I don’t believe what I just saw.
What had been a boring playoff game for about the first 50 minutes somehow turned into one of the greatest postseason finishes the NFL has ever seen. At the end, Al Michaels, who’s been around a football game or two, said he’s never seen anything like it. “This is one for the books,” the NBC legend said. Here’s how it went down:
1. With Carson Palmer struggling and throwing near-pick-sixes on almost every play, he threw a ball on 1st-and-goal that was tipped by a Packers player and somehow went directly into the arms of Michael Floyd for the go-ahead touchdown with less than four minutes left.
2. After Green Bay (down 20-16) went for a fourth down deep in Packers territory on its subsequent drive and failed, Arizona got the ball back and, at worst, figured to run the clock down to one minute while kicking a field goal. But bizarrely, Cards coach Bruce Arians called for a second-down pass that stopped the clock. Thus, when Arizona kicked its field goal to go up seven points, there was 1:55 left instead of about 1:05.
3. Leave Aaron Rodgers time at your own peril. The reigning NFL MVP converted a 4th-and-20 pass from his own end zone for a 60-yard gain. Just look at this screenshot and just remember — this game goes to OT.
Then, la-de-dah, Rodgers threw a 41-yard Hail Mary as time expired to tie the game at 20.
Yes, Rodgers had 101 passing on two plays on the final drive.
4. The overtime coin flip was “won” by the Packers, only it never flipped. It was tossed in the air and didn’t turn, like a pizza. There was a redo and Arizona won that toss.
5. On the first play of overtime, the not-exactly-agile Carson Palmer eluded numerous pass rushers then threw across the field to Larry Fitzgerald, who then sprinted downfield, dodging Packers defenders like he was in a James Bond car chase, and ended up going 75 yards to set up a first-and-goal. The video is great and you can see it here. But this picture, in which seven Packers surround Fitzgerald, who then went almost 40 more yards, is the best summation.
6. On second-and-goal, Palmer waited a beat, then threw a shuffle pass to Fitzgerald who was in mid sprint. He broke the plane and ended one of the craziest game any of us have ever seen.
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