Thursday Night Football: Rasul Douglas intercepts Kyler Murray in end zone to seal Packers 24-21 win

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A back-shoulder throw from Kyler Murray to A.J. Green was picked off by Rasul Douglas with 12 seconds left to play as the Green Bay Packers knocked off the NFL’s lone remaining unbeaten team 24-21 on Thursday night.

A 94-yard drive by the Cardinals had put a victory within reach for Arizona. But on second-and-goal from the Packers’ 5-yard line, Murray attempted a quick back-shoulder throw to Green that he never saw coming his way and never turned around to find. Douglas did see the incoming pass and picked it off in the end zone for a touchback to seal the Green Bay victory.

Douglas spent the first month of the season on the practice squad of the Cardinals before the Packers signed him to their active roster earlier this month.

Murray left the field limping after the play as well, as the Packers celebrated their victory.

Aaron Rodgers and the Packers were without their top three receivers for Thursday night’s game and still managed a road victory.

Rodgers tossed two touchdowns to Randall Cobb and Aaron Jones ran for a touchdown to carry the Green Bay offense. The Packers were without wide receivers Davante Adams and Allen Lazard, and defensive coordinator Joe Barry for COVID-19 reasons. Wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling was not activated off injured reserve prior to the game either leaving the Packers short-handed at receiver. Tight end Robert Tonyan would also leave in the third quarter due to a knee injury.

The Packers had appeared to have sealed the game away on a 1-yard touchdown run by Jones with 4:46 remaining. Instead, Jones was ruled short of the goal line on replay review and things then went awry for the Packers. Jones was stopped on second down before a delay of game penalty moved the Packers back to the 6-yard line. Rodgers attempted to scramble for the end zone only to again be stopped at the 1-yard line.

Rodgers completed 22 of 37 passes for 184 yards with two touchdowns for the Packers. A.J. Dillon and Jones combined for 137 yards and a touchdown on 31 carries.

Green Bay elected to go for it on fourth down but the attempt failed when Rodgers pass to Randall Cobb was batted down at the line of scrimmage by Devon Kennard.

A 23-yard strike from Murray to A.J. Green got Arizona off their own doorstep. A 29-yard completion to Christian Kirk moved the Cardinals into Green Bay territory. A high snap was corralled from Murray for a loss of eight only for Murray to bounce back with a 22-yard completion to Chase Edmonds to push inside the Green Bay red zone.

A pair of Murray runs and an Edmonds carry moved Arizona to the Green Bay 5-yard before they took their final timeout with 15 seconds remaining. Then Murray’s interception abruptly ended the night for Arizona. It was Murray’s first red zone interception of the season.

Murray completed 22 of 33 passes for 274 yards with two interceptions. It was the first time this season Murray failed to find the end zone either passing or running.

60 responses to “Thursday Night Football: Rasul Douglas intercepts Kyler Murray in end zone to seal Packers 24-21 win

  1. AJ not listening in the huddle.
    So heartbreaking. Feel for Kyler. He balled.
    AJ got some explaining to do. If Cards don’t get first seed because of this.

  2. What a bizarre sequence to end the game. Sure looked like AJ Green got distracted by something or someone in the stands…

  3. Is there a scoreboard display in that end zone where AJ Green looked like the little league kid in right field?

  4. AJ Green… wow. Frozen like a deer in the headlights. Great game with an ending ruined by one mistake from someone with enough experience to not be making those types of mistakes.

  5. Wow. Crazy game. I’m amazed the Packers were in it to begin with; with the way they were forced to play offense tonight, if Arizona had ever gone up two scores, the game would have been over. Big props to the Green Bay defense–I was sure that was going to happen by midway through the second quarter.

    I do have to ask, though. Why, at 1st-and-goal from the Arizona 1–that entire series, in fact–was the Packers running back undersized speedster Aaron Jones, rather than “The Quadfather” AJ Dillon, who had been moving the pile and racking up yards after contact all night?

    LaFleur outcoached himself at the most critical time, and left Arizona an opening that shouldn’t have been there. That INT bailed him out, big time.

  6. Cards are legit – fast and tough. Their defense made some incredible red zone stops.
    But what a game by the Packers! It was the best effort I’ve seen from them in years. Every guy on the team was going all out. You could see on the faces of some of the Cardinals late in the game, wondering “Who are these guys?” They may not have been sure where to line up, but the Packers from the bottom of the depth chart played with fire. If they get their walking wounded back, this will be a tough team to beat – or for Rodgers to leave.

