Sunday, January 10, 2010
Rapid Reaction: Cardinals 51, Packers 45
By Kevin Seifert
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Green Bay’s season is over, but not before one of the most entertaining wild-card playoff games in recent memory.
Trailing 31-10 early in the third quarter, the Packers roared back to force an old-time shootout at University of Phoenix Stadium. Over the final 26 minutes of regulation, the Packers scored 35 points, ran up 364 offensive yards and had the game tied at 45 with less than two minutes remaining.
But ultimately, the Packers lost for the same reason they fell behind in the first place: a turnover. Arizona linebacker Karlos Dansby returned an Aaron Rodgers fumble 17 yards for the wining score in overtime.
The Packers committed the fewest turnovers in the NFL this season (16), but they had two in the first five minutes of this game to fall behind 14-0. Needless to say, those turnovers made the difference in this game.
Rodgers threw for a Packers playoff record 422 yards but was sacked five times in addition to a pair of turnovers.
Much more in a few hours.