No. 1 seed now focus for Packers
But that's just the sideshow part of the NFL.
"Our goal is to win the Super Bowl," the Green Bay quarterback said Sunday after the 19-14 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, the Packers' first setback following 19 consecutive victories stretching to last season.
"The Super Bowl is the goal," Rodgers said. "Sixteen-and-0 is three games from the ultimate goal."
Still, he admitted he would like to finish the regular season 15-1 with victories against division rivals Chicago and Detroit. The Packers probably won't need them to clinch their next goal, which would be home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, but Rodgers wants them, anyway.
That was the intent against the Chiefs, to win it straight-up, but strong man coverage by Kansas City, injuries to the Packers' offensive line and a number of dropped passes put an end to the perfect regular season.
On his way to likely winning the NFL most valuable player, Rodgers didn't have one of his better games against the Chiefs. He was 17 of 35 for 235 yards passing. His quarterback rating was an uncommonly low 80.1. He was sacked four times for 22 yards
He said the swirling wind at Arrowhead Stadium was no factor. He credited the Chiefs' four-man rush out of their man-to-man coverage.
Packers coach Mike McCarthy certainly
didn't blame his quarterback.
"He was put in some tough spots, longer down-and-distances than he'd been in in a long time," McCarthy said. "I thought he managed the game very well."
Said Rodgers, "They had a good plan and we didn't execute. They got to me and executed with the four-man rush. We didn't throw it well, we didn't catch it well and we didn't play well."
Still, Rodgers scored on an 8 -yard run with 2:04 left, and he thought the Packers had a chance to keep the streak going.
"I was optimistic, two minutes and three timeouts," he said.
The Packers didn't have Greg Jennings, but Rodgers credited Randall Cobb for making plays. Jordy Nelson wasn't much of a factor after being called twice for offensive pass interference penalties (one was declined); Jermichael Finley dropped more passes, and the offensive line suffered two more injuries at tackle.
"We're got to get healthy," Rodgers said. "The next man has got to step up."
It was the first time the Packers had lost since dropping a 31-27 game at New England on Dec. 19, 2010.
Did the loss relieve any pressure on the Packers?
"Probably outside the facility, yeah," Rodgers said. "We were looking forward to the talk of 16-0, but our goal is to win the Super Bowl. The next step is the No. 1 seed."
Last updated: 7:04 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012