Well, if you missed this game, you certainly missed a lot. This game was absolutely one for the ages. Without a doubt the most entertaining game of these playoffs this far.
It took OT, but the 2-seeded Cardinals walked out of there victorious, besting an Aaron Rodgers-led Packers offense 26-20.
We'll jump right ahead into the fourth quarter, where the Packers held a lead at 13-10. The Cardinals had a hard time running the ball all game, but got a couple crucial 8-yard carries from David Johnson to help sustain drives. They also had a lot of help from the yard markers because they were awarded first downs by millimeters on two measurements on their drive that gave them a 17-13 lead after a crazy touchdown catch that was deflected to Cards wideout, Michael Floyd.
But the excitement was just getting started.
After a turnover on downs, the Cardinals had a chance to run down the clock. However, they threw on 2nd down and it was incomplete, stopping the clock and helping Green Bay by allowing them to retain a timeout.
The Packers defense held strong and the Cardinals were held to a Field Goal from Chandler Catanzaro, giving Zona a 20-13 lead.
After the ensuing kickoff, where the Cards dropped the return man at the 14, Rodgers took a sack that backed them up to their 4-yard line. On 3rd and 20, Rodgers threw the first Hail Mary, but it was incomplete.
On 4th and 20, with their season hanging in the balance, Rodgers dropped back and uncorked a second Hail Mary. This one was completed to Jeff Janis and put the Packers on the Cardinal 35. However, the clock was running.
After an illegal formation penalty that backed the Packers up to the 40 with 12 seconds left, Rodgers was pressured and threw the ball away. 2nd and 15 with 2 seconds left, Rodgers drops back and fires another Hail Mary, third of the drive, and Jeff "no-name" Janis jumped up to make the catch in the endzone.
After the PAT, it was tied 20-20 and heading to OT.
At the coin toss, Packers called tails, ref flips the coin, only it didn't flip and it landed on heads. After a whining session from the Packers, it was flipped again, once again it landed on heads and Zona received first.
First play of the drive, Carson Palmer reached into his bag of tricks and unleashed his inner Johnny Manziel, spinning out of a sack and finding a receiver, Larry Fitzgerald, who had a 76-yd catch and run to the Green Bay 4.
2 plays later, Fitzy caught a shuffle-pass from Palmer and brought it into the endzone, ending the game and the Packers season. 26-20.
Carson Palmer- 25-41, 349 yds, 3 TDs, 2 INTs
David Johnson- 15 carries, 35 yds
Larry Fitzgerald- 8 receptions, 176 yds, 1 TD
Aaron Rodgers- 24-44, 261 yds, 2 TDs, 1 INT
Eddie Lacy- 12 carries, 89 yds
Jeff Janis- 7 receptions, 145 yds, 2 TDs
The Carolina Panthers will host the Arizona Cardinals next Sunday.