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Cardinals need OT to beat Packers in wild one

GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Packers forced overtime in Saturday's NFC division round game against the Cardinals with a last-second, Hail Mary touchdown pass.

The Cardinals had a long pass of their own up their sleeve to put the Packers away.

Carson Palmer rolled right, threw back across the field and found Larry Fitzgerald open for a 75-yard pass to set up first and goal, and the two connected on a 5-yard shovel pass to end the game as Arizona eliminated Green Bay 26-20.

Arizona faces the winner of today's Seahawks-Panthers at Carolina on Jan. 24 in the NFC Championship Game.

Aaron Rodgers hit wide receiver Jeff Janis for a 41-yard touchdown on the final play of regulation for his second last-second Hail Mary of the season. On Dec. 3, Rodgers hit Richard Rodgers for a 61-yard score on the final play as the Packers defeated the Lions 27-23.

Saturday, with Green Bay facing fourth and 20 on its own 4-yard line, the Packers quarterback hit Janis for a 60-yard completion to keep the drive alive with 21 seconds left to set up the tying score, which held up after a replay.

Janis, a second-year receiver who had four career receptions coming in, had seven catches for 145 yards and both Packer touchdowns.

Arizona took the lead at 17-13 when Palmer's pass was deflected by Green Bay defensive back Damarious Randall and ended up in the arms of Michael Floyd for his second touchdown of the game.

The 9-yard touchdown capped a 14-play, 80-yard drive. On their next drive the Cardinals added a 36-yard field goal by Chandler Catanzaro to make it 20-13.

Palmer, at the helm of the league's leading offense in the regular season, struggled in the first half, throwing for 74 yards on 8-of-14 passing with two interceptions.

The second pick, by Randall, came in the end zone with Arizona down 13-10 in the fourth quarter.

Green Bay lost its top receiver on the final play of the first quarter.

Randall Cobb injured his chest when he made a diving 51-yard catch to Arizona's 3-yard line. The catch was negated on offsetting penalties, and Cobb left the field on a cart shortly after.

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Cardinals need OT to beat Packers in wild one 01/17/16 [Last modified: Sunday, January 17, 2016 12:03am]
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