Packers let it Slip from their Grasp : Packers Insider

Packers let it Slip from their Grasp

January 11, 2010 by  
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Jan 11, 2010 ~ By Tom Silverstein, Journal-Sentinel

~Glendale, Ariz. — Despite their remarkably long run of elite-level quarterback play, the Green Bay Packers finished another playoff season with the ball in their quarterback’s hands and a chance to pull off a stunning victory.

Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner was barely touched, which allowed him to complete 29 of 33 passes for 379 yards and five touchdowns. The Cardinals abused the Packers’ defense to the tune of a staggering 531 total yards and 30 first downs. They scored on six of their first seven possessions and built a commanding 31-10 third-quarter lead.

Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner was barely touched, which allowed him to complete 29 of 33 passes for 379 yards and five touchdowns. The Cardinals abused the Packers’ defense to the tune of a staggering 531 total yards and 30 first downs. They scored on six of their first seven possessions and built a commanding 31-10 third-quarter lead.

But just like Brett Favre had done twice before him, Aaron Rodgers made the last mistake.

Some will remember the 422 yards and four touchdowns he threw in rallying the Packers from a 31-10 deficit to a 45-45 tie as time expired in regulation.

But the play that will stand out – just like Favre’s interceptions against the New York Giants in the 2007 NFC Championship Game and the Philadelphia Eagles in the 2003 playoffs – is the one that ended the game.

Unwilling to get rid of the ball on the first possession of overtime in a wild-card game against the Arizona Cardinals, Rodgers got sacked on third and 6 at the Packers’ 24-yard line, lost the ball and watched helplessly as linebacker Karlos Dansby returned it 17 yards for a touchdown.

Game over. Cardinals 51, Packers, 45.

It was one of the wildest playoff games the NFL has seen – there were more than 1,000 yards of offense and just two punts – and Rodgers, playing in the first postseason game of his career, appeared to have everything in control.

He led the Packers to touchdowns on all five of their possessions in the second half and seemed destined to finish it off with a victory.

But the dream ended when Rodgers allowed blitzing defensive back Michael Adams to hit him right in the face as he held the ball trying to make something happen.

“That (play) doesn’t define his legacy,” receiver Donald Driver said. “He has a long career. I think he tried to make a play and just didn’t make it. That’s something we just have to deal with. All of us. I take full credit for giving them seven points. If I don’t fumble, they don’t get seven.

“Take seven off the board and we win.”     Full story here

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