Packers fire Mike McCarthy after stunning loss

Aaron Rodgers and Mike McCarthy

That was when the Packers officially made a decision to call it quits on the McCarty tenure after 13 seasons, which included a Super Bowl championship in 2010.

Rodgers was asked after the game - but before McCarthy's firing was announced - how much blame offensive players should get if the Packers made a coaching change after the season.

Offensive coordinator Joe Philbin will serve as the team's interim head coach for the remainder of the season.

The Packers (4-7-1) are on track to miss the playoffs for the second straight season and for the first time with a healthy Rodgers since 2008. "As a result, I made the hard decision to relieve Mike McCarthy of his role as head coach, effective immediately", Chief Executive Officer Mark Murphy said in the statement.

Murphy said the process of hiring the next head coach would begin immediately.

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Rodgers didn't magically renew missed connections with open receivers.

This year, Rodgers hurt his left knee in the season opener, though he is feeling better now.

Before the McCarthy news broke, he said in his postgame press conference that he wasn't sure what might happen down the stretch. Winds above 15 mph are in the forecast per our Sports Insights weather bug, and it looks as if we'll see the snowiest game thus far this season.

"It's hard to win in this league and it's been a long time since we won a football game", coach Steve Wilks said. We've had a number of opportunities. McCarthy had been Green Bay's head coach since the 2006 season.

"I hate to repeat myself, but it's applicable. We got it going in the second quarter, and I don't know if we felt like they were just going to roll over at that point, up 10-7, but obviously we played three series in the third quarter and didn't do anything and then we had couple decent drives in the fourth but we just didn't play very well". Rodgers found Cobb for a 36-yard completion on third-and-11, but the play was wiped out by a holding penalty on right tackle Jason Spriggs.

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