Aaron Rodgers hit Jeff Janis on a desperation pass on the final play of regulation, but Larry Fitzgerald weaved through Green Bay's defense for a 75-yard reception to open overtime. Fitzgerald then scored on a 5-yard shovel pass to send the Cardinals to a 26-20 win over the Packers in the NFC divisional playoffs Saturday night.
Head coach's swagger rubbing off on Packers despite being a 7-point underdog
The last time these teams met, on Dec. 27, the Cardinals had virtually unfettered access into the backfield with eight sacks of Rodgers and nine overall.
Gazette sports editor Eric Schmoldt and writer John Barry break down the Packers' win in Washington and whether it's a sign of things to come, as well as high school hoops at the midway point of the season.
Sorry Aaron, sorry coach Mike, sorry Eddie, sorry James Jones, sorry Green Bay offensive line, sorry ghost of Vince Lombardi. I never should have advocated for the death the season.
The mood was upbeat around Packers headquarters as the team began preparations for a divisional game Saturday night at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. But behind the scenes, the Packers have to deal with the reality that the Cardinals dismantled them so badly that the hangover carried into the winner-take-all NFC North title showdown with the Minnesota Vikings the next week.
If Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins is afforded ample time, the Packers probably can't hold up against the four-sided receiving corps of tight end Jordan Reed and wide receivers DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon and Jamison Crowder.
Aaron Rodgers recovered from a poor start to throw for two touchdowns, Eddie Lacy and James Starks each ran for a score, and the Green Bay Packers came back to beat the Washington Redskins 35-18 Sunday in an NFC wild-card game.
In a bit of a reversal of recent trends, it's Green Bay's defense, not offense, shouldering the load
Green Bay is making its franchise-record seventh straight postseason appearance. The New England Patriots are the only other NFL team that has been to the playoffs seven straight years.