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NFC Divisional Round Matchups Set After Thrilling Wild Card Finale

Posted by Mike Wobschall on January 11, 2010 – 8:21 am

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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9 Responses to “NFC Divisional Round Matchups Set After Thrilling Wild Card Finale”

  1. By dawn E on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    LMFAO..AT RODGERS,BIG MISTAKE!! I AM IN WISCONSIN AND AM A BRETT FAVRE FAN AND CHEERING ALL SEASON FOR THE VIKINGS!!THEY GOT OFF EASY WITH CARDINALS LAST WEEK ..WARNER ONLY PLAYED ONE QUARTER. TOLD MY FRIENDS.PACKERS WILL NOT BEAT CARDINALS ON SUNDAY!CARDINALS HAVE A BETTER QUARTER BACK!AND OFFENSE.
    THEY KEEP BRINGIN UP THE GIANTS GAME FROM 5-6 YEARS AGO..I DON’T THINK THIS ONE IS ANY BETTER..LMFAO!!

  2. By m. andre on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    Arizona has one heck of a defense. Way to hold those points down against the Packers! ;)

  3. By texasdude on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    What’s funny is both the Vikings and the Cowboys will be rooting for the Cardinals to knock off the Saints in order to get home field advantage in the NFC championship

  4. By okoboji bigdaddy on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    SO WHAT OUR CHANCES AGAINST THE COWGIRLS…. All the ESPN people say that we dont have a prayer. Whats up with that B.S. We are at home and blown people out of the dome. What everybody else think????

  5. By Chris on Jan 12, 2010 | Reply

    “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.”

    I’m new to some of the terminology. Could someone define “torched” and what exactly Rodgers was doing to Adams?

  6. By Chris on Jan 12, 2010 | Reply

    okoboji bigdaddy wrote:

    “SO WHAT OUR CHANCES AGAINST THE COWGIRLS…. All the ESPN people say that we dont have a prayer. Whats up with that B.S. We are at home and blown people out of the dome. What everybody else think????”

    That the Cowboy’s season will end at about 4PM EST on Sunday the 17th.

  7. By big_b on Jan 12, 2010 | Reply

    By Chris on Jan 12, 2010 | Reply

    “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.”

    I’m new to some of the terminology. Could someone define “torched” and what exactly Rodgers was doing to Adams?

    tune in sunday you will learn cause romo will be doing the same thing

  8. By Glen on Jan 13, 2010 | Reply

    If “dome field” advantage is all you can come up with, you have already lost the game. Dallas doesn’t care about crouwd noise. They will outplay the Yikes at every position. Wait and see….

  9. By Nate F. on Jan 13, 2010 | Reply

    I like how the media and everyone else bashes Favre for throwing costly intereceptions but I watched Tom brady throw 3 INT and 1 Fumble and no one said anything but “he’s just having a bad day because he’s coming off of an injury” But when Favre threw the interceptions due to a shoulder injury in his throwing arm when he was on the Jets the media teared him apart.

    NOW we see Rodgers throw an INT on his first play and a Fumble on the last play to win the game but EVERY ONE is only talking about how great he is to lead his team to a come back.

    Isn’t there something wrong with this picture?

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