The Green Bay Packers took on the heavily favored Arizona Cardinals on Saturday night in the desert. Many believed that the Packers did not have a chance against this high powered offense, especially after getting dismantled by them a few weeks ago. However, when you have Aaron Rodgers as your quarterback, you should never be counted out.
The Cardinals struck first with an 8 yard touchdown pass from quarterback Carson Palmer, but the Packers would not be frazzled. Their defense would shut them out the rest of the first half and would be able to manage two field goals of their own to cut the deficit to 7-6 at the half. The Packers were confident going into the second half and it showed as Aaron Rodgers would lead them 81 yards to regain the lead 13-7. This was a big statement for the Packers. They would lead most the second half up until the middle of the 4th quarter when the Cardinals would go back in front 17-13 after a field goal and a touchdown.
Arizona would tack on another field goal to go up 20-13, and would give the Packers one last chance to tie the game with under 2 minutes remaining. Lets just say, they had some magic left in them. On the final play of the drive, Aaron Rodgers would scramble around the defenders and heave a Hail Mary to the end zone, which would be caught by wide receiver Jeff Janis. This would be the second time Rodgers would throw a hail mary as time expired this season. The first was against the Detroit Lions, which they won. With this remarkable touchdown pass the Packers would force overtime. Roger’s said “I didn’t know where anybody was really,” Rodgers said. “I saw Jeff briefly, and I just tried to put some air on it to give him a chance.”
Arizona would receive the ball first in overtime after winning a controversial coin flip. The referee would have to re-flip it after he declared the first one had never flipped. How often does that happen? Arizona would score on the first drive and defeat the Packers 26-20. It was a heartbreaking loss for the Packers after battling all game and coming back to force overtime. The Packers showed a lot of heart this season after overcoming many injuries including one to star receiver, Jordy Nelson, who tore his ACL in the preseason. Be sure to expect a fully healthy Packers team to make a run at the Lombardi Trophy next season.