In the highest scoring playoff game in the history of the NFL the Arizona Cardinals upended a monumental comeback by the Green Bay Packers to win the game 51-45.
After Arizona had the entire game (being up by as much as 21 points) the Packers rallied late to tie the game at 45 all. Neil Rackers was given a golden opportunity at a game-winning field goal with just seconds left in the game after Kurt Warner put together a masterful drive to get the Cardinals within a “chip shot” of the playoffs. When Rackers missed I (along with everyone else in Arizona) thought the Cardinals had really blown it.
When Charles Woodson won the coin toss for overtime and the Packers got the ball first I really thought it was over. What had started as an Arizona blowout had turned into an offensive melee where neither team could be stopped. I figured that the Packers would march right down the field and score and that would be that.
Earlier in the game the Packers defense seemed to be getting stronger as the game progressed leading me to believe that the Cardinals wouldn’t be able to keep scoring and their defense would buckle under the weight of Aaron Rodegers’ arm. Well, I was partially right. The Cards defense didn’t hold up, but neither did the Packers’.
That led us to the overtime period. The Packers had the ball and I thought that it was pretty much over until Aaron Rodgers dropped back to pass, was stripped of the ball, that ball was caught in the air and run into the endzone to end the game.
You can imagine the shriek that went through my house as I saw the Packers season evaporate on one unlucky play. I feel bad for Aaron Rodgers because he is REALLY good. I feel bad for the Packers defense because they are REALLY good. I feel bad for picks because I got it wrong. However, I feel good for Kurt Warner because he gets to play on in what many are saying is his final playoff campaign…