A bleary-eyed Aaron Rodgers glanced at the Vince Lombardi Trophy on Monday morning and talked about collecting a few more. So did coach Mike McCarthy.
Rodgers led the Green Bay Packers to a 31-25 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers for the storied franchise's fourth Super Bowl title and 13th NFL championship. Before accepting the game's MVP award and a car, Rodgers spoke of the next goals for him and the team.
"I guess I ran out of motivations, huh?" he said with a chuckle. "I always look for challenges. The challenge goes to repeating. We've got one, so now what? Let's go get another one."
Rodgers threw for 304 yards and three touchdowns against the Steelers' second-ranked defense, and the Packers displayed a resilience that marked their season.
Green Bay had lost 16 players to injured reserve heading into the Super Bowl, then defensive leader Charles Woodson (collarbone) and receiver Donald Driver (ankle) went down Sunday.
The ability to rally when faced with adversity will serve the Packers well as they defend their first title since the 1996 season.
"I think the core and nucleus of this team is intact to make a run like this for a few years," Rodgers said.
McCarthy had so much faith in his team that he fitted the players for championship rings the night before the Super Bowl.
"We've talked to the football team about being real confident, and this was an opportunity to express that," McCarthy said. "The measurement of rings would have a significant effect on the team the night before the game."