Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers labelled Sunday's 28-22 overtime loss to the Seattle Seahawks a "missed opportunity".
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers labelled Sunday's 28-22 overtime loss to the Seattle Seahawks a "missed opportunity" after failing to reach the Super Bowl.
Rodgers' men led 16-0 at half-time in Seattle but could not convert that lead into a Super Bowl berth as the Seahawks scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns to eventually force overtime.
In the extra period, Seahawks QB Russell Wilson picked out Jermaine Kearse for a 35-yard TD to send the reigning NFL champions to their second straight Super Bowl.
It was a devastating end to the season for the Packers.
"It's going to be a missed opportunity that I'll probably think about for the rest of my career," Rodgers said.
"We were the better team today, we played well enough to win. We can't blame anybody but ourselves."
Green Bay gave up two touchdowns in as many drives in the fourth term after Brandon Bostick failed to hold onto an onside kick from the home team.
The second TD put Seattle in front and although the Packers' kicker Mason Crosby slotted a field goal to level the match at 22-22, Wilson's impressive pass to Kearse made the difference in overtime.
Wilson claimed belief was the key to Seattle's triumph.
"Just making the plays at the end and keep believing," said a tearful Wilson.
"There was no doubt... we had no doubt as a team."
Seattle coach Pete Carroll agreed: "It takes everybody and everybody had to contribute to get that done.
"It was so much heart, so much belief today. Somehow, somehow we pulled it out."