Cardinals survive Hail Mary and OT, advance to NFC Championship

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The Cardinals survive and advance — even after a Hail Mary by the Packers and several wild sequences.

Larry Fitzgerald and Carson Palmer needed only two plays in overtime. First, Fitzgerald covered 75 yards on a catch-and-run on the first play of overtime, then he took a shovel pass 5 yards to win it, 26-20. The Cardinals advance to the NFC Championship Game.

Aaron Rodgers had sent it to overtime with a 41-yard Hail Mary to Jeff Janis as time expired.

Michael Floyd’s second touchdown catch came off a deflection and made it 17-13 with 3:44 left in regulation. The Cardinals got a quick stop and a field goal, giving Rodgers one last chance to tie the game. He did on a high-arching throw made on the run, but Palmer ended up getting the last chance.

Defense and missed opportunities were the stories of the first 50 minutes of the game. Twice in the first half the Packers had 17-play drives end in field goals, and the Packers intercepted Palmer twice in the second half, the second time in the end zone.

Janis had two catches all season but delivered a big game after a chest injury forced Randall Cobb out. He finished with seven catches for 145 yards and actually had 101 yards on two catches on the final drive of regulation after a penalty.

The Cardinals will host the NFC Championship Game if the Seahawks win in Carolina Sunday. If the Panthers win, the game will be in Carolina.

Rodgers was 24-of-44 for 261 yards and two touchdowns. Palmer was 25-of-41 for 349 yards.

322 responses to “Cardinals survive Hail Mary and OT, advance to NFC Championship

  1. Awww packer fans what happened?

    At least you won your super bowl against the Vikings so everything’s ok right?

    Go ahead, blame the refs. You’re great at that.

    Goodnight sweethearts.

  2. Respect for both teams and what a classic. Rodgers is incredible and Larry Fitzgerald is a legend who I hope finally wins the Superbowl. The Cardinals are the most likeable team left in the playoffs. No egos no cheaters just men who play football. What a game!

  3. Holy balls!

    I’m at the game sitting next to some amazing Cards fans. They felt bad about he refs but I wouldn’t let them feel bad. Upsetting that we’d lose sight of Fitz.

    Best game ever. Win it all, Cardinals!

    >

  4. Be careful, there is still the conference championship game but once that formality is over then the cameras will be rolling and BellyCheat will bee on the spiegayte wagon once again.
    Guard your walk-through_!

  5. at least we lost to Fitzgerald. I ain’t even mad. The Packers got much further than I expected and I’m quite proud.

  6. I love seeing Vikings fans trying to talk smack.

    The Packers weren’t even supposed to be in it. You didn’t post until this post.

    It must suck being you. I love being better than you in every imaginable way.

  7. Congrats to both the Packers and Cards for giving fans a great game down to the wire. Won’t soon forget the duo of Hail Marys Rodgers served up this year! And happy for Fitzgerald, Palmer, and BA as they move forward.

  8. Good for Palmer he deserves it and Bengals fans that’s the classic Bob Bratkowski playcall how many times have we seen that Palmer shovel pass. Go win a SB Carson I’ll be pulling for you and so should Bengals fans.

  9. Wooooooooooooooooooooooooooo oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo wooooooooooooooooooooo wooo

    Go Cardinals!!!! What a fantastic game!

  10. Fitz was on fire all game. Heckuva good one, looking forward to the NFC conference championship, whoever it is.

  11. That was one of the greatest games I’ve ever seen in my life – in any sport. Both teams battled their asses off. I couldn’t be prouder of the Packers. And I couldn’t be happier for the Cardinals and their fans. They earned this.

  12. Larry Fitzgerald greatest Card ever. And it is not even close. Go get that ring – and please let us get Seattle next week just to settle the score on the way. Respect to the Packers for an amazing game.

  13. Congratulations to the Cardinals.

    It is refreshing to see a team that plays real football instead of the use of the gimmick exploiting penalties for free yards and having to play no huddle to extract an advantage that they have no right to extract.

    The Cheese Packers had no right to be in this game and are now going home with the sting that Dirt Mathews was instrumental in failing to make a play on the long pass in overtime.

    I hope Carson wins the big game. He deserves respect. And the Head Cheese fool deserves to go home.

  14. A once again, all is right with the universe.

    Sunrise, sunset.

    High tide, low tide

    Packers out of playoffs, cheese heads go into their deep, drunken winter slumber.

  15. Truly the best way the Cardinals could win. This is almost as gut wrenching as the NFCCG OT loss last year to Seattle.

    Who is R-E-L-A-X-N-G now Rodgers? Hope you enjoy watching the true elite 4 teams remaining on your sofa!

  16. Congrats to the Cards and Cards fans. That was a game for the ages, and you came out on top, and deserved the win. Truly a classic game you can remember fondly for years.

    As a Packer fan, I wish the ending had been different. But coming up just short in a game this good takes a little bit of the sting out of it.

    Also glad to see a future HOF’er like Larry Fitzgerald decide the game, not the crew in black and white. Again, congrats on the win.

  17. The refs didn’t do Green Bay any favors. They misapplied the catch rule, they let the Cardinals get away with holding all game, they didn’t call pass interference on 3rd and 20, etc.

  18. Not a packers fan or cardinals fan. Just like in the last play of last year’s super bowl, something didn’t feel quite right to me about that game.

  19. Epic packer FAIL!

    The darling super bowl pick.
    Going to run away with the division.
    Gift calls from the refs.
    Choke the second half of the year to lose the division.

    Comeback only to CHOKE in OT.

    Now you are complaining about the refs!!

    EPIC FAIL !

  20. I think the Cardinals coaching staff should put Bethel in “a better position to make plays”…Like on the bench…he’s terrible.

  21. Viking fans are precious. All week it was talk about the Packers getting crushed. The Packers gave Arizona everything Arizona wanted. I bet they don’t want to play again tomorrow. Talk all the smack you want. Reality is, the Packers are way better than the Vikings.

    I would have rather McCarthy go for two at the end of regulation to win or lose. That would have been gutsy.

    The Packers had a great season. Lose their number one receiver in preseason. Play the Cardinals to overtime with their 1st, 2nd and 3rd receivers out of the game. The Packers will be back at full strength and a draft better next season.

  22. That game is over if Sam Shields holds onto an easy interception.

    In football, there are easy plays and hard plays – and an intervening continuum. You can’t blow the easy plays. Shields’s interception opp rated as a 0.0001 on a scale of 0 to 100 on the degree of difficulty. It was uncontested – right in the breadbasket. No wind. No sun. No rain. No contact. No sideline. Just playing catch with your nephew at the family reunion – under literally ideal playing conditions. And Shields dropped it. Very very costly.

  23. laserw says:
    Jan 16, 2016 11:55 PM
    Congratulations to the Cardinals.

    It is refreshing to see a team that plays real football instead of the use of the gimmick exploiting penalties for free yards and having to play no huddle to extract an advantage that they have no right to extract.

    The Cheese Packers had no right to be in this game and are now going home with the sting that Dirt Mathews was instrumental in failing to make a play on the long pass in overtime.

    I hope Carson wins the big game. He deserves respect. And the Head Cheese fool deserves to go home.

    ——–

    This guy got raped in middle school

  24. For a game that up to that point had more misses than hits that was an unbelievable finish. Right down to the coin flip that didn’t. This is why we don’t stop watching the game no matter how badly the league tries to screw it up. Props to both teams from this Giants guy. Honestly didn’t think it would be close once Cobb went down.
    Congrats on the win Cards and respect to the Pack for leaving it all out there.

  25. Great game Packers! God what a gritty group. McCarthy had them ready to play…..can’t wait until next season. Arrow is pointing up, as usual with the A-Rod and much better balance. Good luck Cards…Fitz=Pack Killer. Hope you guys go all the way.