  7. Sure looked like AJ Green got distracted by something or someone in the stands…
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    The only distraction he experienced was the sound of a football whistling by his ear hole on what he thought was a run play. Great game.

  8. Great game with two teams facing off with one loss between them. Packer’s came in short several players including their top 3 receivers. Arizona missing several key players as well. The Packers played well snagging three turnovers and harassing Murray all game long. Running game came through, denying Arizona the ball. Now both teams are 7-1. Great game plan by LaFleur. GO PACK GO!

  9. sweetness says:
    October 28, 2021 at 11:50 pm
    AJ not listening in the huddle.
    So heartbreaking. Feel for Kyler. He balled.
    AJ got some explaining to do. If Cards don’t get first seed because of this.


    So what did Green not hear?

  10. The defense, for once, came through for Aaron Rodgers. What a game this was, and what resilience by GB playing without 6 offensive starters by game’s end and numerous defenders being down. When this team gets healthy, watch out.

  11. This game was sloppy. Sloppy refereeing, sloppy play and (especially on the Packers’ part) sloppy coaching. Tell me why, in a game like this, the Packers had to call three time outs and then take a five yard penalty for delay of game from the 1 foot line, all because the offensive coaches couldn’t get the plays in on time. It was absolutely ridiculous, and one of the poorest coaching jobs I’ve seen since Jason Garrett iced his own kicker.

  12. Only reason I can guess it ended like it did was that Green thought it was a run play, and given that Kingsbury confirmed it was a designed pass play to him I’m pretty sure that’s exactly what happened and that Green misheard and mixed up his plays. Heartbreaking loss for Ari but great win for GB down so many receiving weapons.

  13. Let’s hear from all the Packers fans who’d been clamoring to get rid of Rodgers. Enjoy your HOF MVP QB and quit complaining.

  14. Well for those of us who watched it live … not quite the ending we expected huh as shot to the end zone then a chipshot FG if not a TD …would have been quite an OT hsd it gotten past the first possession …. but alas some guy forgot to turn his head or did the QB throw it too soon being injured and all perhaps a comment coming will explain further how it all went down.

  15. That lack of even turning to look for the pass is how I will remember Green. I guess it is just the last drive, down, in the red zone. And he didn’t even look. And no one tell me he was blocking. He was doing, wait for it, nothing.

  16. Was Aaron Jones short on the overturned call? I didn’t see “conclusive” evidence…. Even if he was….

  17. That sound of champagne bottles popping is the celebration of the 1972 Miami Dolphins.

    Only one resident still resides in perfectville!

  18. Just got home, that final play happened right in front of me and I can’t tell you what happened. AJ looked like he thought it was a running play and he was blocking, but why would it be a run play with no time outs left and seconds on the clock. Great game to witness, I hope these two teams get to go at it again in the playoffs.

  19. Hate to say it but a little bit of karma for a terrible overturn of Green Bay’s touchdown run. None of those camera angles showed anything close to overwhelming evidence to override the call. Officials in NY just trying to manipulate the game.

  20. This was an amazing game by Rodgers and LaFleur. Yes, the RBs played well, but so did the quick passing game and Rodgers had to get them into the right plays all night…until the red zone at the end.

  21. When the Packers hired Matt L, the narrative was that “all he ever did was hold a clip board next to a guy”.

    Look at what he’s done with this team in 3 years. Look how he’s done it. Now add in the off field circus.

    How he gets little or no run for COTY is beyond me. Your top 3 WRs are out, leader of the defense, and corners – go on the road, short week and beat the only undefeated team.

    I don’t know that there’s a coach that could do what Matt’s done over the last 3 years. No SB – granted but 3 year consistent contender? Rookie HC?

  22. That was not Murray’s interception, that was Green’s interception. What the heck was he doing?

  23. Not a fan of either team, but once again the NFL tries to pull the wool
    Over the National Audiences eyes.
    The NFL dropped the ball failing to review Aaron Jones’ first TD, it was close. He may have been short. No Worries, the NFL believes in 2 wrongs make a right, and Incorrectly overturn Jones’ 2nd TD. Without any clear evidence. This will ultimately set into motion what the league is really trying to do. Make The games close and more entertaining so people don’t turn off the TV. That spot the refs Gave Arizona with 15 seconds remaining for a first down when he was clearly short wad a travesty.Mission accomplished NFL. Everyone watched to the very end. Now they can brag about how good of a game it was.

