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Arizona's constant sack attack leaves Rodgers, Green Bay bruised

GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Cardinals flattened Aaron Rodgers and the Packers on Sunday.

That makes it nine straight wins for the Cardinals, who think they're still gaining steam.

"You want to play your best ball at the end of the season," Arizona defensive lineman Calais Campbell said, "and I think this is the best game we've played."

The Cardinals sacked Rodgers eight times (of nine total) and returned two of his fumbles for touchdowns in a dominant 38-8 victory.

Carson Palmer threw for 257 yards and two touchdowns for Arizona. The winning streak is the franchise's longest since the 1948 Chicago Cardinals won 10 in a row.

Green Bay was without injured starting left tackle David Bakhtiari and lost starting right tackle Bryan Bulaga with an ankle injury.

Linebacker Dwight Freeney had three sacks (making an extra $300,000 in contract incentives in the process) and Campbell 21/2. Cory Redding rambled 36 yards for a score with one fumble and Jerraud Powers took another 5 yards for a TD.

Green Bay is home against Minnesota next Sunday in a game which will settle the NFC North.

"This was a playoff-style game and we played terrible," Rodgers said, "but we have won a lot of games here."

Arizona clinched at least the No. 2 playoff seed and a first-round bye in the NFC. They still can take the No. 1 seed with a win over Seattle and a Carolina loss to the Bucs next week.

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