  26. As a Packers fan, I can’t even be mad. The Pack showed so much heart after basically struggling all season, only to find themselves in the playoffs.

    The 2 greatest NFL games I’ve ever seen happen to be the exact same teams in the exact same stadium…2010 and now in 2016. Can’t even be mad.

    What a game and respect to the Cards!

  27. Great game. Ups and downs, what a roller coaster.

    And to the story author, they actually needed three plays in OT, you’re forgetting the first down fade pass to fits that went out of bounds. They scored on 2nd down.

  28. wonder how long it will be before anyone notices the Fail Mary was an INCOMPLETE PASS after the ball touched the ground…

    one princess QB down, three to go…

    (Wilson, Manning, Brady)

    that will leave just the diva QBs (Newton);

    won’t the millennial fans be happy…perhaps he’ll get on stage and perform with Beyoncé at halftime;

    i cannot wait…

  29. At least 1 common playoff team is out… Goodbye packers…
    If the Seahawks and the Steelers get put out tomorrow, this actually could turn out to be an interesting playoff year..

    Broncos vs Cardinals would make for the best 50th Super Bowl scenario!

  30. As much as I may be tempted after reading the comments after the Vikes’ loss last week, I’m not gonna troll the cheesers — the Pack played pretty dang well with 3rd and 4th string WRs. They’re a different team with Bakhatari at LT. Great game — was fun to watch.

  31. minnescrotums says:
    Jan 16, 2016 11:53 PM

    I love seeing Vikings fans trying to talk smack.

    The Packers weren’t even supposed to be in it. You didn’t post until this post.

    It must suck being you. I love being better than you in every imaginable way.
    ______

    Well, except for the football team you cheer for isn’t as good as the football team I cheer for.

  32. Two and done Packers. Balls bounce off right, caught Cardinals for touch down. Vikings get to pick ahead of you. We made the playoffs as well and we own you.

  33. Man, being a Viking fan has historically stunk but being a modern day Packer fan has to be even worse. Literally, the two worst ways I could ever imagine losing a playoff game in back to back years.

  34. I’ve never felt more honored to be a Packer fan. That game was one for the ages, with both teams just playing their asses off. Absolutely incredible.

    And who wouldn’t be happy for Larry Fitzgerald and Carson Palmer? They earned this.

    Congratulations to the Cardinals and their fans on a great game, and good luck next week.

  35. You lost the NFC-North to the Minnesota Vikings IN the Green Bay outhouse, and now your prima-donna’s “Hail Mary” couldn’t save you in the divisional game.

    Next year expect your team to be even more irrelevant as the Vikings continue building on their 11-5-0, NFC-North Championship season.

  36. Ever since the Jerry Rice fumble that inexcusably wasn’t, there’s something about the Packers going out west and getting robbed by the refs. First that, then the uncalled face mask against the Cardinals on the game winning play 6 years ago, then the replacement refs’ infamous call, and now this:

    2 uncalled holds that set up long gains for the Cardinals, 2 friendly spots on 3rd down that gave the Cardinals a 1st down, which gave the Cardinals a touchdown that ultimately allowed the Hail Mary to just send it to overtime instead of winning it, and the 2 missed pass interference penalties on the Hail Mary drive. and then the mulligan on the coin toss for OT.

    Of course, Viking fans are laughing about these calls. If the calls went in favor of the Packers, the skol trolls would be going nuts right now.

  37. Great game.

    Green Bay has heart.

    Clearly outmanned playing with no. 5, 6 and 7 receivers … and two rookies at CB …

    They played inspired.

    Arizona is loaded with talent.

  38. Two and done Packers. Balls bounces off right, caught Cardinals for touch down. Vikings get to pick ahead of you. We made the playoffs as well and we own you.

  39. The zebra’s were definitely in the cards camp. But never lose track of the Fitz, that dude will make your eyes rain! Congrats Cards fans, and condolences cheese heads!

  40. Don’t understand why Packers are saying they got screwed by the refs “again”… Calling that Hail Mary a catch while calling Dez Bryant’s a drop last year… Makes no sense.

  41. Great game unfortunately marred by incompetence in officiating in multiple situations.

    Helluva ending. Dagger in tha Pack!

  42. I’m sure all the Seahawks are very, very happy the Cards won.

    Temperature in Arizona: 70 Degrees
    Temperature in Green Bay 0 Degrees.

    …after we whip the Panthers tomorrow it’ll be a rematch with the second best team in the NFC.

  43. What a great game!!!! Kept you on the edge until the very last play. So much better than that disgrace last week between the Bungels and the Squealers, who both deserve to loose.

  44. Aaron should have called heads the second time. This team grew at the end of the season and with their young players gaining invaluable experience this year look out for the Pack in 2016. Team to beat. GoPackGo!!

  45. Pack fans must feel terrible. They lost to 2 Minnesota born receivers tonight. At least you still have McCarthy around to tell you how smart and brilliant he is this off season as he eats his weight in cheese curds waiting for next season. Oh and your qb has more time to practice his interpretive dancing.

  46. minnescrotums says:
    Jan 16, 2016 11:53 PM

    I love seeing Vikings fans trying to talk smack.

    The Packers weren’t even supposed to be in it. You didn’t post until this post.

    It must suck being you. I love being better than you in every imaginable way.
    ______

    Well, except for the football team you cheer for isn’t as good as the football team I cheer for

    —–

    And yet, one team played further into the playoffs…

    So…I guess I was right.

  47. I’m not sure what I’m supposed to say here. To me, it seemed like the Packers played a great game against a superior opponent and almost pulled it out in the end. I’d like to give them a lot of credit.

    But since I’ve been studying how to be a fan for the last week by watching what the self-proclaimed greatest fans in the world have been saying, I guess what I’m supposed to say is that the Packers choked and there can’t be anything else to say about it.

  48. Vikings fans talking smack on GB can get bent. That was a heck of a game, even though GB lost. Really fun to watch start to finish. Hail mart part 2 was epic.

    Teddy B isn’t making those plays. I mean, GB lost most of the WRs. GL to Arizona, I hope Fitz gets a ring, he deserves it.

  49. Regarding the Hail Mary catch, did the ball ever touch the ground even after the defender punched it out? Seemed like a catch even without the dubious ruling that Janis had control just before it was punched out. Just curious, it didnt impact the result of the game regardless

  50. Well judging from the Viking comments it seems I will root for the Packers whenever they are are not playing the cards going forward. What a game by both teams.

  51. The Packers hung tough while using receivers #4,5 and 6.Few teams could be that depleted at the receiver position and still complete other than maybe the Patriots.Good win for the Cardinals and i hope they shut up Cam or Pete Carrol next week.

  52. Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Jan 16, 2016 11:52 PM

    We’ll be back next year with Aaron in his prime and the 5 best receivers in the league. Refs don’t be able to stop us next year.
    ======================================

    The old “wait till next year” employed by the Dodger fans throughout the 1950’s. Than next year it will be “wait till next year” all over again. Than of course, blame it on the officials.

  53. I can’t give enough credit to the Cardinals, and Larry Fitzgerald. They handled every last ounce of effort our beloved Packers could throw at them.

    This game was AWESOME!!!

    Congratulations Cardinals fans. What a game.

  54. And the entire state of Minnesota lets out a collective sigh of relief.

    The Packers were never supposed to be in this game, and the Cardinals are a much better team. As a Packer fan I have no problem saying it.

    But at least they didn’t choke their way to a one-and-done by missing a chip shot field goal.

  55. So much guts displayed by the Pack, defense played great until the busted zone gave up the huge gainer in OT. A star is born with Janis, Jordy back next year, athletic tight end in draft along with a better inside LB to let Clay back outside again in addition to a swing tackle and some DL depth, we will be right back where we belong next year on top of the division and on track for Arods second super bowl. Props to Cards, gutsy team with a bunch of likeable players, really hope they win the Super Bowl.