  24. After watching that I doubt either team will make it far in the playoffs. The injuries are piling up and there are ten games left. Can’t wait to see what they have left after another ten games.

  25. Great game… two great teams.

    That being said… enough of Thursday night Football… both of those teams are now very,very,very beat up…

    Multiple players hurt now…

    The human body can’t get ready to play Football on so few days rest.

  26. Thanks to the real goat. No Devante Adams, no Tonyan. No problem. Doesn’t need a stacked Tampa team to get it done.

  27. I said on this site the Packers have been great despite injuries all year and predicted they would win this game, and got a lot of thumbs down. Love it.

  28. We’ve all seen Rodgers act in commercials… he’s not that great. His enthusiasm being on/with this team is as high as any of us have every seen. Dude didn’t take his issues with the Packers onto the field, that’s for sure

  29. Rodgers wins with that terrible group of wide receivers. No other QB could do it. He truly is the GOAT. Not Mr. hair plugs in Tampa.

  30. the receiver made a mistake…he had the wrong play in his head – as obvious from him BLOCKING and not looking for the ball at all.

    LOL

  31. Very few NFL fans, including me, saw this coming. The Packers put together a game plan that minimized their injury losses. Guys stepped up who most of us haven’t even heard of. Great win!

  32. Murray looked lost without Hopkins. Packers Defense won them this game all Rodgers had to do was not turn the ball over. Cardinals defense was decent but they couldn’t overcome Murray’s mistakes.

  33. AZ could NOT stop AJ Dillon…..but as impressive as the Packers were, Murray had the Cards in position to win at the end. Tough way to lose.

  34. Green with the most unaware play at crunch time. Boggles the mind even if he wasn’t primary to not be looking to make a play.

  35. AJ Green is a baller, but at the end of the game, he gets sloppy. I don’t know how many times a Bengals game ended on him running the wrong route or fumbling a ball. He’s so good at details, not sure why this happens at the end of games.

  36. Stokes and Douglas have played well enough to end the Kevin King experience.

  37. I do have to ask, though. Why, at 1st-and-goal from the Arizona 1–that entire series, in fact–was the Packers running back undersized speedster Aaron Jones, rather than “The Quadfather” AJ Dillon, who had been moving the pile and racking up yards after contact all night?
    ==========

    Jones has that nose for the endzone, we’ve seen it over and over again.

    Dillon has a knack for putting it on the ground this year.

    Thrilled Dillon is getting carries though. Once Bak returns, I’d love to see this running game in Shanahan form going into January.

  38. MortimerInMiami says:
    October 29, 2021 at 2:12 am
    That sound of champagne bottles popping is the celebration of the 1972 Miami Dolphins.

    Only one resident still resides in perfectville!
    ————————————————————-
    I’ve always found this one of the most tired and classless celebrations in sports. It’s sad and pointless and no one cares, but keep on living in the past.

    But what a great play by Douglas. That was really heads-up.

  39. Refs inconsistent as usual. First Jones TD wasn’t in, but counted because it was ruled a TD on the field. Second TD even closer, called on field, then overturned with no evidence. Wtf?

  40. Satan says:
    October 29, 2021 at 12:09 am
    “Matt LeFleur is the best head coach in the NFL.”

    Looked like LaFleur was doing his best imatation of Pete Carroll to the rest of us!

  41. It shouldn’t have been that close. Packers offense left a lot of points on the field. Packers defense dominated. MurrayVP looked lost out there.

  42. with 50% of the precincts reporting, PFT predicts the Packers will retain the NFC North title. We’re hearing Nagy and Zimmer have called MLF to concede, but Man Campbell still out here biting knee caps and thinking its not over until every ballot has been counted

  43. It was an entertaining game but there were a few things that the refs did that I found strange. One thing I found very strange is the late pass interference call against the Packers. I noticed that it wasn’t replayed and the announcers didn’t discuss it at all. I’m starting to suspect manipulation of the games. Sorry.

  44. Rogers will be missed if he leaves Green Bay regardless of what the fans there think of him. Best player on the field last night.

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