Packers-Cardinals: Breaking Down a Shootout for the Ages

Michael AkelsonCorrespondent IJanuary 10, 2010

In a game that featured the most points even in a playoff game who would have thought it would have ended on a defensive play.

Well either way thats how it ended and no matter what this is a game that will never be forgotten.

With the Packers trailing 17-0 early in the game it looked like we were in for another crappy game in a very dissapointing Wild-Card weekend. Then the game changed on a single play. The player that had carried the NFL's second ranked defense the whole year came up with a strip of Larry Fitzgerald to keep Green Bay from falling behing by a ridiculous 24 points.

This was just the beginning of what was almost one of the greatest comebacks in NFL history. Aaron Rodgers seemed nervous early in his first career playoff game, but as the game went on he looked like #4.

As the Packers fell behind 31-10 after the first possesion of the 2nd half, Arizona looked like well on their way to a blowout. However, Aaron Rodgers led the Packers down the field for a TD, and then Mike McCarthy made a great decision. Realizing that his defense could not stop the Cardinals, he onside kicked it, resulting in another Packer touchdown bringing the score to 31-24. This would just be the beginning of a back and forth game for the ages.

After a TD from each team, the Packers finally made a stop on the Cardinals. Then the Packers brought the ball down the field to tie it at 38. After both teams went back and forth for another TD. Neil Rackers attemted a 35-yard field goal, which he choked on sending the game to OT.

The Packers won the coin toss and looked like they were on their way to a sure win. On the first play of OT Aaron Rodgers overthrew Greg Jennings on a play that would have won the game. So on a 3rd and 5 somebodys defense finally made a play and it was the Cardinals. Arizona Linebacker Karlos Dansby returned a fumble 17 yards for a TD and a win.

It was a game that featured a total of 96 pointsa playoff recordand just two punts. Thats not a typojust two punts in a 60 minute game!!! Both teams played great and neither should hang their heads. A great game that won't soon be forgotten and a thriller the Cardinals will live, but better fix their defense if they expect to go into New Orleans and beat the Saints.