Randall Cobb takes blame for not scoring to give the Packers the lead on their final drive.
With less than seven minutes remaining in Sunday’s NFC wild-card playoff game and the Packers trailing by three points, Cobb caught a 25-yard pass from quarterback Aaron Rodgers but was tackled at the 9-yard line by 49ers rookie safety Eric Reid.
The play made it first-and-goal, but the Packers were unable to punch it in and had to settle for a game-tying field goal.
“If I score on that last drive, that forces them to have to go down and score and puts our defense in a better position,” Cobb said after the heartbreaking and season-ending 23-20 loss, via the Packers official website. “I take blame for putting my defense in that position.”
Cobb had just two catches for 51 yards.
“I’ve got to get better at breaking tackles,” he continued. “If I want to be a great player, not just a good player, I have to do more, I have to be more. I’m going to let this pain I feel right now fuel me to come back stronger and better next season.”
Cobb wasn’t the only Packer to regret not making a play or two. Fellow receiver James Jones had two chances to make difficult catches on deep balls thrown in the second half but was unable to corral them.
“We just didn’t make enough plays, myself included,” Jones said. “I left plays out there, plays that I normally make. You’ve got to make those plays. I didn’t make them for my team. When you get in the playoffs, every play counts.”
The Packer wideouts didn’t use the cold as an excuse.
“We’ve played in cold games the last couple weeks, and I didn’t think it was as cold out there as everyone was predicting,” said receiver Jordy Nelson. “I think it was just another December-January game in Green Bay that we deal with every year.”
Kickoff temperature was 5 degrees with a wind chill of minus 10.