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Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers executed a magnificent 41-yard Hail Mary touchdown pass to wide receiver Jeff Janis with 5 seconds to go in the game to tie it 20-20
Then, when the Cardinals got the first possession in overtime, Cardinal quarterback Carson Palmer lobbed a short pass to wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald and he ran away for a 75-yard blaze to the 5 yard line and then took it in for the touchdown on a 5 yard pass to end the game.
The two teams seemed pretty evenly matched with the Packers looking a little better until the fourth quarter when the Cardinals scored 10 points and it looked like they were going to take the game. They scored a field goal at the 2 minute warning to make it 20-13.
Aaron Rodgers started at his 15 yard line and survived a sack and a penalty and with five seconds left threw a 41-yard touchdown pass to Janis to tie the game.
When the game opened up the Cardinals scored first with touchdown from wide receiver Michael Floyd; the Packers answered with kicker Mason Crosby’s 6 points to make the halftime score Cardinals 7 – Green Bay 6.
When the third quarter got underway the Packers lost the ball to the Cards on an interception at the Green Bay 48 yard line. Cardinal safety Rashad Johnson grabbed the ball and carried it for a yard. Then Cards quarterback Carson Palmer turned around and threw another interception that was grabbed by safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix at the Green Bay 19 yard line and the Packers drove back to the Cards red zone for a 8-yard touch down pass to Janis to make the score 13-7.
At the end of the third quarter the Cards were in the red zone ready to score when Packer cornerback Demarious Randall intercepted a pass at the 0 yard line and took it on a touchback to the 20 yard line. The Packers were unable to score with this possession and went to punt out city.
The fourth quarter saw the Cards rack up 10 points with a touchdown to Michael Floyd and the field goal at the 2 minute warning. to make it 20-13.
Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers visited out on downs city at 3:44 and then tied the game with five seconds to go.
At the conclusion of overtime, however, the Cardinals had won 26-20.
The Cardinals next play the Carolina Panthers 5:40 CT Sunday, Jan. 24, for the NFC conference championship at Charlotte, N.C. The Cardinals are 14-3, and the Panthers are 16-1 after defeating the Seattle Seahawks 31-24 Sunday, Jan. 17, at Charlotte.