By Nick Freimuth
The Packers playoff hopes are over after a 20-17 loss at home against the Arizona Cardinals Sunday. Both offenses sputtered in a low scoring affair. The Packers first trailed in the game with 1:54 left in the third quarter. Green Bay would never regain the lead.
Green Bay first led 7-0 lead with 11:35 left in the second quarter on a fourth and four on one of the more risky play calls of the game by Coach Mike McCarthy. A 13-yard touchdown pass from Aaron Rodgers to Davante Adams was the 298th consecutive pass attempt Aaron Rodgers had thrown this season without an interception. It is a new franchise record that Aaron captured from Bart Starr who had two streaks 294 passes without interception in the 1960’s.
It would wind up being one of the lone bright spots in the game for Green Bay. The Cardinals didn’t do much in the game either but did just enough to end Green Bay’s playoff hopes and in essence their season. Running back Chase Edmonds scored both of Arizona’s touchdowns.
The Packers momentarily came back to life in the fourth quarter with their longest scoring drive of the season. Green Bay’s offense traveled 95 yards and tied the game at 17-17 with 5:26 left to play in regulation. Aaron Jones capped the drive with an eight-yard touchdown run.
Arizona regained the lead with 1:41 left in the fourth on a 44-yard field goal by Zane Gonzales. Mason Crosby had a chance to tie it at 20-20 as time expired but pushed a 49-yard field goal wide right.
Green Bay drops to (4-7-1) and Arizona improved to (3-9). The Packers host Atlanta next Sunday at noon.