  56. Congrats to the Cardinals and their fans. Good luck! I think a lot of people would like to see Larry Fitzgerald get a SB ring.

  57. Packers defense feel asleep in ot. Classic fail by not covering one of the best receivers in the game. Maybe if Ted Thompson drafts a few more wide receivers next year again that will help. Hahhaha

  58. silverbackdk says:
    Jan 17, 2016 12:04 AM
    Well judging from the Viking comments it seems I will root for the Packers whenever they are are not playing the cards going forward. What a game by both teams.
    —-
    Check out the comments from packer fans in a Viking post.

    You’ll be a Viking fan faster than the packers can choke.

  59. AD – “We know how to win these playoff games.” Not tonight hotshot…discount double-choke again and I love it!

  60. The Cardinals won’t be getting a ring if they keep putting up that type of performance. Green Bay, even severely injured, was playing better than them most of the game. The Cardinals won with a fluke tipped pass TD and about a dozen missed favorable calls handed to them by the refs. They shouldn’t be expecting any rings if they don’t start playing better.

  61. revelation123 says:
    The refs didn’t do Green Bay any favors. They misapplied the catch rule, they let the Cardinals get away with holding all game, they didn’t call pass interference on 3rd and 20, etc.

    Freeny was held in the end zone on 4th and 20. Game should have been over there. See bad calls both ways.

  62. contra74 says:
    Jan 16, 2016 11:50 PM
    Awww packer fans what happened?

    At least you won your super bowl against the Vikings so everything’s ok right?

    Go ahead, blame the refs. You’re great at that.

    Goodnight sweethearts.

    —————————————–

    Good to see all of the Vikings losers back to trolling in Packers articles. Walk tall with your zero championships and child beating rushing leader – we’re all very impressed.

  63. You have to love all the haters on here…Viking, Lions, and Bears losers whose teams are on vacation already. The Pack will be back because the rest of the NFC Central sucks. Vikings are an one time thing because Bridgewater is the new Alex Smith. Cutler (no brains, bad attitude) and Stafford (no brains, no heart) will never contend. Great season Rodgers and Packer! Rodgers > Favre

  64. Clay Matthews gave up on that long Fitz OT run in at least 3 different places. I’ve never seen that before. He’d have had a chance for a 4th at the goal line if that tackler hadn’t finally stopped Fitz short.

  65. Tough loss….as they all are this time of year. Could this be the one game that get’s Janis and Aberderris over the hump? Glad Shields was back, but gosh a couple pics dropped may have been the difference. Go Cards, Fitzgerald looks a wee-bit focused to get a ring!

  66. Next week maybe little Jordan Nelson can field an on side kick? Nook oooooi wait!the lovable lowers to the east lost yet another playoff game? U losers have this problem down to a science!

  67. staffordsyear says:
    Jan 17, 2016 12:10 AM
    Such an arrogant fanbase, thrilled they lost.

    —–

    Is BluRay arrogant when talking to VHS?

    It’s just simple science. I don’t like being better than you.

  68. Larry Fitzgerald is such a class act and just a great player……I love it when one of the good guys wins like that.

    Great Game !!!!
    No Hate tonight just a great game

  69. Packers should have won after best play of the year. And cardinals fans have no class in winning, they are sore winners so I hope panthers/ Seahawks win next week

  70. That 75-yard play in OT was reminiscent of the 35-yard play Russell Wilson made last week after the snap got by him. It looked like both Wilson and Palmer were going to get sacked and they both found a wide open receiver when the defense fell asleep.

    Maybe we’re not so different after all?

  71. shlort says:

    The Packers had a great season. Lose their number one receiver in preseason. Play the Cardinals to overtime with their 1st, 2nd and 3rd receivers out of the game. The Packers will be back at full strength and a draft better next season.
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    Enjoy your participation trophies. I guess God wasn’t a Packer fan tonight after all. On the plus side, the Seahawks game starts in less than 25 hours and you can watch that.

  72. I knew this Packer team was deep. But I never thought the injuries would come down to “next platoon up”.

    What a game. Congrats again to the Cardinals and their fans.

  73. Vikings fans are just angry they are 0-4 in the Super Bowl. No one cares what you think.

    If you look at the GB v ARI game and weren’t entertained you are a lost cause.

  74. silverbackdk says:
    Jan 17, 2016 12:04 AM

    Well judging from the Viking comments it seems I will root for the Packers whenever they are are not playing the cards going forward. What a game by both teams.
    _________________

    Amen, what a thoroughly classless bunch

  75. Its funny that the first few posts were all Viking trolls talking smack. there is a big difference that playing a good game and being outplayed in OT and shanking a 27 yard FG attempt. Both are losses but the shank is much worse because of the alternative.

  76. The Packers overcame the refs horrendous non-calls with the hail mary TD, so the refs had nothing to do with the loss. But that still doesn’t change the fact that the NFL officiating has been going down the tubes for years now.

    Packers lost. Congrats on your Super Bowl Vikes fans!!!

  77. The Cardinals and their fans are fantastic. Barely any trash talk leading up to the game even though they had a reason with a thirty point beat down a few weeks earlier. Classy organization and fan base. So unlike another that I won’t mention but can be guessed by reading these comments. Larry Fitzgerald, what can I say about the man except to say he’s an exceptional individual. Hoping he gets that ring. He deserves it. I’m Cards fan from now on…well, until next season.

    Go Cards!

  78. I love that, after ripping the Vikings unmercifully all week and having no compassion for how their fans felt after a tough loss, now Packer fans are complaining that Viking fans are commenting on their game story. They love dishing it out but when it’s time to take it they have thinner skin than Trump.

  79. Packer fan not inking down to Vikings level an blaming the officiating for the loss.. We will let the queens blame every loss they ever have had on the refs that is the queens moto

    Cardinals made the plays to win congrats..

    Only arrogant fan base are the queens and their lady quarterback

  80. I’ve just got to say congratulations to Packer fans on another tremendous year. As usual, you are as gracious in defeat as you are in victory. You set a fine example for fans of every team.

  81. Did I seriously just hear Aaron Rodgers complain that he didn’t get to change his call to heads on the re-flip?
    ————
    I don’t know since I didn’t hear that. BUT……if you screw up the coin flip and have to do it again, you SHOULD be able to call it again.

    To say otherwise is just being a Vikings fan!

  82. People putting down the Packers here can get lost. Great game, glad Larry came out on top, and hoping he gets his long-deserved ring this year.
    ————-
    He’s from Minnesota, so we already know the outcome. He was born a loser.

  83. Cards fan here. A big salute to the Packers and their fans here. Reading the comments above from Packer fans it’s nice to see you cheer for your team and congratulate the Cardinals.

    Not so much for the Vikings and Seahawks fans on this thread. They seem to feel the need to take swipes at the Packers and Cards.

    I think I used up a year of heartbeats in that game!

  84. f1restarter says:
    Jan 17, 2016 12:06 AM

    But at least they didn’t choke their way to a one-and-done by missing a chip shot field goal.
    ______

    It used to be about winning championships. Now they’re satisfied beating Washington.

    I guess it is better to have the whole defense collapse rather than just the kicker.

  85. I will say this about the Packer fans. They were touting Jeff Janis all week as a guy who could step up, and they were right. Has a receiver ever caught two passes for 101 yards on one drive before?

  86. Tough loss to a great team. I’m glad I don’t live in Minnesota or I wouldn’t have had a chance to see such a great game. Because if I were associated with Minnesota in any way I would have jumped off of a building a long time ago.

