Let the theories begin for the Green Bay Packers' one-and-down exit from the 2011 NFL Playoffs. However, in the wake of the team's 37-20 loss to the New York Giants in the divisional round of the 2011 NFL Playoffs, the Packers' locker room was as quiet as its been since the team's last loss at home - a 23-20 upset at the hands of the Miami Dolphins during Week 6 of the 2010 season. Only moments removed from the disappointing, turnover-laden swerve to a 15-2 season, the team's players and coaches tried to put their finger on why the team's once-unstoppable season was halted in the NFC Divisional Round. *Wide receiver Jordy Nelson on the disappointing end to the first half: “That’s not what you want. First off, offensively we wanted to go down and score in the two-minute. I believe it was a three-point game at that point. We were hoping to go down and at least get a field goal and hopefully steal a possession there with getting the ball back after the half. We didn’t do our part. New York was aggressive, took a shot and made a play.” *Running back Ryan Grant on turnovers: "We take pride in not turning the ball over and having great ball security. We didn’t do that, of course, I didn’t do that. The backfield didn’t do that. Not dropping balls and not putting ourselves in bad situations and we did. Across the board, we didn’t play Packer football and we weren’t consistent with what we’ve done and what we’re trying to do.”
*Cornerback Charles Woodson allowing the hail mary before halftime: “It’s a hard play to swallow – a play that shouldn’t happen. They throw the ball up and I came over from the middle of the field. I thought the ball was going to carry a little more when I went up and it didn’t carry as far as I thought it would. (Nicks) was in front of me, but just looking at the play, I think the defense we have to get something off those guys coming off the ball, so that they’re not running down the field free with an opportunity to get a steal. That play shouldn’t have happened.”
*Woodson on New York’s success on third down: “It kills you. We had a lot of good plays on first and second down today. We were confident that we would get off the field and Eli made a lot of great throws and receivers made catches, and broke some tackles, so they did everything right today to win the game.”
*Safety Charlie Peprah on the team's missed tackles this season: “I don’t think all year we’ve been that bad of a tackling team. I think we’ve done really well. It’s just crucial plays that end up turning into big plays. The missed tackle I had goes for a touchdown and you take that away, and some other big plays, but you have to tackle in the playoffs. You can’t turn the ball over. We made more mistakes and we lost because of it.”
*Quarterback Aaron Rodgers the season overall: "Disappointing. We play to win championships. You win a championship, have kind of the top of the mountain and you forget kind of how bad this feeling is. After the 2009 season when we lost to Arizona, it sucks. This team, this organization, this fan base, expects championships. We had a championships-caliber regular season and didn't play well tonight."
*Head coach Mike McCarthy on the loss: "We did not play very well today. It think that's stating the obvious. As you prepare for playoff games, the research will tell you that the three most critical areas that you have to perform very well in are taking care of the football, taking it away, third down is probably the most important, the research would tell you. And red-zone efficiency. ... Clearly, the turnover ratio is something we take a lot of pride in, something we spend a lot of time on. We've been excessive frankly, in handling the football in the winter weather preparing for the opportunity in playoff games. And we did not do a good job of handling the football. Turnover ratio is something we don't lose very often. Quarterback (rating) differential is something we were plus-42 throughout the season. We did not play to our identity."
*Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul on the Packers' performance: "They (weren't) on their game, but that's not my fault. We knew what we had to do and we came in and played some great football."