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Clay Matthews: "All we can do is get back to work."

Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews (52) tackles Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) during the second half at CenturyLink Field.Photo: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Clay Matthews Interview Postgame vs Seahawks

(On the outcome…)

“For the entirety of the year we’ve had a number of teams, good teams, on the ropes and have unfortunately given up a few too many big plays. We haven’t been able to make the plays in crunch time to seal the victory. Obviously it’s a difficult point where we’re at in the season. It’s going to be uphill sledding as far as having a chance at the playoffs. All we can do is get back to work. We’re that close, but unfortunately in this business close doesn’t count. We’ve got to get the wins, and we’re going to start in Minnesota again. It’s going to be another tough one.”

(On if playing during a short week influenced the outcome…)

“It’s obviously difficult. They obviously want better games on Thursday, so you saw that earlier with the Vikings going out to L.A. and us coming out here. You give the fans what they want, much to the chagrin of the players out there, especially having to travel like we did. But it’s not really an excuse. We had the opportunity to win many times throughout the game and just didn’t make the plays. We’ve just got to get back to the drawing board. I mean, we’re that close. But like I said, close doesn’t count. We were ready to go. We’re not going to use traveling out this way and a short week as an excuse. We had them. We just didn’t make the plays.”

(On road struggles…)

“Obviously we’ve got to turn that around and get a win on the road. We’re not thinking about past losses. It’s all about this week, each and every week. You’ve got to flush the old stuff, and we just didn’t get it done this week. We’ve had a number of opportunities where it could be very different right now, but unfortunately that’s the way it’s played out and we’ve set ourselves up for a pretty difficult path, but we’ve just got to get back to work. We have no other options. On to Minnesota.”

(On the play of Kyler Fackrell…)

“I’m so proud and happy for him, especially with the slack that he takes from the media, just with his demeanor. The way he has played this year and has really come on as of late when we’ve asked him to do a number of things is truly remarkable. He really reminds me of Jared Allen. You look at Jared (meant Kyler) and you don’t see a physical specimen, but the guy can get after the quarterback. He’s able to do that with his long arms. He gave an all-pro tackle fits tonight. He just made plays around the board, whether it was dropping into coverage, chasing around Russell, reading play-action, his one-on-one rushes. I can’t say enough about his play. He’s playing really, really well. He needs to get some notoriety. People don’t know his name, but they ought to after tonight.”