In ironic fashion, the Arizona Cardinals have closed out Wild Card weekend with a victory over the Green Bay Packers to set next weekend’s NFC Divisional Round matchups.
For 4 quarters and a a few plays of overtime the game was an offensive clinic and a defensive embarrassment. Cardinals QB Kurt Warner and Packers QB Aaron Rodgers combined for 801 passing yards and 9 TD passes, while both offenses combined for 1,024 yards and 90 points.
The ironic part comes in because this offensive shootout at University of Phoenix Stadium was ended by a defensive play on the 3rd play of overtime. Rodgers was strip-sacked and Cardinals LB Karlos Dansby recovered the fumbled and returned it 17 yards for the game-winning TD. The final tally was 51-46, Arizona, in the highest-scoring postseason game in NFL history.
Adding to the irony is that the player who caused the fumble that ended the game – Cardinals DB Mike Adams – was torched all game long by Rodgers. But Adams got the last laugh, rushing the pocket from the middle of the field and getting to Rodgers to tally the sack and forced fumble before Rodgers could get out of the way.
It was by most accounts the most entertaining game of Wild Card Weekend and one that won’t soon be forgotten. The Packers, who were perhaps the NFL’s hottest team in the 2nd half of the season (7-1 in their last 8 games), are one-and-done in the playoffs and the Cardinals survive and advance to the Divisional Round for a matchup with the New Orleans Saints.
The Cardinals-Saints game will be played on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. CT and will be televised by FOX. The Vikings will host the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday at noon CT and that game will also be televised by FOX.
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