The Packers playoff loss to the Giants still bothers Packers coach Mike McCarthy.
“It’ll always bother me,” Mike McCarthy told Albert Breer of NFL.com. The Packers leader then paused, before firing off five straight sentences about the respect he has for his Giants counterpart Tom Coughlin, to be sure his adversary on that afternoon got his due: “I think he’s one of the top coaches in the league. I just really like the way he goes about it, always have.” But then it was right back to describing how he felt, and still feels, about the 37-20 beatdown on the Packers’ home turf.”
“I felt in ’07, we were beaten in the overtime game, they made one more big play than we did,” McCarthy said, referencing that season’s Packers-Giants NFC title game. “And for them to go on the road, I don’t want this to come out the wrong way, because that win is special, that’s a great win for their football team. The margin of victory they won with, too, is definitely to their credit. But I feel like we beat ourselves in this playoff game. Or better yet, we didn’t give ourselves a chance to win the game.
“The ’07 game was a heck of a football game and they made one more play than we did. We didn’t give ourselves a chance to win this one. You’d rather someone beat you.”
“The biggest lesson is in adversity, and the Super Bowl team handled it, time and time and time again, and in bunches, in chunks,” McCarthy said. “The Miami game. The Washington game. There were times during the season, it was just, ‘Wow.’ Detroit with Aaron, and then going up to New England. There are great examples. And then last year, we get in a tough situation in Kansas City, and we didn’t handle it very well. I didn’t handle it very well.
“That’s the thing that kicks me around at night: Did I do the right thing the Giants week? Is there something I could’ve done differently with our team? That’s what you learn from. Unfortunately, we had two subpar days that cost us, and one was in the playoffs. Trust me, I understand the importance of playoff football. I don’t just chalk it up to a bad day, I don’t believe in that thought process. I believe that you gotta be brutally honest with yourself and make sure it never happens again.”