Quotebook: Aaron Rodgers says he's okay as Packers head for Super Bowl
Quick snippets from locker-room interviews after the Green Bay Packers' 21-14 victory over the Chicago Bears in the NFC championship game...
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Aaron Rodgers, in Fox interviews: "it's a dream come true. it's an incredible feeling. I'm at a loss for words."
"You've got to give credit to our defense. I didn't play my best game. They had a good plan for us. They stopped us. We just had enough points on offense and B.J. [Raji] had a big touchdown catch."
And his health? "Yeah, I'm all right."
"It was a great start for us but you've got to give credit to our defense. Our defense has been playing lights out the last few weeks. The offense sometimes gets a little too much credit. They carried us today and we're going to the Super Bowl. It feels incredible."
"It's about wins. we've gone on the road and won three tough games against three tough opponents ... road warriors. It's an incredible feeling. I mean, to be able to get Donald Driver to a Super Bowl, Charles Woodson, some of these older guys, it's incredible."
Clay Matthews Jr: "First and foremost, we've got to stop the run and get after [Jay] Cutler. I think we did that to fruition [sic]. He couldn't finish the game. We really got after him and I think that's why we won today."
Was he surprised that Cutler came out of the game? "Well, obviously you expect to get four quarters of play, but who knows what we did to him? We were putting it on him early and often. I think that's why he couldn't finish the game."
Charles Woodson: "[The last time he played in a Super Bowl was ...] A long time ago, a long time ago. [Did he think he'd ever get back?] You know what? You never know. That's the thing about this league. Man, there's a lot of good players and a lot of good teams and, man, you've got to fight through a lot. It's not guaranteed. That's the one thing about it. Everybody understands that. I'm glad to be in this position with another shot at it."
Was he surprised that Cutler came out? "I was surprised. You know that if he doesn't come back it has to be something pretty serious for him not to be a part of this game, but we couldn't worry about it. We had to go out there and continue to play regardless of who they had. They actually got a spark with the third guy who came in and drove them down there for a score. Hats off to them for playing a tough game, but we're the NFC champs."
B.J. Raji (who said in a pregame interview that he has a hyperbaric chamber big enough for a king-size bed), on his touchdown: "You know what? It wasn't perfect, but I tried to execute the defense. We played great, we've got great players and that's why we're on top."
"[Packers defensive coordinator] Dom [Capers] is a great coach. You know he has some great things for us. As long as we stop the run, we'll have a chance in the end."
Next stop, Dallas. "It's exciting. In only my second year in the league, I'm going to the Super Bowl. I'm blessed."
Bears Coach Lovie Smith: "It was just disappointment as much as anything. We got in a hole, but the guys fought their way back...just proud of the way the guys finished. A guy like Caleb Hanie not getting a lot of reps but just stepping up and giving us a chance."
"Jay hurt his knee on the last series [of the first half]. We thought he could go. He tried to, but he couldn't. From there Todd Collins was up next. I just didn't feel like we were making enough progress and went with Caleb and, again, he gave us a boost."
| January 23, 2011; 5:42 PM ET
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