Arizona Cardinals vs. Green Bay Packers: Live Score, Highlights and Analysis
The Green Bay Packers beat the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday by the score of 31-17 to improve to 6-3 on the season.
The Cardinals tried to make a game of it in the third quarter when they scored 14 unanswered points and pulled within seven points of the Packers, but they couldn't pull it off.
Arizona fell to 4-5 on the season.
Meanwhile, the Packers enter the bye week on a roll and could really use the rest after wide receiver Jordy Nelson, linebacker Clay Matthews and tackle Bryan Bulaga all left Sunday's game with injuries and didn't return.
Box score courtesy of ESPN.com.
1:50 in the 4th quarter
It's hard to blame Patrick Peterson for trying to make a play.
The only chance the Cardinals had of winning the ball game was with some sort of improbable touchdown.
That being said, the move backfired and all the Packers have to do is kneel on the ball as the Cardinals are out of timeouts.
2:20 in the 4th quarter
A pass broken up by Packers cornerback Casey Hayward has effectively ended any chance the Cardinals have of winning the game.
Hayward has had a terrific first season in the NFL, and only continued his string of solid play with his pass break up.
3:27 in the 4th quarter
A fourth down conversion by Michael Floyd has kept the game alive for the Cardinals.
They're on life support right now, but they're one big play away from scoring.
4:34 in the 4th quarter
Even though the Packers couldn't score, they helped run a lot of time off the clock by converting several first downs and keeping the ball out of the hands of the Cardinals.
The game isn't over yet, but the Cardinals would have to score quickly and somehow get the ball back once again, all with less than five minutes remaining in the game. Tall task.
9:34 in the 4th quarter
Ever since the Packers stuffed the Cardinals on third-and-1 in the red zone late in the third quarter, things have been looking up since that time.
First a long touchdown by Tom Crabtree and now forcing the Cardinals to punt. A touchdown here might cause Packers radio broadcaster Wayne Larrivee to give his trademark "dagger" call.
11:06 in the 4th quarter
The Packers running game may have had good success early in the game, but they'll really be put to the test now.
With a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter, the Packers will be looking to run out the clock as much as possible.
The onus falls on James Starks and Alex Green and the offensive line.
15:00 in the 4th quarter
Tom Crabtree's 72-yard touchdown is the longest by the Packers offense so far this season.
It was only the sixth time Crabtree has touched the football all year, but he has three touchdowns on the season.
0:41 in the 3rd quarter
The Packers stuffed an attempt on third-and-1 inside the five-yard line to hold the Cardinals to a field goal.
Had the Cardinals been down by 14 points, it probably would have been an easy decision to go for it on fourth down, but instead they chose to kick a field goal.
2:24 in the 3rd quarter
With the exception of an interception by Erik Walden, it's been all Cardinals so far the second half.
They have an opportunity to score a touchdown an bring the lead down to only three.
5:23 in the 3rd quarter
Here's a good summation of the Packers struggles in the second half from Mike Vandermause of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel...
#Packers offense has gone dark in 2nd half. No first downs in 4 possessions. In four series, they have gained 9, 2, 2 and 9 yards.— Mike Vandermause (@MikeVandermause) November 4, 2012
6:57 in the 3rd quarter
After having so much success on the ground early in the game, the Packers failed to convert on third-and-1 and have punted back to the Cardinals.
Right now the tide is turning in favor of the Cardinals, but they're still down by at least two scores and have a lot of ground to make up.
8:21 in the 3rd quarter
The Cardinals have a little bit of momentum on their side.
Not only did the Packers lose a challenge on a ruling that LaRod Stephens-Howling was down, they lost the opportunity to challenge any more calls the rest of the game.
That set up Larry Fitzergald's touchdown reception and suddenly the Cardinals are only down by 10.
9:56 in the 3rd quarter
Despite a lopsided score and three touchdown passes by Aaron Rodgers, the Packers quarterback really doesn't have dominant stats.
Rodgers has completed less than 50 percent of his passes so far (11-of-25) for only 137 yards, but the ones he's completed he's made count.
And obviously it helps when the run game is taking pressure off the passing game.
Rob Demovsky, a Packers beat reporter from the Green Bay Press-Gazette tweeted the following, referencing dropped passes by Cardinals receivers...
Rob Housler and Early Doucet have really killed the Cardinals today. And that punter from @ohiou hasn't been good, either.— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) November 4, 2012
A shot was also taken at Cardinals punter Dave Zastudil whose last punt went off the side of his foot and has given the Packers good field position.
13:12 in the 3rd quarter
After missing a 44-yard field goal early in the game, Mason Crosby got back on the right foot by converting a 33-yard field goal to make it a three-possession game.
The Cardinals have to get something going fast to stay in this game.
13:57 in the 3rd quarter
That didn't last long for the Cardinals.
Erik Walden came up with an interception on a batted ball and the Packers have evened the turnover battle 1-1.
The Packers don't have far to drive to get into scoring position. They're probably already in field goal range if Mason Crosby can convert.
14:03 in the 3rd quarter
The Cardinals have forced the Packers to punt on their first possession of the third quarter.
That's a step in the right direction, but they need to get something going on offense to get back into the game.
14:22 in the 3rd quarter
The Cardinals have suffered an injury of their own. O'Brien Schofield appears to have gotten his ankle caught underneath teammate Darnell Dockett.
Schofield is being attended to by trainers. Updates forthcoming as details becoming available.
Cardinals fans looking for the silver lining can take solace that the Cardinals have yet to turn the ball over so far on Sunday.
However, that's about the only thing they have going for them. Quarterback John Skelton has done very little so far with a 59.2 passer rating at halftime.
The Packers have 19 carries for 126 yards at halftime, an average of 6.6 yards per carry. It's been a long time since the Packers have had that much production in one half from their ground game.
The Cardinals can boast of a sack of Aaron Rodgers and an interception by William Gay on the Packers quarterback, but have a difficult time finding any consistency.
The biggest problem is on offense where they just can't keep the chains moving.
Larry Fitzgerald has three catches for a mostly harmless 27 yards as the Packers have kept Fitzgerald in front of them.
0:24 in the 2nd quarter
Just when it looked like the Cardinals might get something going with three straight completions, they gave up a sack, had a dropped pass and threw one more incomplete on three consecutive plays to punt away the football before halftime.
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