  87. As a Viking fan great game packers you got screwed by the refs
    ———–
    They got screwed by them, but overcame that with the hail mary TD. Still doesn’t change the fact that it shouldn’t have been that difficult. Watching a defender pull down 1 hand to prevent a catch is a pretty easy PI call to make.

  88. Between Dahmer and his alias’ we’ve got 40 post from the same troll. Sad. Great game though….would of like to see Sam shields catch a couple of those picks though.

  89. That will go down as one of the greatest NFL games of all time, certainly the best game I’ve ever seen. So much drama, so many ups and downs. Hats off to the Packers for going back to AZ and playing such a great game. Just like the Vikings against Seattle, very few gave them a chance to compete let alone almost win.

    What can you say about Rogers other than he may be the best QB of all time. That is coming from a Vikings fan who doesn’t care much for the ‘G’ helmeted team. Tough loss, but gutsy game, just makes me feel better about my Vikings being able to go into Lambeau and winning the division. Tough team to beat.

  90. It used to be about winning championships. Now they’re satisfied beating Washington.
    ———
    Nobody is satisfied, but unlike Vikings fans who believe their team is going to the SB every year, Packers fans knew that they weren’t going to win the SB with their WR core, especially with Cobb out for an extended time. Even with him it would have been highly highly unlikely.

    Congrats on YOUR Super Bowl tonight!

  91. minnescrotums says:
    Jan 17, 2016 12:03 AM

    And yet, one team played further into the playoffs…

    So…I guess I was right.

    ———————————————

    One team has a bunch of kids comprising most of their starting 22.

    One team was on year 2 of a complete rebuild.

    One team won the division championship this year.

    One team went into your house and beat you to win that division championship.

    Can you guess which team I’m referring to?

    -Not a Vikes fan

    P.S. Nobody looks back and remembers what teams made it to the divisional round of the playoffs.

  92. They better hope TT can turn it around somehow in the draft this year. Clay Matthews is wasted at ILB.
    ===========
    You mine as well just typed “I know nothing about football and this is the first game I’ve watched the Packers and Clay Matthews play at ILB”.

  93. It used to be about winning championships. Now they’re satisfied beating Washington.

    I guess it is better to have the whole defense collapse rather than just the kicker.
    ———
    As a packer fan I’m glad I got to see them play 18 games this year. Would’ve liked to watch 20 but its still better than 17 no matter how you slice it.

  94. P.S. Nobody looks back and remembers what teams made it to the divisional round of the playoffs.
    ==========
    And nobody looks back and remembers a team that won a division against a team who won it 4 years in a row. Or a team that won NOTHING in 50 years of their history.

  95. Same Ol’ 1 and Done Vikes says:
    Jan 17, 2016 12:37 AM

    Nobody is satisfied, but unlike Vikings fans who believe their team is going to the SB every year, Packers fans knew that they weren’t going to win the SB with their WR core, especially with Cobb out for an extended time. Even with him it would have been highly highly unlikely.
    _______

    Nice try, but no real Viking fan has EVER predicted their team would win the Super Bowl. I believe most of us predicted we would have a winning record and might make it into the playoffs as a wildcard, and you roundly criticized us for it. Rather, it is the Packer fans who believe it is their birthright to be seeded directly into the Super Bowl every year.

  96. Packers 0-3 in their division AT HOME!? That would have been unheard of only two short seasons ago. Aaron Rodgers another year older without even a Division championship to show for it.

  97. In case anyone was wondering there is no rule stating that the coin must flip on a coin toss (also important to note that the NFL calls it a coin toss, or toss of coin in the rulebook, not coin flip. It should have been Packers ball, one of many mistakes that favored Arizona tonight.

  98. staffordsyear says:
    Jan 17, 2016 12:10 AM
    Such an arrogant fanbase, thrilled they lost.

    //////////////////

    You’re confused. You mean knowledgeable, confident and blessed. Saying arrogant is like saying 13 championships is better than zero. But it is still fun to say.

  99. Great game – it really turned on one play – Shields dropping the sure INT. I seem to remember a game in Green Bay when a Dback dropped a Kaperick int and that game went the wrong way as well. But it is probably best that the healthiest team moves forward – I bet Cobb has broken ribs out, Adams out, Jordy out. We wouldnt have had much to offer next week anyway.

  100. Chris Collinsworths words couldn’t will the Packers to a win. Absolutely unlistenable. I’d rather listen to drunken Sconnies attempt karaoke than the drivel he was spewing. Cards looked good, Fitz is a beast I hope they winner all.

  101. This is why we love football. I just wish they would change the overtime rules again. Take away the walk-off touchdowns and just make it an extra 15 minute period or alternate possessions like college. Games should never come down to who wins a coin toss, especially in the playoffs

  102. wiscobear says:
    Jan 17, 2016 12:02 AM

    Don’t understand why Packers are saying they got screwed by the refs “again”… Calling that Hail Mary a catch while calling Dez Bryant’s a drop last year… Makes no sense.
    —————————————————–
    Maybe it’s because the ball never touched the ground on Janis’s catch.

  103. In Teddy We Trust says:
    Jan 17, 2016 12:39 AM
    Floyd and Fitzgerald are both Minnesota guys. Just sayin’.

    ========================

    Well that’s obvious, they sport no ring on their hands……

  104. too tired to read all the posts but to the Viking trolls who didn’t come out after your team lost last week.

    We lost. To a good team fair and square. Hats off to the cardinals. I can take it, proud of our team. We lost on a broken play which is usually the type of play we win on. Great year. Proud to be a Packer fan.

  105. 2 guys behind me at the bar “nooooooooo” when fitz scored…..i said take it easy now rodgers can get the =ball and march down the field..they said “its over az scored a td first” i said “maybe gb’s check to the refs didnt clear fast enough” they looked mad

  106. screamingyellowzonkers says:
    Jan 17, 2016 12:56 AM
    And now get ready for the annual offseason packer fan chant of

    “13 world championships with the greatest one coming in 1930 against the mighty Portsmouth Spartans…..”

    ==========================

    And whats your chant? Regardless the outcome of this game we probably don’t beat redhot Seattle or Carolina. We just weren’t good enough this year. Fun game, outcome was what we expected.

  107. Rodger is truly a great QB, but he is also the biggest cry baby in sports! The Packers in general are always looking for a flag, a handout! Watching their games is like watching a soccer game, with people flopping and looking for the refs to do their job for them.

  108. finchy74 says:
    Jan 17, 2016 12:38 AM
    minnescrotums says:
    Jan 17, 2016 12:03 AM

    And yet, one team played further into the playoffs…

    So…I guess I was right.

    ———————————————

    One team has a bunch of kids comprising most of their starting 22.

    One team was on year 2 of a complete rebuild.

    One team won the division championship this year.

    One team went into your house and beat you to win that division championship.

    Can you guess which team I’m referring to?

    -Not a Vikes fan

    P.S. Nobody looks back and remembers what teams made it to the divisional round of the playoffs.

    ————

    We will. And if you don’t then I guess you’re just as stupid as you sound.

    The Packers went further in the playoffs because they’re a better team.

    Facts are facts.

  109. Nice try, but no real Viking fan has EVER predicted their team would win the Super Bowl.
    ———
    I live in Minnesota. Paul Allen predicts it every year. And apparently you have amnesia from the comments that you purple faced chokers post here ever off season.

  110. That game was insane. Waaaay too many highs and lows for my taste, but respect to the Cardinals regardless..

    For a team that played like garbage for the majority of the season it was nice just to be there, let alone almost win…then lose…then take it to OT.

    Good luck next week AZ.

  111. And one more thing Min, when your QB has thrown a TD in the post season, then you can talk smack. When you’re team has won a playoff game when anyone on your current team played, when you’ve won a Super Bowl….ever. Until then enjoy your NFC champ hats. Sadly it may be the single greatest highlight of AP’s career. I’m sure his son is proud.

  112. Everyone’s got it all wrong. The Packers deliberately go twenty to thirty years between Super Bowls in order to lull the rest of the league into a false sense of security.

    Aaron Rodgers will be 33 years old next time he steps on the field for a game that matters…tick tock, tick tock.

    Time to start grooming Hundley?

  113. Chris Collinsworths words couldn’t will the Packers to a win. Absolutely unlistenable
    ==========
    You sound like those Vikings fans who think Troy Aikman is against your team because he points out truthful things that you don’t want to acknowledge through your purple tinted glasses.

  114. Aaron Rodgers will be 33 years old next time he steps on the field for a game that matters…tick tock, tick tock.
    ============
    So you’re saying that you are counting down the years so he can come save the Vikings at the end of his career?

  115. bonesawisready says:
    Jan 17, 2016 12:49 AM

    In case anyone was wondering there is no rule stating that the coin must flip on a coin toss (also important to note that the NFL calls it a coin toss, or toss of coin in the rulebook, not coin flip. It should have been Packers ball, one of many mistakes that favored Arizona tonight.
    _______

    Arizona won the toss both times. It was the Packers who were telling the ref that the coin didn’t flip.

  116. Packers paid $2 million bucks per sack for Clay Matthews this year. TT won’t let that continue. If they don’t stick him at an edge position where he belongs, they should start asking Matthews to take a pay cut.

  117. Best way for the fudge packs to lose. Just amazing. That hail Mary was a joke Rodgers is so overrated it stupid. He played like crap most of the game. Love seeing the packers lose. Hate thier fans

  118. You know what’s sadder than being a packer fan?

    Nothing

    Nothing is sadder than being a packer fan.

  119. Weird, but fun game…Carson, by the fluke of flukes, managed to hang a ‘W’ in the post season…maybe he’ll stop choking. Geesh. And Aaron is the devil. Two hail mary’s in a season! Best ball thrower in the league.

    I agree with others, GB would be chopped liver against Seahawks or Carolina if they won tonight. With the Cards getting over the hump, they will be formidable in the next one. Maybe next game they’ll remember they have Fitz on their team, rather than wait until the 4th quarter to discover one of the best players in the league. Carson better shape up…no fingering excuses.

    Well, my team won…grateful NE has an extra day of rest for whomever they play next. Probably Denver, but I hope not. Mile high bowl sucks. Team to needs to acclimate for a month to get used to the the rare air. They ran out of it in the 4th Q last time they played there…

    Looking forward to tomorrow’s slate…

  120. A truly wonderful game that had everything and not a bunch of off the field drama. Great game by the Pack, tough one to lose. The Cards fought back and won a tough one. The league should be billing these two great franchises at the top from now on. Classy, gutsy game with classy, gutsy players and coaches.

  121. That was probably the best game I’ve ever seen, and I’ve seen a lot of football. I feel sorry for anyone who missed it live.

  122. You know what’s sadder than being a packer fan?

    Nothing

    Nothing is sadder than being a packer fan.
    ————–
    Seeing a Viqueen’s fan post this is almost as sad as being one. 50 years……….No championships. Nothing……nadda……….zip…….zilch. Tell me how many NFL fans have seen their fans win not one but 4 Super Bowls. Not many. I’ve seen every one of them. You’ve seen nothing but heartache for 50 years.

  123. I want to see the Cards win a super bowl so bad. I got so much grief for being a Cards fan most of my life because they were terrible. This is the best team we’ve ever had and we almost lost our chance. I’ll admit we had some calls (and non-calls) go our way, but the refs suck every week and it happens to every team. The Pack played a hell of a game.

    That was the most exciting finish to a football game I’ve ever seen though. Now I hope the magic can continue. I love my Cardinals!

  124. Just FYI, the Vikings are cursed because the stadium is full of mindless turds! I knew they would lose when their stupid horn shattered from the cold. They were complaining on the radio in Minneapolis that they lost because their players have no balls to play in the cold at home and the fans had to pass gas to keep the players from falling asleep, but they did because the kicker missed a 27 yard kick! exuberantly fantastic! enjoy your stupid one and done division banner next year, packers won it 4 years in a row before that. Can’t wait to see peternson and bridgewasher butt slam each other when they play the packers again.

  125. First off, congrats Cards. Good game, and good luck the rest of the way. And kudos to Larry Fitzgerald….HOF’er and class act.

    This was just a pretty good football game with an extraordinary final few minutes. Proud of the Pack for fighting through a rough season , and competing until the final whistle. McCarthy has some flaws as a coach (primarily clock management IMO), but he gets his guys to play for him and not use injuries as an excuse. I may even send him some McMuffins

    The tiresome trolls on this site (of which the Vikings have a fairly large contingent – or at least a manic few with many screen names) love to rub salt in wounds……but the reality is this game doesn’t cause me any pain. I am a lifelong Packer fan – honestly can say losing this game does not hurt. Now Bostick’s boner, that hurt……. 4th and 26 hurt ….. Terrell Owens across the middle – after Jerry Rice’s fumble – hurt. This game just makes me appreciate football, and look forward to the Packers 2016-17 season.

    And yeah I am aware there are several idiotic Packer trolls here on this site. Every team has a few (well, except maybe the Jags and Bucs). Just be aware your witty fresh takes mostly aren’t. For many, the more you post it becomes clear you really have nothing to say.

    Every commenter here can try and elevate the discourse here…..or not. Free country.
    Good luck to the teams/fans that remain in the hunt.

  126. Aaron Rodgers: 33 years old next fall

    Jordy Nelson: 31

    James Jones: 32

    Randall Cobb: Only a starter for 2 years and already shows signs of being injury prone

    Eddie Lacy: Less than 1,000 yards and eating himself out of the league

    Time to re-build TT!

  127. this is what i love. when a fan of any other team in the nfl complain about ref calls, packer fans say suck it up blah blah blah. but when their precious packers are overmatched and outplayed in every facet of the game, they go right for the refs throat, hysterical. at least the lions got some karma back. finally. green bay played 2 more games than the cleveland browns. yep, thats a dynasty

  128. contra74 says:
    Jan 17, 2016 1:25 AM
    You know what’s sadder than being a packer fan?

    Nothing

    Nothing is sadder than being a packer fan.

    ——————————-

    actually, 0-4 in the superbowl is worse than losing a game being an underdog. Not only that, but a team that is 4-1 in the SB. GB also lost a next best receiver.

    reaching, viking fan is reaching. fan is also very bitter.

  129. ariani1985 says:
    Jan 17, 2016 12:59 AM
    Don’t feel bad turd bay fans! You still get a ribbon for being the 2nd place losers in the NFC north!
    ______________________________
    We don’t get a “ribbon” but the players get a bonus for each playoff game and the Packers organization receives millions in extra ticket and TV revenues, I believe at least twice as much as the Vikings got this year. Ha-ribbons. That may make Vikings fans happy but the Pack will take the cash that will attract better players and will be used to attract better employees, improve the team facilities and the best and most storied stadium in the NFL.

    Keep your ribbons, They don’t prove you’re not losers.

  130. ariani1985 says:
    Jan 17, 2016 1:22 AM
    Why do the packers always lose in the playoffs? DNA?

    ——————————–

    We don’t – we have 13 championships, 4 being super bowls. losing would mean being 0-4 in the superbowl, like your vikings.

    stay salty my friend.

  131. Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Jan 16, 2016 11:52 PM

    We’ll be back next year with Aaron in his prime and the 5 best receivers in the league. Refs don’t be able to stop us next year.
    ==================

    Refs done be able to stop us this year?? English your second language?
    5 best receivers in the league? Plan on signing 5 free agents cause you have 0 best receivers at the moment.
    Rodgers in his prime? Face it, Rodgers is past his prime and it showed all season long!

    GB is heading right back to where they were in the 70’s-80’s — back to 3rd or 4th in the division. It doesn’t matter how many Super Bowls you have won in the past, hell, it really doesn’t even matter what you did the year before. What truly matters in the grand scheme of things is the direction a team is heading. GB is heading down while the Vikings are heading up. Facts are facts. Deal with it!

    Classy football for classier people!

  132. And what is it with Seattle fans? Why so arrogant? Saw a couple snipes in this thread. Get over yourselves. I hope Cam mops the floor with you guys tomorrow.

  133. Come on fellow Pack fans don’t blame the refs that is what the Vikings would do.

    Great game.

    Someone really needs to check Arians blood pressure, He is so red he looks like he will drop dead on the sidelines brfore this post seasons over.

  134. contra74 says:
    Jan 17, 2016 1:25 AM
    You know what’s sadder than being a packer fan?

    Nothing

    Nothing is sadder than being a packer fan.
    ————————————–
    There is one thing sadder, and it’s called contra74. Tonight I saw several fans of teams other than the Packers that were appalled at your sickeningly hateful and juvenile posts. Maybe you should learn to take a hint and tone it down. What a sad and miserable life you must lead. I do feel sad for you.

  135. Packers are not much better than the Vikings with the way they are always losing playoff games as well.

  136. Winning the first playoff game means nothing when the second one is lost.
    Packer won one more playoff game than the Vikings? Oh big deal.
    Packers are losers just as well.

  137. Unbelievable game. I was pulling for the Packers as I do all NFCN teams once the Vikes are done. What really hurt the pack was the two long drives in the first half that ended in FGs instead of TDs. I really thought they would pull it off after the hail mary.

    This season really shows the greatness of Rodgers. The defense played well as of late, but without Aaron, this team would have struggled to finish .500.

    Hopefully my Vikes can continue to improve and we can give Rodgers and the Pack a tough time for the time he has left.

  138. Who are these people who say Aaron is a drama queen, complainer, loser, etc? If anything, I’d say he’s less that than most pro QB’s.

    Unless the Offense gets hammered with injuries again next year, I’d have to put the Packers in the mix of the top 4 teams most likely to be represented in SB 51. Some Viking fans think 33 is over-the-hill for a QB. While Payton Manning (40) is not the same QB he was 2 years ago, he’s still has his team in the playoffs. I see Aaron having at least 5-7 great seasons left in him.

    Good Luck Cards, win a Super Bowl.

  139. As a Bengal fan who liked Palmer, but has lived in Wisconsin for the last 6 years and had the pack grown on me, I was a little torn in this game.

    I’m happy for Palmer, sad for the Pack, and since the team from my state penitentiary couldnt get to the super bowl I am glad Palmer will be.

  140. This is championship level football — despite the blowhard dimwit Viking-troll comments.

    Really guys, get a life.

  141. Packers almost beat arguably the best team in the NFL on the road, 6 days after a game in Washington, minus their top 4 wr’s. Take away the top 4 targets for the rest of the playoff field, and see how they’d do.
    Congrats to the Cardinals on the big win. Great, classy team. Arians is a great coach. Best team on paper.
    Congrats to the Packers for the heart they showed this season.

  142. on the road against the Super Bowl favorite.. only three healthy receivers. hail mary to go to OT. still almost pulled it off. but, hey it’s the same as missing a last second 27 yard field goal at home. ya’ll are hilarious. c’mon, son. as if this was a bad loss. pffft. proud of my team. can’t say that about yours. fumble.. missed field goal. done.

  143. This was an epic game and no one can say otherwise. Both teams played great and this game put to shame that absolutely boring NE/KC game. Aaron was awesome with no-name receivers coming out in the national spotlight. They all did the best they could. Could not ask for more in a playoff game. Still think we will dominate the North for many years from here on out ..but it wont be easy.

    Vikings Fan

  144. I was hanging out with my friend Mary Jane listening to the Bay area local sports radio and I thought they were punking us when they said the Packers came back on a Hail Mary.

    Twice in one year, how?

    Carson had to earn it.

  145. and please let us get Seattle next week just to settle the score on the way.

    ——

    Be careful what you wish for. Cards looked bad tonight and were very fortunate to win. For a bit there I was getting upset at the prospect of another sub zero game in the future.

    Shields should’ve had that int and the deflected pass for a td caught by someone else? Luck was a lady tonight!

  146. arrowtoyourknee says:
    Jan 16, 2016 11:53 PM

    I can only imagine the heart breaking pain all the Packers and their fans are feeling right now, and it makes me smile. (:

    -fan of the NFC North champions.
    ==================================
    Smiling is good.

    A chuckle here and there is nice, too.

    But if you enjoy comedy and love a side-splitting laugh, I hope you watched Blair Walsh’s kick against the Seahawks last week.

  147. Every playoffs series in recent years have had an early SB. In 2012 it was Broncos-Ravens, in 2013 it was Seahawks-Niners, in 2014 it was Patriots-Ravens. Winner of each of those playoff games went on to win the actual SB. Packers-Cardinals game may turn out to be that early SB for this year. We’ll see how the rest of the playoff games go.

  148. That was a great game. I never knew there was a rivalry between people born in Minnesota and Winsconsin. I have bad news: people not from those two states think those two states suck anyway. No winners in those meat lockers. No offense.

  149. First, Congratulations AZ Cardinals!!! I am so happy for Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald! Second, I am not going to bash the Packers or their fans. I just want to point out to Cardinal fans and any other fans bases that in our darkest hour last Sunday, the Packer fans were the first to trash our Vikes, us, even the poor little 1st graders who tried to make Blair Walsh feel better!!! And they continue to trash the Vikings and their fans. So, don’t think GB fans are so high and mighty, that’s all.
    Congratulations, Cardinals!!!!!!!

  150. bengalsfan2079 says:
    Jan 16, 2016 11:54 PM
    Good for Palmer he deserves it and Bengals fans that’s the classic Bob Bratkowski playcall how many times have we seen that Palmer shovel pass. Go win a SB Carson I’ll be pulling for you and so should Bengals fans.

    I want to root for the Cards but Palmer is the reason I don’t want to. I quit rooting for him when he quit on my favorite team.

  151. I believe Rodgers’ playoff record is 7-6? He has not played well in these games since they won the SB, but you can’t fault him last night. He just did not have enough weapons. It was a great effort by the entire team.

  152. Carl Gerbschmidt
    Jan 16, 2016, 10:52 PM CST
    We’ll be back next year with Aaron in his prime and the 5 best receivers in the league. Refs don’t be able to stop us next year.

    I get it that you are getting one of the top 5 receivers in the game back with Nelson but just curious where the other 4 were supposed to come from?

  153. What a great game. Not a fan of either team but woke my fiancé up in excitement when the Hail Mary went down. This is why ppl watch. Just too bad there a bunch of idiots that run the league

  154. It was an amazing game to watch.

    The packers at least played a good game.

    But the packer fans who post complaints about Viking trolls need a counselor.

    The next Viking story that is posted will be filled with packer fans posting their drivel and chants.

    The State Farm commercial of the packer fan only saying discount double check, is a true portrayal of a mindless packer fan.

    Sorry, but it’s true. And we all know it.

  155. GG

    You can tell the Viking fans don’t know what’s important they can say all they want about GB being in second place but everyone knows the post season matters most. The NFL draft order reflects which teams had the season from worst to best. Even when the Vikings are “better” they still end up with a selection before the Packers.

  156. Wow……lots of hate in this thread. To the Vikings trolls….your team choked in epic fashion. Seriously, that kick will go down as one of the worst chokes in playoff history. Congrats.

  157. mellimac says:
    Jan 17, 2016 1:25 AM
    Weird, but fun game…Carson, by the fluke of flukes, managed to hang a ‘W’ in the post season…maybe he’ll stop choking. Geesh. And Aaron is the devil. Two hail mary’s in a season! Best ball thrower in the league.

    I agree with others, GB would be chopped liver against Seahawks or Carolina if they won tonight. With the Cards getting over the hump, they will be formidable in the next one. Maybe next game they’ll remember they have Fitz on their team, rather than wait until the 4th quarter to discover one of the best players in the league. Carson better shape up…no fingering excuses.

    Well, my team won…grateful NE has an extra day of rest for whomever they play next. Probably Denver, but I hope not. Mile high bowl sucks. Team to needs to acclimate for a month to get used to the the rare air. They ran out of it in the 4th Q last time they played there…

    Looking forward to tomorrow’s slate…

    ——

    I agree.

    Also chopped liver against the rest of these teams: New England.

  158. Show some class Viking fans, why stoop to a level of some others on here? Enjoy the football game, they both played well and was very entertaining. What good does it do to kick someone when they are down? Show a little respect to the game and others that are real Viking fans, we are not all noobs but you make us look that way. Good game Pack, looking forward to the 2016 season, should be fun.

  159. I knew we could rely on Dom Capers to screw it up in the end. The Packers had AZ on the ropes in the first half so Dom changed up the defense to zone coverage and screwed his own guys up: Two rookies, a DB who is coming off four weeks of migraines, another db with a bad shoulder. Ya he really opened up the passing game for Palmer didn’t he.

    And Palmer looked like crap the whole game. It was there for them. Thanks Dom.

    PS BJ Raji is not a pass rusher, never has been. When you need a pass rush don’t have him on the field you moron. Oh, and Peppers is 37, been running on empty in the 4th all year long.

  160. I love how Packers fans think they’re the only ones who’d didn’t get calls last night from the zebras. Collinsworth and Michaels noted multiple missed calls for the Cards. Ya’ll sound sad. Stop. Just stop.

  161. Wow. What a great football game. NFL fans from every city got their moneys worth last night. A heartfelt congratulations to a terrific Cardinal team and their deserving fans.

    I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the Packer faithful. I can’t help but be inspired and humbled by their grace. It’s just a tremendous group of people.

  162. That was a tremendous football game, with both teams leaving nothing left in the tank. It was an epic battle of championship caliber football teams.

    I think it’s obvious to everyone here that Viking fans have some anger issues.

    They had a nice little season – at least by Viking standards. Why so bitter?

    I could not be any prouder of the Packers or their fans this morning. I think they set a fine example for fans of all NFL teams.

  163. contra74 says:
    Jan 16, 2016 11:50 PM

    Awww packer fans what happened?

    At least you won your super bowl against the Vikings so everything’s ok right?

    _______

    So you’re saying they’ve won five more Super Bowls than the Vikings. Cool.

  164. The Packers are without question the luckiest team in the NFL. That hail mary was a joke, made me sick to my stomach. Rodgers didn’t even know where he was throwing it as his eyes were closed and Peterson allows the receiver to be in front of him ? Karmas a bitch Packer fans ! That was priceless watching ” pretty hair ” Mathews chasing Fitzgerald and whiffing on the first play of overtime, laughed my ass off with joy, the officials can’t bail the Packers out every time.

  165. Packers fans complaining about calls: Go back to 4th and 20 in end zone. Hands to face not called. Cards defender pulled to the ground by his face mask. Game should have ended there.

  166. Needed only two plays, Zac? If the two completions to Fitz were consecutive, I’d agree. There were three plays, with an incompletion between the two Fitz completions. I suppose if it was a third down TD completion after two incompletions, one could say they only needed two plays. Could.

    All plays set up other plays, whether successfully executed and defended or not. I could say the incompletion to Fitz set up the shovel-pass completion as evidenced by his pre-snap position and his post-snap motion. GB hardly did a Malcolm Butler reaction to the winning play. Unrecognized. Very Rodgers-like play by the Cardinals.

  167. How can anyone not be inspired by a game like that? The Cardinals were terrific, and deserved to win.

    And kudos to all the Packer fans setting such a fine example with their behavior today. Their grace and humility in defeat is why that fan base is so well respected.

  168. Packers fans complaining about calls: Go back to 4th and 20 in end zone. Hands to face not called. Cards defender pulled to the ground by his face mask. Game should have ended there.
    —————
    Nice try. I just looked at that play. The fact is the Packers got robbed on 2 blatant non call pass interference plays. The kind that are embarrassing to the NFL officiating in general. How can you pull a guys hand down while trying to make a catch and not have it called?

    In the end, the Packers overcame those horrendous calls to force overtime. But it shouldn’t have been that hard. Just another example of the horrible officiating in general that seems to be getting worse from year to year, not better.

  169. Cardinals better Hope a better Palmer shows up next game, he was forcing balls all night. If he plays like that again I don’t see them beating the Hawks or Panthers. He should send Sam Shields a gift package for dropping that INT with like 4 minutes left.

  170. leatherface2012 says:
    Jan 17, 2016 1:05 AM

    2 guys behind me at the bar “nooooooooo” when fitz scored…..i said take it easy now rodgers can get the =ball and march down the field..they said “its over az scored a td first” i said “maybe gb’s check to the refs didnt clear fast enough” they looked mad
    ———————————————————-
    I don’t blame them. The Packers were penalized 7 times last night and the Cardinals only 3, and yet the “refs favor the Packers” song continues to play like the broken record that it is.

  171. My team didn’t make the playoffs, but I appreciate watching a good game. That was the best final three plays of a football game that I’ve ever seen starting with the Hail Mary pass. Congrats to the Cards and their fans.

  172. I was hoping GB would go for 2 after that TD, but it didn’t happen. Sam Shields dropping that sure INT hurt too, but it is what it is. We got outplayed at the end.

    It was a great game overall, even though we lost. Exciting to the end, which is how it should be.

    There is so much bitterness on this board, it’s almost sad that you take away the pure enjoyment of a well played game.

    Then again, class doesn’t really exist on the internet.

    GL Arizona!

  173. I sure wish people would quit claiming an “incredible pass” on a Hail Mary play.

    A Hail Mary is a jump ball. The play relies more on the receiver and the defense than the pass.

    I think QB passes that are more incredible are ones where the throw is made before the receiver breaks. Or a pass that threads the needle.

  174. ariani1985 says:
    Jan 17, 2016 11:29 AM
    Sat by reggie white at the game, even he was swearing!
    ______________________________
    Unlike the late great Coach Grant, Reggie is actually dead. I was sitting next to Bud at the end of the game last Sunday and didn’t know he used language like that.

  175. As a life long Viking fan I’d like to tip my hat to the Packers for this season and offer my condolences on your loss. I was really rooting for you to win he game and lose a few draft options. Oh well, let’s hope for a healthy new year everyone. SKOL!

  176. Minnesota native goes insane on the Packers and takes them out. So fitting.

    Last week a Packers fan asked if we were irked that the packers were still in the playoffs and the Vikings were not. I replied that I would be irked if the Packers make the superbowl. To that fan – I remain unirked. We own the North, and next year should be a real showdown now.

    Tough break Pack fans. But you got a much better game this time around, just like the Vikes did, so thats something to build on. Good luck and thanks for the draft pick!

  177. Great game. Packers gave it their all–thats all we can ask. Grats to AZ fans. Good luck the rest of the way!

  178. ariani1985 says:
    Jan 17, 2016 12:09 AM
    Look at the bright side packer fans, for the first time in 20 years you lowere actually won a playoff game!

    Hmm Packers won it all in 2010!
    Vikings won it all when? ……. waiting for your answer

    (SILENCE)

  179. Oh, and Vikings fans…while you thump your chests at the Packers loss, the rest of league shakes their head. There is no Bud Grant trophy for all your close-but-never-a-cigar legacy, not that you’ll ever get that.

  180. purpleandgoldforever says:
    Jan 17, 2016 1:54 AM
    Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Jan 16, 2016 11:52 PM

    We’ll be back next year with Aaron in his prime and the 5 best receivers in the league. Refs don’t be able to stop us next year.
    ==================

    Refs done be able to stop us this year?? English your second language?

    ===================================

    Since you get off on pointing out typos, which everyone does at some point when “blogging”…..I must point out you either don’t know how to read or type. Maybe both, not sure.

    As a Packer fan, I look at Super Bowl wins based on how many Super Bowls the Packers have won, not how many times the Vikings have lost. That being said, congratulations on your 46th Super Bowl, the Packers can’t win them every year………

  181. I don’t normally respond to the trolls, but I’ll leave the Vikings something to ponder (pun intended)…

    In their entire existence, the Vikings have won 0 Super Bowls and 3 MVPs. In Rodger’s 8 years of starting, he has 1 Super Bowl and 2 MVPs.

    That means he has “choked” 1 less time in 8 years than the Vikings have ever. Sorry guys, but please think before you talk. Also, the Vikings loss to the Seahawks is a good example of what choking really is, not losing to a better team like the Packers did last night.

    With that being said, both teams showed a lot of heart this year and have plenty to look forward to next year.

  182. Wow – most bizarre, weirdest, head scratching, amazingly intense NFL game I can remember! Living out here in AZ, I am elated to see them get this victory! The town is loving it!

    Fitz is perhaps my all time favorite player and so awesome to see him rip it up last night!

    To Carson Palmer: Are you kidding me?!?!? Get your s@#$ together before next week! My god, I thought throughout most of that game you were trying to lose!

  183. shaggytoodle says:
    Jan 17, 2016 8:56 AM

    GG

    You can tell the Viking fans don’t know what’s important they can say all they want about GB being in second place but everyone knows the post season matters most. The NFL draft order reflects which teams had the season from worst to best. Even when the Vikings are “better” they still end up with a selection before the Packers.
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    One would think that the GB fans would want their team to draft ahead of the Vikings. Realistically, which team improved more this year? Vikings or GB? Which team has more problem area? Vikings or GB?

    I guess one more year drafting behind the Vikings will only further solidify the GB slide to the same mediocre performance levels as they enjoyed in the 70’s-80’s

    Classy football for Classier people!

  184. vikingforlife says:
    First, Congratulations AZ Cardinals!!! I am so happy for Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald! Second, I am not going to bash the Packers or their fans. I just want to point out to Cardinal fans and any other fans bases that in our darkest hour last Sunday, the Packer fans were the first to trash our Vikes, us, even the poor little 1st graders who tried to make Blair Walsh feel better!!! And they continue to trash the Vikings and their fans. So, don’t think GB fans are so high and mighty, that’s all.
    Congratulations, Cardinals!!!!!!!

    This is so true. I moved to MN in 2009 and got to witness absolute trash coming from packers fans towards Vikings fans after that NFC championship game. Plus more of the same after last weeks game. It has made me an anti packer fan! Now the packers fans who dish it out cry cause they are getting their same garbage tossed in their face. I call it karma.

  185. tommytd says:
    Jan 17, 2016 10:11 AM
    Discount D-O-U-B-L-E-C-H-O-K-E-R – The man doesn’t get it done in the playoffs! Never has…

    Hate to cloud the issue with facts. Green Bay won it all in 2016, MVP of the game Aaron Rodgers. Some of you really need to check your facts before you post, prevents you from showing your ignorance.

  186. I admit to being a bit overwhelmed by the league wide outpouring of love and respect for both the Packers and their beloved fan base after the instant classic heroically played last night. Thank you for all the well wishes.

    On the other hand, why are these Viking fans always so bitter?

  187. So Rodgers didn’t get it done? Even though his last drive consisted of a 4th & 20 conversion and a successful Hail Mary?

  188. There’s some real troubled people commenting here. Instead of congratulating 2 fine teams for a wonderful, exciting, heart-stopping game, they choose to insult the Packers and act like petulant children. This is a team stripped of most of its weapons (save Rodgers), and yet they played within an eyelash of winning.

    My hat’s off to Arians and his team, I will be cheering for them to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. And to all you misguided, jealous Viking fans – you got what you deserved in your one-and-done game. Your lack of class and dignity is superseded only by your obvious poor sportsmanship.

  189. Packer fan here. We would have won if not for that coin toss. The refs definitely had a conspiracy there. Our team is so good. We win 72 Super Bowls too. The other teams in the nfl suck and they are all jealous. We like to chant three words over and over again cause that’s all we know. And those Vikings… Even though they destroyed us and were crowned NFC Nirth Champs, we haven’t accepted that. Go Favre!

  190. According to the rule, Janis didn’t catch that Hail Mary. Although the rule is stupid, he is supposed to control it throughout the process. He seems to secure it when he high-points it, but looses control on the way down and never regains. The Cards DB actually knocks it out before he is able to regain control.

  191. billbrasky72 says:
    Jan 18, 2016 5:17 PM

    According to the rule, Janis didn’t catch that Hail Mary. Although the rule is stupid, he is supposed to control it throughout the process. He seems to secure it when he high-points it, but looses control on the way down and never regains. The Cards DB actually knocks it out before he is able to regain control.
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    He did catch it. The ball never touched the ground. His hand was underneath it. He can bobble it all he wants. As long as he secures it and the ball doesn’t hit the ground, and he’s in bounds, he’s fine.

    If he’s juggling it and is going out-of-bounds, and doesn’t control it prior to going out-of-bounds, then it wouldn’t be a catch.

  192. tommytd says:
    Jan 17, 2016 10:11 AM

    Discount D-O-U-B-L-E-C-H-O-K-E-R – The man doesn’t get it done in the playoffs! Never has…
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    I think he’s like 14th in career playoff wins, and he has won a Super Bowl, and made it to an NFC Championship game, so it appears he does OK.

    He tied this game at the end of regulation. He never got his hands on the ball in overtime. I’m not quite sure how he choked here.

  193. He did catch it. The ball never touched the ground. His hand was underneath it. He can bobble it all he wants. As long as he secures it and the ball doesn’t hit the ground, and he’s in bounds, he’s fine.

    If he’s juggling it and is going out-of-bounds, and doesn’t control it prior to going out-of-bounds, then it wouldn’t be a catch.
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    No, he never secured it. Watch the replay in slow-mo. He was bobbling the ball the entire way down and the DB knocked it away before it was ever secured. The back judge was directly behind Janis so his body was shielding the ball from his point of view yet he signaled TD anyway. Why it wasn’t overtured from the booth, we will never know.

    Personally, I think the rule is stupid and he caught the ball, but if they are going to call it incomplete against Dez Bryant or Megatron, they should do the same in this case.

  194. vikingforlife says:
    Jan 17, 2016 5:42 AM
    First, Congratulations AZ Cardinals!!! I am so happy for Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald! Second, I am not going to bash the Packers or their fans. I just want to point out to Cardinal fans and any other fans bases that in our darkest hour last Sunday, the Packer fans were the first to trash our Vikes, us, even the poor little 1st graders who tried to make Blair Walsh feel better!!! And they continue to trash the Vikings and their fans. So, don’t think GB fans are so high and mighty, that’s all.
    Congratulations, Cardinals!!!!!!!
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    I have no idea what you’re talking about in reference to the 1st graders. The Packer fans applauded those kids for what they did for Walsh.

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