Rob Demovsky | ESPN.com
GREEN BAY, Wis. — Two days after a 23-20 season-ending loss to the San Francisco 49ers, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers remained disappointed in his own performance in Sunday’s NFC wild-card playoff game at Lambeau Field.
“The team expects greatness out of me every week,” Rodgers said Tuesday on his ESPN Milwaukee radio show. “They didn’t get it on Sunday, so I’m disappointed about that.”
In his second game back after returning from a seven-week absence due to a broken collarbone, Rodgers threw for just 177 yards on 17-of-26 passing with one touchdown and no interceptions. His yardage total was the lowest in a game he completed since Week 14 of the 2012 season.
Sunday’s loss came one week after one of the more memorable performances of Rodgers’ career, when he returned from the injury and threw the game-winning, 48-yard touchdown pass to Randall Cobb with 38 seconds remaining against the Chicago Bears.
“There’s still something special about the way it ended in the regular season,” Rodgers said. “Every time I see Randall I can’t help but think with a smile the memories there with the Chicago game. I think we’re going to look back at that and be proud of how we finished, but obviously you think about what could have been with the number of injuries we had and the opportunity to host a home playoff game and to win that football game.”
Against the 49ers, all Rodgers could do was stand on the sideline and watch 49ers kicker Phil Dawson knock through the game-winning 33-yard field goal as time expired.
“We’re always going to look on offense what we could’ve done better,” Rodgers said. “If you would’ve told our offense before the game the defense was going to hold them to 23 points, I think everybody in there would’ve said we’re going to win that game.”
Nevertheless, Rodgers said he knows it’s time to move on to the offseason.
The Packers have won just one playoff game in four tries since their Super Bowl XLV victory, but Rodgers said the team can get back into contention if general manager Ted Thompson can re-sign some of the team’s key free agents and make some roster additions.
“I think this organization understands that we have the chance to be great and contend,” Rodgers said. “We just need a couple more pieces.”
Rodgers, who turned 30 last month, said he plans to attack his offseason workouts so that he can come back in “phenomenal shape.”
“I think this window has a chance to open up and be really bright for four or five years when you can get guys signed and keep them around,” Rodgers said. “My contract is for six more years. I expect to be playing well, at a high level, for all six of those years and then see what happens after that. Maybe we’ll be able to go another three or four or who knows?”
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