GREEN BAY, Wisc. (WBAY) An characteristic season for the Packers took another uncharacteristic turn on Saturday night. Green Bay was shutout for a second time this year in their last home game of the season. The last time the Packers were shutout twice in one season was back in 2006.
“Never felt more defeated, more embarrassed by the performance,” Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb said. “You know, we had opportunities, and we didn't connect when we did."
“Just, we didn't play well enough to win the game,” Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy said. “We didn't score any points on offense. We had some opportunities. We put together some drives. I understand we didn't score points in another game all year, but that had nothing to do with what happened here tonight [Saturday].”
“I’m putting in the work,” Packers quarterback Brett Hundley said. “You know, I’m doing what I have to do, but you know, to go out there and not be consistent, which is my number one goal, and just give our team an opportunity to win each game, that hurts.”
“It happens,” Packers linebacker Blake Martinez said. “I mean, just from that point, are you going to sit down and take it in a negative light, or are you going to take this as a positive, and say ‘Hey we can improve from this?’”
Defensively the packers fared well against the Vikings who were ranked 9th in both the rush and the pass headed into Saturday's game. The Packers were able to limit Minnesota to 112 yards on the ground and 139 through the air and a touchdown.
“I feel like we put up a good fight,” Packers defensive tackle Kenny Clark said. “A couple times they got short field and stuff like that, and we held them to field goals.”
“I’m happy man,” Packers cornerback Davon House said. “We fought hard. We played good, played as a team, played together.”
“I feel like every single play everyone gave 100% effort in whatever position they got in, one-on-one, match-ups, whatever it was,” Martinez said.
Injuries played a big role in this 16-0 shutout by the Vikings. Over the course of the game, the Packers lost Richard Rodgers, Jason Spriggs, Jordy Nelson, Aaron Jones, and Josh Jones.