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Clay Matthews says he’ll never get over loss to the Giants

New York Giants quarterback Manning shakes hands with Green Bay Packers Matthews after the Giants defeated the Packers in the NFL NFC Divisional playoff football game in Green Bay

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (R) shakes hands with Green Bay Packers Clay Matthews (L) after the Giants defeated the Packers in their NFL NFC Divisional playoff football game in Green Bay, Wisconsin, January 15, 2012. REUTERS/Jeff Haynes (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)


Three months after losing to the Giants in the playoffs, Packers linebacker Clay Matthews says he’s not over that loss -- and doesn’t think he ever will be.

Matthews said Friday on NBC Sports Talk that he didn’t watch the Giants win the Super Bowl and would rather think about beating the Giants this season than losing to them in the postseason.

“I didn’t catch the Super Bowl at all, simply because I was on a plane at that time,” Matthews said. “I don’t know if you ever really get over it. I still remember losses from my childhood that you never get over. Fortunately we get to play the Giants again this year and hopefully have a little redemption. But more power to them. They obviously came on at the end of the season. They were a six seed, had to go through everyone’s backyard and win and that’s exactly what they did -- similar to what we did two years ago. So we’re just looking forward to getting back out there and hopefully show everyone what we’re capable of and that’s winning another Super Bowl.”

Matthews also touched on the Saints bounty scandal, saying he has never had a coach say the things that Gregg Williams was caught on tape saying to his players. Matthews added that he would have refused if a coach had ever encouraged him to take out an opponent.

“I don’t think we have any of those coaches in Green Bay -- or throughout my career in football,” Matthews said. “If there is someone who does that, I’d like to think there’s players who are man enough to understand that, ‘I’m not going out there and trying to intentionally hurt someone on purpose to make a little extra money.’ It’s not what I believe in.”

Here’s the video of the Matthews interview: