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Packers force OT with Hail Mary to Janis

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It happened again.

Aaron Rodgers was on the run but lofted a Hail Mary pass on the final play of the regulation, and Jeff Janis caught it.

The Cardinals and Packers go to overtime tied at 20.

Dwight Freeney had a sack on the final drive that made it third and 20. Rashad Johnson got away with a lot of contact on Jeff Janis on the next play, but on fourth down Rodgers hit Janis on a deep ball.

The Packers were out of out timeouts. The Hail Mary covered 41 yards and came on a play snapped with five seconds left.

The Packers won earlier in the season on a Hail Mary in Detroit. Rodgers did it again with Randall Cobb out and no timeouts.

Janis had four catches all season. He has seven for 145 yards in this game. Due to penalty yards, he had two catches for 101 yards on the final drive.

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  1. mmack66 says: Jan 16, 2016 11:32 PM

    Wow!

  2. contra74 says: Jan 16, 2016 11:32 PM

    Better to be lucky than good right?

  3. nhpats says: Jan 16, 2016 11:32 PM

    Unbelievable……

  4. rrhoe says: Jan 16, 2016 11:32 PM

    Wow!!!!!

  5. revelation123 says: Jan 16, 2016 11:33 PM

    Best throw of all time?

  6. frenchysgoldfish says: Jan 16, 2016 11:33 PM

    Carson! Clear your throat!

  7. stevent92 says: Jan 16, 2016 11:33 PM

    Luckiest team in NFL history

  8. pphins4life12 says: Jan 16, 2016 11:33 PM

    Wow

  9. jh500 says: Jan 16, 2016 11:33 PM

    but it didnt flip!

  10. Della Street says: Jan 16, 2016 11:33 PM

    Good. Not a fan of either team, but GB was getting screwed on the calls.

  11. huthuthaiku says: Jan 16, 2016 11:33 PM

    The Packers are blessed
    And the Vikings are just cursed
    Because their fans suck

  12. vancouversportsbro says: Jan 16, 2016 11:33 PM

    This game is insane. It is going to be one of those games talked about twenty years from now. Just watch one of these two teams win the super bowl off of all this madness.

  13. heybackatyou says: Jan 16, 2016 11:33 PM

    …this is crazy magic we are seeing.

  14. mr1drful says: Jan 16, 2016 11:34 PM

    Rodgers put on his big boy pants to make that throw. Awesome.

  15. buttfumbles says: Jan 16, 2016 11:34 PM

    It didn’t flip

  16. rrhoe says: Jan 16, 2016 11:34 PM

    Not to mention the Cardinals td shouldn’t have counted.

  17. taintedsaints2009 says: Jan 16, 2016 11:34 PM

    Bruce Arians should be fired.

  18. dexx57 says: Jan 16, 2016 11:34 PM

    VBest play of the year, sweet after the refs missed calls

  19. kpweaver27 says: Jan 16, 2016 11:35 PM

    Unbelievable how these corners just don’t understand you can’t defend hail mary passes from behind the receivers. I have serious doubts if Janis truly possessed the ball, but the officials were never going to overturn that.

  20. richcranium2112 says: Jan 16, 2016 11:35 PM

    What more can be done to give this game to AZ?

    These refs suck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonsAndNeverToReturn says: Jan 16, 2016 11:35 PM

    Aaron Rodgers is just freaking amazing!

  22. mmmcusa says: Jan 16, 2016 11:36 PM

    There is not another QB in the league that could make that throw! Aaron Rogers is the best end of game QB in the NFL, perhaps ever.

  23. Deb says: Jan 16, 2016 11:37 PM

    What a play!!!!! Twice in one season!!! Can’t believe I’m seeing this!!!

    And now look at Larry!!!

  24. mlenenski says: Jan 16, 2016 11:39 PM

    Fantastic shovel pass!

  25. dexx57 says: Jan 16, 2016 11:39 PM

    Why wasnt anybody covering Fitzgerald ?

  26. thegr8rayfinkle says: Jan 16, 2016 11:39 PM

    Rather lose on a missed field goal than leave a great wideout like Fitzgerald wide open. Fitting end to a team that thinks it’s smarter than they really are.

  27. philtration says: Jan 16, 2016 11:39 PM

    One and done…. Hahahahahaaa!

  28. ariani1985 says: Jan 16, 2016 11:40 PM

    Losers!

  29. rrhoe says: Jan 16, 2016 11:40 PM

    What a game!!!!!!

  30. minnescrotums says: Jan 16, 2016 11:40 PM

    thegr8rayfinkle says:
    Jan 16, 2016 11:39 PM
    Rather lose on a missed field goal than leave a great wideout like Fitzgerald wide open. Fitting end to a team that thinks it’s smarter than they really are.

    —–

    This is why you’re single.

  31. wadi79 says: Jan 16, 2016 11:40 PM

    How does it feel GB? Losers

  32. jagsfanugh says: Jan 16, 2016 11:40 PM

    Cardinals won!

  33. h0metownzero says: Jan 16, 2016 11:40 PM

    What a great football game. Just awesome. Congrats to the Cardinals. You earned it.

  34. jrossizzle says: Jan 16, 2016 11:40 PM

    Fitztastic ending. Relax all off season Aaron!!!

  35. carloswlassiter says: Jan 16, 2016 11:41 PM

    Aaron Rogers is the greatest QB I’ve ever seen.

  36. middy84 says: Jan 16, 2016 11:41 PM

    GB YOU SUCK. CARDS WIN!!!!!

  37. Bojangles says: Jan 16, 2016 11:41 PM

    Fitz just ruined the Packers hopes and dreams.

  38. revelation123 says: Jan 16, 2016 11:41 PM

    The injury plagued Packers did everything they could to win it, but they couldn’t beat the refs, injuries, and cardinals all at the same time. The better team lost today.

  39. ninefingers9 says: Jan 16, 2016 11:41 PM

    Delicious!

  40. minnescrotums says: Jan 16, 2016 11:41 PM

    philtration says:
    Jan 16, 2016 11:39 PM
    One and done…. Hahahahahaha!

    —-

    Two and done.

    Vikings fans can’t even count.

  41. x716199121 says: Jan 16, 2016 11:41 PM

    Never should have happened because the refs missed hands to the face in the endzone on that 4th and 20 throw.

  42. dansardo says: Jan 16, 2016 11:41 PM

    Whoever comes out of the afc is going to clown stomp the nfc team. The nfc is weak sauce this year

  43. greenbaylibrarybreathalyzer says: Jan 16, 2016 11:41 PM

    And now look at Larry!!!!!

    There’s your Dagger choker fans…….

    Provided by a Minnesota kid, born and raised,

    Mn Viking ball boy growing up….

    Hates the pack, and singlehandedly sent your team home…

    The world is right again.

  44. pkrlvr says: Jan 16, 2016 11:41 PM

    Man I hate to make excuses but these refs were terrible. So much PI! Ridiculous. Awesome game though.

  45. downtoearth1972 says: Jan 16, 2016 11:42 PM

    Should have gone for 2.

  46. theolballcoach says: Jan 16, 2016 11:42 PM

    Even the refs couldn’t save he the pack LOL LOL
    LOLOL
    LOL
    LOL

  47. jjfootball says: Jan 16, 2016 11:42 PM

    Boring for 3 quarters, and then Dammmmmmmmmmmm!

  48. filthymcnasty3 says: Jan 16, 2016 11:42 PM

    That was Frazier vs. Ali. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a better football game.

    Congratulations to the Cardinals and their fans.

  49. dynalee10 says: Jan 16, 2016 11:43 PM

    Haha Packman 52 enjoy the long offseason !

  50. dreemeagle says: Jan 16, 2016 11:43 PM

    this is absolute garbage;

    if you want Princess Rodgers in the super bowl against Princesses Brady or Manning, NFL, why not just say so?

    oh, that’s right, you already did, back in Detroit when Green Bay were clearly beaten out of the playoffs before one of your blind stooges stepped in…

    bad as the old AFL was at times, they never resorted to shams like this;

  51. bear322015 says: Jan 16, 2016 11:43 PM

    Thanks Larry! We can say Minnesota beat Green Bay!

  52. number1hawkfan says: Jan 16, 2016 11:43 PM

    Relax, R-e-l-a-x. Let not act like that was some great throw. He’s a great QB but not as great as everyone makes him out to be.

  53. pervyspankspackfans says: Jan 16, 2016 11:43 PM

    Larry Fitzgerald, MN boy….there is your dagger! Bahaaaaa

  54. cwifyou says: Jan 16, 2016 11:44 PM

    Loved the Hail Mary…look close at the replay as the ball hit the ground.

    It was a make up call as the officials screwed the Packers over and over prior.

  55. In Teddy We Trust says: Jan 16, 2016 11:44 PM

    Only the Packers. Has any team in NFL history completed two game-winning or tieing Hail Mary’s in one season?

    Sorry it only delayed the inevitable, Packers. Hurts, doesn’t it?

  56. tjacks7 says: Jan 16, 2016 11:44 PM

    mmmcusa says:

    There is not another QB in the league that could make that throw! Aaron Rogers is the best end of game QB in the NFL, perhaps ever.

    Yes. 10 come from behind 4th quarter drives to tie or win on 10+ years. He’s actually one of the worst…

  57. rankster1950 says: Jan 16, 2016 11:44 PM

    The hand of god

  58. allight59 says: Jan 16, 2016 11:44 PM

    At least Packer had exciting, last playoff game for the next five years….8 and 8 next year…

  59. jjfootball says: Jan 16, 2016 11:44 PM

    Yeah Cards win!

  60. staffordsyear says: Jan 16, 2016 11:44 PM

    Not for long! Lol.

  61. shlort says: Jan 16, 2016 11:44 PM

    The Packers should have gone for 2 at the end of regulation. The officiating was ridiculously biased toward Arizona. I have never botched about officiating, but some of those calls and non calls were ridiculous.

  62. minnesotablizzard says: Jan 16, 2016 11:45 PM

    Floyd and Fitz both from Minnesota lolololol

  63. 1pavikingfan says: Jan 16, 2016 11:45 PM

    No worries Cards, the better team will win. Congrats !!!

  64. gtodriver says: Jan 16, 2016 11:45 PM

    Thanks, Larry!

    Former Vikings ballboy wins the game in OT!

  65. ariani1985 says: Jan 16, 2016 11:45 PM

    Packers are losers yet again!

  66. jag1959 says: Jan 16, 2016 11:45 PM

    richcranium2112 says:
    Jan 16, 2016 11:35 PM

    What more can be done to give this game to AZ?

    These refs suck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    ___________________

    Really? How can you see a play like that and have that be what you come away with. Just an incredible throw

  67. orivar says: Jan 16, 2016 11:45 PM

    I’m an Eagles fan so not a homer and that was one of the best football games in a long while.

  68. The Almighty Cabbage says: Jan 16, 2016 11:45 PM

    What a crazy, crazy game. Yeah, there were some missed calls and I surely wish they had not been missed, but calls are missed both ways in every game. The way to avoid that is to be winning convincingly enough that any missed calls won’t matter.

    Fitzgerald refused to be denied at the end. All I can really say to that is kudos to Fitzgerald and the Cards in general.

  69. emoney826 says: Jan 16, 2016 11:46 PM

    Losers? One and done? You Minnesota people are idiots. One and done would be your team. Losers would be your team.

    GTFOH with your whining. Your team may have got lucky and won a division title, but the packers still got farther than you. You would have got blown out of you played the cardinals today with baby hands tossing 100 yards and AP fumbling.

  70. filthymcnasty3 says: Jan 16, 2016 11:46 PM

    It’s a shame these two teams can’t play each other every week. It was an honor watching this game.

  71. xavier179 says: Jan 16, 2016 11:46 PM

    Thank goodness we don’t have to see diva Rodgers in the championship game

  72. theneedforspeeed says: Jan 16, 2016 11:46 PM

    Great win by the Cards and Larry Fitzgerald!

  73. nhpats says: Jan 16, 2016 11:47 PM

    Fitzgerald played one heck of a game…..awesome.

  74. johngaltx says: Jan 16, 2016 11:47 PM

    75 yards? 11 Packer players lose one of the all time great wide receivers then let him run 75 yards??? Unbelievable!

  75. stellarperformance says: Jan 16, 2016 11:48 PM

    I couldn’t be prouder. There’s always next year, and they’ll be back. It sure was fun to watch. The fans at the game sure got their money’s worth.

  76. contra74 says: Jan 16, 2016 11:48 PM

    Packer tears are great

  77. sidepull says: Jan 16, 2016 11:48 PM

    That was a sick throw and sick catch with back to the wall. All for naught though. Great game.

  78. ariani1985 says: Jan 16, 2016 11:48 PM

    Losers! See packers!

  79. stellarperformance says: Jan 16, 2016 11:49 PM

    I am now throwing my support behind the Cardinals.

  80. chriskap11 says: Jan 16, 2016 11:49 PM

    This was a great game, it’s why I love football

  81. thegr8rayfinkle says: Jan 16, 2016 11:49 PM

    All cardinal touchdowns scored by Minnesotans. Dagger.

  82. cwifyou says: Jan 16, 2016 11:49 PM

    The tackling on that 75 yard play was bad…real bad.

  83. zooropeanx says: Jan 16, 2016 11:49 PM

    Teddy Bridgewater saw that 2nd Rodgers Hail Mary and still insisted Rodgers should have gone for the check down.

    Great game and congrats to AZ.

  84. milwaukeeguy says: Jan 16, 2016 11:50 PM

    Winner of Seattle- Carolina game goes to the Super Bowl.

  85. bleck5 says: Jan 16, 2016 11:50 PM

    Lovely loss for Greenbay. A punch to the gut.

  86. patsfan112 says: Jan 16, 2016 11:50 PM

    So the Packers try to get lucky with another Hail Mary and they STILL lose! Whoops! Maybe next year, Cheeseheads. lol

  87. spyboots says: Jan 16, 2016 11:50 PM

    Palmer to Fitzgerald – best throw of the game!

  88. screamingyellowzonkers says: Jan 16, 2016 11:50 PM

    Packer FAIL !

    The darling super bowl pick.
    Going to run away with the division.
    Gift calls from the refs.
    Choke at the end of the year to lose division.
    Come back only to CHOKE in OT.

    Epic FAIL !

  89. asherallencanttackle says: Jan 16, 2016 11:50 PM

    Great game. Congratulations to Green Bay and Minnesota for representing the NFC North so well this year.

  90. youngs79 says: Jan 16, 2016 11:50 PM

    Packers got beat by a former Vikings ball boy! Can’t make it up.

  91. 700levelvet says: Jan 16, 2016 11:51 PM

    Its amazing how great this game was with the horrible officiating…

  92. filthymcnasty3 says: Jan 16, 2016 11:51 PM

    I seriously couldn’t be happier for Larry Fitzgerald, Carson Palmer and Bruce Arians. Those guys played their asses off. Our guys did too.

    What a tremendous battle. Congratulations Cardinal fans.

  93. cwifyou says: Jan 16, 2016 11:52 PM

    Cards fans in denial over the officials . Hilarious.

  94. taintedsaints2009 says: Jan 16, 2016 11:52 PM

    Patrick Peterson should be ashamed of his effort on that Hail Mary. The number one rule of a defender on a Hail Mary is to never let the receiver box you out. Good heavens how much is he paid?

  95. purpleguy says: Jan 16, 2016 11:53 PM

    Great game, fun to watch. Hope tomorrow’s games are as good.

  96. huskie67 says: Jan 16, 2016 11:54 PM

    Bruce Arians is a pompus ass. Hope they get rubbed into the turf next round

  97. guessthenguessagain says: Jan 16, 2016 11:54 PM

    How many times must the wretched and hapless Packers team blow a lead to lose in the playoffs before their equally wretched fans realize that the team’s death spiral into has-been mediocrity is now in it’s third year? One….. And…. Done.

  98. thegr8rayfinkle says: Jan 16, 2016 11:55 PM

    What a game!!!!!!

    minnescrotums
    Jan 16, 2016, 10:40 PM CST
    thegr8rayfinkle says:
    Jan 16, 2016 11:39 PM
    Rather lose on a missed field goal than leave a great wideout like Fitzgerald wide open. Fitting end to a team that thinks it’s smarter than they really are.

    —–

    This is why you’re single

    ______________________________
    And Costco has a sale on facial tissues. I suggest you stock up, it’s going to be a long wait until your Packers play again.

  99. luckyjim1980 says: Jan 16, 2016 11:56 PM

    Never should’ve been an OT. Janis clearly didn’t have control of the ball on the game tying TD.

    It astonishes me that so many commenters here think GB was on the wrong end of poor officiating, because that simply wasn’t the case. On all of the alleged PI non calls the AZ defenders were guilty of nothing more than incidental contact. The Packers and their fans have gotten so used to receiving preferential treatment from the zebras that they scream bloody murder when they don’t get it. Witness the hysterical– and disgraceful– performance of Mike McCarthy tonight. In his insular little mind, every game should be officiated in the manner of the Thursday night injustice against the Lions. Thankfully, tonight’s game wasn’t.

    Mike McCarthy is the new Tony Dungy, and Aaron Rodgers is the new Peyton Manning. If you want to beat them, you have to give 200%, because you have to beat the referees as well.

  100. mediasloppy says: Jan 16, 2016 11:56 PM

    Most QB’s can throw 40 yards. If anyone deserves credit it’s Janis. However, Fitz weaving through Packer defenders for 75 yards was the most amazing.

  101. nfliferfan22 says: Jan 16, 2016 11:57 PM

    I really wish someone would just punch Collinsworth in the jaw!

  102. Wisconsin's Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says: Jan 16, 2016 11:57 PM

    I really hate Karma. A lot.

  103. huskie67 says: Jan 16, 2016 11:58 PM

    Officiating was terrible in this game. An embarrassment to NFL

  104. stellarperformance says: Jan 16, 2016 11:59 PM

    In Teddy We Trust says:
    Jan 16, 2016 11:44 PM
    Only the Packers. Has any team in NFL history completed two game-winning or tieing Hail Mary’s in one season?

    Sorry it only delayed the inevitable, Packers. Hurts, doesn’t it?
    ////////////////////////////////

    Nope. Not with the kind of up-and-down season they had. They’ll draft heavy on receivers and contend again.

  105. huskie67 says: Jan 17, 2016 12:02 AM

    Lucky take your meds you are delusional. Trying to punch the ball out which he didn’t accomplish after Janis gains control is on the ground and play is over is not a bobble. Now Fitzgerald ref gift was the definition of incomplete.

  106. huskie67 says: Jan 17, 2016 12:05 AM

    Guest hen. Oops you flunked math. One and done is what happened to Minny.

  107. conormacleod says: Jan 17, 2016 12:05 AM

    No complaints about officials. They let the players decode the game. Non calls on both sides all game long. It’s the way it should be.

  108. revelation123 says: Jan 17, 2016 12:09 AM

    The Cardinals aren’t good enough to win a SB with that type of performance. Green Bay looked like the better team all game long, while the Cardinals got a fluke tipped TD along with a bunch of favorable missed calls by the refs.

  109. Chuck Wood says: Jan 17, 2016 12:11 AM

    Green Bay played their hearts out and left it all out on the field, Soooo proud of ’em! Great job AZ- you deserved the win. The Pack had their backs to the wall and were playing on house money- you guys hung in there and battled and won the game. Green Bay has nothing to be ashamed of- in fact- they exceeded my expectations. GREAT GAME CARDS!! GOOD LUCK IN THE PLAYOFFS! GO PACK GO!!!

  110. jeydrade says: Jan 17, 2016 12:12 AM

    Great game – Congrats Arizona!!

    That hail mary was awesome once again. We made it close, but didn’t finish. I”m not even that upset, that was a great way to end the season even if we didn’t win. If you weren’t entertained, you aren’t a football fan.

    Haters can be haters. I’m still smiling either way.

  111. suncawy says: Jan 17, 2016 12:20 AM

    Why was that a catch ? He’s going to the ground and Janis never had true possession of the ball, you can see it moving out. He briefly has it before the Cardinal defender knocked it out. He didn’t complete the process of the catch. It was a great game, but what the heck is catch ?

  112. Same Ol' 1 and Done Vikes says: Jan 17, 2016 12:28 AM

    Better to be lucky than good right?
    ————–
    Apparently you didn’t see the throw falling away with a defender in his face? Teddy Bustwater could only dream of throwing that ball 45 yards in that situation. And then the WR has to make that improbably catch????

    Yeah, all luck. But nobody expects much from a Vikes fan when it comes to logic. You losers earned 50 years of no championships and choking in the SB.

  113. Same Ol' 1 and Done Vikes says: Jan 17, 2016 12:29 AM

    No complaints about officials. They let the players decode the game. Non calls on both sides all game long. It’s the way it should be.
    ===================
    Please tell me which play the Packers defender pulls the WR’s hand down to prevent him from catching the football. I’ll wait.

  114. Same Ol' 1 and Done Vikes says: Jan 17, 2016 12:34 AM

    He didn’t complete the process of the catch. It was a great game, but what the heck is catch ?
    ———–
    Apparently you didn’t notice his other hand between the ground and the ball when the ball was knocked loose for a second? You’d have a better argument if the ball ever hit the ground, but it didn’t.

  115. h0metownzero says: Jan 17, 2016 12:34 AM

    Is it me, or are Viking fans raging harder than usual?

    Your team had a nice little season – by Viking standards. Your people should be happy.

  116. Same Ol' 1 and Done Vikes says: Jan 17, 2016 12:40 AM

    Is it me, or are Viking fans raging harder than usual?
    Your team had a nice little season – by Viking standards. Your people should be happy.
    ——————–
    I live in Minnesota. I can tell you first hand that Vikings fans have been besides themselves after Bert Favre and Adrian Peterson choked away the 2009 NFCCG only to watch Aaron Rodgers and the Packers win the SB the following year.

  117. In Teddy We Trust says: Jan 17, 2016 12:46 AM

    Are the Vikings the only team that knows how to defend a Hail Mary? If all of the defenders are behind the receiver, it isn’t that tough of a catch to make.

  118. wheezerswin says: Jan 17, 2016 12:50 AM

    This just proves how much better the packers are than the queens. No Jordy no Cobb no Adams no Montgomery and the packers get screwed by the refs and they still took one of the best teams in the NFL to OT. Hats off to Bruce Ariens and the cards!!! Can’t wait til next year when the Pack rule!

  119. packerssuckcheese says: Jan 17, 2016 1:11 AM

    Typical choke job by the packers! Why even throw a hail marry if you can’t win in overtime! Haha

    Hope we don’t see those chokers in the playoffs for years to come!

  120. itsgettingchippy says: Jan 17, 2016 1:12 AM

    wadi79 says:
    Jan 16, 2016 11:40 PM

    How does it feel GB? Losers
    ________________________________

    In all honesty, it actually feels pretty good. Arizona is a tough opponent and overall GB played a great game. GB was in the game ’til the very end.

    Sure, it would have felt much better had GB won, but after that Hail Mary I told myself that whatever happened in overtime I would be okay with it. I was happy to watch an exciting and great game. Congrats to the Cards.

  121. Same Ol' 1 and Done Vikes says: Jan 17, 2016 1:14 AM

    Typical choke job by the packers! Why even throw a hail marry if you can’t win in overtime! Haha

    Hope we don’t see those chokers in the playoffs for years to come!
    ———————————
    Based on history…..your team won’t even be in the playoffs again. While the Packers will likely be going on 8 years in a row. Teddy Bustwater will never win a playoff game, that much is obvious.

  122. Flyover States Hate West Coast Winners says: Jan 17, 2016 1:16 AM

    In Teddy We Trust says:
    Jan 17, 2016 12:46 AM
    Are the Vikings the only team that knows how to defend a Hail Mary? If all of the defenders are behind the receiver, it isn’t that tough of a catch to make.
    ======
    Great point. To be honest, I was kind of expecting the Cardinals to screw that up, and I wasn’t surprised that they did. I was also wondering why they didn’t put Fitz on the field for that play, especially in light of all the chatter about how the Lions should’ve put Calvin Johnson in to defend that last Hail Mary in week 13. I think you take your best WR and put him in the game, if you know it all comes down to a Hail Mary.

  123. Same Ol' 1 and Done Vikes says: Jan 17, 2016 1:29 AM

    Memo to horrible Vikings trolls sick of winning nothing in 50 years: Choking is missing a chip shot field goal for the win. Not losing on the road to a team that is favored to win by 7 points in overtime.

  124. Same Ol' 1 and Done Vikes says: Jan 17, 2016 1:31 AM

    especially in light of all the chatter about how the Lions should’ve put Calvin Johnson in to defend that last Hail Mary in week 13.
    ————-
    Nobody, including the Lions coaches believed that any QB including Rodgers was even capable of throwing a Hail Mary 70 yards in the air. A QB like Teddy Bustwater would be lucky to throw it 50.

  125. lanski5 says: Jan 17, 2016 1:32 AM

    The Hail Mary was a catch for two reasons.
    1. Janis caught and controlled the ball all the way down till he was laying on the ground, at which point he play is over as defenders made contact with him.
    2. Even thought the ball was punched (after Janis was already down) the ball didn’t touch the ground, Janis had his arm under it. Open your eyes.

    Call this a lucky play if you want, this is the play that was called and executed perfectly twice in one season. Now score a TD off a deflection, THAT is the definition of luck, it could just as easily been intercepted or fallen to the ground.

  126. ariani1985 says: Jan 17, 2016 1:35 AM

    Packers have ZERO championships since choke gate! ZERO!

  127. packerssuckcheese says: Jan 17, 2016 1:35 AM

    ven be in the playoffs again. While the Packers will likely be going on 8 years in a row. Teddy Bustwater will never win a playoff game, that much is obvious.

    ———————————————————————

    Won’t win a game, Hmm the kids is young! For the packers start 6-0, lose the division, and now a collapse which they should have won!

    CHOKERS

    Choke on that big cheese why don’t ya! That is just the start of bad things to come in choketown!

  128. truths4all says: Jan 17, 2016 1:42 AM

    The Janis TD was not a real catch as he did not have control of the ball to the ground. Once the Cards saw that, they punched it from laying on Janis’ stomach and it touched the ground while he did not have control of it.

    It was an incomplete pass, but the NFL would never rule against Rodgers and the Packers, much less hyping all of this and adding to the NFL’s list of WOW plays.

    Too bad for the cheaters that Fitzgerald took over the game and righted the wrong.

    BTW, the refs refused to call ALL OF THE HOLDING that the Packers offensive line did during their time Rodgers was running around. So it was merely Justice that the Cards won even though Carson Palmer stunk it up and the Cards coaches were TOTALLY outcoached.

  129. packertruth says: Jan 17, 2016 1:44 AM

    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.

  130. conormacleodisloosebutthole says: Jan 17, 2016 1:47 AM

    Come on fellow Packer fans. Don’t blame the refs that is something losers (looking at you Minnesota) do!

    We didn’t play well all season and we shouldn’t expect to turn it on in one game.

    Be happy with a good year. Still did better than anyone else in the North.

    Now that all of that is out of the way: someone needs to check Arians blood pressure. He was so red. He is going to drop dead on the sidelines before this post season is over.

  131. graymalkin26 says: Jan 17, 2016 1:57 AM

    So happy fake Fudgepackers lost….

  132. selfpromotingqb says: Jan 17, 2016 5:47 AM

    Clete Blakeman is working for the Packers.
    Kept them in the game by taking away the Cardinals pick 6 in the 1st quarter. 10 point swing.

  133. selfpromotingqb says: Jan 17, 2016 5:50 AM

    Over rated pouty face

  134. selfpromotingqb says: Jan 17, 2016 6:02 AM

    When I saw Clete Blakeman was the referee I knew the Cardinals were going to need a huge effort to win the game.
    Mike McCarthy has gotten so used to getting calls from the referees he is becoming a disgrace. His hysterical antics should be highlighted. Give him the Jay Cutler treatment and stick a camera on him every minute. The NFL could charge a fee for an all game view of this Yinzer.

  135. saxmachine69 says: Jan 17, 2016 6:44 AM

    Does anyone else find it hilarious the announcers spent 10 mins each play to examine why it was pass interference against the packers when they don’t even mention questionable calls for other teams.

    So all the Green Bay fans that were thankful they got to play Washington…., does it really matter. 2nd in the division and watching the NFC championship on The couch with us Vikings. At least you don’t have Blair Walsh

  136. noteamforlosangeles says: Jan 17, 2016 8:15 AM

    Great game…Nice to see many classy posts from Packer fans to offset all of the schadenfreude posts from Vikings fans.

  137. lindacaseauthor says: Jan 17, 2016 8:17 AM

    huskie67 says:
    Jan 17, 2016 12:05 AM
    Guest hen. Oops you flunked math. One and done is what happened to Minny.
    ———————–
    Yeah, but we had a better record, won the division, have a higher draft pick, and are going into a beautiful new stadium that will host a Super Bowl. What did you Cheeseheads end up with? Not much. #JordyNelsonwontsavetheCheesers.

  138. borderline1988 says: Jan 17, 2016 8:54 AM

    I don’t think the ball ever hit the ground, even after it was punched out. How that was NOT a catch if the ball never hit the ground, i don’t know. What a great play by Janis.

    It was embarrassing to see Fitzgerald run 75 yards…there were three defenders cornering him against the sideline with no blockers, and they let him cut back to the middle of the field. Inexcusable.

  139. lindacaseauthor says: Jan 17, 2016 9:45 AM

    emoney826 says:
    Jan 16, 2016 11:46 PM
    Losers? One and done? You Minnesota people are idiots. One and done would be your team. Losers would be your team.

    GTFOH with your whining. Your team may have got lucky and won a division title, but the packers still got farther than you. You would have got blown out of you played the cardinals today with baby hands tossing 100 yards and AP fumbling.
    ———————-
    The truth is you advanced by winning against a JV team and you seem to forget that we played toe to toe against the Cards during the regular season in comparison to a team blown out 38-8 so we’ll never know if the Vikings could have beat the Cards in the post season, now do we? Furthermore, except for that final drive with Fitz, I just don’t think Carson Palmer or the Cards defense played well. I dunno, coulda been nerves since this was Palmer’s first playoff win ever, in all the years he’s played, so the pressure was huge. And luck had nothing to do with our division win–our defense decimated A-Rod with sacks and pressure and keeping him in the pocket so he couldn’t escape right, a sure recipe to beat the sorry Cheeseheads. Other teams take note.

  140. shlort says: Jan 17, 2016 10:34 AM

    he maturity level of the Vikings fans is something all Minnesotans should be proud of. They always take the high road! LOL.

    The Packers proved they belong in the playoffs. Arizona hopes that is their toughest game this post season. The game was decided on who made a play when it mattered. Viking fans act like it was a blow out. The viking fans dreaded the idea that the Packers were poised to pull out a victory. Viking fans fear.

    Another thing for any fan to consider. The players don’t care about football near as much as fans do. The players consider it a job, they are not fans of the team. When they win, they do not celebrate with or for you. When they lose they do not feel bad for fans. It is all about the players and how much money they can make by going far in the game. That is it.

  141. cwifyou says: Jan 17, 2016 10:49 AM

    Cards fans still in denial over the officiating.

  142. swu32733 says: Jan 17, 2016 10:50 AM

    I had no dog in this hunt but what a great football game. Somebody up there liked Arizona. The last two Rogers passes were unbelievable.

  143. cwifyou says: Jan 17, 2016 10:55 AM

    Search this at ESPN. little-used-packers-receiver-jeff-janis-forces-ot-on-hail-mary

    Look at the video at 17-18 seconds …the ball touched the ground.

  144. gopackgocausecowboysblow says: Jan 17, 2016 2:58 PM

    ariani1985 says:
    Jan 17, 2016 1:35 AM
    Packers have ZERO championships since choke gate! ZERO!

    Vikings have ZERO CHAMPIONSHIPS SINCE FOUNDING!

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