So, that was fun.
In a matter of 10 minutes, there was a Hail Mary to end regulation, a lackluster coin flip and then a quick touchdown in overtime. That all results in the Arizona Cardinals advancing to the NFC Championship Game with a 26-20 win over the Green Bay Packers in the divisional round.
Let's take a look at everything that transpired in this hectic battle.
First off, let's agree that Aaron Rodgers' favorite play is the Hail Mary.
Rodgers found receiver Jeff Janis on the final play of regulation for a 41-yard touchdown to send the game into overtime. Twitter, as usual, went nuts, starting with Will Brinson of CBS Sports:
Detroit Lions tight end Eric Ebron has witnessed Rodgers' magic at the end of games before. He saw the Packers quarterback beat his Lions on the final play of the game earlier this season, and he chimed in on this familiar predicament:
Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James made his feelings known:
CNN's Rachel Nichols summed up everyone's general reaction:
Dallas Cowboys receiver Brice Butler made sure to let everyone know Rodgers is endorsing State Farm well:
NFL Network could do nothing but tweet emojis:
ESPN Los Angeles' Ramona Shelburne followed up with her thoughts on the insane catch:
Dallas Mavericks superstar Dirk Nowitzki kept it short and sweet:
The touchdown had to be reviewed, as the ball appeared to come out of Janis' hands at the last minute, but he maintained possession long enough for the call to stand. One guy who knows more than anyone about the catch rule, especially against the Packers, is Dallas Cowboys star Dez Bryant:
And to top it off, Rodgers' significant other, actress Olivia Munn, was proud of her man for coming through in the clutch:
Now it's off to overtime, which usually begins with a coin toss. Referees are taught how to flip a coin, but the coin went up and came straight back down, as seen in this footage courtesy of the Cauldron:
Andy Isaac of Uproxx provided a shot of the coin not being flipped:
Busted Coverage put its own humorous twist on these coin shenanigans:
Fox Sports' Jay Glazer thought it was time to bring in the Deflategate patrol for this one:
And Tommy Beer of Basketball Insiders knew something was up from the start:
After all that nonsense took place, the Cardinals ended the game in only three plays. Carson Palmer found Larry Fitzgerald for a catch-and-run of 75 yards that put Arizona at the Green Bay 5-yard line. NFL.com's Gregg Rosenthal put it in good context after two historic plays:
ESPN Stats & Info tells us the only play longer than Fitzgerald's catch came five years prior in a historic Denver Broncos playoff victory:
B/R's Mike Freeman wondered how a Hall of Fame receiver got that much space to work with:
And of course, the game ended on a shovel pass to Fitzgerald for the game-winning touchdown to seal the deal. Yahoo Sports' Pat Forde mentioned how tough of a loss it was for Rodgers after all he did to accomplish this:
Huffington Post Sports felt awful for Packers fans everywhere:
LeBron sent his congratulations to the former NFL MVP after another great season:
SB Nation was happy just to use this GIF, now knowing the Cardinals officially won:
This was one of the more ridiculous and absurd finishes in recent NFL memory. Not just one iconic play defined its outcome, but three (with two coming from the losing side), putting a stamp on this storybook ending.
It's a second straight heartbreak for the Packers, who will fall short of the Super Bowl in overtime once again. The Cardinals now await the winner of Carolina vs. Seattle on Sunday.