Every great or memorable NFL playoff game has a nickname.
When someone mentions “The Drive,” you automatically think of John Elway’s 98-yard drive to defeat the Cleveland Browns in the 1986 AFC Championship game (as long as you haven’t experienced any horrible road trips in your life).
If someone were to refer to “The Fumble,” Earnest Byner fumbling away the Browns’ chances at the Super Bowl in 1988 would be your immediate thought.
When someone says “The Tuck Rule Game,” your mind conjures up images of a snow-filled Foxboro Stadium, Charles Woodson, Tom Brady, and a fumble that never was.
The “Music City Miracle,” “Immaculate Reception,” and the “Miracle at the Meadowlands” all cause similar memorable responses.
With the Arizona Cardinals' 51-45 overtime victory over the Green Bay Packers shattering NFL playoff records and capturing the attention of football fans across America (a 21.8 television rating), it seems more than deserving of its own nickname.
A local radio show suggested “Kick-Six” because of the game-winning fumble deflected off Aaron Rodgers’ foot prior to Karlos Dansby taking it into the end zone. It’s an interesting play on the term “pick-six” but doesn’t have enough gravitas for a game of this magnitude.
Mike Freeman of CBSSports.com referred to the game as “The Shootout in the Spaceship.“ It’s cute, but a little long.
Even the alternate “The Shootout” doesn’t quite do the game justice.
With as many records and Packer hearts that were broken, this game needs a nickname with destructive qualities.
My first thought was “The Arms Race.” It’s concise and describes the back and forth nature of the game. After further review, I decided it sounded more like a CBS reality show where people compete in a journey across America in which they can only crawl using their arms than a strong nickname.
The name I finally settled on was “The Arm-a-geddon.” It encompasses the beating both defenses took, recognizes the great play of both quarterbacks and touches on the game-winning play where the ball was knocked out of Rodgers’ arm and into Dansby’s.
“The Drive,” “The Fumble,” “The Tuck Rule Game,” and “The Arm-a-geddon.” Yeah, that sounds about right.
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