The two teams played three weeks ago at University of Phoenix Stadium in Week 16. Behind nine sacks, the Cardinals beat the Packers 38-8 ensuring that Arizona would hold on to the NFC's No. 2 playoff seed.
With the two teams playing again Saturday with a spot in the NFC Championship Game on the line, here are five important numbers from their regular-season duel that could help predict who’ll advance:
111 : Yards Arizona Cardinals receiver Michael Floyd had in the first meeting, his fifth 100-yard game of the season. He was the sixth player to top 100 receiving yards against the Packers during the regular season.
9: The total number of sacks for the Cardinals. The Packers’ patchwork offensive line couldn’t handle the Cardinals’ defensive front. Six Cards shared in the sack party, including outside linebacker Dwight Freeney, who had three and defensive tackle Calais Campbell, who had 2.5. Of those nine, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was sacked eight times.
2.66: How many yards per dropback Rodgers averaged. It was Rodgers' lowest average yards per dropback of the season and it had a lot to do with the Cardinals’ pressure on him. Rodgers had less time in the pocket against Arizona than he did all season. He was sacked 1.4 seconds quicker against the Cardinals than he was on average and was forced to throw 1.3 seconds sooner.
127: Total number of yards from scrimmage for rookie running back David Johnson. Johnson had the sixth-most rushing and receiving yards against the Packers in a game this season. He will be used even more in receiving situations in the playoffs with a healthier Andre Ellington on the field.
41: Total combined rushing yards by every other Packer besides Eddie Lacy. The Cardinals boast the NFL's sixth-best rushing defense and with a healthier Frostee Rucker and defensive tackle Josh Mauro expected to return from an injury, their defensive front will be deeper than it was against Green Bay a few weeks ago.