and look at specific things. I dropped a big pass. There were a whole bunch of things that went wrong. As far as us making plays, we just didn't do it at the right times this year. It hurt us at the end. We have to take advantage of opportunities and we just didn't do it today. Hopefully we will get better, especially with the intermediate stuff. We need to execute better."

On the similarities with both Packers games: "It certainly passed through my mind. You know, Green Bay is a good team. They had some injuries this year and still made it to the playoffs. They are clicking on all cylinders right now and they are confident. We didn't play up to their level today. We left a lot of plays out on the field and it didn't happen."

On whether this loss was tougher than the Dallas playoff loss last year:"Falling short is very disappointing. We didn't see ourselves going out like this. We wanted to continue on and play, but it happens like that sometimes. You have to give Green Bay their due. With everything that was done this year, we expected to make a play at the end of the game, it just didn't happen."

On whether the team took a step forward this year and what they can do better next year: "I think that one thing we can do is executing our offense better as far as eliminating negative plays like sacks and dropped balls. I think that is the biggest thing that we need to do. We were up there in a lot of offensive categories and we overcame so many big penalties. We put ourselves behind the 8 ball. I think that if we can execute better, pay closer attention to details, focus every week and get a bit more disciplined, I think we can be a lot better. Once you get to the point that we can execute and hold the clock, we will be stronger. We need to keep drives alive. We need to get past these things to become a dominate offense. It will help our defense out a lot. That's the next step."

WR Riley Cooper

On the play formation and decision to go no-huddle following his reception on the final drive of the game: "There was no huddle, but when I caught that slant back, I thought he (QB Michael Vick) was going to spike the ball, stop the clock, but he didn't. Not a big deal. He called all-go. I look back, I was behind the guy and I looked back and the ball was in the air. You all keep saying there was contact, I don't know if there was contact, but…done."

On his reaction when he saw Green Bay CB Tramon Williams intercept the pass intended for him: "The game's over. That was my reaction. I don't even know if I touched the guy when he was on the ground. As soon as I saw him come down with it, I said 'That's game over. That's season over. That's it; done for the rest of the year.' A bad feeling."

On if he thought the plan would have been to spike the ball after his first reception on the final drive before the Tramon Williams interception:"It's not a big deal. Once I caught it, I thought we would come back, spike the ball. There's no confusion. It's just something I individually thought. I thought we were going to come back, spike it, get a play, and then run the play, but we didn't. Like I said, it wasn't a big deal at all. Everyone knew what was going on, everyone knew we had all-go on. Because he (QB Michael Vick) did not spike the ball, that has nothing to do with the outcome."

WR Jeremy Maclin

On his reaction to the offense only scoring 16 points after it had been so much more prolific at times this season: "I was very frustrated. We could have put more points on the board, obviously we know we're capable of it, and we're definitely capable of doing more than that."

On his reaction to the loss: "It sucks. I'm saying the same thing that I said last year, and that's starting to get old a little bit. I just wish the outcome would have been different, that's all."

On whether he feels the team is closer to going deeper in the postseason and if he thinks the team took a step forward:"If you want to look at it like that, go ahead, but a loss is a loss."

On what he was thinking on the last play of the game: "When the ball went up, my eyes kind of just followed the ball. When I saw the defender right there, I was thinking in my head 'Oh man'. The dude (CB Tramon Williams) made a nice play on the ball."

On what he feels happened with the offense over the past few weeks: "I'm not big on all that. You treat it as a whole new game, a whole new season, so I can only speak on this game. We just didn't get the job done."

On K David Akers missing two field goals: "We had all the confidence in the world. We got the ball, moved the ball down the field, obviously we put ourselves in a position to get the job done, but just came up short."

On the injuries, change of quarterback, and if the team showed its full potential: "No. If I said yes, I'd be lying. We have all the pieces to get down to Dallas for the Super Bowl. We just didn't quite put together the puzzle right."

TE Brent Celek

On his mindset: "It's so frustrating because you've got a whole other offseason and training camp before you can get back out there again."

On his thoughts toward the end of the game:"We had a chance to win it there at the end. We just didn't come through. I start to look at the whole season, I go back to everything. All the flashbacks come to my head. We screwed this week up, we screwed that week up to put us in this position. We never should have been in this position, but we were, and we didn't take advantage of it."

On the Packers doing anything surprising on defense:"I don't think they were doing anything different than what we've seen. They were bringing blitzes, there were times they were playing Cover-2. You've got to give them credit. They've got a good defense. They did a good job getting to the quarterback a few times. It comes down on us. We didn't play solid offense the last few weeks. It's disappointing because I feel like we played so well at certain points in the season. To have it come down to this, it's frustrating."

T Winston Justice

On what he feels happened to the team in the final three weeks of the season: "We just didn't execute. Green Bay just out-executed us. They just came ready to play. Seriously, in another year we can learn from this and get better."

On whether Green Bay OLB Clay Matthews did anything to surprise him in this game: "Not many. He was always a good player. Watching film, he was a good player. He didn't really do anything that really surprised me today, but I shot myself in the foot. Like I said earlier, I had two penalties on one play. I've never had that happen to me before, so it's kind of hard to get over. I just shot myself in the foot. I was lying too deep in the backfield and that's what happens."

On the decision of T King Dunlap replacing him today:"Hey, the coaches did what they thought was best for the team and I'm on the team, so I agree one hundred percent."

T King Dunlap

On how sick he was tonight: "I was fine. I played with pneumonia in college. I'm good. It was just a little head cold."

On being so close to score at the end of the game: "We were good. We were down more than that in the Giants game. We knew that if we came out at halftime, made some stops on defense and come in and move the ball downfield, we could finish. It hurts to come that close and see it. We were confident we were going to score. That is what we do, move the ball down the field and get in the endzone. But, the guy made a great play on the ball and got an interception. That was it."

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