The Arizona Cardinals prevailed over the Green Bay Packers tonight, but it was much harder than it needed to be and it took far longer than it needed to.
The first drive of the game went well for the Cardinals, as the team would march down the field and score a touchdown to start the game. The Cardinals defense would force the Packers to punt, but the Cardinals were unable to take advantage, as they were unable to score any more points during the first half. Green Bay was able to kick two field goals during the first half.
The Packers would get the ball to start off the second half and their first drive ended in an interception, but the Cardinals responded with a pick of their own. Green Bay would take the ball and respond with a touchdown drive. The Cardinals were only able to respond with a field goal.
The Cardinals would force Green Bay to punt on their next drive, but the Cardinals would give the ball back. The Cardinals would hold the Packers to a three and out and on the next drive the Cardinals scored a touchdown to re-take the lead.
The Packers would turn the ball over on downs on the next drive, but poor clock management forced the Cardinals to kick a field goal and give the Packers one last chance. Aaron Rodgers would hit Jeff Janis deep on 4th and 20 to keep the Packers alive and he would hit him again for a 41 yard touchdown to tie the game. It would all be for nothing though, as the Cardinals won in overtime, with Carson Palmer hitting Larry Fitzgerald twice to rapidly advance 80 yards and score a game ending touchdown.
This is the first playoff win for Carson Palmer and Bruce Arians. Depending on Seahawks-Panthers, the NFC Championship will either be in Carolina or Arizona.