McCarthy on Monday: Packers Still Undefeated

Among McCarthy's updates, Woodson has a concussion but should play this week and Quarless is out with a season-ending knee injury. Plus: defensive breakdowns, two-minute success and a collective shrug of the shoulders after being crowned division champions.

Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy is addressing reporters on Monday, one day after his team improved to 12-0 by beating the New York Giants 38-35 on Aaron Rodgers' last-minute scoring drive.

Pardon any typos as we typed on-the-fly from the Lambeau Field media auditorium.

- Injury updates: "Significant" knee injury Quarless and is out for season. Woodson going through "concussion protocol" and should play this week. Starks (ankle sprain) will be "challenged" to practice on Wednesday.

- Sitton, Hawk and Bishop: Getting better and getting close. Will be tested before Wednesday's practice.

- Division championship: No celebration; announcement made on the plane ride home on Sunday night. "I don't think anybody blinked."

"That's the first goal. That's the first mile marker that we set out to hit. Now we're onto the next one."

- "Way too early" to think about whether to rest players and whatnot down the stretch. Only focus is getting ready for the Raiders.

- Big plays allowed on defense: "A lot of our constant reoccuring issues ... it's more technique. We gave up a number of big plays again yesterday. We look at them, talk about them, Dom's very forthright as far as the call." Had communication breakdowns on both sides of ball. Not best call on some of big plays allowed. "Those are the things you just keep working on. It's football. I know we're going into our 13th game" but still have to stay in tune with alignments, assignments. "Definitely have to clean it up" for Oakland.

- On last kickoff, Cobb told to take a knee to make sure offense doesn't start inside 20 with less time on clock. Issue was both clock and field position.

- No celebration because it is an accomplishment: I'm very impressed with what we've accomplished but there's so much more out there for us." It's just a step "on journey to Indianapolis. ... Winning the Super Bowl is what this business is all about." Homefield advantage is "preferred path" to get there.

- As clean a two-minute drive that he's been a part of. Go through it in QB room every Thursday. Rodgers did great job with route adjustment to Nelson, throw to Finley. Protection was issue and he managed very well.

- Good to play well in stressful situation on road: "I thrive off it, personally. Professional football player always amazes me. To go into somebody else's house ... and to go and perform the way we needed to, it's impressive." Takes a lot of pride. Needed it as an offense since so few chances over years.

- Nelson on kickoff team: Can't let special teams become "secondary component of the game." ... "You have to have your starters play on special teams." GB doesn't do as much as other teams ... a lot of conversation during week on how to rep guys because it's a long year.

- Careful with Starks: "Our foot's on the gas" and they're trying to win games. Starks' availability based on training staff's opinion.

- Team has opportunity to "achieve greatness" which means "did you win the Super Bowl." ... "This group has it in them. This is a tough business. ... I definitely feel that this is a special group of men."

- Saine played 20-some plays on both offense and special teams. Got Grant some carries; Kuhn too. "You could see it coming" with Saine.

- Defense needs a big game?: "Our defense has stood up in adversity situations ... so much more than our offense." ... "We didn't stop them last night but our defense has been put in that position time and time again. I think we've done a very good job overall" in adversity situations. Grades out high in that category.

- That's all from here.


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