Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 1/10/12

Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy said he would have kept his foot on the throttle if his team had the chance to complete an undefeated season.

After winning their first 13 games, the Packers' bid to join the New England Patriots as the second team to go 16-0 in the regular season came to an end with a 19-14 loss at Kansas City.

Green Bay (15-1) wrapped up the No. 1 overall seed and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs with a win the following week, and McCarthy elected to sit some of his players, including quarterback Aaron Rodgers, in the season finale.

McCarthy said he would have taken a different approach if a perfect season was within reach.

"Would I have let them go for it? If I didn't think it was gonna jeopardize our chance to win a Super Bowl, definitely," McCarthy said. "The football team earned that."

The defending Super Bowl champions will host the New York Giants in a divisional round matchup on Sunday. Green Bay won at New York 38-35 on Dec. 4.

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