- It seemed like the Packers had control the whole way. With 6:52 left in the game, they had the ball and a 12-point lead.
So what went wrong?
It's easy to point to the Seahawks' onside kick from late in the fourth quarter.
Brandon Bostick was right there to make the play but couldn't come down with the ball.
The muffed catch was one lowlight in a long series of them.
"Brandon, it's just like anything. It's important for people to do their job, and unfortunately that wasn't the case on that play," said Packer Head Coach Mike McCarthy.
The Packers' last two possessions in the fourth quarter both ended in three-and-outs. The Packers ran the ball on five out of the six plays, even with Aaron Rodgers--their probable MVP quarterback--in the backfield. But McCarthy did not regret his play calls.
"If you want to question the play calls, I'm not questioning. I came here to run the ball," McCarthy said. "One statistic I had as a target: 20 attempts. I thought 20 rushing attempts in the second half would be important."
The Packers gained just two yards on those last two drives.
"Not very good, when you do that," Rodgers said of the anemic late-game production. "That's how you lose games."
The Packers picked off Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson four times and forced a fifth turnover on a fumbled kickoff return. But even all that good luck wasn't enough to pull out the victory in the end.
"You can't have, you can't let them complete a pass for a touchdown on a fake field goal," Rodgers said. "You can't give up an onside kick; you can't not get any first downs in the fourth quarter and expect to win."
There aren't many satisfying or definitive answers for the Packers and their fans tonight, but one thing's for sure: It's a tough end to a great season.